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Photography Guide For Myanmar (Burma)

After our 10 days Myanmar trip we can say that this beautiful country offers an exciting, colorful and really authentic experience for photography enthusiasts. Locals are very friendly, generally fine with making a portrait of them (but as always, do ask before doing so).  Every men wears a longyi (a traditional long wrap-around skirt) and most women and children have thanaka (a yellowish-white paste made from ground-bark) painted on their faces. Life is simple, especially outside of cities, you will see many locals working on their farms.

Even one month would be too short to explore this magnificent land. In 10 days you can explore just the most popular places. However, once you want to get off the tourist trail, going gets miserably slow and quite rough. So if your budget allows, it’s a great idea flying some legs of the route.

Our 10 days Myanmar itinerary

Yangon (2days) – Bagan (4days) – Inle Lake (2days) – Mandalay (2days)

We flew from Bangkok into Yangon (with Air Asia) and flew out of Mandalay (with Thai Smile) back to Bangkok. Between the destinations we took buses. In total we spent over 30 hours on bumpy roads…

The best places for photography in Myanmar

Yangon, the formal capital offers a perfect opportunity for interesting street shots and architecture. We especially loved photographing at Shwedagon Pagoda, early in the morning. Make sure to be there for SUNRISE to avoid the tourists and to see many local people and monks chanting and praying at this magnificent temple.

Bagan is an amazingly photogenic site in Myanmar, especially at sunrise and sunset. You can see many hot air balloons drifting over the huge ancient city at sunrise. If you want to secure the best spots, again, you will have to wake up very early and be there around 5.30am. As a reward you will experience an epic sunrise and view, plus you will have awesome pictures.

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Bagan sunrise with a stupa

Inle Lake is a truly picturesque place, famous for its floating villages and gardens and the unique way of life of the local people. Boat trips provide excellent opportunity to experinece the life on the lake.

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Mandalay  is the second largest city in Myanmar (after Yangon) so expect lots of concrete buildings, traffic and smog. The city itself is not very appealing, but around Mandalay there are some attractions (the tree ancient cities, Mingun, U-Bein bridge, and temples) worth visiting. Wake up early, visit temples and markets to see locals going on about their daily lives.

After 49 years of military rule Myanmar is slowly opening up to the world, but it is still a genuine and authentic place. Tourist numbers are rising considerably in recent years due to the fact that the country has so many hidden paradises. Go before it turns into the next Thailand!

How To Get The Indian Visa in Sri Lanka

Obtaining Indian Tourist Visa in Sri Lanka

Given that Sri Lanka is so close to India, you might as well want to hop on the plane and fly from Colombo to India.

But before you do that, you will need a Visa. It can be done electronically but since you are in Colombo, you can get it done personally.

Although the Indian High Commission is located in the center of Colombo they do not process visa applications there! You have to go to IVS Indian Visa Center in Colombo 4.

Address: 129 Philip Gunewardena Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka

How To Get The Indian Tourist Visa in Colombo

It is fairly simple. You can get it done in 1 week, here is how:

1. You have to fill in the application forms* (you will need copy of passports, and passport photos)

2. Hand them in at the Indian Visa Center (IVS)

3. Go back 1 week later to drop the passport

4. Collect passport with the visa on next day

*Important: You can get all the application forms done in 10 minutes if you go to the agency located just across the street from the IVS. They will do all forms for you, ID photos and photocopies as well for 300 RS and they guarantee that your application will be accepted. It is easy to find them, as there are agents standing right outside the IVS and show you the way to their office.

Read more about Sri Lanka here.

Street Photography in Chiang Mai

As Travel & Street photographers we like to stay longer in the places we are visiting to have time to properly explore and observe the daily life there.

Chiang Mai has interesting streets for the photographers, narrow alleys with colorful street art, food stalls with all types of cooked meals, “restaurants” on the side walks, few night markets and unique beautiful temples. Continue reading Street Photography in Chiang Mai

Bangkok, a great city for street photography

Like most travelers visiting Thailand, we also landed in Bangkok. The Thai capital’s airport is well connected to the city with public transport (train, bus and mini vans). We decided to take a taxi, which made more sense after flying/sleeping at airports for over 20 hours… The taxi ride was almost 1 hour – due the heavy traffic jam that seemed to be present all day, every day in the city. There is a huge selection when it comes to accommodation. Our hotel was very close to Wat Saket and the Golden Mount but most backpackers stay on Khao San Road, the center of the backpacking universe. Continue reading Bangkok, a great city for street photography

3 Weeks In Indonesia – Bali, The Gilis and Lombok

Wow, we absolutely loved Indonesia, what a beautiful country! The Indonesian archipelago is made up of 18,110 volcanic islands – 6,000 of them being inhabited – and it is the largest archipelago in the world. No wonder why we felt that 3 weeks time was just way too short and we definitely will be back at some point. During this rather short vacation we visited Bali, The Gili Islands and Lombok. Continue reading 3 Weeks In Indonesia – Bali, The Gilis and Lombok

How To Backpack Oman On A Budget

Why Visit Oman?

Oman is one of the most amazing places we have backpacked, but if this is not enough to convince you here are the reasons:

  • It is the perfect country to visit if you are outdoorsy type
  • You can camp literally anywhere and everywhere
  • It is very different from what you are used to, Oman has preserved the old charm and traditions unlike its neighbours
  • There are no skyscrapers and party crowd here
  • Omani people are very friendly and open to visitors
  • It is one of the safest destinations on the world to visit

Continue reading How To Backpack Oman On A Budget

2 Months in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

The ‘Emerald Island‘ is a great destination for everyone from tourists to backpackers. While the accommodation is a bit more expensive than other South East Asian countries, the food and transportation is still very cheap. Wonderful sights, amazing beaches, delicious local specialties, friendly people in a laid back culture.

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We spent 2 months in Sri Lanka traveling around – while working online – with two longer stops: one in Trincomalee and the other in Mirissa. Continue reading 2 Months in Sri Lanka

Things you need to know if visiting Sen Monorom

Perhaps for most of the travelers, Sen Monorom, the capital of Mondulkiri province, is not the first place to visit in Cambodia. Many don’t even know about it and they are not even including it in their itinerary.


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  • Getting there:
We took the mini van from Kampong Cham, which was a mistake. We should have gone with a bus because in the minivans you are driving with 21 people plus the driver and the vehicle is registered for 12. The price difference is only 0,5 / 1$, but we were thinking that the vans are faster and book one of them.
The first half of the journey to Sen Monorom is on dirt road, the second half is on paved one. The landscapes surrounding the road are amazing, green hills combined with red soil and various types of flora.
  • Getting around:

Sen Monorom is not like the other places in Cambodia. When you get off the bus there are no tuk tuk drivers offering ride to acommodations. Here you will have one or two guys offering a motorbike ride to the hotel you have booked. It shouldn’t be more than 1$ even if it’s outside of town like the Nature Lodge or Tree Lodge. To explore the town and its surroundings you will need a motorbike, as it is quite spread out. The maps you are handed when renting a bike, are not very helpful as they are all hand drawn and not very accurate.

  • Accommodation: 

Book a room in advance. Usually the budget lodges with nice bungalows get full quickly in main season. The prices can be higher than written in the guide books, add 2-3$ on top of them. We stayed in Phanyro Guesthouse for 8$ (double room) hot shower, clean and spacious rooms. Most of the staff don’t speak English. There is no wifi in the room but you can sit in front of your door to get some signal.

There are few lodges that offer bungalows for 7-10$ like Tree Lodge or Happy Elephant. Nature Lodge is charging 25$ for the same thing.

  • Food:

We found a nice place to eat called Sovannkiri Restaurant and Guesthouse on the main road with fair prices, good food, friendly staff and good wifi. They also have rooms for 8$/night. If you are looking for cheap local food check out the market and grab some vegetarian dish for a dollar.

Sen Monorom Waterfall
Sen Monorom Waterfall
Sen Monorom Viewpoint
The view from the “Viewpoint”

What to do:

On the hand drawn map all the things that are worth seeing in the area are marked. Not so many and they are pretty far from each other. Mondulkiri is a province for eco tourism and you can find many 2-3 days tours offering jungle trekking, see and feed the elephants, visit the indigenous Bunong people. Most of the waterfalls you can visit by yourself, just rent a motorbike. We didn’t go on arranged tour because the price was over our budget. Instead, we rented a bike and drove to Sen Monorom waterfall located at the edge of the jungle where we saw an elephant and her owner, a nice Bunong man. We passed by Bunong villages but they were unfortunately empty.
It is said that this is the least visited province but that is not true. There are many big groups of students from AU, NZ, UK & US doing volunteer work here, paying lots of money for that. The locals say that the a foreign company organizes all of that and its primary objective is not to help the minorities and animals but to make money. Now there is another organization founded by the locals which is cheaper and is just for helping themselves.

Sen Monorom Bunong house
Bunong traditional house

Visiting Kampong Cham in one day

From the peaceful Kep in SW Cambodia we took the bus to Kampong Cham from where we are continuing to Mondulkiri province in E Cambodia. Because of the late arrival in the city we decided to spend the night in a guest house and hit the road in the morning. While exploring the city searching for dinner we thought that it would be a waste not to spend at least one day and explore the surroundings. We weren’t wrong, there is so much to be seen here in a day. Continue reading Visiting Kampong Cham in one day