Travel Tips for Accommodations, Transportation, Places to Visit, etc.

Travel Tips

We have now visited over 30 countries and have written travel tips regarding accommodations, transportation, places to eat, and must-see places to visit.  This section is a work in progress, as we are working to make it easier to find articles.  For now, you can find some of our recent travel tips below.  You can also do a search to find information about the location of your interest!  Thanks for visiting. 🙂

How to Get to Columbo Bandaranaike International Airport from Unawatuna

By Heidi | July 16, 2016

Unawatuna Beach Town We decided that we didn’t want to spend our last night in Colombo for a couple of reasons: Colombo is expensive and accommodations are spread out. We would rather spend our time at the beach than the craziness of Colombo 😉 The best way to get to Columbo International Airport early from […]

Colombo Fort Train Station

How to Get from Colombo Intl Airport to Anuradhapura by Train

By Joji | February 25, 2013

29 August 2012 From Bangkok, our flight arrived at Colombo Intl Airport in Sri Lanka early at 8:40 AM local time. Going through immigration was a breeze as they didn’t even look at our visa approval forms that we had printed from the internet. You can get your pre-approved Visa easily through the website Embassy […]

Motorbike Ride to the Bus Station in Kyaikto

Bus from Kinpun (Mt. Kyaiktiyo – Golden Rock) to Yangon

By Joji | October 8, 2012

28, July 2012 We purchased our tickets for the bus from Kinpun to Yangon directly from our hotel, Golden Sunrise, for 7,000 Kyat/person.  This included the bus (pickup truck) picking us up from the hotel, since we were on the main road back to Kyaikto.  If you remember from a our post regarding the bus […]

Welcome to Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)

Bus from Bago to Kinpun (Mt. Kyaiktiyo- Golden Rock)

By Joji | September 22, 2012

26, July 2012 In the afternoon after sightseeing we boarded a bus from Bago to Kyaikto.  We had a little help from our tour guide in Bago who purchased the tickets and helped us catch the bus.  The bus tickets to Kyaikto cost 5,000 Kyat/person.  Because we were traveling during monsoon (low) season, the bus […]

Feel Express Bus Stop, Where the Mandalar Minn Bus Stops

Bus from Bagan to Bago (Yangon)

By Joji | September 12, 2012

25 July, 2012 We purchased our bus tickets for Bagan to Bago directly from the bus station in Nyaung U.  We went with Mandalar Minn, since we had a very good experience with them from Yangon to Mandalay.  The cost was 15,000 Kyat/person.  If you are going to Yangon or Bago the price is the […]

Heidi and Minthu Riding in the Horse Cart, Bagan

Recommended Horse Cart Driver in Bagan

By Heidi | September 10, 2012

July 23, 2012 Our second horse cart ride in Bagan was much better than the previous horse cart ride. We hired Minthu as our driver, based upon a recommendation from a friend. He went with us to many of the temples and explained the history. He also answered our questions about monks and the monastery […]

Bus from Inle Lake to Bagan

Bus from Inle Lake (Nyaungshwe Junction) to Bagan (Nyaung U)

By Joji | August 29, 2012

20 July 2012 An air-conditioned bus from Inle Lake to Bagan costs 16,000 Kyat per person. We took a 7:00 AM bus from the Nyaung Shwe Junction, which is located about 25 minutes from the town of Nyaung Shwe. Since we were staying at the Aquarius Guesthouse, we had to arrange our own transportation to […]

George at One of the Stops Along the Route from Hsipaw to Inle Lake

Bus from Hsipaw to Kalaw then Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake)

By Joji | August 2, 2012

14 July 2012 Our original plan was to break up the trip from Hsipaw to Inle Lake into two days.  First we would take the bus back to Mandalay and spend the night in Mandalay and then take a different bus the following day to Inle Lake.  However, once we found out there was a […]

Heidi and George on the Bus from Mandalay to Hsipaw

Bus from Mandalay to Hsipaw

By Joji | July 28, 2012

July 11, 2012 We purchased our tickets for the bus from Mandalay to Hsipaw directly from a ticketing agency located only a couple of blocks from the Silver Swan Hotel.  The name of the bus company is Dothawaddi (means small river) and the tickets cost 5,000 Kyat/person.  The departure time was 2:30 PM with an […]

Mandalar Minn Express Bus Yangon to Mandalay

Bus from Yangon to Mandalay

By Joji | July 17, 2012

08 July, 2012 We booked our bus ride from Yangon to Mandalay through our hotel in Yangon.  The name of the bus company was Mandalar Min Express and it cost 13,000 Kyat/person (about $15 usd).  We were told that because of the newly opened highway and newer buses the ride would only take seven hours […]

Arriving in Yangon, Myanmar – Exchanging Money and Taxi into the City

By Joji | July 7, 2012

July 6, 2012 We arrived on a cloudy evening from Bangkok at around 6:00 PM local Myanmar time.  Yangon International Airport is the second smallest Capital airport in south east Asia that we have used.  The only smaller one is Vientiane, Laos.  Our plane was the only one in any of the terminals at the […]

Myanmar Packing List

Myanmar Essential Packing List

By Heidi | June 2, 2012

George and I have started to work on our Myanmar Packing List, since we will be headed to Myanmar in July! In order to be sure that we remember all the essentials, while still packing light, we prepared a packing list weeks in advance. To come up with our Myanmar Packing List, I started with […]

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