Why Myanmar? Because we wanted to challenge ourselves, to see something new and exciting and exotic, and to experience a slice of Southeast Asia that is a little off the beaten path.
Where is Myanmar? Here’s a handy map!
What’s it like visiting Myanmar? Friendly, accommodating, and much easier than we expected. Myanmar gets a LOT of tourists. We shared our journey with people from Finland, Germany, France, the UK, China, and Japan, but the common language was often English, so a surprising number of Myanmar peoples speak it. Expect most major hotels, guesthouses, and hostels, as well as many restaurants to have someone who’s fluent. Most of the cab drivers we met spoke at least a smattering as well. We were there for ten days and never had trouble communicating. We barely even used our phrase book.
Additionally, Myanmar is cheap. Not as cheap as Thailand or Cambodia, but still. We were a little extravagant – we were on vacation, after all – but we still averaged only about $50.00 a day for two people. Mid-range, budget priced hotels will run around $20-$30 a night. And as with much of Southeast Asia, the best places to eat are often streetfood stands. The meals are cheap, filling, and (surprisingly, for a boy raised in the states) less likely to lead to intestinal troubles.
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Thanks for reading!
-Sam and Erin