5 Places You Must Visit in Myanmar

Top 5 Place To Visit in Myanmar

Myanmar is unlike any other destination I have visited in South East Asia, under developed and bursting with off the beaten track adventures.

I’v recapped the highlights from trip, in the hope it inspires you to visit!

1)Yangon

Marvel at the Shwedagon Pagoda 

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This gigantic gold pagoda is lit up on an evening and the stupa (top of the pagoda) is covered with 4531 diamonds! If time permits, I’d also recommend jumping on the railway loop and take a glimpse at local life. (See Travel Fish review)

2)Bagan 

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A trip to Myanmar would not be complete without visiting the temples! The remains of the temples stretch across the landscape making for unbelievable sunrise and sunset views (and photo opportunities). You can easily hire an E-Bike to navigate between sites – and hopefully you will be a better rider than me. I took a small tumble into a thorn bush and spent the day battling to stay on the bike!

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3)Mandalay 

Sunset at the famous U-Bein Bridge

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4)Hsipaw

Take a truly eye opening railway journey over the Gokteik Viaduct

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A contrast to the Western Standards of plush seats and packaged food. Gone is the trolley cart, replaced with plastic bag noodles.

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5) Kalaw/Inle Lake  

If I had to pick one travel highlight from five months in SEA this would be it! Three days trekking with a local guide from Kalaw across to Inle Lake.trekking.jpg

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(Tip: There’s a cute winery in Inle Lake – you can cycle too, beware of the hill!)

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Places to skip: Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital is a ghost town!

Recommended hostels in Myanmar:

Pickled Tea Yangon

Yoe Yoe Lay Homestay Mandalay 

Golden Kalaw Inn

Looking for more inspiration? Check out my top 10 photos of Southeast Asia

Read more about my trek – Kalaw to Inle Lake

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10 Photos That Will Inspire You To Visit Southeast Asia

Must-See Places and Countries in Southeast Asia

I have such fond memories of Southeast Asia, where I spent 5 months travelling through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Aside from partying and drinking buckets on the beach (for those who haven’t been, I’m referring to sandcastle buckets full of booze). I went on jungle hikes in Chiang Mai, abseiled waterfalls in Da Lat, trekked rice fields in SaPa and went diving in Thailand.

Here are some pictures, that I hope inspire you to visit!

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Sunrise over Bagan, Myanmar
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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar
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Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, Thailand
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Maya Bay, Thailand
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Sukhothai Historical Park
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Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Kuang Si Falls, Laos
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Inle Lake, Myanmar
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Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
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Ko Nang Yuan, Thailand

 

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London on a Budget: Top Things To Do For Free

Things to do for free in London this week

Looking for something free to do in London? You’re in the right place!

Free Things to Do in London

London can be an expensive city, but also offers a huge selection of activities for free.

“The best things in life are free. The second best things are very, very expensive.”

Coco Chanel.

Here is my round up of the best things to do for free in London:

Museums

Museums are your new best friend.  London has an abundance of museums to keep you entertained.  My top picks:

Imperial War Museum

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Natural History Museum

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British Museum   

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Parks

Walk around the parks, or rent a Boris Bike! Pack up a picnic, grab some friends and enjoy brave the British Weather!

Regents Park is my favourite! Amazing views from the top of Primrose Hill, and the beautiful Queen Mary’s Rose Garden. Nestled amongst the park, is an Open Air Theatre and London Zoo – you can even get a sneak peak at the Giraffes.

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Try Hyde Park for a central location, they even host free events throughout summer.

Head to Green Park for views of Buckingham Palace, and take a stroll along The Mall to Trafalgar Square or onto Big Ben.

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Escape the city and head North to Hampstead Heath, you won’t regret it. If your feeling adventurous you could even brave one of the swimming ponds, or opt for the more inviting Lido. 

Window Shopping

Willpower at the ready… London has some fabulous stores you must visit.

No London trip would be complete without visiting Harrods & Selfridges. Fortnum and Mason is an English icon – make sure you’re outside as the clock chimes on the hour to see Fortnum & Mason!

Explore Instagram hot spot, Notting Hill! Wander the colourful streets, shop at Portobello Market, check out the Biscuiteer & stop by The Churchill Arms for a drink.

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Camden Market is food heaven, I recommend a walk along Regents Canal to Little Venice. You could even jump on the Waterbus if you have some cash to spare.

Check out the Street Art in Shoreditch

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Soak up the atmosphere around Covent Garden, and stop by Neal’s Yard.

If your in town on a Sunday check out Columbia Road Flower Market.

All of the colours 💐🌸#columbiaroadflowermarket

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Why not skip on The View for The Shard, and opt for the free Sky Garden. Booking is essential and tickets are released two week ahead.

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Walking Tours

What better way to tick off the top London sights than with a free walking tour. I can highly recommend Sandmans tours, this 2.5hr tour includes landmarks such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace & Trafalgar Square.

(Although the tour is free, tips are highly encouraged as the tour guides earning are solely through tips)

Hopefully this will inspire you to explore London without spending a penny!

Still searching for ideas, check out my girls weekend or my for a round up of cheap date night ideas.

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Things to Do for FREE

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