Myanmar is an untouched country, for now. It’s like taking a step into a time machine going back 50 years or more. From the hospitality in Mandalay to the sunsets in Bagan, the indigenous people of Inle Lake and the onset of modernity in Yangon, it’s a beautiful place with beautiful people.
In Mandalay, we stayed at a place called, which doubled as a music school. The kids would learn downstairs and travelers would stay upstairs in the dorms. When we went, there was a citywide curfew at night and by 9:30 everyone had to be off the streets. That evening for sunset we hired a taxi to take us up to Mandalay Hill. Monks that live there speak many languages and use the tourists as an opportunity to practice. I got the chance to meet a monk named Ongong who had a genuine curiosity and friendliness about him who spoke English very well. After taking in the sight and the beauty of the sun setting over Mandalay it was a warm welcome to Myanmar.