Anyone who has been Japan knows that there is much more to the country’s cuisine than just sushi. There are regional specialties, seasonal dishes and numerous cooking styles, resulting in a cuisine that is widely varied and satisfying. But in...
In a city full of non-descript buildings, Shwe Waa is hard to miss. Its forest green exterior, gilded bamboo (its moniker means ‘Gold Bamboo’) and palm-fringed roof terrace make a bold statement amongst a row of grey and brown...
When Thai Thani closed its doors in early March, Mandalay lost one of its best Thai restaurants. Fortunately it was only temporary: the owners were simply moving down the road to a bigger venue. Although distinctively different in style,...
On the fifth month of the Burmese year (August); also the 8th day of the waxing moon; the O-Poke Pwae Taw or Taung Pyone Festival (The Burmese Clay Pot Toy Festival or the Burmese Toy Pot Stealing Festival) was...
Despite being one of the Mandalay region’s most popular tourist sites, until recently Mingun has had a serious shortage of dining options. Most visitors would return to the city for lunch or continue to Sagaing where a handful of...
Mandalay may be known throughout the world for its arts and crafts. But giant marble statues and glitzy tapestries are not every one’s cup of tea. In Mandalay, shopping for souvenirs for friends and loved ones can be a...
As the owner of three successful music-related businesses, Arkar Win Mya is Mandalay’s leading figure in the industry. Despite keeping a low profile, it is clear that his passion for music is one of the main forces behind the...
In 1907, Maud Wagner grabbed her husband’s tattoo machine, drew her first ink and earned the title ‘America’s first female tattoo artist’.   More than a century later, half way around the world, a young girl from Mandalay picked up...
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Guide: Chill with Live Music

One of the most frequently-asked questions that I have got after I told them I work for Myanmore is where to go for live...
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