Living 

Oh ASEAN brothers where art though with the Rohingya crisis?

Over the past weeks incredible drama has broken out here in Southeast Asia. The whole world is talking about the current migrant crisis and the fact that thousands (!!) of people are trapped on boats in the Andaman Sea between Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. While there have been some very insightful and also some very emotional (according to lots of netizens even too emotional) reports on the crisis there are still a few subjects left that need to be addressed. History & Nobel Peace Prize I am not even talking about…

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Traveling 

What to do in Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon, the biggest city of Myanmar offers a lot of sights and adventures to see and conquer. But which ones deserve your time and which ones should you avoid? This short article provides you with some information regarding some of the coolest activities in and around Yangon. Yangon by foot One of the coolest things about Yangon is the fact that you can walk almost everywhere if you are halfway a decent walker. During my first trip to Yangon I walked basically everywhere (exceptions are the outer districts of course)…

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Traveling 

Introduction to Myanmar, The Land Of Pagodas

What do you think about when I say Myanmar? If you say “Pagodas” then you probably know at least a little bit about one of our neighboring countries and one of the ten ASEAN member states. Well done! If you are, like I was before moving to the ASEAN region, a bit uneducated in terms of all the states here then you might think about MacGyver fighting bad dictators (and succeeding). So if that’s the case, lets bring us all on somehow the same page when it comes to Myanmar…

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Traveling 

Chan Myaye Guesthouse Yangon [Review]

During my stay in Yangon I went with Chan Myaye Guesthouse. Mainly thanks to lots of positive online reviews. I sent them an email, they replied quite fast and reserved was my room. Now here comes the review. Staff: The staff is incredibly friendly. And this is really a guesthouse. Not something that aims to be like a hotel…it definitely has guesthouse charm but the staff treats you like a 5 star guest. They are downright amazing. I can’t emphasize that enough. Probably one of the most friendly and helpful…

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Traveling 

Hotel Sahara Mandalay Review

Before my arrival in Mandalay I did something I don’t do too often, I booked ahead. I booked the Hotel Sahara thanks to a promotion on agoda and its “fantastic” reviews. The hotel is quite easy to find since it is located quite close to the temple and not far away from the clock tower (which is easy to find on maps in case you need to tell the taxi where to go). Upon arrival the welcome by the hotel staff was super friendly. Very nice and helpful. While preparing the…

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Living 

Smiling Fighter – Interview with Su Su from Myanmar

During my life in Udon Thani, Bangkok and Thailand in general I meet / met a lot of interesting and fascinating people. This is their place to tell the world what they think about all different kinds of subjects. You will find interviews with students, colleagues, workers, farangs and more random citizens or tourists. Today it is one of my amazing students from Rangsit University. Born and raised in Myanmar, worked as a teacher at the Thai-Myanmar border and now a full time student here Rangsit. Funny for me when seeing her is always that her nickname, Su Su,…

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no vacancy in myanmar Living 

Weird Asian Rules: Myanmar – Homestays not allowed.

Welcome to the category: Weird Asian Rules. Today with a rule from Myanmar (Burma). Foreigners are not allowed to stay at the homes of Myanmar people if there is any other accommodation available. Only in case of emergency (no accommodation around) it’s ok to do homestay. Why? Well, the official announcement said because foreigners aren’t able to adopt to Myanmar customs etc… What do you think about that rule?

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thailand shopping malls closing early Living 

Thailand Shopping Malls to close early in April

Thai shopping malls have agreed to close one hour early between April 5 and 14 due to an expected energy shortage rooting in maintenance performed at a natural gas platform in Myanmar. Around 25% of Thailand’s natural gas come from that platform and since the energy flow will decrease during that time Malls as well as Toyota for example agreed to reduce their energy consumption. Besides the early closing Malls will also raise the temperature within their malls by one or two degrees. Can’t we just keep it after everything…

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