how to find budget accommodation in Myanmar

How to Find Budget Accommodation in Burma (Myanmar)

Tommo Travel Tips

Cheap accommodation in Burma is scarce. Since Burma became a growing part of the SE Asia tourist trail in 2010, the country has changed a lot. Tourism has grown much faster than the infrastructure to support it. Although new accommodation is popping up, information about it is hard to find. Lonely planet (2012 edition) “picks” are swamped with tourists during high season. This has lead to massive price rises and …

15 Best Books to Read Before Travelling South East Asia

Megsy Travel Tips

” The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! Books should be an integral part of any travellers travel kit. Whether it be in paperback or as an ebook, you will always find wanderers with a word based resource or two for the country they are in. However, …

Thingyan (Myanmar) vs Songkran. Which one should you go to? (w/ Video)

Tommo Booze, Fun, Video Blogs

The Buddhist new year celebrations of Songkran (Thailand) and Thingyan 2014 (Burma) are on their way! These massive water fights run for 4 days from 13th April to 16th April and are some of the most fun you’ll have in your life! But which one is best? In 2013 we decided to experience the water festivals in BOTH of the two best countries to do so – Myanmar (Formerly Burma) and …

Anchor Beer, Cambodia

The Top 5 Must Try Asian Beers

Tommo Booze

Asian Beers have a reputation for being weak flavoured, watery lagers. Although alcohol content varies, taste lies in the same ballpark, regardless of brand. I wanted to put together a top 10 list… I couldn’t. I have actually failed in finding 10 beers of note in the whole of East Asia. I could easily bulk out this list with some sub standard products but who would that help? There were …

Burma Travel (Myanmar): the Best and Worst from Yangon to Mandalay

Tommo Fun

Burma (Myanmar) is an up and coming destination, since the advent of democracy in 2010 tourism has grown fast and many predict that tourism is set to boom there in the near future. This was certainly evident while we were there. Its been a few months since we left Burma and we often discuss certain things we miss… or never want to experience again! So here is our retrospective guide …

Burma Pictures: Monkey at Mount Popa temple

Burma Pictures: 10 Amazing Moments

Tommo Photo Inspiration

Myanmar is a fascinating country, largely because it is still pure from westernisation. Summing up this country, and any country, in a few pictures would be shallow and unfair but these images help us to remember the side of Burma that we loved: The lives of the people, not the sights on a tourist trail. Our month in Burma ended in May 2013 but we’ve had a lot of fun …

What is Burmese Cuisine? What Myanmar Foods Should I Try?

Megsy Food, Food Guides (What To Eat In...)

Burmese cuisine is a fusion of Thai, Indian, Chinese and a mixture of smaller local tribal influences like “Shan”, “Mon” and others. Touring around Burma we found regional dishes that would be available in most restaurants but they became unfindable in the next state over. We also found some staples that were everywhere – especially Chinese BBQ! In this article we’ll look at typical street food as well as some of the …

Nylon hotel, mandalay. Double room

Nylon Hotel Mandalay, Myanmar. (Review, Video & Contact)

Tommo Travel Tips

The most important thing when choosing a guesthouse in Mandalay is that they have a 24hr generator so that the fan will still run when the somewhat frequent power-cuts occur… Mandalay is a big city and like Yangon this means a large selection of Guest Houses of varying prices. We found it tricky to find a double ensuite room under $20, but the rooms we saw at about that price …

Yee Shin Guesthouse, Hsipaw

Yee Shin Guest House Hsipaw, Myanmar. (Review, Video, Contact)

Tommo Travel Tips

The latest addition to the Hsipaw guesthouse market is Yee Shin Guest house, right in the centre of town. Yee Shin is a mini Chinese business empire in Hsipaw, next door to the guesthouse is a large hardware store, they also have a bus company! The guesthouse itself told us they “Sometimes” accept foreigners. Burma is an interesting country in this respect, there are rules but if those rules get …

Kyaukme Trekking by Motorbike

VIDEO: Kyaukme Trekking by Motorbike to meet the Palaung tribes (Myanmar)

Tommo Video Blogs

Our 3 day Moto-trek from Kyaukme in Burma’s Shan state was one of the best experiences we had during our whole month travelling through Myanmar. Dogged by storms and some of the worst roads in the world (“Road” is a poor word to describe them) we powered through and got to homestay with real Palaung people in the mountains, eating home cooked food, learning about their culture and enjoying a …

Kyaukme trekking by Motorbike

Palaung people Homestay – 3 day Kyaukme trekking by motorbike (Non-Touristy)

Megsy Fun

For 3 days the only other tourist we saw was one guy, Eric, who was travelling with us. From massive valleys filled with tea bushes, to villages above the clouds and eating with local Palaung People in their kitchens, our 3 day adventure covered some of the roughest “roads” we’ve ever seen. Along with the most amazing views, this trek is one of our best memories of Burma. Myanmar is …

A Yone oo guesthouse, Kyaukme

A Yone Oo Guest house, Kyaukme Myanmar. (Video, review & Contact)

Tommo Travel Tips

Monopolies in business are never good for the consumer, and with A Yone Oo guesthouse in Kyaukme Myanmar, this is no exception… Being the only guesthouse in Kyaukme that can accept foreigners the rooms really don’t match the price. To be fair, there are a range of options, so they aren’t forcing you to spend $30+ just to have a roof over your head. The problem is that you get …