How to Use Money in Myanmar?

Myanmar is considered a good country in managing foreign currency. The money market is stable so when traveling to Myanmar, the use of US dollars or Kyats money in Myanmar is very easy. If you keep track of the dollar exchange rate with Kyats money in Myanmar you can see that it doesn’t change a lot in the long run.

When traveling to Myanmar, you should bring dollars with you to ensure it can be used to pay for all services. On the way to the airport, you can change a small amount of local currency (kyat) to use the small services. However, exchange rates at the airport or at state-owned banks are not good, often lower than the market rates. So you can use the small USD banknotes to use small services before changing to Kyats in Myanmar. General market exchange rate is around US$ 1 to 1,000 Kyats. Exchange counters are everywhere. If you go to Yangon or the new capital of Naypyitaw, exchanging money will not be a big deal for tourists. However, if you are an acquaintance using a card, you need to look for large transaction centers or banks. The reason is that in Myanmar, ATM are quite rare, the types of payment by cards in restaurants, supermarkets have not developed. The best way is to bring cash and you can feel comfortable because Myanmar is safe.

If you are traveling from Vietnam, you should not have more than $ 7,000 cash in your pocket because it would violate Vietnamese law. When you come back Vietnam from Myanmar, you should not bring Myanmar money and the amount of US$ should not be bigger than the amount you brought in the last time. The Kyats – Burmese currency - are available in denominations ranging from 1 to 5,000 Kyats. However, 5,000 Kyat note is rarely used. Often when you exchange money, you will only receive 1,000 Kyat notes or smaller ones. If you exchange $ 100, you will have to keep a large amount of small Kyat notes.

If you do not want to hold a large amount of money in your hands, you should spend US$. Most stores in Burma accept US$, but the money must be clean. Averagely, drink is at $ 2, food at $ 5. So with the exchange rate of $ 1 = 1,000 kyat, you're sure to have trouble carrying local money.

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Beaches in Thanh Hoa

If you have chance to visit Thanh  Hoa, surely you will be attracted by its wild and beautiful beaches. 

Sam Son Beach

As one of the first beaches famous for tourist in the northern provinces, Sam Son is about 16 km east of Thanh Hoa city. The seaside was used by the French as a private beach in 1906, with many old villas, including the resort of King Bao Dai.

Sam Son is longer than 10 km with strong waves, smooth water, fine sand and moderate salt. Not only the beautiful beach, Sam Son also has many famous sights and historical sites. Among them is the Co Giai, where the Truong Le Mountain meets the sea, the Doc Cuoc Temple (also known as Gam Temple) on the top of Co Giai island, attached to the legend of the giant guy splitting his two body. A half went to the sea to kill the monster to protect the fishermen, and the other half stood on the top of the Co Giai Island. In addition, the Trong Mai rock is also a favorite place when visitors come to Sam Son.

Bai Dong Beach (East beach)

Bai Dong is the beach of Nghi Son Peninsula, Tinh Gia District, Thanh Hoa. It is not crowded as other famous beaches. The peaceful, gentle Bai Dong scenery makes anyone here enjoy the real rest. The beach here is still wild, so naturally beautiful, the blue sea and white sand will "attract" any visitors to Bai Dong.

Come here you feel so fresh under the cool water, have fun with friends under the waves without feeling shy. Or simply lie back on the beach, read a book, listen to music, and enjoy the sea, all the fatigue and sadness seem to disappear.

Although Bai Dong is untouched and fresh on the map of Vietnam tourism, but the devotees have been very quick to come here to enjoy the most relaxing moments, the best on this deserted beach. So if you do not come to Bai Dong right now, you will have a lot of regrets. It is 60 km from the center of Thanh Hoa city to Bai Dong. If you are in a group, rent a taxi is not too expensive. You should ask the price in advance to get the best price.

Hai Hoa Beach

From Thanh Hoa city to Cong town, Tinh Gia district, it is about 40 km, turn left 3 km to reach Hai Hoa sea.

The Hai Hoa beach has been known for several years, as beaches along the country began to be exploited as tourist resorts. The sea here still retains the wild and poetic features of soft white sands and casuarina trees all year round. When the sun rises, the fishing village is busy with the fishing trip. The fish market is right on the beach with fresh fish and shrimp. When it somes to noon, the market closes and bring the peace back to the beach.

Especially, in Hai Hoa, there is a special dish that you can not ignore: of jellyfish salad with hot sauce, jellyfish salad with pancake and fig leaves... Some coastal restaurants can serve dishes such as sea snakes, lobsters, fish ... In addition, in Hai Hoa you can also buy seafood from the boat dock or from the local fishermen each morning and afternoon and the restaurant can cook it according to your own taste.

Hai Thanh Beach

Hai Thanh Beach of Hai Thanh, Tinh Gia, Thanh Hoa is about 4 km in length, stretching from the tip of the mountain to the foot of Mount Du Xuyen.

The beach is small and medium waves with peaceful fishing villages. Offshore is Hon Me with about 10 large islands. Not only rest and bathing, visitors can visit many historical sites such as Dot Tien Temple, Quang Trung Temple and the church of Ba Lang parish with a history about 5 centuries ago.
Hai Thanh with a busy fishing village is very famous with its fish sauce - Ba Lang fish sauce. Fresh products are available, including crabs, crabs, blue mussels, shrimp, clams, ...

Hai Tien Beach

Hai Tien beach is located 175 km from Ha Noi, 30 km from Thanh Hoa city, along National Highway 1A, crossing the left turn of Dao Xuyen and go straight 15 km.

Hai Tien beach has been introduced to serve tourists from a few years with a length of 12 km. Fresh air, long sandy beaches can provide you with a variety of private bathing options that remain clean and safe. The seashore is beautiful and rustic with clam huts, square salt fields and deep green forest.

Hai Tien Sea still has many wild features with undeveloped services. In addition to a few rest houses and restaurants, you are perfectly set in tranquil natural surroundings with lush greenery and peaceful fishing villages. You can go to seafood market early in the morning, buy things and ask the hotel to cook or order food at home with reasonable prices.

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Hoi An Travel Guide - Suggestion of 3-Day Itinerary to Hoi An

Do not think that Hoi An is as tiny as the palms of the hands and there’s nothing to play, to eat or explore. Let’s enjoy a good experience in Hoi An with a pleasant 3-day and 2-night schedule as we suggest below.

Day 1

Arriving in Da Nang Airport, transfer to Hoi An by your hotel's free shuttle bus. After getting a room to rest a little bit, you can take a visit and swim in Cua Dai beach. After many years of continuous landslide, in recent months, Cua Dai Beach is showing signs of sandy back, the sandy smooth, wide beach is stretching. In many sections, the sandy beach has been recreated tens of meters from the embankment to the edge of the water, becoming a place for tourists to rest and watch the sea.

In the afternoon, you can visit the ancient houses, spiritual buildings and social works to learn about the life and culture of Hoi An. Quang Dong Communal House, Phuc Kien Communal House, Tan Ky ancient house, Phung Hung ancient house, Quan Thang ancient house, Chua Cau (Japanese Bridge), Ong Pagoda, Tran Dynasty temple, Sa Huynh museum... which are the most typical and remarkable works in Hoian.

Then, if you have time, you can visit and learn to make pottery in Thanh Ha pottery village located on Thu Bon River, in Thanh Ha ward, Hoi An city, about 2km west of Old Quarter. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Thanh Ha was a very prosperous village, famous for its pottery and terracotta products, which were exchanged throughout the central provinces of Vietnam. The pottery of the village originated from Thanh Hoa, after acquiring a number of techniques, the pottery village was formed as today. Come to the village, in addition to witness the talents in the art of artisans, visitors are also instructed to manually perform traditional handicraft products here.

In the evening, you can take a walk around the old town at night, enjoy the fun activities such as boat trip on the Hoai River, drop paper flower lights, watch the traditional music, buy souvenirs ... there are many interesting things you can do in the evening and they are not costly at all.

Day 2: Visiting Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham in Tan Hiep, Hoi An, Quang Nam, is 15 km from Cua Dai Beach. There are 8 islands: Lao, Dai, Mo, Kho Me, Kho Con, La, Tai, Ong. Many visitors after visiting the Hoi An ancient town often visit this island group to enjoy the beauty of nature and explore the life of the locals. To visit Cu Lao Cham you can book daily tours (costing about 600,000 VND – 29 USD per person) or visit it on your own.

In addition to the beautiful beaches, Cu Lao Cham also owns many interesting tourist destinations that you can not ignore such as Cu Lao Cham Marine Museum, Cham ancient wells, Hai Tang pagoda, Tan Hiep market. In addition to the seafood such as crab, squid, abalone, bird's nests and wild vegetables are also delicious you should try to come here.

In the afternoon back to the old town, you can choose a few cafes to relax such as Cocobana (16 Nguyen Thai Hoc), Chu Chu (74 Tran Phu), Cocobox (94 Le Loi), Hoi An Roastery (135 Tran Phu), Reaching Out (131 Tran Phu) ... If you just want to enjoy coffee and see the city in the afternoon, The Chef (166 Tran Phu) or Faifo Coffee is the best address.

Day 3

Wake up early to see the old town in the morning. The time people preparing to work in a long day is the moment you should not miss when traveling to Hoi An. It would be great if the morning is beautiful, with a bit of sunshine early ... and surely you would have romantic, impressive photos.

Then you can choose the Bay Mau coconut forest as the next point of interest. Located on Village 2 and Village 3, Cam Thanh Commune, Hoi An, Quang Nam province, about 3km southeast of Hoi An, the Bay Mau botanical coconut forest is a tourist destination that has become familiar to many visitors. Come here, you will be surprised by the immense coconut forest and low-roof houses which are made entirely of coconut. Nothing ismore interesting than sailing on the canals to enjoy the fresh nature. You can see the flocks of fish swimming, above is the coconut forest with lots of bird nests.

Then, you can continue to move to An Bang beach. An Bang beach in Cam An ward, Hoi An, is formerly the beach of the people living around the area. This place is known for its beautiful blue sea, white sand and clean. In particular, remember to stop to visit The Deck House, a super beautiful two-tone blue – white color. It has a simple design, not picky but eye-catching. The generosity comes from the tropical style with coconut trees, palm leaves, water jars, and around the sea, sand, creating a sense of excitement as if to forget the world when you get lost in The Deck House.

To enjoy this great schedule, you can choose the attractive 3N2D combo promotion at Belle Maison Hadana Resort & Spa Hoi An for only 1,430,000 VND / person. Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort & Spa is about 700m from the center of Hoi An ancient town, built harmoniously with the East-West architecture combined to create a harmonious and beautiful overall. The resort offers 95 rooms, all tastefully decorated, each room has its own private balcony so you can enjoy stunning views of the old town or the rice paddies.

Muong Lo: the Wild and Charming Beauty

Muong Lo carries in itself pure, wild and natural beauty with fresh air all year round, along with the flavor of ancient Tuyet tea in Suoi Giang, the source of natural mineral water... which create Muong Lo unique hidden charm.

The entire village in the scent of shan tea

Located about 80 km west of Yen Bai City, Muong Lo is located in the heart of Nghia Lo town and Van Chan district.

Muong Lo: the Wild and Charming Beauty

The western area of Muong Lo Basin is a residence of more than 10 ethnic groups that make up a unique cultural region. Muong Lo is the point of Hoang Lien range of 180 km, 30 km wide. It has long been said that this is the second largest field of the majestic northwestern region. Muong Lo is famous for its white rice with good flavor of rice and tea.

In the season of harvesting and processing tea, Suoi Giang is full of fragrant smell of tea resin, the smell is so enchanting that people seem to feel that going in the taste of tea, they feel like enjoying the flavor of mountains and forests.

Tea from the top of the mountain, after being picked, is carried to the village by the horse and then dried. At that time, the air in the village is covered with fragrant smell of tea. Up to now, Mong people in Suoi Giang have dried and replicated the tea with manual methods. The big and curved tea leaves look like hooks, the outside is covered with a layer of iridescent “snow” and it is fragrant itself. If you smell the tea once, you will want to inhale forever.

Muong Lo: the Wild and Charming Beauty

There are quite a lot of theories about thousands of ancient tea plants in Suoi Giang. The soil, forest and tea in Suoi Giang are majestic and exotic. Suoi Giang is a commune located at a height of 1,500 to 1,800 meters above sea level. There are trees with a life expectancy of more than 300 years, they are considered the ancient and “ancestor” tea plants in Suoi Giang. Even, many people say that drinking Suoi Giang tea can avoid many intestinal diseases, sometimes, just rubbing tea leaves of ancient trees on human skin can remove all the rash and itch.

Muong Lo: the Wild and Charming Beauty

Suoi Giang tea is also very “picky”, the tea pot and cups must be made of porcelain and baked carefully on fire, they can not carry any smell of other kinds of tea, can not be stained and must be clean and rinsed with boiling water. Tea has to be infused with water in laterite area in the midland, or water taken from Tap Lang, Giang Cao of Suoi Giang to have high- grade tea.

Exciting Xoe dance

Wandering the land with white flowers, you will encounter the Thai girls in black dress, robes, Pieu scarves and wearing Xa tich (kind of silver jewelry like chatelaine or key chain). Referring to Thai girls, people often think of Cóm shirts. This is a short-sleeved shirt that holds the body tightly and the lappet is put behind the waistband when they wear this shirt. Com shirt of white Thai people has high collar, and that of black Thai has low "V" shaped collar. The shirt is attached with the silver buttons of various shapes such as butterfly, bee, tick... With the unmarried girl, the number of buttons are odd number. For married women, the number of buttons are even numbers to tell people that the person wearing the dress has her life partner.

Muong Lo: the Wild and Charming Beauty

Today, Thai ethnic women have made more colorful shirts, but they still make sure that the shirt is tailored to the right style, while being wore, different colors radiate and make the women in this mountainous area more beautiful.

The muffler of Thai women in Muong Lo is not Pieu scarf. It's just a black scarf dyed black with the two ends embroidered with purple, pink, blue thread... The length of the towel is between 180 and 200cm, the width is from 32 to 35 cm.

For unmarried women, the chatelaine is rounded neatly. The boys look at the way that the chatelaine is rounded to guess the personality of each girl. They conjecture that a girl who rounds short chatelaine is leisured person, the girl with chatelaine rounded to the skirt is a modest person...

Thai woman's costume is the long lasting cultural value of this ethnic, it represents the aesthetics of culture and beliefs in the community culture that is more precious than ever through thousands of cultural life. There is still no changes.

In Muong Lo, no one can remember exactly when Xoe dance first appeared in Thai community, but through the ups and downs of life, those who are passionate about Xoe dance still consider this a precious asset and make great attempt to preserve this traditional dance. Having a chance to visit the Thai villages in the spring, in the full moon day, or when the rice is harvested and kept in baskets, when the fruit is ripe, you will be attracted by the dance containing joy and exposure.

Exploring Muong Lo field- the second largest field in the Northwest

Those who has ever been to Muong Lo (Nghia Lo town), a fertile, rich land of the North West, where has the second largest flat vast plain in the North West, where is famous for "rice White, clear water", with specialty of Shan tea, with the fragrant aromas of Tan Tu Le sticky rice will never forget the interesting moments.

Of the four large valleys famous for their beautiful scenery and fresh weather in the North West, Muong Lo is second one only to Muong Thanh (Dien Bien province) and stands on Muong Than (Than Uyen, Lai Chau) and Muong Tac (Phu Yen, Son La). Muong Lo nowadays includes Nghia Lo town and some communes of Van Chan district. Looking down from the top, Muong Lo field looks like a large pan, surrounded by mountains all year round. In the spring, the fog becomes denser.

Muong Lo is the second largest field in the northern mountains, just to Muong Thanh (Dien Bien). Black (clothes) Thai people have long settled here. According to the epic story of Thai people, the two brothers of Tao Xuong and Tao Ngan needed to find a place to start their career. Tao Xuong stopped at a village in Muong Lo, built the ancestral land of the Black Thai people throughout the North West because of its fertile soil and plentiful water. Tao Ngan went to Muong Then (Muong Thanh today) built the village of the White (clothes) Thai people and mainly grew rice.

The small town of Nghia Lo in the west of Yen Bai lies in the heart of the vast Muong Lo field surrounded by Hoang Lien range covered with white clouds. The land of less than 3,000 hectares is home to 17 ethnic groups with a population of over 27,000 people, of which the Thai people make up 44% of the population with a lot of unique cultural features.

How to reach Yen Bai

From Ha Noi, there are two major roads to Yen Bai that are National Highway 32 and National Highway 70. To go to Van Chan, Mu Cang Chai and Nghia Lo districts, you will travel on National Highway 32.

Yen Bai is 207km away from Hanoi, you can take a train from Hanoi Railway Station to Yen Bai Station, or take bus of brands of Ten Hoa, Hung Lien, Dung Thao from My Dinh bus station to Yen Bai Bus Station. This route has the last stop at Yen Bai Bus Station. If you want to go to Nghia Lo, Van Chan, Mu Cang Chai, you should catch a bus to Lai Chau bus. From Ho Chi Minh City, you can take a plane or train to Hanoi, then take the bus or ride motorbikes to Yen Bai. From Yen Bai Railway Station and Yen Bai Bus Station, 2km from Yen Bai city center, you can take a taxi to the center.

The best time to go to Yen Bai

Yen Bai has two beautiful seasons that you can arrange to arrive. The period from September to mid-October is the season of ripe rice, and everywhere if covered with a bright yellow ripe rice color, nice weather, which is convenient to visit. From May to June is the season of water, when summer rains start pouring water down the mountains, the water is led from the mountain into the terraces.

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The Top Tourist Spots in Phan Rang - Thap Cham

With the aims of having a breath of fresh air, and, later on exploring new charming landscapes, I decided to take a visit to Phan Rang – Thap Cham, Ninh Thuan Province. And, fortunately, these picturesque tourist spots satisfy my hunger for discovering.

The impressive Phan Rang – Thap Cham route features the famous road which has long been familiar to professional pack backer called Bau Trang. This road is straight and offers impressive sea views. Therefore, travelers, in general, and pack backers, in particular, can’t help stopping to enjoy this amazing scenery. On national holiday at the end of April, Phan Rang - Thap Cham isn’t crowded with vacationers. I did relax and immerse myself in the beautiful Ninh Chu Beach to be full of energy after such a long journey.

In the early morning of the next day, I took a visit to Vinh Hy Bay. The picture below is the stunning road from Phan Rang to Vinh Hy Bay. It features beautiful winding passages and a panoramic view of the immense hills and mountains of Nui Chua National Park.

I choose to explore the beauty of Phan Rang - Thap Cham route, that is 70 km long on National Highway 1A and provincial road 702. Photo: Google Maps. At Vinh Hy Bay, I got on an amazing boat whose bottom is made from glass to explore the colorful coral reefs, enjoy the charming landscapes of the Bay, and pick up fresh sea breezes. Noticeably, you might also ask the owner of the boat to take you to the sandy beach for swimming.

My next destination was the marvelous Hang Rai stone beach. It features « unique » stone edges that is compared to those on Mars. I had lunch there, then took a visit to the nearby beautiful vineyard. I did capture its picture.

When chatting with the owner of the vineyard, she recommended an « unfamiliar » charming spot called Hom Beach for me. This attraction is still new to pack backers. The trail leading to the « unspoiled » Hom Beach is near the vineyard, but it is nearly hidden by the forest. Fortunately, this pristine beach deserves my travel with the « extraordinary » scenery. Here, I seemed to have no concept of time because I kept staring at the beach. Even, I was wondered what was happening in front of my eyes. Lucky me, it was real, absolutely real. After exploring the breath – taking Hom Beach, I went to Da Hang Lake (fresh water lake) featuring a stunning lake with a big dam. Its scenery could be compared to those I did visit in Da Lat.

Binh Ba Island – A Popular Destination in Summer

Our journey to Binh Ba probably takes us to majestic mountains and charming beaches. We started our journey at Cat Lai ferry (District 2, Ho Chi Minh City) in the early morning and plan to reach the destination by following the coastal road.

The coastal road of Binh Chau route passing 2 beautiful lakes in Vung Tau city, namely Coc and Ho. (Ba Ria, Vung Tau). The scenery on this route promise to drive you crazy amid the fresh cool air.
After having lunch, we reached the amazing Mui Ne fishing village, featuring the boats, basket- boats, the pristine blue water of the sea, the smooth sandy beach, etc.

Travel a hundred meter further, we got to Rom Island in the late afternoon, actually a quiet and peaceful afternoon. Then we crossed the impressive Bau Trang Street which has been distinctly familiar to pack packers. Standing on this street, we could hold a panoramic view of the stunning sand dunes. It would be one of the most unforgettable experiences during our journey. At 5 p.m that day, we set foot in the Cham Tower (Phan Rang city), in which it crosses Vinh Hao beach.

We did have a breath of fresh air in Vinh Hao Beach. Both local residents and tourists were immersing themselves in the pure blue water of the sea. Finally, we got to Ba Ngoi port at 8 p.m to get on a canoe to reach Binh Ba Island. During the day time, tourists just need to pay 2$ to set foot in the island after 15 minutes of travelling by canoe. If you travel by motorbike, you must park your motorbike right t the port.

However, we got there late, so we hired a boat carrying both passengers and vehicles. It was a memorable night because, in the end, we set foot in the « dark » island because of the power cut after nearly an hour of « floating » on the sea. Asking the local residents, we knew that the « overcrowded » island made it cut electricity temporarily. Interestingly, we did treat ourselves a big feast with lobsters, shellfishes and the local famous fish named « Ca Mu », then find the guesthouse to stay.

The charming beauty of Binh Ba Island in the morning promise to « allure » all tourists. From the trail to the slope, you can see the stunning attraction on the island named Rua Island. Travelling a little bit further, you will have a crush on the «romantic » grassland like that in Da Lat.

Noticeably, this amazing island offers coral diving at a reasonable price.

You can stroll, swim, or even try adventurous games if you want to challenge yourself and experience thrilling activities at Nom beach. This beautiful sea is surrounded by two mountains that make it calm all year round. However, this prevents tourists from greeting the dawn in the early morning. As a compensation for this disadvantage, Nom owns the soft white beach and purest blue water, so it is crowded with both tourists and locals at about 4 p.m. Get there, you definitely stay away from the bustle of the city life as well as your own worries. 

At midday, we returned the mainland to continue our journey to the poetic Da Lat city. From Cam Ranh port to the south, you can straight ahead and make a way to the crossroad to get to National Highway 27B. Travelling through this National Highway, you will get to National Highway 27, then reach the destination by following two most impressive passes in Vietnam, namely Ngoan Muc Pass (at the end of National Highway 27) and Dran Pass (on National H This This route has the stunning Song Sat Ninh Thuan water reservoir on National Highway 27B. It is featured with a beautiful lake on one side, and majestic mountains on the other side.

I accidentally saw a white sheep farm of Ninh Thuan. Located near Lam Dong province, this farm raises up to thousands of sheep.

Crossing Ngoan Muc Pass, we continued to go across D'Ran Pass at that night to reach the center of Da Lat City. The city welcomed us with the « sparkling and twinkling» light.

 At 10:30 p.m, the night market remained crowded. After walking around the market, we dropped by the famous Batoa beef hot pot restaurant to enjoy a good late night meal before coming back the homestay. Greeting the very first rays of light from the sun, inhaling the fresh cool air of the city, we were all energetic to start a new day.

The Inle Lake - Unspoiled Landscape and Fresh Air

Inle Lake is located in central Myanmar. In order to get into Lake Inle, all foreigners are required to buy entrance tickets at $ 10 per person, which is a compulsory environmental fee.

Travelling to Myanmar, visitors will see Inle Lake as the "blue sea in the hills of Shan State". Inle Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Myanmar with an area of 116km2, the deepest point of the lake is nearly 4m and the average depth of the lake is 1.5m.

The lake attracts a lot of visitors everywhere to visit to enjoy its pristine and attractive beauty. Going to the middle of the lake, the boat carrying tourists will slow down and stop so people can take pictures of local people fishing on the lake, which is a beautiful image promoted by Myanmar tourism on the cards. Going to Myanmar and visiting Inle Lake, you will find it similar to water tourism in Vietnam, but a basic difference is the Inle Lake environment is completely cleaner than in Vietnam.

When going on the lake, the boat will cruise slowly, so tourists can see the scenery on the shore, which is considered as the green vegetables village of local people.

The population is sparse and concentrated around the lake in traditional villages. Visiting the traditional weaving village, guests will see here a very old and interesting method of weaving. They create cloth from a unique material in the world - the lotus growing on the lake. According to some reports, every 8000 lotus will be able to use to weave a cloth which is 0.6 meters wide and 2 meters long, with the price up to a hundred dollars.

One more day to visit Inle Lake, visitors will have more time to explore and contact with the women of ancient ethnic Padaung – the longneck tribe. This is the ethnic group still living in the border areas of Myanmar and Thailand. The life of the people here is normal. They are cheerful and friendly, willing to take pictures with the visitors, then continue to work and weave fabric.

Burmese women dress up very simply and the makeup is quite simple, most women in this country use the face powder from thanakha, grinded from the tree with the same name for skin care and sunscreen. At first sight, it may be a bit strange for visitors, but then you will find it charming and so cute.

Around Inle Lake there are sacred temples built centuries ago. Notably Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the pagoda is a gathering point for the local community of Inle Lake. The temple has five Buddha statues covered with gold, that is very holy to the local people as well as visitors. The temple also displays some photos of the president and senior Myanmar officials who came to the temple.

The Shwedagon Pagoda Festival - The Most Spiritual Pagoda in Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda is known as the most famous temple with the impressive majesty and sacredness in Myanmar – the land of golden temples . And every year, many Buddhist ceremonies are held at the temple. The festival is a traditional spiritual cultural event that is very meaningful and has a great influence on the spiritual life of the people. However, over the last two decades, this Buddhist festival has not taken place here.

Over the past few years, government policy has been more open, Shwedagon Pagoda has been allowed to hold Buddhist festival, which gives the people excitement.

The festival is officially opened on February 22 and took place a total of two weeks with many activities, ceremonies and traditional rituals of Buddhism. The festival at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is a perfect combination of Buddhism and Burmese folklore traditions.

Shwedagon Pagoda is built on a hilltop and is extremely prominent in the sky of Yangon. Every night, tower populations, statues in this place are illuminated to become sparkling, highlighting a sky region.

Shwedagon is known as the Golden Temple because most of the statues or buildings are covered with gold leaf. It is estimated that 4,351 diamonds are attached to the main tower of the temple, and the heaviest diamond weighs 76 carats. According to historical records, the Shwedagon Golden Temple has existed for 2,600 years. Legend has it that Shwedagon Pagoda is home to 8 hairs of the Buddha. The Buddha gave these hairs to two traders asking to be his disciples when the Buddha was in the world.

During the festival, there is a very cheerful atmosphere outside the pagoda with many activities happening. This is the place where people can watch performances and enjoy entertainment. There is also a fair with a varied food area, exhibition and trading in handicrafts and foodstuffs from around the country.