Myanmar is experiencing major growth, but the country is still wild and taking shape. Burma Days are very much alive and the traditions formed under British rule can be seen everywhere. From Bagan to Ngapali beach, there is alot to see- just be prepared to work abit harder to get around. Here are my favorites:
Tea Leaf Salad: Its been popular in large US cities for over a decade, but you have to try it in Myanmar where it just tastes a bit fresher
Mala Hin: amazing vegetable dish that embodies Burmese cooking
Falooda: Wild and refreshing summer dessert/drink that has just about everything you can imagine it: jello, ice cream, basil seeds, vermicelli, rose syrup and more
Mohinga: Traditional as it gets, noodle soup with a fish and shallot base and a bit of a crunch added in.
Where to go in 2018
Yangon: Shwedagon pagoda is truly epic…as is the traffic in Yangon so make sure you leave early for sunrise or sunset. Make sure you spend a day sampling street food. Its some of the best in Asia
Bagan: This should be at the top of your list. So many temples, so much history, so many balloons! Rent a scooter and you have 2-3 days of exploration ahead of you
Ngapali: This is Myanmar’s beach town, but caution, its no Thai beach. In fact, one end is used as a bathroom and dump by the local villagers. Its still a great jump off spot for elephant trekking
Golden Rock: Also known as Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, come early or stay late to get some nice shots of the sun hitting the giant golden rock.
Go North: Myanmar has so much territory that hasnt been explored by tourists so get off the path and head into the mountains.