photo diary – Mandalay, Myanmar

In February, Trav and I had the opportunity to explore the exotic country of Myanmar. We began our journey in Mandalay, spending four days biking to various temples and villages.


temple-and-treeThe ancient city of Inwa has gorgeous temples. You have to take a small boat across the river and then hire a carriage to explore this vast area.

Carriage line


//monks at Bagaya Monestary (above)//


//beautiful architecture around Mandalay (below)//




//the inside of Inwa Monestary//


//monks driving between the villages of Inwa//


//boats at U Bein Bridge//



//We spent an afternoon exploring the royal palace//


//Mandalay Palace//

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Because Myanmar is newly open for tourism, the country remains very conservative and traditional. It is important to respect the culture and dress appropriately and remain covered up – long pants and dresses will go a long way to making you feel more comfortable.

This aspect of Myanmar culture also makes it a truly authentic experience. It feels as if you’ve traveled to another time and place which is a feeling that is hard to come by in this well-traveled world.


//One of our favorite spots in Mandalay – Kuthodow Pagoda (above and below).  //

This temple has 729 inscribed marble slabs each housed in their own pagoda, making this the largest book in the world.

If  you make it to Mandalay – you cannot miss this spot!




We had a fantastic time in Myanmar, and while Mandalay is often skipped over, we found there are plenty of sites to see there. You can also watch our video of the the top 10 things to do in Myanmar. (Click here).


We also traveled to three other areas in Myanmar – Inle Lake, Bagan and Yangon. Look for those posts coming soon!

What is your next travel destination?

If you have any questions about what to wear in certain countries, I would love to help. Feel free to email me for any travel style tips.

  • Hi Heather! I love your blog and style! I’m planning on traveling to Southeast Asia in the spring (March-May). Could you recommend what type of slouchy pants I should take? (Brand, material composition). I’ve read elsewhere that slouchy pants are sold everywhere in Southeast Asia so I should just buy them there. Thoughts? Thank you!

    • Hi Joy!
      Thanks so much! You will definitely be able to find lots of slouchy pants in SE Asia, especially Thailand! However, I think it’s smart to start your trip with at least one pair, particularly a neutral pair since the ones in SE Asia tend to be patterned. I always find great, affordable options at H&M, Zara and Target. Have fun and safe travels! I love these –

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