Hey everyone! I just put up a 'before you go' blog post about travel to Burma (Myanmar), including visa overstays, approx. costs, food, what to bring and some recommended readings.
For those who are interested, the
Burma post is here
Hope it is helpful! I will be posting much more about the food, transportation adventures (of which there are MANY) and sights in coming weeks.
Excellent write up Jodi and very useful for anyone planning to go to Burma. It's five years since I was there but everything you say seems absolutely spot on.
The only thing I'd disagree with is the comment about the food being cheap and delicious.... cheap yes, but not always delicious! However friends who went there disagreed with me too so maybe I just didn't eat at the right places. Even so, unless things have changed, I'll be taking some decent coffee with me next time. (Do GHs still only have that awful 3-in-1 stuff?)
I kind of liked that 3-in-1 stuff and spent the rest of my kyat on about 50 packages of it before leaving the country. Was happy to see it in Thailand, too.
But, like Coke, Pepsi, and bottled water, I only drink the stuff when I'm away from home.
Thanks for the feedback! I met many people who found the food lacking, and there is no question that a country sandwiched between some of the tastier national cuisines on earth should have some better options. But the curries aside, I found the food an endless delight to explore, and the mountains of spices in the markets a great source of learning. To each his own, definitely!
I plan on posting about soup in my next Burma post, so stay tuned!
thanks for reading.
Thank you for taking the time to write the post! I'm going there in June so the information really came in handy! (:
#6 linjingyi has been a member since 26/10/2009. Posts: 7
Hey everyone. I just updated my site to do a full post on soup in Burma - I have a food 'problem' (i.e. I am obsessed with it) so I tried all the soups I could! It's Always Soup O'Clock in Burma
CunningMcFar: It was great to meet Wes in person - he's a great guy!
Thanks for reading, all!
Ou nou khao-swey was, perhaps, one of the best soups I've ever eaten. It was my breakfast of choice, when available.
Several years later a Nepalese friend, who had recently moved to Toronto, made it for me. His father was the Nepalese ambassador to Burma and he'd lived there for quite a while in the '70's and learned how to make a bunch of Burmese dishes. Lucky for me he remembered.