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My Myanmar Article on Getaway Magz November 2015

Manteman ada yang berminat ngetrip ke Myanmar? Salah satu destinasi ketjeh di kota eksotis yang paling saya favoritkan di Asia Tenggara ini saya kupas tuntas dalam majalah Getaway edisi November 2015. Ada dua ancient city berikut situs wisata menarik yang sarat akan nilai sejarah dan budaya disini. Ya, Mingun dan Inwa, primadona kota Mandalay, kota terbesar ke dua di Myanmar bakalan dibahas buat kamu-kamu para traveler yang suka banget sama suasana vintage berbalut kearifan lokal yang tradisional dan sangat terjaga. Ketinggalan edisinya? No worry, langsung aja klik link Getaway November 2015 ini untuk memperoleh versi E-readernya ^_^

Feels like Home di V.O Holiday Homes, Kuala Lumpur

Percaya atau nggak, dari sekian lembar paspor saya, 60% nya diisi oleh stamp imigrasi Kuala Lumpur yang ngejeblakk gede hampir seperempat halaman sendiri itu, hihi. Wajar aja sih, sebagian besar trip yang saya lakukan mewajibkan saya untuk transit ceria beberapa jam hingga seharian sebelum lanjut terbang ke destinasi sebenarnya. Malah ada momen dimana saking bingung mau ngapain, saya sengaja meluangkan sekitar dua sampai tiga hari tinggal di ibukota Malaysia tersebut demi berleha-leha, kumpul sama teman-teman yang berdomisili disana hingga do nothing. Nah biasanya sih, kalo lagi ngetrip kekota ini, satu hal yang suangattt saya riweuhkan adalah penginapan! Yap, wajib banget bagi saya apabila tempat yang saya inapi tadi memenuhi kriteria 3B, beauty, brain and behavior… ok I was just kidding :p Tapi soal standar preference, saya beneran punya terms and conds yang harus saya pertimbangkan benar-benar. Strategis dan gampang kemana-mana, itu yang paling utama! Saya nggak terlalu suka sama penginapan di antah berantah, unless saya emang lagi pengen lari dari kenyataan #eaa. Selain itu, harga juga mempengaruhi !  Ada harga adarupa, harga agak pricey asal ambiansnya cozy dan fasilitas …

Exploring Ancient Cities around Mandalay (Mingalabar Myanmar, Part Three)

There are million reasons why people could easily fall in love with Myanmar. Myanmar offers plentiful of historical religious experience that could drag anyone to an exotic nostalgia. Well preserved the way it is, some hundreds or even thousands year old tourism sites seem never change time after time. Few months ago, when visiting Mandalay, I and my friend decided to go further south-west, where three ancient cities, Mingun, Inwa, and Amarapura, are located. We hired a pick-up truck, a public transportation, for about 40.000 Kyatt  to explore those city in the whole day. It was really fun when riding on the pick-up truck. Though in Indonesia, we do have this kind of vehicle, but we rarely see this becoming a public transport. The roof was covered, so we had to sit a little bowing down. From the open window–not really a window though, since it’s just kinda spaces between the pillar–we enjoyed the scenic view on our way. Not only traditional wooden settlements and some locals passing by, tranquil brownish river with some floating boats, …

Le Magnifique Hpa An (Mingalabar Myanmar, Part Two)

Hpa An is another magnificent city that you have to visit at least once in your life time! Not really much info we can get from search engine lately about this destination. Therefore, you will experience a lot of fascinating surprise about what this city could offer to you! Located in the south east of Myanmar the city is surrounded by beautiful landscape, limestone mountains framing, Than Lwin river flowing, and greeny paddy field widely carpeting.  Therefore, most of the tourism sites around the city constitute nature exploration! As a country blessed by wonderful landscape, we know that Burmese  builds so many Pagoda as an appreciation to the Creator. Thousands pagoda we can find anywhere in the country, from the highest peak of mountain to the deepest caves. Hpa An is one tangible proof how Burmese so love their god and His creation. Kyauk Kan Lat Lake Kyauk Kan Lat lake really reminds me of James Bond island in Kho Pha Nga, Thailand.  A stunning upside-down bottle like limestone in the middle of the lake, …

Things to do in Yangon (Mingalabar Myanmar, Part One)

Yangon is more than just an ex country’s capital. Although it has been a center of governance, Yangon is not only a boring city with offices and commercial buildings. Yangon have a lot of fascinating tourism sites that could attract world traveler to drop by more than a day and to explore. Here is some list you might want to pencil in when you make your Yangon Itinerary. 1. Visit Shwe Dagon Yes, this is the primary agenda! Though it sounds so mainstream for every tourist, but heyyy, this is the majestic Shwe Dagon that we’re talking about! Based on the legend, this is world oldest pagoda which was built since 2600 years ago, while some historians have researched that this was build around 6th or 8th century. A couple of giant Leogryph  (mythical lion) guard one of four main entrance to this pagoda complex. On the top of  pagoda, there lies a crown which is tipped with 5488 diamonds and 2317 rubies. The body it self is covered by hundreds gold plates.  Guess what, …

4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Myanmar!

1. The Ancient Cities! It would be just less than two hours to get you into the adorable and stunning historical heritage. You might put Bagan the Thousand temples as your major destination, and I know for sure, Bagan is literally, undebatably and tangibly the spotlight. But Bagan is not the one and only attraction which would mesmerized you. Mandalay has beloved neighbors like Mingun city with their unfinished Pahtodawgyi pagoda–the-should-have-been-world-tallest-pagoda-ever, or Inwa city with some ancient monuments and stupas and gates and monastery and many more, or Amarapura with the oldest wooden bridge where you can sip the reddish and yellowish sunset. Hire a taxi or pick up to bring you to those city in a day! 2. The people Perhaps Myanmar is the only country in South East Asia where we could still easily find people “wear” their identity anywhere and anytime. Thannaka cream on their face, Sarong worn in every occasion, stainless steel food basket hung on bicycle handlebars, and chewing betel leaves with Areca nuts are some authentic culture you might …