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Lake Inle Tour + Shwe InDein Pagodas for a Day

Take the Lake Inle Tour if you had a day to explore it. It’s one of the unique travel experiences you are gonna have in Southeast Asia. Lake Inle is Myanmar’s “WaterWorld.” Here, you’ll see how people survive to live in/surrounded by water. It is a glimpse of the resiliency

Maha Wizaya Pagoda at Night is Magically Golden

Maha Wizaya Pagoda at night is magically golden. It looks like a palace you heard about or read about in books about the Far East. I never planned to come here – it was just an accidental discovery. On my second night in Yangon, I walked from my hotel to

Nga Htat Gyi Temple – A Seated Buddha Awaits You

At Nga Htat Gyi Temple, a colossal statue of a seated Buddha awaits you. Only a few people visit this Buddhist temple which I think you should never miss. Though the pagoda is a bit far from downtown Yangon, it is reachable via Grab taxi. Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda is Home to a 66-Meter Long Reclining Buddha

Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda in Yangon is home to a 66-meter-long reclining Buddha. It’s a massive structure of its kind – the largest one I’ve seen in Myanmar and Southeast Asia. It is worth noting that this statue was built entirely from donations. The temple doesn’t really look like a

A Walking Tour in Putrajaya – Without a Map

This short walking tour in Putrajaya is not really the kind of tour you’d like to join. I did it without a tour guide nor a map on hand. I did it because I like walking and I want to see what’s beyond the Putra Masjid, a landmark you shouldn’t

Temple of Literature in Hanoi – Where You Pray for Good Grades

At the Temple of Literature in Hanoi (Vietnam), you can pray for good school grades. After all, this temple honors the greatest Vietnamese scholars of ancient times. Obviously, many students would visit the temple during examination days, praying they’d get the exam results they’re hoping for. Perhaps, the most-visited temple

Museum Prasasti is Not Your Ordinary Museum in Jakarta

Museum Prasasti in Jakarta is, perhaps, the weirdest museums I’ve been to in my entire life! It’s a necropolis! it’s a former cemetery built by the Dutch in 1795 for the aristocrats of their own kind. It is the oldest public cemetery in Jakarta and, perhaps, one of the oldest

Wayang Museum – A Culture of Puppetry on Display

Wayang Museum is one of the unique museums I’ve been to in my entire travels. It’s not your ordinary museum where European paintings and statues are on display. You won’t even see a single local/Indonesian painting in here. This museum dedicates itself to showing the art of Javan wayang puppetry.

Jakarta National Monument and the City Views from the Tower

Visiting Jakarta National Monument is where you should start to get to know Indonesia’s capital city. You’re not only visiting the monument but also seeing Jakarta’s skyline from the tower deck. Yes, the tower is The National Monument! It’s a symbol of the country’s struggle for independence. For the locals,

Ba Vi National Park – A Day Trip from Hanoi

Ba Vi National Park is a protected park just outside Hanoi. In what supposed to be an hour drive, it took us almost two and a half hours because of the unpredictable weather. It was a fight between the sun, clouds, and fog. On our way up to the mountain,
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