Southeast Asia’s temples are world-class, but the big crowds and overgrown tourism is a downer. Here’s three of the quieter – yet still incredible – temples from the region.
I usually motorbike when traveling and see all the sights on a DIY tour. This is mostly because I like the freedom of riding around and doing exploring on the cheap. At the Soe Brothers Guesthouse in Hpa-An, Myanmar, I bucked the trend and joined a tour. Here’s how it went.
Mrauk U in eastern Myanmar is a fascinating place to visit due to its remoteness and 15-th century ruins. It is, however, a pain in the ass to get to from most places in the country. There is, however, a reliable overland route to get from Bagan to Mrauk U that’s been making the rounds on the Internet. All it takes is $37, one transfer and a lot of patience for the overnight journey.
Coming into Myanmar, I was expecting to pay handsomely for the experience. Fortunately, a three-week trip all over the country only cost me $855 (including the flight from Thailand). Myanmar, or Burma, if you’d prefer, opened up to tourists just a few years ago and everything I read said that demand outstrips supply when it comes to tourism infrastructure. There are some areas where Myanmar is more expensive that it’s neighboring countries, but overall things are better than expected.