Myanmar Travel Blog – Tales from Myanmar | Thahara

Myanmar Travel Blog

Our Myanmar Travel Blog contains tips and advice on what to expect when travelling in Myanmar.  Read about Thahara's latest adventures, reviews and thoughts as we share our tales from Myanmar.  

All About the Burmese Longyi



Come to Myanmar and you’ll quickly notice an item of clothing that is worn by pretty much everybody, men and women alike, both old and young....

The Red Mountain Winery in Inle Lake



You’ll find the Red Mountain Winery on the East coast of Inle Lake, nestled up in the hills that surround this famous Myanmar landmark....

What is Burmese Tea Leaf Salad or "Laphet Thoke"



In Myanmar tea is so popular that people don’t just drink it, they eat it too. Now everyone knows how to make a cup of tea. Whether...

Why Visit Bagan During the Rainy Season in Myanmar?



Bagan is the jewel in Myanmar’s pretty large crown. The one location that must be visited by any traveller who decides to venture into this h...

Boulder Bay Eco Resort – A Tour in Words



You’ll arrive to Boulder Bay Eco Resort by boat, having spent the past 6 hours cruising leisurely through the Mergui Archipelago. As you appr...

2 Days in Yangon – How Should You Spend Them?



Most holidays and trips to Myanmar will begin in Yangon, Myanmar’s bustling commercial capital. So if you’ve got 2 days here, what shou...

Why Visit Pyin Oo Lwin's Botanical Gardens



Now we’re guessing that most people who are reading this blog have probably been to a Botanical Garden or two in the lifetime. So going to on...

The Golden Rock in Myanmar



The Golden Rock in Myanmar is one of the most important religious sites in the entire country. While often known and called the Golden Rock, it is...

The Road to Boulder Bay Eco Lodge



Your Boulder Bay Eco Resort adventure begins long before you set foot in the bungalow that will be your home for the next couple of days. The trip...

How to Travel Around Myanmar



There are a few options available to you when deciding how you are going to travel around Myanmar. From cars to airplanes, buses to trains, all hav...

Money in Myanmar



There’s a few things to be aware of when it comes to money in Myanmar, so we thought we’d lay them out nice and clearly for you....

A Guide to Mrauk U in Myanmar



Off the beaten track, far from the usual tourist route in Myanmar, there is a small town just waiting to be discovered. Mrauk U really is very spec...

Internet Access and Sim Cards in Myanmar



One of the first things that travellers often do when visiting a new country is buy a Sim card, put it in their phone, and off they go, ready for a...

The Shwedagon Pagoda



The Shwedagon Pagoda is probably the most important and famous structure in all of Myanmar. The temple casts a golden glow over Yangon at night, an...

Gokteik Viaduct - A Remarkable Train Journey in Myanmar



Nearly 700 metres long and connecting two hills in the heartland of Shan State, Myanmar, you’ll find the jaw dropping Gokteik Viaduct. One of...

Coffee in Myanmar - What's the fuss all about?



When you think of where coffee beans are from, countries such as Brazil, Colombia and even Vietnam might spring to mind. But what if we were to tel...

What is Thanaka? A Burmese Natural Face Cream



If you’ve ever visited Myanmar then you will have certainly noticed a white paste covering a lot of people’s faces and even arms. This...

4 Reasons to Visit Hpa-an



While not a destination that is top of the list for most visitors to Myanmar, Hpa-an has an incredible amount to offer. In fact, it’s one of...

A Guide to Hsipaw



A sleepy hilltop town situated in the upper regions of Shan State that is one of our favourite places to visit. Hsipaw is a must visit when in Myan...

The Best Beach in Myanmar - Ngapali Beach



Ngapali Beach (pronounced Napally) is Myanmar’s premier beach and often sighted as one of the best in Asia. Quite the statement we know, with...

Trekking in Kalaw - What to Expect



Trekking in Kalaw, or to be more precise trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, is one of our favourite things to do in Myanmar. From being outside, enj...

Top 7 Activities in Bagan



There are quite a few activities that you can do these days in Bagan. From soaring over the temples in a hot air balloon, to sampling some of Myanm...

Inle Lake Boat Tour - What to Expect



One of the most popular activities to do in Myanmar is take a boat tour in Inle Lake. But with so many different companies offering tours, what sho...

Meet Htet Aung, Thahara's Reservation agent



Htet Aung is our Reservations Agent at Thahara. Htet’s been with us for around 18 months now, and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to...

Meet Tom, Thahara's General Manager



Tom is from England and works as General Manager at Thahara. Having lived in Myanmar for 3 years, he gives his top tips for travelling in Myanmar,...

Myanmar's Tattooed Chin Women



Officially, the Myanmar government recognises 135 different ethnic tribes in Myanmar. Yep you heard that right, there are around 135 different lang...

Top 5 Unique Hotels in Myanmar



If you are thinking of visiting Myanmar, congratulations! You might have a few ideas already about what you’d like to do, and where you&rsquo...

Yangon Circular Train - A Journey on the Circle Line



Leaving the Thahara office early in the morning, I leisurely made my way towards Yangon Central Railway Station. Walking...

Myanmar Street Food: 5 of our Favourites



Ask anyone who’s visited Myanmar what one of their lasting memories is, and quite a few will tell you about the many street vendors that ador...

Myanmar Traditional Toys



What do Myanmar traditional toys looks like, and what values do these represent?   My...

Twante: A Day in the Life of a Potter



With little to no electricity in Twante, you rise at daybreak to the noise of chirping crickets and roosters making themselves heard. It’s 5a...

The Legends of Dhammayangyi Temple



Bagan, the ancient city that was once the capital of the Pagan Empire, has around 2,200 temples dotted around its orangey plains. With so much choi...

Betel Nut in Myanmar



All You Need to Know about Chewing Betel Nut in Myanmar   Arriving i...

What to Wear in Myanmar



When you first exit the airport in Myanmar, you’ll quickly notice that the locals are wearing an outfit that you might not be familiar with....

A Day Trip in the Mergui Archipelago



Pwint Oo Khin was recently in the Mergui Archipelago on holiday. Find out all about her day trip exploring the...

Myanmar: Beliefs and Traditions - All You Need to Know



When visiting Myanmar you might find yourself coming across many different beliefs and values that you are not aware of or used to. These beliefs a...

Top 5 Things to do in Mawlamyine (Moulmein)



Mawlamyine is a city that sees few visitors, but offers a real insight into Myanmar’s bygone days. Walking the streets with crumbling colonia...

Hotel @ Yangon Heritage - A Tour in Words



What's it like to stay at Hotel @ Yangon Heritage in Yangon?   Upon your arrival...

The Road to Hotel @ Yangon Heritage



Let us take you on a trip through Yangon to Hotel @ Yangon Heritage  

U Bein Bridge: A Brief History



U Bein Bridge is one of Myanmar’s most famous attractions. This iconic bridge stretches out for 1.2 kilometers across Taungthaman Lake in Man...

Top 9 Places to Watch the Bagan Sunset



“Min-ga-lar-bar”, a cheerful greeting you will hear called out in most places you visit in Myanmar.  No more is this the case then...

Thahara Launch a New Map of Yangon



Today, Thahara is excited to announce the launch of our new map of Yangon.  

Where is Yangon?



You're thinking of travelling to Yangon, Myanmar, but just where exactly is Yangon?  Thahara looks at...

Myanmar in February



Thahara looks at what to expect when travelling to Myanmar in February.    The...

Kalaw, Myanmar - All You Need To Know



What can I say, I’m doing it again. Just when I felt like I had seen it all, I experience yet another amazing Myanmar destination. Sure I hav...

Our Top 5 New Yangon Restaurants



Where are the newest and best places for you to eat in Yangon?  Restaurants are cropping up all over the...

Where to Stay in Inle Lake?



A hotel in Nyaung Shwe or on the lake?  This is our guide on where to stay in Inle Lake

Yangon: The Classical Music Scene



There is a bustling art and music scene here in Yangon. Sometimes one has to search for it a bit, but once you are networked, or "tapped in&qu...

A First Day in Yangon



What to Expect from a First Day in Yangon   Boarding a

Pyin Oo Lwin - Adventure, Tips and Coffee



Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar - So What You Ask? Oh and Coffee Coffee Coffee.   

Sampling Thahara's Latest Experience in Yangon



Waking to the unmistakable sound of rain hammering on the window was not how I envisaged my day starting when I fell asleep the night before. ...

Hpa-an - 5 Secret Traveller Tips



My wife is an anthropologist and involved in research. One of her areas of focus are villages in the vicinity of Hpa-an, the capital of Karen state...

Trekking in Pindaya



One of the great pleasures of travel in Myanmar, and in Shan State especially, is

Pindaya Farm House - A Tour in Words



Let us give you an overview of Pindaya Farm Houses' grounds and surrounding area. ...

The Road to Pindaya Farm House



Your discovery of the agricultural heart of ...

Inle Heritage Stilt Houses - A Tour in Words



Let us give you a tour of the Inle Heritage Stilt Houses grounds   W...

The Road To Inle Heritage Stilt Houses



Your Inle Lake adventure begins long before you arrive to Inle Heritage Stilt Houses. Show your passport to the local immigration official and tell...

The Gateway To Southern Shan State



Most travelers to visit Shan State arrive by plane at Heho Airport. Heho was originally a village made up of

Pindaya Cave – The Most Famous Attraction in Pindaya



The most famous attraction for travellers to Pindaya is the

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