Travel Again in Myanmar with Edwin
Domestic tourism has re-started with hotels, restaurants etc opening and Khiri Travel Myanmar had the first couple of bookings from expatriates living in Yangon and they LOVED their upcountry experience. My own trip a few weeks ago went to Mandalay – Bagan – Kalaw – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Pinlaung and Nay Pyi Taw and was truly fantastic. Travelling through Myanmar is magical at the moment as there are few tourists so you have the temples in Bagan for yourself.
Domestic airlines are flying and most areas are open for domestic tourists including Mon & Kayin State, Northern Shan State, Kalaw and Inle Lake, Kayah state, Mandalay, Bagan, Ngapali beach etc. Places of worship (any temple, mosque or church) are still closed, yet some of the smaller temples in Bagan are already open for tourists.
During my drive around the country I noticed the happy faces from local villagers and hotel staff and a sense of relief that things are getting back to normal. I did some bike trips to communities off the beaten paths across the river in Bagan and south of Inle Lake to check if people were comfortable meeting strangers. What makes travelling special is getting to know the culture of a country and meeting people and I was glad to notice the local villagers enthusiastically waved to me and said “mingalabar” when I passed. They were glad to welcome strangers, yet also aware of social distance rules and for example politely directing me to a hand wash basin before entering their house. It made me smile realising the true Myanmar friendliness continues to be genuine…
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