Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site

IMG_7226Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site  |  Bagan, Myanmar  | Morning Biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Sites. One of the many off-board activities in the program of my 4-nights experience onboard the Belmond Road to Mandalay Luxury Cruise. It was an early morning and it was sublime. Waking up to see Bagan come to life, was an unique experience. Thanks to our expert local guide, we venture into the Archeological Site and explored beyond the beaten path. It happens that he grew up there, and he was generous enough to share experiences and hidden gems not available to regular tourists – this is the Belmond factor. Follow my Myanmar INSTAGRAM Photo Gallery. Continue reading Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site

Life aboard Belmond’s Road to Mandalay Luxury River Cruise

Belmond Road to Mandalay CruiseLife aboard Belmond’s Road to Mandalay Luxury River Cruise  |  Myanmar  |  Last October 2015, I spent two weeks traveling across Myanmar. My journey began in Yangon, and took me to Bagan, to board the luxury river cruise Belmond Road to Mandalay. An unforgettable journey, curated to perfection by the local Belmond team, of four nights, sailing along the Ayeyarwady River, with daily stops and tours, which included among other, Mingun, home of the world’s largest uncracked bell, Mandalay and Sagaing Hills with its beautiful pagodas and thriving community of Buddhist monks and nuns, sunset visit of U Bein Bridge among many other off and onboard experiences and activities. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar…  Continue reading Life aboard Belmond’s Road to Mandalay Luxury River Cruise

Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan

Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan  | BaganMyanmar  |  Quintessentially Bagan experience, planned and timed to perfection by the team at Belmond Road to Mandalay Luxury River Cruise. Nothing more simple, yet more unique – this to me is the true and mere definition of luxury travel. So we deboarded our gorgeous Road to Mandalay Cruise, mighty floating on the Ayeyarwady River, and were transferred to the shores of Old Bagan, to begin our afternoon experience, which began exploring Old Bagan and followed by our Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda expereince.  This is what you do, you look around for the highest – hopefully least crowded – pagoda, out of the over 2200 still remaining, and – to your guide’s concern – you climb and climb and climb to enjoy this breathtaking sunset over Bagan’s Archeological Site. Yes, indeed, the Buddhist Monk presence was an unexpected gift of life. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan

My day transitioning from Yangon to Bagan preparing for the journey of a lifetime

My day transitioning from Yangon to Bagan to board the Belmond Road to MandalayMy day transitioning from Yangon to Bagan preparing for the journey of a lifetime |  Yangon to Bagan, Myanmar  | My day began very early at Belmond Governor’s Residence, my hotel in Yangon. 5AM our bags should be at the door of our rooms to be collected. Was time to say goodbye to Yangon and move to our next destination, Bagan where we would boar our luxury boat Belmond Road to Mandalay, our home for the next 5 days, on our voyage along the Ayeyarwady River, to our final destination Mandalay. But before that could happen, lots of things were planned for our day transitioning from Yangon to Bagan. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar Continue reading My day transitioning from Yangon to Bagan preparing for the journey of a lifetime

Sunset experience at the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda

Sunset experience at the iconic Shwedagon PagodaSunset experience at the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda  | YangonMyanmar | Shwedagon Pagoda, known as well as ” the crown of Myanmar ” might be as well, the most iconic landmark of Myanmar, one of the most famous pagodas in the world and a very important monument for Buddhist religion. According to some, the pagoda is 2,600 years old, making Shwedagon the oldest pagoda in the world. When in Yangon, you will feel its omnipresence, and you will be literally draw to it as a magnet. It can be seen from most places of Yangon day and night as the golden roof illuminates the city.  The best time to visit, is right before sunset, to be able to appreciate the site, atmosphere and colors, pre and post sunset. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading Sunset experience at the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda

Lunching like a local Dinning like a King in Yangon

Le Planteur Restaurant & Bar in YangonLunching like a local Dinning like a King in Yangon  | YangonMyanmar |  Food is to me, one of the best ways to learn about a new culture and destination, as Myanmar was to me, till a few weeks ago. And to have a well rounded idea, you do, indeed, need to try everything, from the street food to the top luxury cuisine. So I did, during my time in Yangon. Find below the my way eating out in Yangon, lunching as a local and dinning as a King. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading Lunching like a local Dinning like a King in Yangon

A full day exploring the vibrant and contrasting Yangon

My full day exploring YangonA full day exploring the vibrant and contrasting Yangon  | YangonMyanmar | It was time to give my warm Mingalaba ” Good Morning ” to Yangon, and off I went, escorted by the expert team of the Belmond Governor’s Residence, on a full day experience tour of Yangon. I will let mainly the images do the talking, and pinpoint some tips and must see/do while in there. My stay consisted of two nights, and I felt it was the perfect amount of time to enjoy the destinations and see all that needed to be seen. Hope you enjoy my day exploring the vibrant and contrasting Yangon (also known as Rangoon), former capital of Myanmar (Burma) and the the country’s largest city with a population of over five million. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading A full day exploring the vibrant and contrasting Yangon

My stay at the elegant Belmond Governor’s Residence redolent of Yangon’s colonial past

My stay at the Belmond Governor's Residence in Yangon MyanmarMy stay at the elegant Belmond Governor’s Residence redolent of Yangon’s colonial past |  Yangon, Myanmar  |  A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond Governor’s Residence is redolent of the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar’s southern states. This was my home for two nights, during my first time – long overdue –  visit to Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon), largest city of Myanmar. Belmond Governor’s Residence is located within the elegant Yangon Embassy Quarter and close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. It is just ten minutes from the city centre and 30 minutes from Yangon airport. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading My stay at the elegant Belmond Governor’s Residence redolent of Yangon’s colonial past

THAI Cooking Class at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

FullSizeRender 10THAI Cooking Class at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok  |  BangkokThailand  | After a long night out in Bangkok which began in full luxury and ended up right in the underground scene, I was awake pretty early, with a pounding headache and hangover, but determine to conquer the day ahead, which included an full morning Thai Cooking Class at The Oriental Thai Cooking School of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, follow by a 3-hours Khlong tour of Bangkok. So my first stop was shades to conceal the damage of my late night out, and ultra healthy breakfast over an ultra spicy Khao Tom soup to sweat away the many bottles of Champagne I had. After that I was ready to start my day and master the arts of Traditional Thai Cooking. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on BangkokContinue reading THAI Cooking Class at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

A night out in Bangkok from Luxury to Underground

A night out in Bangkok from Luxury to Underground | Bangkok, Thailand | A night in Bangkok, can begin and end in so many ways…. I am sure you all have heard the stories coming from deep in the Sois. But I have been there and done that, and what I do these days, is to repeat those I have enjoyed the most over the years, and open to discover new ones by the hand of my dear local friends. This was the case of my first night in Bangkok a few days ago, which began in full luxury and molecular Dirty Vodka Martinis at the legendary and recently renovated Bamboo Bar, at the iconic Grand Dame of Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on BangkokContinue reading A night out in Bangkok from Luxury to Underground