DESTINATION GUIDE : MYANMAR BURMA : WILL CROWTHERS OF ABSOLUTE VISIT : BAGAN
PHOTOGRAPHS BY WILL CROWTHERS
  STAY
Thiri Marlar Hotel, Bagan: Air-conditioned large rooms, comfortable beds, and fully equipped bathrooms.
For lux travelers: Aureum Palace
 
BEST TRANSPORT
River Cruise on the Ayeyarwaddyt River from Bagan to Mandalay – Comfortable, adventurous, and inexpensive.
 
EATS
Nooch, Yangon and Bagan: Air-conditioned, good Myanmar and Thai dishes.
Too Too: Traditional Burmese food in Mandalay. Order up cafeteria style and be prepared for the flavors!
 
STYLE
The traditional Burmese Longyi is worn by both men and women.  For women, this long skirt-like clothing is tied to your waist by pulling all of the fabric to one-side and then folding the excess material back to the other side and tucking it in at your hip. 
 
BEAUTY
Thanaka is the traditional and still very much used make-up of Burmese women. This tan colored paste is made from the bark of a tree and is often worn in circles on their cheeks. Other than thanaka being used for looks, it is also said to give a cooling relief and provides protection from the sun.
 
ENERGY
Bike riding in Inle Lake – I highly recommend renting a bike while in the town of Nyaungshwe. Cruise around the streets, around off-the-beaten-path pagodas, past smiling and waving locals, and to the winery for sunset.
 
May 2013