|A village in the Mergui Arcehpelago.|
|Gold overdose? The highest gold-plated pagoda in|
the world reaches 100 meters into the sky of Yangon.
But why not dare go elsewhere to discover world-class beaches, hospitality virtually unheard of and mouth-watering seafood? Just asking.
A stop for a couple of days in Yangon to see the world's highest gold-plated pagoda, soak in the hustle and bustle of the country's biggest city and sample its interesting and sometimes excellent restaurants, comes recommended.
|I hate overcrowded beaches.|
More on the beaches around Dawei on MyohMyanmar, a blog.
The best way to independently travel between the beaches is by scooter. You will easily fit two on it. They can be rented cheaply from around Dawei, helmets are mandatory. And you won't need to go to petrol stations to fill them up. Glass bottles of petrol are sold from almost every little shop alongside the road. Just don't drink the stuff, it can easily pass ass rum or whiskey in those fancy bottles.
|A scooter can easily fit two people. |
And in some cases in Myanmar, even entire
families of 4, 5 or 6.
|I hardly ever travel on group tours, so I have never|
before seen the modern selfie. By drone.
Here demonstrated by Chinese tourists.
Two Sand Line Island is definitely absolutely totally must-visit. It will cost you three hours worth of magnificent sights on a speed boat to get there, a small sacrifice to visit an island with a beach on each side of it. That does perhaps not sound very unique. Except that the island is bow tie shaped, which means that the two beaches are a 30 second walk from each other. With no people, and no buildings except for a small wooden shack. And let me not forget the excellent snorkelling. Just visit.
You can thank me later.
The magic of Myanmar might be best experienced away from the most touristy towns, but the hospitality is the same around the contry. You will never regret going here. But chances are you will regret not giving the country a chance. For so many reasons, all of which made me smile. A lot. Let me just mention the food, the people, the hospitality, the sights, the beaches.
It has everything. Even bubbles.
|Who would have thought? The wine shop in Myeik had real champagne. At one third of the price in Norway |
(which admittedly says more about Norway than Myanmar).
|One of the two beaches of Two Sand Line Island.|
|Not a worry in the world. |
Except, how the hell do I get back to the mainland 2.5 hours by boat away?
|Me taking a photo of a fisherman taking a photo of me. Smartphones are everywhere in Myanmar too.|
|A fisherman providing his boat's|
fresh water supply from a waterfall.
|Village fishing fleet.|
|Village resident #1.|
|Village resident #2. With natural|
sun protection cream on her face.
|Village resident #3, 4, 5 and 6.|
|The ice man chops up big blocks of ice. By axe.|
|Monk students in Myeik.|
|Farmers nearby an abandoned train station outside Dawei.|
|One of the villages on the archipelago.|