This is our Myanmar all over experience in one movie. We took two day in Yangon, just relaxing and eating good food. We even went to the cinema and saw Fury, a war drama (I wanted to see John Wick but hey, let’s watch some tanks instead :D). I love Yangon. And Mic even tried fried crickets (not cockroaches, as I first thought). He says crunchy and sweet, eeeeew 🙂 Tomorrow Vietnam! Woop woop!

View of the morning clouds that are stuck in the valley. Hsipaw trekking.

You can read about the first and second part of our Hsipaw trekking. Because of the heavy rain at night we decided to spend one more day in this village, rest our sore legst and wait for the trail to dry. Just beside the monastery there is a 300-years old complex of pagodas which is just amazing. Imagine to have a miniature Bagan just for yourself, in the middle of nowhere! 500m away there is a small hill with big white pagoda where the main monk lives. It’s also a…

This is our second part of Hsipaw trekking. You can read the first one here. We ate black bees for dinner. Whaaaaat? Yes. With dinner of rice and a big bowl of soup from which everyone eats came the bees. Big black poisonous bees with larvae! They are some kind of a specialty and we were lucky to try them. I tried one of each and that was enough for me (the taste was ok but sight of the bees was scary!). Definitely the strangest dish of our Hsipaw…

Little boy is sitting in the grass. Behind him you can see the village. Read more on our Hsipaw trekking in the post.

Hsipaw, a small town in Shan state, lies 200 km from Mandalay. You can take the slow jumpy train ride and enjoy the view. Most tourists who come to Myanmar (Burma) for 2 weeks don’t come here and those who do, come to Hsipaw for a 1 or 2 day trek. We had something different in mind… After settling in Yee Shin guesthouse for 5 $/person (the cheapest we’ve had in Myanmar) we called for a guide at reception. Young man with smiling eyes by the name Axsai…

We rented a motorbike (12.000 MMK or 10 eur, gas 1 l for 1000 MMK or 0,8 eur) and went on the roads of Mandalay. We saw the Gold Pounder’s district where they make gold leaves to put on the Buddha statues for good luck. And then we wanted to see the old capital of Inwa. But first thing’s first. Mic needed a haircut and a shave to avoid the production of those curls. We found a salon where we spent more than an hour (?!). He was…