How To Travel Around Myanmar According to Anthony Bourdain: 14 Things To Do

Traveling to Myanmar? You might want to read this whole thing to guide you for your upcoming trip!

Myanmar has been ‘closed’ to the world during the last 50 years or so and this was a product of several political decisions of its government. It recently just opened its borders to tourists, but only a limited number of spots are accessible for sightseeing. But there is so much authentic beauty to Myanmar.

While it was also colonized by a Western power, it has its separate identity compared to other Southeast Asian countries which were colonized by other Western power. Considered as one of the poorest nations in the world, a huge amount of optimism is seen in Myanmar as it moves forward towards economic and political development.

Traveling to Myanmar: My Experience

I was lucky enough to explore some parts of Myanmar last 2016 and it indeed set a very high expectation to my next travel destinations. I have seen Yangon, Mandalay, and the Ancient Capital of Bagan, and I wish I have seen more (but there’s always a next time, girl!). I have documented some of the spots I was able to visit in the article below:

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Needless to say, Anthony Bourdain is every traveler’s spirit animal. Personally, he has inspired me to travel more and learn more about the world. More than the cinematography of his travel TV series, I love the scripts of his every single episode and how he asks the right questions to his interviewees. His very objective and uncensored points of view in so many aspects of life is also admirable.

It was really unfortunate that we lost a great person like him, but to honor his life and how he inspired me to travel braver, I am creating this travel article series tracing his journeys in some of the episodes of his travel series, mixed with some personal anecdotes and perspectives from my own travel experiences.

I wish I was able to see this first episode of Parts Unknown before going to Myanmar so that I was able to follow Tony’s itinerary. ๐Ÿ™ But since you were able to read this prior to your trip to Myanmar, I was hoping I could help you out with planning your itinerary. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Walk around the dark but safe streets of Yangon at night

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Tony mentioned about blackouts being a regular thing in Yangon given its old (and maybe outdated) power grid system. However, from the looks of it, it may be still safe to walk around at nighttime. This was something I was able to do with my female companions during our last night in Yangon, and let me share a beautiful story.

After dining in at KFC Yangon (the first Western fast food restaurant in Myanmar which opened just recently when we went there in 2016), my female companions and I were stunned by the beauty of Sule Pagoda when we passed by it on our way back to East Hotel, so we tried taking a photo with the Pagoda as the background. However, it was really dark and we can’t really find a good angle to take a nice photo. A man from a random car parked near us turned on its engine and lit his headlight facing us and signaled us to try if the photo looks better now with the light from his car. I think that was a sweet gesture and we thanked him after out mini-photo shoot. However, as he was leaving, he almost hit a pedestrian (because the streets are indeed a little dark, guys) which almost resulted on a fist fight, but thankfully it ended up with an accepted apology from the helpful man.

And btw, here is the photo of mine I was telling you about. I honestly don’t know what the photographer was thinking about this angle, but it was really a struggle taking a nice photo. Not your Instagram-worthy photo, but it was indeed a memorable one.

Traveling to Myanmar: Photo by the Sule Pagoda in Yangon

Have a tea and eat mohinga at Seit Thaing Kya Tea Shop

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In the words of Tony, “Morning in Yangon has always been about tea.” (Same, Tony, same.) While there are different kinds of tea around, Myanmar’s is a black Indian-style tea which people would usually add some sweet condensed milk. Depending on your preference, it could be from less sweet to very sweet. Moreover, Tony pointed out that tea shops like this used to be more than just a place to have breakfast but also a ‘secret place’ to discuss the daily news back in the day.

Aside from your morning tea, this tea shop was also the place where Tony tried a mohinga, a rice noodle and fish soup, which is considered as the national dish of Myanmar. While most food served in the country are of Chinese and Indian origin, mohinga is a local thing. It is found both in urban and rural areas in Myanmar.

(I was not able to try any tea shop in Myanmar as far as I can remember, but I was able to buy a lot of Myanmar loose tea which I gave away to some colleagues.)

Ride those iconic overcrowded Yangon buses

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A country where motorbikes are outlawed? Welcome to Myanmar.

Upon arriving at Yangon, we went straight to buy some essentials at Ocean Supermarket before taking the overnight bus going to Mandalay. I saw some beautiful fridge magnets and did not let them go (haha yes I just arrived and I’m already buying souvenirs). One of the fridge magnets I got was a bus fridge magnet with overflowing people by the door. I was like, “Oh, looks just like Manila” so I got some. Little did I know when I was walking around the streets of Yangon one afternoon that I will witness some buses passing by with people hanging by the door. Not safe, guys. Not safe.

Eat different kinds of salads at Yangon’s Feel Restaurant

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Salads are a huge thing in Myanmar (which is healthy, right?) and this is where Tony was able to taste a variety of salads — “pig head salad with kaffir lime leaf, long beans salad with sesame and fish sauce. Penny leaf salad, even this salad of Indian-style samosa”. A typical Myanmar dining experience is where all dishes will be put on the table at the same time because it is about “the interaction between a lot of colors, textures and flavors in one dish”.

Also, you are welcome to be creative about making your own dip with pickles and condiments. (Same with the Philippines! You can customize your own condiment depending on how much of each you prefer. I know someone from college who just love to mix everything. Yes, everything. Eh.)

Btw, Feel Restaurant is very common around Myanmar. I was able to have some snacks one a stop while on a bus from Mandalay going to Bagan. (Apologies for the photo quality, though!)

Traveling to Myanmar: Feel Restaurant

Eat Prawn Curry at Min Lan Seafood Restaurant

Anthony Bourdain Myanmar Itinerary

Tony was able to witness the unique way people in Myanmar summon a waiter in a restaurant: they make a smooching/kissing sound. (In the Philippines, this is also what some men do when they want to ask a jeepney to stop so that they could alight!) Seafood served here is apparently prepared in Rakhine style. The bestseller in this place is prawn curry, where the prawns are caught fresh from the river then cooked and mixed with some yummy tomato curry. Sounds delicious! (Call me a loser, but I only focused on ordering Thai food and rice meals during my stay in Myanmar.

I was surprised with how big their rice serving was! Clearly shows that there is an abundance of rice in this country. Awesome.) Below is the ‘closest thing to Myanmar curry food with salad’ that I was able to eat while traveling there:

Traveling to Myanmar: My Authentic Burmese Meal

Visit Sofaer Building and appreciate other old British colonial buildings

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Myanmar was a former British colony, and a lot of old British colonial buildings are still standing, from former businesses to offices to public buildings.

Tony visited the Sofaer Building which was once said to be “the swankest department stores in Rangoon” where people can buy products imported from Europe like liquors and cigarettes. The tiles of the building were said to be imported from Manchester. It has been a subject of debate in Myanmar on whether or not to preserve colonial buildings like these. As of now, Sofaer Building houses restaurants and shops at the ground floor and squatters on the top floors.

Watch some people preparing for the Full Moon Festival at Yangon Port

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Tony had a taste of some chicken head/neck and beer while watching the busy scene at Yangon Port as people prepare for the upcoming Full Moon Festival.

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Watch the human-powered Ferris wheels spin during the Full Moon Festival street fair

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Tony witnessed the festivities at Kason/Kasong Day, or the “Full Moon Day”. He compared the food stalls in Yangon with that of the New York Food Festival. The streets have a happy and lively vibe where they tried crispy little birds. One unique thing that Tony witnessed was the human-powered Ferris wheels which he said was “tempting to try” but obviously looks dangerous. (But I want to try this out someday when I go back!)

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Try some Laphet Thoke at Morning Star Tea House

Anthony Bourdain Myanmar Itinerary

Morning Star Teashop was where Tony tried laphet thoke, or fermented tea leaf salad. Tony does not think making salad out of fermented tea leaves is not a good idea, but he found it fantastic when he tried it.

Eat grilled food while watching an indie rock band at Yangon’s 19th Street

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Deemed as a “must-go place” when in Yangon, 19th Street is a lively strip with so many restaurants where you can have some grilled food and beer while watching indie rock bands, which, btw, used to be not a thing in Myanmar. Before, song lyrics have to be screened and the government would ask the bands to censor some parts of their songs or even completely change the songs. Also, the city curfew used to be 11PM, but shops at 19th Street are mostly open until late night.

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Also, this is where Tony said that Creed was “the worst band in the history of the world”. Ouch! But to be fair, in my own opinion, ‘One Last Breath’ is a good song.

Ride the Night Express to Bagan

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Tony endured the 10-hour ride of a 600-kilometer journey from Yangon to Bagan in an overnight train which is made from French engines back in the 70s. It was said to have 75 stops and would start at a very slow cruising speed. Eventually it will be a very, very shaky ride as if the train will be derailed anytime.

Buy breakfast from vendors outside while at the train to Bagan

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As the daytime breaks and the train is almost there in Bagan, some vendors would approach the train to sell some food. Tony was able to try some samosas and fried fish from the vendors.

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Eat chicken curry at a random food stall in Bagan

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He called the random roadside joint he dined in at Bagan “the best restaurant in the country so far”.

Oh, look! I was able to try it also! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Well, not the chicken curry, but the Myanmar beer :D)

Traveling to Myanmar: Trying Myanmar Beer

Visit the Old Ruins of the Ancient Capital of Bagan

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Bagan used to be the ancient capital of Myanmar containing so many temples that were built around 250 years ago. This is where you can find people worshiping nats. During Tony’s visit here, he observed that there are not a lot of tourists going here. In fact, “you’re far more likely to bump into a goat than a foreigner”. Moreover, he mentioned that the temple complex looks like “an ode to slave labor”.

The ancient complex of Bagan used to be a habituated area until the government relocated the residents in the 1980s so it purely remains a tourist spot. Tony has been anticipating the ups and downs of the upcoming tourism industry in this area, ranging from kids dropping out of school to sell souvenirs to prostitution.

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I have my share of stories of vendors in tourist destinations and markets. Upon opening the doors of our tour van, vendors will suddenly swarm around you and will aggressively try to sell you some stuff when you haven’t even gotten down the vehicle yet. It was intimidating, to be honest. I have my friends getting harassed by some vendors. ๐Ÿ™

In the market, the kids would first get you with their charm and suddenly would apply thanaka on your face. They will force you to buy the whole container eventually. I mean, it happens everywhere in the world, right? But seeing this as a product of the booming tourism industry in Myanmar is a little frustrating. But to be fair, there are a lot of awesome and respectful vendors. Some of them I had a memorable conversation with.

Towards the end of the show, Tony has been expressing his delight towards the end of a 50-ish year of “nightmare” to a more forward-looking better future for Myanmar.

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There you have it! We all know that Anthony Bourdain’s main preference when traveling is to try the local food and talking to locals about life in the destinations they are in. Of course, you are always welcome to add and weed out some of the items here to have a more customized travel itinerary. In my opinion, though, I believe the things done by Anthony Bourdain during his travels are worthy of trying out. So, I wish you happy travels and wait for your photos on Instagram? Travel safely!

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20 Southeast Asia Travel Bloggers to Follow on Instagram

Southeast Asia region is a very popular travel destination, and a lot of travel bloggers have written so much about it. It is popular not only to budget travelers and backpackers (because man, they always say this is the cheapest region to travel to), but also to digital nomads, photographers, and travel bloggers themselves as well.

While everyone has been talking about Southeast Asia travel on blogs, vlogs, and Instagram, I honestly believe there is no other nice way to get insider tips about traveling in the region than from Southeast Asia travel bloggers themselves. Most of them are born and raised in this region of the world and they surely know a lot about their countries of origin than anybody else.

Now, without further ado, I have collected a list of 19 Southeast Asia travel bloggers whom you can stalk on Instagram and learn tips by reading their blogs:

Thiha the Traveller (Myanmar)

Travel Blog: thihathetraveller.com

Thiha is a travel blogger from Myanmar who posts breathtaking photos from the 21 countries he has traveled to so far.

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Nu Myat Around the World (Myanmar)

Travel Blog: numyataroundtheworld.com

Nu Myat is a Doctor by profession and also a travel blogger. Based in Myanmar, she is the Chief Editor of Chic Magazine and My Journey Magazine. She has been to 50 countries so far.

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Move to Cambodia (Cambodia)

Travel Blog: movetocambodia.com

Lina Goldberg created this travel blog to document her life and travels in Cammbodia. She provides meaningful captions on every photo she posts.

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SiemReap.net (Cambodia)

Travel Blog: siemreap.net

This blog can serve as your ultimate guide to exploring the beautiful town of Siem Reap, Cambodia — from places to eat, shop, and stay.

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Khmer Bird (Cambodia)

Travel Blog: khmerbird.com

Santel Phin is an IT guy by profession and a self-proclaimed cinephile. His blog is a good reference when traveling around Cambodia where he provides free travel guides.

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Blogger’s Tales (Thailand)

Travel Blog: bloggerstales.com

Blogger’s Tales is a travel blog specializing in Thailand travel.

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Malaysia Asia (Malaysia)

Travel Blog: malaysia-asia.my

David Hogan, Jr. has been travel blogging since 2007, the year where the first batch of travel bloggers emerged. He is also a bird watcher and scuba diver.

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Places and Foods (Malaysia)

Travel Blog: placesandfoods.com

Wilson Ng is a food and travel enthusiast based in Malaysia who has also been featured in NTV7 & Channel News Asia, Capital FM and Ai FM.

Kampung Boy City Gal (Malaysia)

Travel Blog: kampungboycitygal.com

Kampung Boy City Gal provides SME advisory services, urban farmer, and chef. Aside from travels, their blog also focuses on lifestyle and family life.

Vkeong.com (Malaysia)

Travel Blog: vkeong.com

Vkeong is a Programmer by profession and owns two dogs and a cat. He was also an ex-durian seller based in Malaysia and he mostly posts and blogs about food.

Velvet Escape (Malaysia)

Travel Blog: velvetescape.com

Keith Jerkin’s blog focuses on luxury travel and he is the CEO of iambassador. He is currently based in Amsterdam where he posts stunning photos on his Instagram feed. I also specifically like his interest in architecture and history.

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Sherlyn (Philippines)

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Travel Blog: www.sherlynmaehernandez.com

Sherlyn is a Lecturer of Southeast Asian Studies based in Manila and her Instagram feed is full of vibrant and colorful photos from her travels around Southeast Asia and beyond. She writes about Instagram-worthy spots, museums, and restaurant reviews.

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Discover Your Indonesia (Indonesia)

Travel Blog: discoveryourindonesia.com

This blog can serve as your ultimate guide to traveling around Indonesia where they post articles about different tourist desinations in the archipelago.

Pergi Dulu (Indonesia)

Travel Blog: pergidulu.com

Suan and Adam are Indonesian and Australian travel couple who blogs about their experiences from the 72 countries they have traveled to so far. They are also authors of 5 books and they offer private tours to tourists.

AnakJajan.com (Indonesia)

Travel Blog: anakjajan.com

Julia and Marius are award-winning travel bloggers in Indonesia where they won awards at InfluenceAsia 2017 and RCTISocMed Awards 2016. They also post vlogs on their YouTube channel.

Girl Eat World (Indonesia)

Travel Blog: girleatworld.net

Mel has been eating her way around the wold and the photos she posts of food with tourist spots as backgrounds really captured the inspiration of a lot of wanderlusts.

The Occasional Traveller (Indonesia)

Travel Blog: theoccasionaltraveller.com

Jaclynn Seah’s travel blog is always there to remind us that there is more to life than working, which is taking some time off to travel. She is currently based in Singapore.

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Travel Inspiration 360 (Singapore)

Travel Blog: travelinspiration360.com

Keith Yuen has been solo traveling to 105 countries (and counting!) and has been featured in so many media channels such as Mediacorp TV, Radio, Newspaper, European Union, and China Central TV, among others.

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I Wander (Singapore)

Travel Blog: iwandered.net

Based in Singapore, Bino Chua has been travel writing and some of his works was seen on Lonely Planet, BBC, Forbes, and more.

Traveler Folio (Singapore)

Travel Blog: travelerfolio.com

TravelerFolio has been posting a lot of travel photos and tips mostly from his home country, Singapore.

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There you have it! There is no better way travel stories in Southeast Asia could be told than by Southeast Asian travel bloggers themselves. i hope they were able to inspire you to see more of the Southeast Asia region and the whole world as well. Happy travels!

If you want to be included in the list, don’t hesitate to send me a DM at instagram.com/wheressherlyn. ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Southeast Asia Travel Guides You Can Buy at Amazon.com

Southeast Asia is a very popular travel destination to travelers all over the world from all walks of life. Traveling around the region can be a little intimidating because of geographical challenges and language barriers. Moreover, despite being a popular travel destination, a lot of important information are still not available to travelers. I myself as a Southeast Asian citizen still find it hard to gather information about the places I’m going to as I plan my travels around Southeast Asia. Hence, a hardbound or electronic Southeast Asia travel book guide that you can buy online like at Amazon.com can serve as a big help because not all information are available over the internet.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL BOOK GUIDES: THE LIST

For the benefit of my readers and followers (I know most of you are based or frequently traveling around Southeast Asian region), I’ve compiled these list of books on Southeast Asia travel guide that you can purchase in Amazon.com. I’ve provided the links below the books for your convenience, and I actually purchased some of these books that’s why I recommend them.

1. Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (Travel Guide)

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We know for a fact that Lonely Planet produce the best travel guides about a lot of places! With “Southeast Asia”, they meant ALL Southeast Asian countries. I personally own a copy of this book and the information they provide is very comprehensive.

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2. Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Northern Thailand (Travel Guide)

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A very popular Southeast Asian route is the mainland or Indochina sub-region. Lonely Planet came up with this guide specific to exploring this part of the region. This guide provides insider tips that you can never find anywhere else.

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3. Insight Guides Southeast Asia (Travel Guide)

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Insight Guides provide us a lot of stunning photographs on their travel guides, so prepared to be inspired by a lot of stunning photographs all over Southeast Asian region with this guide. The cover photo which was taken in Bali, Indonesia is elegant!

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4. Southeast Asia: An Introductory History

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Milton Osborne made a version of Southeast Asian history that can be appreciated even by non-history buffs. Given the good reviews I read about this book, I can’t help but also purchase a copy of it. No regrets, I also was able to use it in the University whenever I handle courses on Southeast Asia. Awesome!

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5. The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget (Travel Guide)

Southeast Asia Travel Book

This particular Rough Guide was able to provide tips on how to explore more of Southeast Asia with the lowest budget possible. This is going to be helpful to anyone planning their trips to Southeast Asia.

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6. Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Travel Book

As a Lecturer of International Relations and Southeast Asian Studies, I find this book very interesting in terms of painting a picture on how Southeast Asian stats interact. Considering that we are a region with no Great Powers, we were able to thrive and make it as one of the best regions in the world and a primary economic hub. Even if you’re not into Southeast Asian history and politics, reading this book might make you appreciate why some Southeast Asian capital cities are progressive, or why some Southeast Asian countries remain to be the poorest ones internationally.

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7. Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction

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If you do not have the luxury of time to learn everything there is about Southeast Asian history, or if you simply want to have an overview of the region’s history, James Rush has summarized everything for you.

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8. A Traveller’s History of Southeast Asia

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This version of Southeast Asian history is specifically designed for travelers to the region coming from different backgrounds. While I am not sure why the authors did not include the Philippines and Myanmar, it’s still a fairly good Southeast Asia travel book guide.

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9. Southeast Asia – Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam: A Solo Girl’s Travel Guide

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Alexa West is one of the female travel bloggers that I really look up to. While I am not (yet) prepared to ditch my University Lecturing job to travel the world, I just express my admiration to women like her and be inspired to do the same in the future. I also want to write my own travel guides like her Southeast Asia travel book guide!

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10. Southeast Asia Phrasebook and Dictionary

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Whenever traveling around Southeast Asia, it does not hurt to learn a few words or phrases that can be useful when communicating to locals. Not every country in the region has English as their second language, and this Southeast Asia travel book language guide handpicked the most frequently used words in conversing with locals whenever traveling around the region.

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There you have it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am wishing all of you a smooth trip around Southeast Asia with the help of these Southeast Asia travel book recommendations from Amazon. If you want to suggest some ideas on what I could write as a travel guide around the region, you may always send me an email at sherlynmaehernandez@gmail.com. Happy travels! ๐Ÿ™‚

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: 14 Interesting Places to Visit

This YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE takes you to 14 interesting places to visit in Yangon. This article contains affiliate links which if used, I will earn a small commission without extra costs on your part. Please support! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are visiting Myanmar, Yangon will most likely be your main point of entry since most international flights to and from Myanmar operate in this former capital city. Most tourists would definitely consider going to Bagan and Mandalay, but there is also a bunch of interesting places to visit in Yangon.

I had a short but sweet time in Yangon during my 10-day Myanmar trip. Since there are no direct flights from Manila to Yangon, I had a layover in Singapore where I had a very interesting story. You can explore Myanmar on a very cheap budget compared to other mainland Southeast Asian cities, and I hope it stays that way. Yangon has a city-like chaos similar to Manila or Ho Chi Minh City, but you can sense its uniqueness with how people live their daily lives there.

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So, without any other further ado, let’s proceed to the 14 interesting places to visit in Yangon.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MYANMAR (YANGON)

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: National Museum of Myanmar. Photo by cushtravel.com

Myanmar was a former British colony, and you will see a lot of British colonial remnants all over the city, mostly from architectural wonders. The National Museum of Myanmar will walk you through the history of Myanmar. If you’re a history buff who’s interested in getting to know Myanmar’s past better, then this is the place for you.

In this museum, you will find important relics and artifacts related to Burmese history, including miniature thrones of ancient kings and an 8-meter Lion throne which was a relic used by the last Burmese King.

MYANMAR GEMS MUSEUM

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Myanmar Gems Museum. Photo by justgola.com

Myanmar is very rich in natural resources, and the most popular among their natural resources are precious gems and minerals, like jade and sapphire. If you want to know more about it, you can go to Myanmar Gems Museum.

SHWEDAGON PAGODA

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Shwedagon Pagoda. Photo by happinessplunge.com

Shwedagon Pagoda is considered as the most sacred spot in Myanmar. This temple is 2500 years old and made of precious materials such as 4531 pieces of diamonds. This place is known to be housing a lot of holy relics, including strands of Buddha’s hair. Shwedagon pagoda is a perfect spot to view the sunset and the bright lights of the pagoda are very beautiful at nighttime.

SULE PAGODA

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Sule Pagoda. Photo by asiatravelandleisure.com

Sule Pagoda is an octagon-shaped pagoda and Sule is a Burmese word which means “meeting”, because, as they say, “all roads lead to Sule”. Sule Pagoda indeed is located at the heart of Yangon.

YANGON CITY HALL

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Yangon City Hall. Photo by justgola.com

Yangon City Hall, aside from being the biggest city hall in Myanmar, has a very interesting construction story. They say it was originally meant to possess British/European architectural features, but because the construction of the said building was postponed due to World War I, the aftermath of the war became an opportunity to suggest to incorporate Burmese./Bombay features to the building.

YANGON LITTLE INDIA

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Yangon Little India. Photo by migrationology.com

If you are looking for an Indian food trip in Yangon, this is obviously the place to be (like the Little India in Singapore).

YANGON CHINATOWN

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Yangon Chinatown. Photo by justglobetrotting.com

Also known as Tayoke Tan, Yangon Chinatown is also a good food trip spot in the city.

BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Bogyoke Aung San Market. Photo by whatthepandan.com

Formerly known as Scott’s Market, Bogyoke Aung San Market is a busy area where you can find a vast selection of handicrafts, including longyi, or the traditional clothing of Myanmar. Bogyoke Aung San Market is also accessible via the famous Yangon Circular Train.

STRAND HOTEL

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Strand Hotel. Photo by vagabondbaker.com

Strand Hotel is a popular historical/colonial hotel in Yangon that was built in 1901. This is also a perfect place to have an afternoon tea in Yangon.

CHAUK HTAT GYI BUDDHA TEMPLE

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple. Photo by anamoralesblog.com

This is also known as the reclining Buddha Temple. You will see a lot of this in different forms around Myanmar and mainland Southeast ASia, including Thailand and Laos.

YANGON CIRCULAR RAILWAY

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Yangon Circular Train. Photo by scholzdigital.de

You can ride and take the entire loop of the Yangon Circular Railway for only USD0.15 which will last for around 30-45 minutes. It was built during the British colonial era which gives access to Metropolitan Yangon district.

KABA AYE PAGODA (WORLD PEACE PAGODA)

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Kaba Aye (World Peace Pagoda). Photo by yangongui.de

World Peace Pagoda is relatively new compared to the other pagodas in Yangon. It was built in 1952 in preparation for the Sixth Buddhist Council. This pagoda is a replica of the Satta Panni Cave in India, where the First Buddhist Council was held.

SWE TAW MYAT PAGODA (TOOTH RELIC PAGODA)

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Swe Taw Myat Pagoda. Photo by pinterest.com

Another relatively new pagoda in Yangon, Tooth relic Pagoda was built from the donations of the Burmese people. It is believed to be housing a tooth relic of Buddha who died 2500 years ago, hence hte name.

INYA LAKE

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Inya Lake. Photo by foodietraveller.wordpress.com

Inya Lake is the largest lake in Yangon, which is a very popular recreational spot among locals in Yangon.

YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Your recommendations are welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

There you have it! I hope you were able to plan your Yangon travel itineraries with this simple guide I provided. If you have any comments or suggestions, please slide a DM on my Instagram account or send me an email. In the meantime, enjoy your sightseeing at Yangon! ๐Ÿ™‚

For hotel recommendations in Yangon, Myanmar, click here.
PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION: I stayed at East Hotel Yangon! ๐Ÿ™‚

AVAILABLE KKDAY TOURS IN YANGON, MYANMAR

YANGON HALF-DAY CITY TOUR

  • National Museum of Myanmar
  • Sule Pagoda
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
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SHWEDAGON PAGODA AND YANGON CITY TOUR

  • Sule Pagoda
  • Yangon City Hall
  • Yangon Little India
  • Yangon Chinatown
  • Bogyoke Aung San Market
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
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YANGON FULL-DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

  • Sule Pagoda
  • Strand Hotel
  • Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple
  • Yangon Circular Train
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WORLD PEACE PAGODA AND YANGON CITY TOUR

  • Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda
  • Swe Taw Myat (Tooth Relic) Pagoda
  • Myanmar Gems Museum
  • Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple
  • Inya Lake
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A Quick Guide for Your Next Layover to Singapore

(Below is an exciting travel guide during a Singapore layover. They say Singapore is the best country to have a layover!)

Among Southeast Asian countries, I would say that going to Myanmar and Laos could be the most expensive for Filipinos, basically because we have no direct flights from any airport in the Philippines going to these destinations. In which case, you need to have a layover in cities like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, or Bangkok. For my Myanmar trip, I was able to score an airline promotion with a Singapore layover (I only paid $299 for my round trip ticket, which was not bad! Hey, youโ€™re flying with one of the best airlines in the world!).

For my Laos trip on the other hand, I booked a flight via Bangkok thru a third party booking site (it was my first time not booking directly through an airline website and Iโ€™ll tell you more about it later). So yes, the absence of direct flights from the Philippines alone can already cost you a fortune. Buuuuut, on the upside, the daily expenses are so cheap in these two countries!

Arrival: Singapore Layover

I took a flight for my Singapore layover and arrived at nighttime. My flight to Yangon will be around lunchtime the next day, so I have the night and the morning to quickly go around Singapore.

Singapore Layover: Changi Airport Terminal 2
Singapore Layover: Changi Airport Singapore Terminal 2 Arrivals

Check out Changi Airport’s Instagram page and see what else you can do in this very beautiful airport.

Singapore Layover Tip: A Food Trip at Lau Pa Sat

First stop, dinner! I had dinner with some friends at Lau Pa Sat (if youโ€™ve READ Crazy Rich Asians, you would know that this was the hawker centre Kevin Kwan mentioned, but the movie did it at Newton Hawker Centre). I would not miss eating my favorite Southeast Asian food: sate (satay).

Singapore Layover: Lau Pa Sat
Singapore Layover: Lau Pa Sat Singapore at Night
Singapore Layover: Lau Pa Sat
Presenting the love of my life: Sate ๐Ÿ™‚

Singapore Layover Accommodation: The Claremont Hotel Singapore

Next agenda: Rest! I tried my best to rush to my hotel as early as I could so that I can have enough rest to wake up before sunrise so that I could go around Little India peacefully. I searched for hotels near Little India Singapore, and yes, I booked my accommodation at this area despite so many people discouraging me to do so (on my succeeding trips, I still stayed at hotels near Little India Singapore and Iโ€™m never gonna regret it.). I want to take advantage of this short layover to observe how people there go about their days, and I have been very obsessed with the Indian culture, to be honest.

I booked my accommodation at the Claremont Hotel Singapore. Not that I’m not recommending it, but basically, the Claremont Hotel Singapore is in a very nice location among hotels near Little India Singapore albeit being an old hotel. I must say the hospitality people I’ve met in Little India area are very nice and warm. In my next trips to Singapore, I thought of booking at the Claremont Hotel Singapore again, but I decided to give other hotels near Little India Singapore a try.

Below is a photo of the Claremont Hotel Singapore that I borrowed from agoda.com (you may click the photo to book).

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The Claremont Hotel Singapore has both pros and cons. Perhaps we could talk about the cons over email (or DM me anytime on Instagram!)? As for the pros, aside from the good location of the Claremont Hotel Singapore being one of the hotels near Little India Singapore area, I enjoyed the basic but complete complimentary breakfast here. It wasn’t the best breakfast in the world (definitely not 5-star-ish), but their choices of meals are very healthy. See, this is why I love Indian food!

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So, I guess I could say if you are looking for hotels near Little India Singapore, you could consider the Claremont Hotel Singapore?

Other Hotels Near Little India Singapore

If you are considering other hotels near Little India Singapore, allow me to give you a list of these AGODA PREFERRED hotels near Little India Singapore (you may click on them to book):

Little India Singapore Hotels: Hotel 165

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Tai Hoe Hotel

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Sandpiper Hotel

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Little India Singapore Hotels: RedDoorz Plus @ Little India

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Meriton Hotel

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Little India Singapore Hotels: One Farrer Hotel

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Citadines Rochor Singapore

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Park Hotel Farrer Park

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Aqueen Heritage Hotel Little India

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Hilton Garden Singapore Serangoon

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Little India Singapore Hotels: RedDoorz Premium @ Serangoon

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Singapore Layover Tip: Stroll Around Little India

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As promised, I woke up before sunrise, walked around, and took photos. Thankfully, the location of the Claremont Hotel Singapore is right in the middle of usual tourist spots in Little India. I was also able to exchange currency at Mustafa Center which was near the Claremont Hotel Singapore. Since the hotel breakfast was not yet ready when I left, I just planned to go back after an hour or two of exploring the area.

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Little India Singapore at Dawn
Singapore Layover: Little India
Little India Singapore at Dawn
Singapore Layover: Tan Teng Niah's Residence
At Tan Teng Niah’s Residence, Little India, Singapore
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Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India, Singapore

After having my breakfast, I packed my bags and checked out at my hotel. Btw, another reason for staying in Little India is the foooood! I love Indian food so much! Since I still have a few hours left before my flight, I thought of going somewhere mandatory: the Merlion Park. ๐Ÿ˜€

Singapore Layover Tip: Visit Merlion Park

I took the train going to Merlion Park bringing my very heavy backpack. When I was a little younger (which was not so long ago, hey!), I vowed to develop some discipline in packing light for trips which was also geared towards saving some money on check-in baggage. Two idiot moments here: (1) I forgot that my flight includes a check-in baggage, and (2) I forgot to bring another smaller bag to separate my carry-on stuff and stuff I could check-in inside my big backpack, so I just carried my backpack all the way. It was painful in the back, guys. ๐Ÿ™ My bag contains 7 days worth of stuff.

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On the way to Merlion Park, Singapore
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On the way to Merlion Park, Singapore
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The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

I went to the Merlion Park and thereโ€™s just so many people and itโ€™s just so hot (it was March when I went there)! I don’t even know why I went there. I could just have visited a museum or something. People are all over snapping photos of them trying to โ€˜drinkโ€™ water from the Merlion Statue (I remember a Singaporean friend who works at a corporate office near the Merlion Park told me that everytime he goes out of his building for lunch, people with their mouths open by the park was his everyday view hahaha). I was able to manage to take a few photos and left as fast as I could to go to the airport.

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Merlion Statue, Singapore
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Selfie at Merlion Park, Singapore (this is the best I can!)
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View of Marina Bay Sands by the Merlion Park

Okay, so THE fiasco…

I met with two classmates at the airport because we were taking the same flight to Yangon. Since the check-in staff in Manila already checked me in to Yangon before I flew out of Manila, I do not need to check-in at Singapore. Before going to the boarding gate, one of my companions asked if we could stop by the restroom first. I donโ€™t need a restroom break so I just waited for her outside together with our other companion.

While my companion and I were busy talking about random things outside the restroom, we did not know 15 minutes have already passed and our other companion hasnโ€™t showed up yet, considering weโ€™re just by the entrance of the restroom. We started to (1) worry about her, and (2) worry about missing our flight.

I went inside the restroom to check up on her, but there was no sign of her. Why did she leave us there? I mean, what kind of person in her right mind does that?? I told my other companion to just proceed to the boarding gate, and IT WAS ALREADY PAST THE BOARDING TIME so we had to literally run (with my heavy backpack, remember? huhu). As we were approaching the security check area, the staff have been informing via her walkie talkie that the two passengers (which was us. Sorry!) have finally shown up.

As my backpack was being scanned, they rolled it back and forth three times inside the machine. I have no clue what was happening, and then one of the staff started opening my bag. What on earth was happening? She found my sunblock and took it. (Man, I never had the chance to check if itโ€™s more than 100mL but it made its way through NAIA (Manila), so I was wondering why. ๐Ÿ™ Then she started rummaging through my other stuff.

She started opening the case of my sunglasses and other stuff inside my bag before she cleared us. The plane was supposed to fly by the time we reached the airplane door. We were panting from all the running and panic attacks, and you could just imagine how the other passengers looked at us with their judging eyes. At that point, I want to cry.

Have you ever wondered where on earth was my other classmate who went to the restroom the whole time? She was sitting on the plane with her headphones and her sunglasses on, as if she did not really care about us being left by the plane. I was really upset and frustrated, thank goodness the flight was only around a quarter full, so instead of sitting next to her, I sat at the seat farthest from her.

Arrival at Yangon, Myanmar

We arrived safely in Yangon, but totally delayed. And no, she did not apologize at all. I was the one who apologized to her instead. I apologized to the flight crew also before deplaning.

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Yangon International Airport

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Some Takeaways

Ladies and gentlemen, I am not placing the blame on my classmate on this incident, but I learned so much from this. Since this incident, I always go to the airport literally 5 hours before my flight, be responsible about checking all my stuff if they qualify for carry-ons (even if itโ€™s less than 100mL, you can still never be sure). I was really proud of myself for keeping my cool (and not crying!) the whole time during this stressful situation.

This was 2016, by the way, and Iโ€™ve grown into a more responsible traveler by now. Things like this (or worse) could happen to anyone at anytime, but what always, always matters is how we react to the situation.

I like it that the airport staff were strict for good reasons. I like it that the flight was supposed to take off on time. I like it that the airline waited for us even though itโ€™s completely my/our fault. This is why I love Singapore and I keep on coming back to Singapore. Whenever going to other cities, I would still prefer a Singapore layover.

On a bigger note, now you must already know why I always prefer to travel solo.

(This blog post is dedicated to that classmate who brought us to this fiasco. Next time you have to pee, please have some courtesy in letting the people know that you want to go to the gate on your own instead, or whatever your lame excuse was. Itโ€™s a basic social rule.)

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Visa-Free Southeast Asian Countries for Filipinos (Philippine Passport Holders)

A lot of Filipino travelers I know have expressed some frustrations on how less ‘powerful’ the Philippine passport is compared to other countries because we are only eligible to enter a few countries without the need for a visa. To someone who is aiming to visit all nation-states in the world, yes, it would be a struggle, but it won’t hurt if you start traveling to visa-free countries first, right? That’s also what I am currently working on.

But hey, it is not the end of the world, guys! In fact, setting up a good and clean travel record to visa-free countries is a brownie point should you apply for a visa in the First World, like Europe and the US. After all, there is so much to explore in these visa-free countries which deserve to be visited first by us, Filipino travelers.

With “start traveling to visa-free countries first”, I meant the Southeast Asian region. In fact, Southeast Asian region is one of the most popular regions visited by travelers from all parts of the world and from all walks of life. There is so much to see in this region: cultural and historical heritage sites, natural wonders, cities, beaches, mountains, name it! Did you know that your Philippine passport entitles you to travel around Southeast Asia, visa-free? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Why can Southeast Asian citizens travel around the region visa-free?

The members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption in order to achieve a lasting friendship and cooperation among ASEAN countries, hence as ASEAN Citizens, we Filipinos can travel around ASEAN region without a visa. How cool is that? You can have your own Southeast Asia visa free travel bucket list before exploring the rest of the world!

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Without further ado, here is the list of visa-free Southeast Asian countries for Philippine passport holders:

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM (visa-free for 14 days)

Omar Ali Saiffudien Mosque Brunei
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Anyone up with seeing some beautiful mosques and feeling a legitimate sense of peace away from your home countries? Brunei is definitely the place to be.

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CAMBODIA (visa-free for 21 days)

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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Temple run, anyone? You are entitled to roam around Angkor complex in Siem Reap and explore magnificent historical structures around Phnom Penh without a visa!

Oh, btw. Some sad news: Cebu Pacific suspends Siem Reap route

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INDONESIA (visa-free for 30 days)

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Bali Museum, Denpasar, Indonesia
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Mount Bromo, Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia
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Hotel Majapahit Surabaya, Indonesia
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Bank Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia

Whether you’re exploring historical sights in big cities like Jakarta and Surabaya, exploring the countryside and natural wonders in Probolinggo, or having the vacation of your life in Bali, you can do all of these without the need to apply for a visa. How’s that?

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LAOS (visa-free for 30 days)

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Haw Phra Kaew, Vientiane, Laos

Laos is the most underrated Southeast Asian country!!! Please please consider exploring this beautiful country! There’s so much history and culture in here, and oh, it’s the most heavily-bombed country in the world (well, Vietnam War-speaking, because I know Syria feels the same way, too). Unfortunately we don’t have direct flights from Philippines to Laos, but hey it doesn’t hurt to include this in your itinerary, let’s say, when you go visit Thailand.

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MALAYSIA (visa-free for 30 days)

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Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, Malaysia
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Sunway Lagoon, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Malaysia is a melting pot of different cultures, and as a result, there’s just a variety of good food here! You can explore Malaysia if you want to go shopping (everything here is, for some reason, cheaper than Manila), have some food trip, or have some cultural immersion, Kuala Lumpur can provide them for you. If you want to have some amusement park-ish type of fun with friends, Petaling Jaya is the place to be.

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MYANMAR (visa-free for 14 days)

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Shwenandaw Monastery, Mandalay, Myanmar
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Old Bagan Ruins, Myanmar
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Yangon Zoological Garden, Myanmar

Myanmar is also one of the least popular Southeast Asian destination to Filipinos because there are no direct flights to here from Manila. But, I could attest that you will not regret going this far because Myanmar is so authentically uninfluenced by any external culture (I’m talking about Westernization hehe). It’s indeed the “Golden Land”, literally, because of the golden stupas all over.

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SINGAPORE (visa-free for 30 days)

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Central Perk Cafe Singapore

Deemed as one of the best countries in the world, this small island nation never failed to impress everyone who goes here. From the vast number of museums, to hawker centres, to the very efficient transport system, and the very progressive economy, I could say that Singapore is really very utopian for me.

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THAILAND (visa-free for 30 days)

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Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

From beautiful temples to happy people to nice beaches, Thailand is a perfect destination for almost all types of travelers. Drinking some Thai tea overlooking Chao Phraya River? Priceless.

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VIETNAM (visa-free for 21 days)

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In front of Ben Thanh Market with a view of Bitexco Tower, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnam, being the second largest producer of coffee in the world, is not only home to the best coffee out there, but also to the healthiest set of green leafy cuisine! A legit banh mi sold by the street sides is a must-try!

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There you have it! To Philippine passport holders, Southeast Asia is literally visa-free! It can ease everyone’s travel hassle and more energy and money can be dedicated to this beautiful region. I just hope Southeast Asia visa requirements for all Southeast Asians will be lifted indefinitely because it can indeed contribute to the region’s economy as well as the awareness of ASEAN citizens about the region and the countries surrounding them.

So, I’ll just wait for your travel stories, then? Safe travels and prepare your passports to be stamped now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Travel Plug Adapters in Southeast Asia: A Practical Guide

(Keep on reading to be informed about what Southeast Asia travel adapter suits your travel needs.)

Traveling to another country could be a pain if you forget to consider the electrical plugs that your country of destination uses, especially if it is different from the electrical plugs you use in your home country. Some hotels have universal electrical plugs, but what if you went somewhere with no such plugs? That is when you will need a travel adapter and I found learning about these things practical and useful since I’ve been traveling around Southeast Asia for a couple of years now. This is why I came up with this Southeast Asia travel adapter guide to also help other travelers out there.

When I went to Singapore this year, I forgot to bring my travel adapter, and the hotel I stayed did not have a universal electrical plug. I asked the receptionist if I could borrow one. However because of language barrier, he kept on insisting that there is an electrical plug available at my room and he’s not aware that my gadgets have a totally different type of electrical plug required despite showing him the actual cables. I ended up buying an adapter in a convenience store which cost me SGD8.

Another instance I had was when I went to Indonesia for a couple of days where I had to stay in different hotels as I move from one city/town to another. Some hotels I stayed only had the Type C electrical plug. As a result, I had to connect my phone to the USB outlet of the television and let it charge while I sleep.

These are some of the possible reasons why, my friends, you will definitely need this Southeast Asia travel adapter guide.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL ADAPTER: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

I’m sure you don’t want to experience these inconveniences during your trips abroad. Since I am traveling around Southeast Asia the most frequent and most of my readers also do, I compiled this practical guide to Southeast Asia travel adapter guide:

TRAVEL ADAPTER BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Brunei
Travel Plug Adapter Brunei

You need to have a Type G Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Brunei Darussalam.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER CAMBODIA

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Cambodia
Travel Adapter Cambodia

TRAVEL ADAPTER CAMBODIA. You need to have either Type A, C, or G Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Cambodia.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER INDONESIA

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Indonesia
Travel Adapter Indonesia

TRAVEL ADAPTER INDONESIA. You need to have either Type C or F Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Indonesia.

For more specific travel adapter Indonesia tips and my experiences, you can always send me an email! ๐Ÿ™‚ Other sources of travel adapter Indonesia tips in this link.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER LAOS

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Laos
Travel Plug Adapter Laos

You need to have either Type A, B, C, E, or F Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Laos.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER MALAYSIA

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Malaysia
Travel Plug Adapter Malaysia

You need to have a Type G Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Malaysia.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER MYANMAR

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Myanmar
Travel Adapter Myanmar

TRAVEL ADAPTER MYANMAR. Surprisingly, Myanmar uses a variety of electrical plugs: Types A, C, D, G, and I. You have to prepare these travel plug adapters when going to Myanmar.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER PHILIPPINES

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Philippines
Travel Plug Adapter Philippines

The Philippines uses Types A,B, and C electrical plugs, but Type A is the most commonly-used type. To be sure, you can consider bringing all 3 types.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER SINGAPORE

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Singapore
Travel Plug Adapter Singapore

Like Brunei and Malaysia, Singapore uses Type G electrical plugs, hence be prepared to bring the same travel plug adapter to avoid the hassle I just shared you earlier.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER THAILAND

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Thailand
Travel Plug Adapter Thailand

Like the Philippines, Thailand also uses Types A, B, and C electrical plugs. In addition to that, Thailand also uses a special Type O electrical plug:

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Thailand Type O Adapter
Type O Travel Plug Adapter used in Thailand

Be sure to prepare these types of travel plug adapters when traveling to Thailand.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER VIETNAM

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Vietnam
Travel Plug Adapter Vietnam

Vietnam’s electrical plugs are similar to the Philippines and Thailand: Types A, B, and C.

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The Southeast Asia travel adapter variety can be intimidating, but it does not hurt to prepare all travel adapters for the types of electrical plugs in the Southeast Asian countries you will visit. After all, you want your travel to be hassle-free. Happy travels!

SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL ADAPTER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What plugs are used in Southeast Asia?

Southeast Asian countries use different plugs, so it is best to either learn what specific plugs each country uses, or bring your own universal travel adapter when packing for your trip.

What plugs are used in Vietnam and Cambodia?

Vietnam used Types A, B, and C plugs while Cambodia uses Types A, C, and G plugs.

What travel adapter is needed for Thailand?

Thailand uses Types A, B, and C plugs (similar to the Philippines and Vietnam). In addition, some parts of Thailand also uses a special Type O plug.

What plug adapter do I need for Cambodia?

For Cambodia, you will need either Type A, C, or G plugs, depending on what the specific place/establishment uses.

(Most of the information from this blog are collected with the help of information from ASEAN website: www.asean.org)

Sherlyn’s Practical and Honest Overseas Hotel Reviews: To Stay Again or Not to Stay Again?

To be honest, I have been planning on writing hotel reviews of all the hotels and hostels I I have checked in during my overseas travels (meaning outside the Philippines, because I’m based in Manila). However, I never had the time to actually take photos to help my readers appreciate my reviews. Most of the time, right after checking in, I would jump in the bed and throw away my stuff all over. I am either very tired, had no sleep, or just not in the mood to do the effort of taking photos.

But don’t worry! Here I am, and I will try to make use of the limited photos that I took from the hotels I stayed in, together with a very quick review. I will also tell you if, based on my standards (which are not really so high, believe me), I will consider checking in again in these places. Also, feel free to click on the hotel names for more info and booking. Enjoy!

Where's Sherlyn Travel and Food Blog Brunei Darussalam

STAR LODGE, BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Star Lodge Hotel Brunei
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Will stay here again? YES!

The hotel is a little far from the airport, but don’t worry too much about road distances in Brunei. You can get there in no time. The hotel is located in Jerudong area, a very quiet and peaceful part of Bandar Seri Begawan, and you will definitely enjoy your time there. The rooms are beautiful and elegant. When I stayed there during the Christmas holidays, I saw that they were preparing a backdrop for the New Year’s Eve, so I guess they were planning an event then. I wish I was able to witness it. There was just one morning when I woke up to the sound of the mass at the mosque, but it was really calming and I did not really mind.

TIMES HOTEL, BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Times Square Hotel Brunei
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Will stay here again? Why not?

This is a hotel within a mall. On the Ground Floor, you will find restaurants and shops, and there are a lot of restaurants to choose from! Above the hotel are more shops and the cinema. You don’t need to go out of the building and it has got everything you need. It’s also very close to the airport. I stayed in a room with a window but no view, and if you got assigned to a room close to the elevator, you will hear the noise of the people. I did appreciate their complimentary newspaper, though. Breakfast buffet was a little meh.

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KOLAB SOR PHNOM PENH HOTEL, PHNOM PENH

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Kolab Sor Phnom Penh Hotel Cambodia
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Will stay here again? YESSS!

I love Kolab Sor! The design was very minimalistic and the lobby was super big and beautiful! They have desktops that can be used by guests at the Ground Floor. The rooms were so minimalist and cozy. The shower was very spacious, and I remember clearly that they have a good set of toiletries. It is also near establishments like restaurants.

NEW ANGKORLAND HOTEL, SIEM REAP

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Will stay here again? Haha! Please, no.

To be fair, this hotel is near Pub Street, but I had a lot of issues. The hotel is old and I feel like dusts are everywhere. The oldness of the hotel is like more of ‘woods and red carpets’ type. Elevators and hallways are a little creepy, but the rooms were surprisingly okay. They have a big pool but the water is dirty and mossy. Breakfast was served outdoor by the pool, but it doesn’t even look good, I did not trust its cleanliness, and they lack so many utensils and necessities.

They have a mini-outdoor gym but the equipment are just dumped in one side and accumulating rust. Oh, there was a power interruption exclusively in that hotel only for two nights and it scared the heck out of us! I feel like the place used to be very elegant (like Manila Hotel-type) but it just lost its former glory. Our shower’s ceiling also has a huge hole and we had to cover it in a plastic just to make sure nothing bad will happen.

Don’t trust the photos of this hotel you see in Agoda.

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AH SHAN HOSTEL, HONG KONG

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Will stay here again? Sure.

This place is located right at the heart of Mong Kok area and very close to the Mong Kok MTR station. There are so many establishments and big malls around and it is a busy area. The rooms resemble a typical Hong Kong tiny apartment, but it was clean and the view outside was great. They provide hot and cold water in a dispenser outside the room. The price is good for a private room in a hostel.

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