Exploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Mingun Bell and more

Exploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi and Mingun Bell  |  Mandalay, Myanmar  |  Early afternoon, just after lunch, and it was time to yet another raw unique experience off-board the comfort and luxury of Belmond Road to Mandalay. This time, as we approached along the Ayeyarwady River to the coasts of the Sagaing Region, we would explore the town of Mingun, located 10km from Mandalay. Follow my Myanmar INSTAGRAM Photo GalleryContinue reading Exploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Mingun Bell and more

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

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

Four Season Tented Camp Thailand

Four Season Tented Camp Thailand  |Golden Triangle, Thailand |  If there was a hotel I visited in 2011, that went above and beyond any expectations, was the Four Seasons Tented Camp at Golden Triangle in the northern region of Thailand, right on the border with Lao and Burma. How about combining the best of Four Seasons signature luxury, style and customer service, with the exuberant beauty of the bamboo jungles of Chiang Rai province in the outdoors, surrounded by a local Elephants camp, Burmese chanting monks in the mornings and serene waters of the Mekong River. How would I define and summarize this experience, simply like this… train to become a Mahout, live with the elephants in full luxury, enjoy all-inclusive adventures, spoil yourself at their full service outdoor spa and dine like a king or queen. Continue reading Four Season Tented Camp Thailand

Sail the Mae Khong River to the Golden Triangle

Sail the Mae Khong River to the Golden Triangle  |  Golden Triangle, Thailand  |  One of the tours you should consider when in the areas of Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen or Chiang Rai, is the sailing along the Ruak River to the intersection with the Mae Khong River to find the central point denominated Golden Triangle. So board your long tail boat, sail across by bamboo fields, small fishing villages and decide where would you like to spend the rest of your day. The options are Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) or Laos. Continue reading Sail the Mae Khong River to the Golden Triangle

Giraffe Women of Long Neck Karen

Giraffe Women of Long Neck Karen  |  Hill Tribe Villlages, Thailand  |  I have always wanted to see them in person, and of course Thailand does not disappoint me at all, there they are. Original from East Burma (Myanmar), this group of women have moved to Thailand to an area called Hilltribe Village, right in between the Golden Triangle and Chiang Rai. I was truly surprised and captivated by their beauty, femininity, their voices and I must say the fact that yet today in 2011 the carry on with their traditions. Continue reading Giraffe Women of Long Neck Karen

Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp

Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp  |  Golden Triangle, Thailand  |  I have just arrived to the Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp, and I have to say that I never stop being surprised. Golden Triangle is the point where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) come together, surrounded by the Ruak River and Maekhong River. A secluded destination to enjoy hours interacting with elephants – training and trekking along with the expert guidance of the Mahouts – in this unforgettable experience. Just 15 tented accommodations – unique in luxury, complete with hand-hammered copper bathtubs – echo the romantic spirit of 19th-century explorers. All-inclusive Four Seasons adventures cover every detail, from drinks and dining to river boat excursions to meet local hill tribes. I will be posting more since I will be staying here for two nights. Continue reading Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp