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5 Unmissable Mandalay Restaurants

Mandalay’s foodie and nightlife scene has upped its game in recent months with the opening of DOSE Mandalay and Ned Kelly. Read on to discover five of the best restaurant hotspots worth...

The Road Less Travelled

Alterative adventures from well-known routes Though Myanmar has a rich and varied landscape and history, it’s all too often that travellers find themselves treading the same old routes....

Hideaways for the Thadingyut holidays

Hoping to escape the bright lights and noisy streets of Yangon over your Thadingyut holiday? Here’s my guide of the best places that you can head to for a mid-week mini-break. Beaches Chaung Tha This well-known beach...

Mogok Pauk Pauk: Inspired by the river

Longyi is a gender-neutral term for the long piece of fabric that is worn in abundance in Myanmar. It starts from the waist and reaches down to the feet, and though it is made out...

Best rooftop bars in Mandalay

A new trend is slowly emerging with the arrival of several rooftop bars in Myanmar. Like their swanky Yangon counterparts, these venues are attracting both locals and foreigners from sunset until the late hours...

The sculptor carving roots into art

Three sets of striking tables and chairs sit unassumingly outside a restaurant on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River. Each set is raised about a foot from the ground and carved from a huge...

A closer look at Myanmar’s nunneries

Susan Bailey spends a day visiting nunneries around Mandalay to gain an insight into the lives of Myanmar’s female monastics. Every day at 10.30am, rows of perfectly aligned slippers fill a leafy courtyard in Sagaing....

Mogok: 800 Years of Ruby Valley

Two hundred kilometers north of Mandalay is Mogok, a town famous worldwide for its rubies. At the end of March it held a celebration for its 800th anniversary. For centuries Mogok has amassed wealth and...

Documenting Myanmar’s forgotten cinemas

The first films publically screened in Myanmar in the 1920s were black and white and silent films. Fast forward to the Myanmar of the 1950s, 60s and 70s and something of a golden age...

Remembering Thingyan Moe

In 1983 a film was shot in Mandalay that still resonates with the Myanmar public more than three decades after its release—in fact, it is replayed on TV almost repetitively this time of year. Thingyan...