Shwedagon Pagoda

WOW, right?? The Shwedagon Pagoda was amazing!! I was blown away with this pagoda complex.  There was so much to see here.  There is always something so magical to me about places like this; it’s like something out of a dream.  I don’t know if I think that way because I studied European Art History…

Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel was a great place to relax.  It is a very beautiful building.  The building was formerly the Rangoon Rowing Club used by British officers in 1934, then in 1948, the building was changed to the Union Club Burma for Burmese government officials and their guests.  Then not long after that, the…

Flying Air KBZ to Bagan

Our tour guide arranged our air tickets from Yangon to Bagan.  We flew Air KBZ and it was a very good experience.  The flight was only an hour long.  The airplane we flew had propellers which the kids thought was really neat. The interior of the plane looked like any other we would have flown…

Botataung Pagoda

The Botataung Pagoda is a very busy pagoda on the edge of the Yangon River; its popularity is due to the relic which is housed in the pagoda which is believed to be a sacred hair of Gautama Buddha.  The original pagoda was destroyed in WWII, then rebuilt to its current building.  Botataung means 1,000…

Yangon

  We arrived in Yangon on May 18 and flew out of Yangon on May 22.  We also had a two day trip to the Golden Rock during that period. In total we were in Yangon for three full days.  I thought that was sufficient time to be in Yangon.  I think if we were…

National Races Village

It was no surprise when Jacob decided that he wanted to go to the National Races Village in Yangon.  As an anthropologist, he loves to see how a country represents its own minority groups.  This village was similar to other national race villages we have seen before in China and Southeast Asia.  I knew there…

LDS Church in Yangon

We didn’t think there would be a church in Yangon since the LDS church isn’t official recognized here.  I searched online to see if there was one and only found a Facebook page for LDS Charities in Yangon.  Since we didn’t have anything planned for Sunday, we thought we would investigate and go to the…

Bago and the Golden Rock (Kyaiktiyo Pagoda)

I have been wanting to see the Golden Rock ever since I saw a picture of it on the Travel Channel Facebook feed.  There was something so magical about this rock, I thought.  Who could pass up seeing a rock that is teetering on a strand of Buddha’s hair!! When we had decided to go…

Yangon International Airport (RGN)

We flew in to Yangon from Hong Kong and arrived at 23:30.  I was surprised that the kids still had quite a bit of energy, but it would be noon time back home, so it was understood. We had to run off the flight to get kids to the toilet, especially the younger one.  Thankfully…

Myanmar E-visas, Tour Agencies, and Drivers

  My husband and I have been wanting to go to Myanmar since the first time we went to Thailand.  We haven’t had an opportunity to go until this Summer 2017.  We are very excited to go.  The following is what I have learned to get ready for the trip. Myanmar e-Visa It is necessary…

Birkenau

I wish that I had spent more time at Birkenau.  Since we went there via shuttle with our General Tour group, I felt like we should return back to Auschwitz with them.  I should have just stayed to walk around on my own.  I’m not sure if the only way you can go to Birkenau…

Oswiecim, Poland

I always have a hard time spelling the name of this town and I even had a worse time trying to pronounce the name, Oswiecim.  In German, the name is pronounced Auschwitz and during WWII, since this town was then in the Third Reich, it was known as Auschwitz until the Red Army arrived in…