All posts tagged: South East Asia

Pilgrimage to the Golden Rock

Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock) to be stood out the most as a pilgrimage site in Myanmar. I’ve yet to see any pagoda like it, built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand Buddha’s hair. The balancing rock defies gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. How cool is that? The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo by Kinpun village. There are two options to get from Kinpun to the Golden; 5 hour climb in the heat or taking the dump truck repurposed with benches to fit passengers. I’ll have to hunt down the video to give you the sense of atmosphere, the trucks were packed to the brim with 35-40 people, often sitting on each other. The best past is trying to get on to one when coming down, you literally have to do a running climb and then find a wedge …

Coffee in Myanmar

Artisanal sourcing, roasting, and blending brought on espresso bars leading to chains of café’s namely,  Starbucks which are retrospectively titled  the “Second Wave of Coffee”. Now the trend is moving onto Third Wave Coffee;  aspires to the highest form of culinary appreciation of coffee, so that one may appreciate subtleties of flavor, and varietal (similar to other complex culinary products such as wine, tea, and chocolate). In Myanmar the choices you get can be rather limited it’s all about the instant sachet, it’s so much of a norm that it’s commonly accepted to serve hot water and a flavoured powder of your choice mixed with non dairy creamer all for you to stir. On the plus note it’s interactive, consistant, and changing the mind post ordering isn’t so much a big deal. so long as the sachet isn’t open. Call it new wave, back wave, insta-wave, or whatever you feel like. I’m not crazy about sachet drinks, but this is how the locals generally do it, and I respect that.  I appreciate  having the perspective. …

Bago, Myanmmar

If you’re traveling by land around Myanmar I highly recommend on the itinerary a wee spot named Bago. It is commonly perceived as a sleepy stop over town on the way to Golden Rock, or Inle Lake, if you’re traveling by bus up east from Yangon. The new town of Pegu took me by surprise (perhaps it was it hospitality or maybe it I  was just glad to be removed from the bus seat I molded into.), I’d say it was probably the combination of the two. Which calls upon the plug for San Francisco Hotel; priced well,  clean, and reliable wi-fi (means a lot when you’re in Myanmar).  The family running the hotel are incredibly nice, they also provide motorbike day tour on the side to suit tourist laying over for the night before hitting their journey again the next day. The morning was kick started with the question ‘what would you like for breakfast?’ without hesitation our response was “local please”. My partner in crime Adrian and I were ushered on two separate …