18 Amazing Photos of Myanmar

AP Soe photographer – who was awarded Myanmar photographer has recorded fascinating moments about his country and people. Surely after watching these photos, you will not want to miss a Myanmar Travel.

The eyes of light
The ancient wall in Mrauk U, Myanamr was rediscovered in this century. The mysterious empire of Mrauk U has more than 700 pagodas and works covered by forests.
Girls of Akha ethnic groups in the area of golden triangle 
The heart of Chakra, Bagan, Myanmar
The black clouds in the sky in Bagan
Novices in the festival of Ananda temple, Bagan. Thousands of monks at different ages flock to Bagan once a year to attend the festival in Ananda Temple
Ngwe Saung Beach - Myanmar
Night in Bagan
The purple dawn in Aung Ban
The only road with the height of 100 meters leading to Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar
Buddha statues in the East Bago
Monks also like football
Jumping into the river
This photo which was taken by Iphone has been rewarded and posted on Instagram – Bagan
Children are children – Yangon
A novice
A fishermen on Inle Lake
Shwedagon with the view from Yangon commercial center.

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10 Interesting Experiences in Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay city in Myanmar –home to the charming and hidden beauty will become close than ever through the lens of Philipp- a famous travel blogger.

Hire a bike and explore the city by your own way

Bikes are vehicles can be found everywhere in Mandalay with a very cheap rental. There are numerous interesting destinations in Mandalay you could easily visit by bike. The traffic of the city is quite convenient and. More important, during your biking tour, you will find out many interesting things which are even more interesting than visiting a famous place.

Visit a gold leaf workshop

The most impressive thing in Myanmar is maybe gold. Gold is not only used to decorate on Buddha images, outside pagodas, but also used to plate on the ceiling or on furniture in rich households.
King Golon is one of the most famous and oldest gold workshops in Mandalay. Visiting this place, you will have a chance to observe the process of making gold leaf. All people at King Galon are happy and enthusiastic so you may try yourself by hammering on packages of gold leaf.

Visit stone carving workshop

 Mandalay is a city owing a lot of traditional workshops but the most highlighted one is stone carving. You could move to Sagaing region to visit these workshops. The entire area seems to be covered by smooth dust from marbles.

Visit Maha Muni Pagoda

Maha Muni is the most sacred pagoda of Mandalay which is just after Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon in terms of fame. The pagoda is large and beautiful with many doors and balconies leading to the main shrine. You will be impressed with the large Buddha statue plated with gold. The special thing of this region is that only men are allowed to enter, all women only watch the statue from outside.

Relax at Shwenandaw Monastery

After riding a bike and strolling around areas of Mandalay, you could spend some time to relax. Shwenandaw – a famous monastery built of teak. It will be an interesting experience when relaxing and admiring complicated architectural sculptures of the monastery.

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Enjoy street food of Mandalay

The advantage of a biking tour is that you could stop anywhere you want. You could stop regularly to enjoy delicious street food in Mandalay. The best thing in Myanmar cuisine is that after enjoying dishes, you will be offered a warm pot of tea for free. Strange dishes of Mandalay will be unforgettable impression during your journey.

Explore Amarapura and U Bein Bridge

Amarapura was once the capital of Myanmar. Currently, this ancient capital has been known for silk products, Maha Gandhayon Kyaung Monastery and U Bein- the world’s longest teak bridge.

In the Maha Gandhayon Kyaung Monastery, at around 10 am each morning, there will be a lot of novices standing in line for making alms.

Admire scenery from Sagaing Hill

Sagaing is the area outside Mandalay. To get there, you need to cross Ayeyarwady River. Sagaing is specially famous for its hill named Sagaing Hill – one of the major Buddhist centers in Myanmar which is home to more than 600 monasteries and stupas as well as 6000 monks.

Take a boat trip to visit Inwa village

Inwa as well as Amarapura and Sagaing are the three most ancient cities in Myanmar. You need to take a boat from the bank of Ayeyarwady River to get there. The road from the riverbank to get into the region is quite poor, so most of the tourists travel by horse drawn cart. Like most of the ancient cities in Myanmar, you will be amazed by majestic pagodas with unique architecture and stunning views there.

Visit the ancient village of Mingun

Mingun is about 11 km from Madalay, you could get there by road but most of the tourists travel by waterway. Almost all the tourists visiting Mandalay do not miss this impressive destination because it owns many most important historical relics of Myanmar, including Mingun Pahtodawgyi, relic – a pagoda built with red bricks. If it was completed, it would be the largest brick Buddhist work in the world with the expected height of 150 meters.

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5 Attractive Isles around Phu Quoc Island

Coming to Phu Quoc Island, you must look at 5 following beautiful islands to experience the wild beauty and explore the many exciting activities of sea and island.

Xuong Island

This is the most remote island located in the south of the island of Phu Quoc. Xuong island seawater is very clear and deep. The most interesting thing is a huge cave with imposing cliffs. From this cave, you can lie and dive to see beautiful views of the sea on Xuong island.
5 Attractive Isles around Phu Quoc Island

This is a great location for those who enjoy diving and watching coral with many precious and beautiful corals which are equally beautiful to those on May Rut Ngoai Island.

May Rut Ngoai island

May Rut Ngoai is located in the south of Phu Quoc Island, about 3 miles from the center of An Thoi town. In order to get to May Rut Ngoai island, visitors can travel by boat in about 1 hour.
5 Attractive Isles around Phu Quoc Island

May Rut Ngoai beach is relatively unspoiled, with many rocks and little sand, so sea water is very clear. During sand accretion season, the beach will only be full of white sand and blue water color which is picturesque. Here, in addition to swimming, you can hand hammocks to lie and relaxing, listen to the waves slapping or wander on the island for expeditions, taking pictures.

On the island, there is a family called Mrs. Tam and is also the only diner. Coming here, remember to visit her diner to taste pinch porridge specialty.

May Rut Trong island

Similar to wild character of the island of May Rut Ngoai, May Rut Trong island attracts tourists with the long sloping beach, fine white sand stretching along with coconut trees. The region of May Rut Trong sea has an incredibly diverse ecosystem with 125 species of fish and 150 species of molluscs. Besides, the many rare marine species such as clams, dugongs, sea turtle ...
5 Attractive Isles around Phu Quoc Island
The island also attracts tourists with many interesting activities. The first one is to participate in a snorkeling tour, firsthand admiring the colorful beauty of more than 100 species of hard and soft corals. At night, visitors can experience the exciting feeling when going fishing for squid with the fishermen. It takes only 5 minutes travelling boat to visit the squid fishing village where visitors will catch fresh squid, grill or cook into porridge right on the boat.

Mot Island

Mot island is about 20 minutes riding motorbikes from the center of Duong Dong town (Phu Quoc district). Mot Island attracts tourists with the diversified ledges, strips of beach morning glory blooming very beautifully. The sea level is not deep, so we can see the corals, moss and all the fish swimming around. Here, you can unleash swimming, snorkeling, seeing fish, crab, pinch and more.
5 Attractive Isles around Phu Quoc Island
In addition, the island also has an extremely diverse, rich vegetation with many species of perennial trees, many strange species of mushroom growing on rotting tree trunks

Mong Tay island

Mong Tay island is almost an absolutely pristine island because there is no residents living and no intervention of the convenient service from the mainland.

Mong Tay island is the ideal location for outdoor activities such as camping, swimming or going deep to explore the wilderness with grasslands stretching.
5 Attractive Isles around Phu Quoc Island
Another interesting activity that you can not miss when coming here is to experience scuba diving to admire the extremely rich coral ecosystem with 17 types of hard and soft types of anemones of brilliant colors. The Coral reefs of many shapes, sizes and colors will surely leave a great impression on your mind on a trip to the "desert island".

About cuisine, you can go to Phu Quoc island to buy seafood and process into favorite dishes.

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From Madrid to Vietnam with Travelgenio

Ok, it is time to connect two important destinations that are separated by a minimum of 15 flight hours and also a scale.

If you decide to bet and travel to Vietnam you must know, before starting the trip that you will immediately fall in love with the country.

Vietnam is tradition, nature, beaches and landscapes. It is also magic and there are some unique destinations you can choose as a traveller. Just take a look to the flights you can book with an online travel agency like Travelgenio and decide the city you want to visit as starting point. You should visit some of them to understand the real beauty of this country. Let’s see the options!

Hanoi: we have to start with the capital of the country. Hanoi is the city where you will have all the country connected. Let all the spirit of this city get inside of you because it will be the best way to discover places like the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, or the history of this country in the History Museum. Don’t forget also to take a look to the Fine Arts Museum. One of the stunning temples in the city is the Literature one, just plan a visit if you want to enjoy it.

Danang: the third biggest city in the country and maybe the connecting city between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh as it is just between them. Da Nang is also well known because of the Marble Mountains, where you can enjoy nature and outdoor sports. If you want to practise Snorkel, you will have it easy if you just have to arrive to the Cham Island, where there is a huge tradition in this watersport.

Hue: it is the ancient Empirecapital and it is real this last city. You have to discover it to understand the history of this country. It is the place to see pagodas, temples, castles…

Finally, we cannot forget Ho Chi Minh, where the old Saigon will be revealed if you just have a walk in the city center.

How visitors live when discovering Son Doong Cave ?

Travelers will have many exciting experiences in the wild such as spending 5 nights sleeping in a tent under the cave, enjoying BBQ with chicken or pork prepared by local chefs, relaxing swim in underground rivers...

Each conquest Son Doong tour has only to 10 guests with a professional staff consisting of experts, medical staff, guides, chefs and luggage porters.

The Son Doong adventure lasts 7 days including 5 days experience entirely in the natural environment with fantastic activities like picnicking, camping, sleeping tents, bath springs ... This journey will include 2 nights in En Cave and 3 nights in Son Doong cave.

Travelers will have chance to enjoy the delicious meal amongst the lush green jungle, on the way trekking from Doong Village to En Cave.

The tour offers a professional chef and 2 partners, who prepare meals and arrange seats for all travelers.

In addition to the delicious dishes prepared at the Son Doong Cave, visitors also have chance to savor fresh seafood and specialties of the surrounding villages of Phong Nha.

It takes around two hours to prepare a meal. The menu features many yummy dishes including BBQ of chicken or pork eating with salt, which is a local specialty of Quang Binh.

In the evenings, visitors can enjoy leisure activities like playing chess, singing, chatting with the porters...

The tent also has sleeping bags for travelers.
A flush toilet using rice husks compact is prepared for guests during the Son Doong tour. Each campsite has at least two clean toilets for travelers.

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Experiencing Homestay and Visiting Orchards on An Binh Island

Escaping from the sun and dust in the city, coming to An Binh Island, you will feel the cool, the fresh air of a peaceful countryside with lots of fun and attractive activities.

Located about 135 km from Saigon, alluvial land of Vinh Long attracts visitors with recreational activities. Here are some hints for you when visiting An Binh Island, a popular tourist spot in Long Ho district, Vinh Long province.

Exploring the river by boat

With terrain is land dunes surrounded by rivers, An Binh Island is an ideal place for tourists to visit the life of the locals by boat. The cool breezes and the singing on the boat will bring you unforgettable impressions.

If luckily passing the coastal fruit trees, you will be given the opportunity to pick up and enjoy delicious fresh fruits without worrying about being complained by local people because with the life of the farm all year-round, the fruit is often seen as the gifts to invite tourists.
Experiencing Homestay and Visiting Orchards on An Binh Isle

Visiting orchards

The gardens lush with fruits all year round are the specialty of the Southwest Provinces. Depending on the season and time, the gardens have different kinds of fruit. Summer is usually the main fruit season in the West, so many tourists visit this place at that time.

Binh Hoa Phuoc rambutan is one of the famous specialties on An Binh Island. Visitors will be overwhelmed by the orchards with ripe rambutan fruits on the branches. You can visit this garden during the harvest season (from May to July).
Experiencing Homestay and Visiting Orchards on An Binh Isle

Guests can also visit the extensive gardens of fruit to directly participate in “catching fish in the drain” in the traditional costume of áo bà ba, cooking and enjoying the "spoils" earned at the garden. These are activities designed to serve foreign visitors of some resorts.

Visiting ancient houses, traditional craft villages

Cai Cuong ancient house is known as an architectural work with European architecture mixed with ancient Oriental features. Located on Binh Hoa Phuoc commune on the bank of Cai Muoi canal busy with boats, this is the place attracting tourists to visit in the spring.

The most attractive features of the house are the wooden parts carved with dragon, phoenix, birds, trees.. figures which are all gilded.
Experiencing Homestay and Visiting Orchards on An Binh Isle

Added to this, you can visit the house of Mr. Hai Hoang built in French architecture with a very wide airy yard. Behind the house is the garden of rambutan and longan. This usually is the place for lunch and overnight of visitors.

Besides, the traditional villages such as Phuoc Dinh yellow apricot, Mr. Sau Giao’s bonsai gardens will bring you comfort and peace.

Visiting ancient pagodas and temples

When traveling to An Binh Island, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the old temples and shrines here. In addition to the restored old pieces of wall, statues of the Buddhist can make you “shudder” each time you pass.

The architecture of the temples here is quite unique. At the temples which was built hundreds of years ago, ancient space with exquisite carvings lines will help you open up the eye.

Experience "homestay" tourism

After a day of walking around on the island, you can relax in the houses at night in the type of "homestay" tourism. Visitors will stay and live with local people as members of the family. Through learning activities, you can experience the values of life and local culture.

You can visit some famous homestay addresses such as: Phuong Thao, Nam Thanh, Ngoc Sang, Vinh Sang, Ngoc Phuong, Ba Linh, Bay Trung ...

Enjoying local cuisine

Tasting the rustic flavor of the dishes in this land is something you should not miss. Some dishes you should try on this isle are fried gourami, catfish cooked with pepper, boiled vegetables, goby sour soup, steamed chicken with lime leaves, sweet potato...
Experiencing Homestay and Visiting Orchards on An Binh Isle

Tourists can visit the resort of Mekong - Dong Phu aquaculture farm to catch the fresh fish in the small canals and be guided to make delicious dishes on the spot. The prawns change their color continuously on attractive charcoal fire will leave much impression in your heart.

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Where to Go Shopping in Ho Chi Minh City like a Local

Not only attracting tourists with attractive and unique tourist destinations, delicious and rich dishes ... Saigon is also known as a “paradise for shopping " with bustling shops and markets which are always busy days and nights.

The following is a list of top 10 busiest shopping areas synthesized recently. Let’s have a look at!

Binh Tay Market (or Cho Lon in China Town)

Binh Tay Market, also known as Cho Lon, was built in 1920s of the 20th century. Market is built on an area of over 17,000 m² in the ancient style. Binh Tay Market now has more than 2,300 stalls with more than 30 categories of products. Coming to Binh Tay Market, visitors both watch ancient architecture and learn the history of the market and go shopping with reasonable prices.

Nguyen Trai Street

Nguyen Trai is a not long street, connecting two districts of 1 and 5 in Saigon but it is a place where famous fashioned clothing are sold for a long time.

Nguyen Trai can be divided into 3 areas. The area of Ward 15, District 5 is dedicated to the group at the age of 15-20. Goods here are multi-categories, multi-origins including Thailand, China, etc  The area from Nguyen Trai junction - Le Hong Phong Street to the intersection of Nguyen Trai - Ton That Tung concentrates prestigious Vietnamese brands for young people, such as Viet Thy, Viet Tien, Tay Do... The most outstanding place are some shops located in Nguyen Trai Street, district 1.
Sai Gon Square

With diverse commodities, particularly reasonable prices, Saigon Square is known as “a paradise for shopping in the heart of the city". Saigon Square now has two centers: Saigon Square 1 located on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1 and Saigon Square 2 is located on Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1.

 Aeon Mall Tan Phu Celadon

Aeon Mall Tan Phu Celadon is a commercial center from Japan which helps you combine shopping, relaxation and entertainment, suitable for all ages. The center has a professional and thoughtful staff, with full of quality items of prestigious brands.

Crescent Mall

Officially coming into operation in November 2011, Crescent Mall is considered the first commercial center in Vietnam with international standards. Designed with unique arc shape, it can be compared with other famous commercial centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and other countries in Asia. Currently, Crescent Mall offers more than 134 retail stores allocated over 5 modern and large floors.

Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh Market was built in 1914 with an area of nearly 13,000 square meters, 1,437 individual and more than 100 stalls of 9 enterprises. Goods in the market are diverse which meet the demands of consumption, sightseeing, shopping in the country and abroad. Try a visit to the Ben Thanh market, so that you can feel the attractiveness of the traditional Vietnamese market in the heart of the modern city.

Vincom Center

Vincom Center is a large commercial center in Saigon, where you can find plenty of shops, dining or office-renting services. Vincom Center is divided into two buildings: Vincom A (72 Le Thanh Ton) and Vincom B (45A Ly Tu Trong). Vincom A is located in a building designed in French -style architecture, which showcases international products with famous brands. Vincom Center A is an ideal place for you to go shopping and relax.

SC Vivo City

Located in a strategic location, in 1058 Nguyen Van Linh Street, District 7, SC VivoCity is inherited the success of the largest commercial center in Singapore - VivoCity - which was voted as one of "top 10 shopping destinations in the world "in 2011. SC VivoCity is located in the urban area of Saigon South – one of the most vibrant areas in Ho Chi Minh City and it is only about 5 km from the city center.

An Dong Market – An Dong Plaza

Founded in 1954, An Dong Market is one of the central market of the city with main items of clothes, ready-made garments, shoes ... From the ground floor to the 3rd floor is the area for dining restaurants , fruits, flowers, furniture, handicraft items.  An Dong market is built broadly, cleanly and modernly, very safe and convenient for tourists to go shopping. Today, next to An Dong Market is the magnificent An Dong Plaza building which is newly built.

Lotte Mart Nam Saigon

Lotte is the 5th largest corporation in Korea, operating in various sectors such as distribution, food, construction, entertainment, travel, ... Lotte Mart has opened four trade centers, but the most crowded and bustling is Lotte Mart Saigon South in District 7.