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Yangon and Around
Yangon, Yangon Division
I haven't spent a lot of time in Yangon so all I can deliver are a couple of dining options and some general insight. Yangon is a huge city with a non-existent public transport system. Well, there're
busses connecting different parts of the city but even the locals can't completely figure out where the busses are headed. This leaves you with taxis to get around or you walk, but mind you, the
distances are long and it's not exactly pedestrian-friendly. There are no motorbikes, therefore no motorbike-taxis, as there's an old law prohibiting the use of any vehicle with only two wheels. The
traffic is a nightmare accordingly so plan enough time if you need to be somewhere on time, like the airport or bus terminal. The airport and one of the main bus terminals, Mingalar Bus Station, from
where most of the long distance busses leave for the Southeast and up North, are about an hour from downtown Yangon, depending on the time of day. However, the two are not too far apart so if you
arrive by air and plan to travel somewhere else, it might be worth checking out your bus options because heading downtown for a night and then back is more of a hassle than catching a bus directly.
VIP (night) busses are especially worth the extra money as they offer good comfort and, in case of a night bus, save you the money for accommodation.
Sights: The city as such can be a sight on its own; there're a lot of colonial buildings, which cover everything from old to very old to decaying, in downtown Yangon. An absolute highlight is
a visit of Shwedagon Pagoda for sunrise. If you come early, let's say about one hour before sunrise, you almost have the place to yourself. There might be a couple of monks and nuns and some
other early birds but it's still very quiet and peaceful. As soon as sunrise gets closer, the place fills up with a lot of people, locals and tourists alike. The later in the day you come, the
hotter it gets and the floor tiles become blisteringly hot, too. Given that you have to take off your shoes at the entrance, it's not something you want to expose your poor feet to. As a sidenote,
there's a great public Wifi available, one of the best I actually encountered in Myanmar.
Eating/drinking: I just had a late lunch at a Chinese noodle restaurant right behind Bogyoke Aung San Market (far
right hand corner). The menu is adorned with pictures, which makes it much easier for the non-Bamar-speaking traveler to chose from a huge selection of soups and other Burmese and Chinese dishes.
For the more adventurous of you there's also stuff like grilled wood worms or insects. I really wanted to try them but they looked as if they weren't too filling, and I was starving ;). Instead I
went for a Shan Noodle Soup with chicken (not trying to think of the dead chicken I saw this morning in the street side market, lying there in a cozy warmth of about 25 centigrades). The soup was
delicious, the selection of fresh fruit juices mouthwatering and the service was friendly and spoke a little English.
Right now I'm sitting in a little coffee place on 31st Street (Lonely Planet calls it "a cute cubbyhole"). It's certainly nice but as so often, when it's from a travel guide, it's only frequented
by tourists, or so it seems. They have a nice coffee selection with coffee grown and produced in the Shan Highlands, Myanmar, and leaving some of your money here also serves a good cause as the
coffee farmers were given a sustainable income alternative with the founding of Genius Coffee (they were poppy producers before they were approached by the founder of Genius Coffee, Ngwe
Tun). Apart from that it's a quiet oasis away from the constant hustling and bustling of the Yangon streets; the service is friendly and the WIFI is strong and free of charge.
This is a "don't-do-advice": On Bi Gyoke Road, right next to the Aung San Market is a bar/café called Bar Boon. Don't go there. It looks nice and stylish and has a nice terrace but the
place is a total rip-off. A large iced tea or fresh juice is MMK 3700, that's CHF 3.-. Don't get me wrong, it's not the price as such but you have to order at the bar, even though they are highly
over-staffed, the food selection is minimal and only includes "Western-style" snacks and when I asked for an iced tea without ice (still being the careful traveler), it came with ice. When I
apologized and asked for one without ice, the waitress came back in a flash, clearly only having scooped out the ice cubes (It's an
impass, either demanding a new one, knowing they most likely have to throw the first away, or taking it the way it is. What would you have done?). On top of that the WIFI is rubbish. And that's
why I came in the first place, to upload photos to this blog, which didn't work. So, the only thing you can get is a Western-like atmosphere with prices to match.
Although the atmosphere is not exactly cozy - imagine tables and chairs made of polyvinyl, always four seats attached to a table, something like you might find at school cafeterias - the food at
Nilar Biryani & Cold Drink is really tasty and definitely good value (as Max would say). It's mostly Indian food with the odd Burmese dish and a Paneer Masala with Dal, white rice and
3 pieces of naan that would have served two was MMK 5000 (CHF 4.10). It's located on Anawratha Road, between 31st and 32nd Street.
Bago, Bago Region
Mount Kyaikthiyo (Golden Rock), Mon State
Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and located 716 km North of Yangon. It's also the last royal city of a long line of kings. Other ancient royal cities within easy reach are Mingun,
Sagaing, Inwa and Amarapura with its famous U Bein Bridge. As is the case with Yangon, Mandalay doesn't have a public transport system to speak of so your options are down to taxis - the four or two
wheel variety. You can always walk but distances are long and the weather is not always accommodating, depending on the season.
Accommodation: If you're looking for a cheap but clean and friendly place, the Royal Guest House is an option I can recommend. The
rooms are very basic but the ones for USD 14.00 come with private bathroom, fan and air-con. The rooms are functional so don't expect much more than a bed and a bathroom. The staff is friendly and
helpful, the rooms are clean and the location is in easy walking distance to restaurants, eateries and shops. I stayed there twice with a week in between when I made a trip to Pyin Oo Lwin and
Hsipaw, and I could store my luggage with them free of charge. Upon leaving after my second stay, one of the staff thanked me for being so nice to them! It was me having to thank them for being nice
and welcoming towards me. I guess you get back what you put in. Royal Guest House is located on 25th Street between 82nd and 83rd. On that note, with English being a foreign language to most of
Myanmar's population, they don't refer to the street names as "twenty-fifth street between eighty-second and eighty-third" but rather say "twenty-five street between eighty-two and eighty-three".
Some do understand if you use the "correct" way of saying it but I started mimicking the local way because it was easier ;-).
Of course Mandalay offers a lot more in terms of lodgings, especially in the flashpacker and mid-range pricing. Travelfish.org has a good selection to browse through.
Pictures 1-3: Double room with en-suite bathroom for USD 14.00 including basic breakfast; Pictures 4: Single room; Picture 5: Shared bathroom facilities; Picture 6: Shoebox-sized rooftop terrace.
Eating/drinking: The best food I've had in Mandalay was at an Indian place called Pan Cherry, a Myanmar-style restaurant with plastic tables and chairs but also
withexcellentIndian-style curries and side dishes. The location is on 81st Street between 26th and 27th. (Picture 1)
Not far away is the Muslim night market. There you can have curries with chapattis and side dishes, biryanis and other Indian-style food. It's delicious and dirt-cheap! The waitstaff consists of
a bunch of young boys (between 12 and 16 if I had to guess) and they do a great job, I only hope they go to school during daytime ... The place is on the corner of 82nd and 27th Street, right
opposite Unity Hotel. It's called Nay but then they don't have an English sign so that doesn't' help you. You can't miss it, though, but if in doubt, the boys wear bright pink T-shirts.
(Pictures 2 and 3)
For a sundowner you can go to the rooftop terrace of the Ayarwaddy River View Hotel on Strand Road between 22nd and
23rd. The great view over the city and the river show in the prices but they have a happy hour where they serve a cocktail on the house. (Pictures 4 and 5)
A good place to meet local people - taxi drivers, for example - is Mann Burmese Restaurant, a hole-in-the-wall where locals meet and are actually happy to share their stories and insights
on local politics. Ask for Han, a local taxi driver, who's a regular at Mann's. It's located on 83rd Street between 25th and 26th. Han is also a reliable driver if you consider a private driver
for a day or two to visit the royal cities.
BBB Bar and Restaurant, although advertised in various travel guides, is not worth a visit. The food was average at best and the staff was far from hospitable - not downright unfriendly but
indifferent and lacking any motivation.
Cafés: There are a few very nice coffee shops in Mandalay, the only thing is, they're scattered around the city and depending where you're staying,itcanbequitefartogetthere.Unfortunately,
I couldn't find one near my guesthouse so I had to "plan" a visit in advance and go there by motorbike-taxi.
The cutest and most comfortable one is The Little Mushroom Coffee. The only catch is it's quite far from the everything else and they don't have Wifi yet. Still, it's such a nice and
friendly place so a visit is absolutely worth it. Their coffee is excellent and the staff is welcoming and helpful. They don't offer a lot in terms of food but you won't starve either. It's
located on 76th Street and 61st. It's a little hidden and at first it looks like is's a driveway to another restaurant, which is right next to it. But if you look at picture 4 below, you can't
miss it. (Pictures 1-4)
Another nice place is NOVA Coffee. This one is quite a bit larger than The Little Mushroom and more "Starbucks-like"
with comfy armchairs or regular tables with benches and chairs. It's a good place to get some work done, eat a bite and refill on caffeine or other drinks. They actually have a very nice food
selection, although more of the Western variety, and offer good coffee and iced teas that are served in a "bulb". The location is on 37th Street between 79th and 80th. It's on the first floor but
there's a sign on the street so you can't miss it. (Pictures 5-7)
Not too far away is Mandalay Donuts - on Facebook "M Donuts" - a mix between a diner and a McDonald's
(which is, by the way, unknown in Myanmar). The interior is a little sterile and the air-con arctic but the staff is really nice and friendly and they have a good selection of food and coffee
drinks on the menu - and of course doughnuts among other pastry. M Donuts is located on 78th Street between 30th and 31st.
Koffee Korner is another coffee shop/restaurant that offers more Western-style food but also shakes, ice
cream, sodas, juices and coffee drinks. They offer comfortable lounge-style seating inside and wooden benches and tables on the terrace. The place is located on the corner of 70th Street and
27th. (Pictures 8 and 9)
Hpa-an, Kayin (Karen) State
Brekfast places in Hpa-an:The New Day Bakery (opposite the shopping mall) is a good choice, offering various breakfast dishes (Western and Asian style alike), fresh juices and good
coffee. They open early so if you have to catch an early bus, that's a place to go to. They're closed on Wednesdays.
Shwe Thadar is right next to Soe Brother's Guesthouse (if you face the hostel, it's on your left). The English sign is hidden so you can only spot it when you're almost inside. They offer,
for example, fried rice with a fried egg. The coffee and tea is the 3-in-one kind.
At the Famous café (on Main Street, right by the first traffic light after the Clock Tower) and at the Gabana Bakery (Hotel Gabana) you'll find Western pastry and cake. They both
serve good coffee and fresh juices, too.
The YCC (Youth Community Café) also serves breakfast but they aren't open until around 10 o'clock. They have the best coffee in town and serve dishes such as pancakes (more eggy than the
American pancake or the French Crêpes), toast sandwiches, cereals with yogurt or milk (although they have been out of yogurt since I'm here) and smoothies.
Cafés: Although it's a bit outside of the town center, it's definitely worth a visit or two: the Veranda Youth Community Café, short YCC. It is the result of a project to integrate
young people into work life and do something for their community. The café is a calm and beautiful spot with bamboo chairs and wood tables either in the garden or on the veranda. The menu offers
a range of Western and Burmese dishes, good coffee and fresh juices. The prices are slightly higher than in the average local restaurant but it's for a good cause. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g3601197-d7385165-Reviews-Veranda_Youth_Community_Cafe-Hpa_An_Kayin_State.html
Bus to Mawlamyine: Runs every hour on the full hour and departs diagonally across the street from the New Day Bakery (down the street from the Shopping Mall). But don't fret as the bus has
an English sign in the window saying "Mawlamyine" and the driver's "side-kick" who will look out for people to go there. Make sure to be early in oder to snatch a seat in the front of the bus
(more comfy than in the very bumpy back). The journey is between 1.5 and 2 hours with a slow start as the bus stops several times on the road to admit more passengers. The fare is MMK 1000,
collected by the side-kick during the ride. In Mawlamyine, there's a bus stop closer to the city center than the bus terminal so if you want to be dropped off there, tell the "side-kick" because
otherwise it will be difficult to know if it's your stop or not. However, the main bus terminal is also only a short ride to most of the hotels and mototaxis (MMK 2000) and tuk tuks are readily
Mawlamyine, Mon State
Generally, I have the impression that English is more widely spoken here than in Hpa-an. Perhaps because Mawlamyine is more frequented by tourists than Hpa-an ... Or perhaps it's not the level of
English that is higher but the level of inhibition that is lower ... In Hpa-an I often have the feeling that people, for example shopkeepers, hide so they don't have to speak English with
foreigners. Here, shopkeepers freely open conversation, even if their English is very basic. No matter how the English skills are, the people are extremely open and friendly and you have to be
prepared to say "Mingalabar" 1001 times a day ;-).
Accommodation: My criteria for accommodation were a private room with en-suite bathroom, preferably with hot water, and in the town center so I wouldn't be dependent on mototaxis all the
time. My choice fell on the Htun Yadanar Hotel (212 Lower Main Rd., corner Kyaikthanlan Pagoda St.), which doesn't look overly inviting on Agoda.com or Booking.com, but the reviews made me risk it and no regrets so far. The rooms are average sized with two twin beds of the harder variety (which I like), a mini fridge,
wardrobe, TV, phone, air-con, desk and chair. There's a kettle and complimentary 3-in-1 coffee. Also complimentary and restocked daily is bottled water. The bathroom is equipped with everything a
Westener can dream of: sink, shower with hot water and a toilet, you know, the ones where you can sit on, in case you forgot that kind exists. Everything is very clean, the mattresses look to be
new with washable mattress covers. The only funny thing is that there are no top sheets (the ones to cover yourself) ...? Only blankets (which, I checked carefully, are clean and smell freshly
laundered). I didn't ask for a sheet as I brought an equivalent with me. Did I say "the only funny thing"? Well, not true. Breakfast is also a funny story: I wasn't sure whether breakfast would
be included and I forgot to check upon arrival. I assumed that I would head out anyway to get something local. So this morning, at 7.30, someone bangs on my door (yes bang, not knock) and hollers
"breakfast". I wanted to sleep in a little but they apparently didn't care much for the "please-do-not-disturb" sign I left on the door handle. I was handed a plate with 4 pieces of French toast
and a dwarf-sized cup of 3-in-1 coffee. Thank you very much! Not being picky and already awake, I took what was offered. My advice: Stay at the Htun Yadanar if you like a quiet, central hotel
with clean rooms and private bathrooms. But don't expect anything else but French toast for breakfast and make sure to tell the staff if you want to skip it, otherwise they'll wake you up at
7.30. Also, there's no common room and the staff, although friendly, are a little - for lack of a better word - introverted. The rate is $30 a night, which I gladly pay for the privacy I get. Ask
for a top floor room, the view is pretty nice!
In more or less the same price range is the Cinderella Hotel. I haven't seen their rooms apart from the ones on Agoda.com
or Booking.com but I guess they are a bit better and more comfy than the ones at the Yadanar. What makes a big difference in my book is the staff that were really warm and welcoming when I
stepped in to get a feel for the vibe. The location is still central enough to be convenient, located on Baho Rd., between Wut Kai Phayar St. and Myoma Tadar St. Definitely worth a visit is their
garden café and restaurant (see more under eating/drinking).
Having read and been told about the Breeze Guesthouse, I avoided that one mainly because of the warning of local men permanently living there (which would make me feel less secure
considering I'm traveling alone, even though I have absolutely no reason to accuse Burmese men of being anything but polite, respectful or even indifferent). When I passed the Guesthouse on
several occasions, there was indeed a large population of men sitting outside that did not look like the regular travelers at all. Also, the rooms apparently are rather dingy without the option
of en-suite bathrooms. The new wing that is advertised on several blogs or in guides such as travelfish.org was nowhere to be seen. Maybe I have to check more closely ;).
The Attran Hotel certainly looks very nice and has a bit of a holiday feel to it,
especially their front row bungalows which offer river view. The Attran is very central and at the same time the only one not separated from the river by the Strand Rd.
Eating/drinking:My City Café, located in the building housing the Myoma Jetty, is a nice spot to have a bite or drink, but be aware: It's very Western oriented with air-con and
Western dishes (among other things). The coffee is excellent and the juices fresh and delicious. If you grab a window seat, you even have a bit of river view. Make sure to bring a sweater or
shirt as the temperature was freezing.
Nightmarket, located between the Myoma and Dawei Jetty, is all you need for a nice, local dinner. All of the about ten stands offer seating towards the river. Just order at the stand and
they'll bring your dish freshly cooked. For a huge portion of noodles with veggies and chicken as well as a liter bottle of water I paid MMK 1800!! English is widely spoken or, if not, someone
will be found who can help ;).
Grand Father & Grand Mother Restaurant, located right at the river front at the end of Kyaikthanlan Pagoda St. There's no English sign that would reveal the name
but the building is a dusky pink and sports images of an old man and woman on the front facade. The place is not the nicest in terms of looks but the friendliness of the staff is a given. What
makes this place so great is the river view balcony - terrace would be too grand a word - with unobstructed views of the Thanlyin River. The sunset must be almost as fantastic as from the Kyauk
Than Lan Pagoda. They serve several Burmese dishes, although I don't share Travelfish.org's opinion about the tea leave salad (I've had better ones). Nevertheless, the food was good, the staff
friendly, they work for a good cause and the view is superb. Try one of their milkshakes; not as milky or creamy as the name implies but really refreshing and tasty. Only downside: the riverbank
is littered with rubbish (as is the case all along the river). Just don't look down from your spot on the balcony if you think it would bother you. P.S.: And yes, the sunset is as spectacular
here as from the hill top Pagodas!
The Cinderella Hotel (Baho Rd., between Wut Kai Phayar St. and Myoma Tadar St.) has an absolutely gorgeous garden restaurant. It's in the back of the house which makes it a very tranquil
oasis to sit and have a drink. It is noteworthy, however, that the coffee was not overwhelming and the juice they served me was unidentifiable. I ordered an orange juice and received a quite
clear, slightly orange colored liquid that tasted of nothing, really. They do have beer and wine on their menu, though, so it might be a good spot for an evening breather. All in all, good coffee
or not, I definitely recommend stopping by if you're in the vicinity. The staff was very friendly, the atmosphere quiet and the scenery lovely. Opening times are 10 a.m. till 9 p.m.
Shopping: The Ocean Super Center, the only shopping mall in Mawlamyine, can get you
restocked on almost everything you might need - from hair dye to black tea in bags (a rarity in Myanmar). The selection is much
bigger than in any of the small, local shops and offers various Western world brands. This might not be your first priority if you're on a vacation but could certainly come in handy when
traveling for an extended period of time in the country.
For toiletries and other household and sanitation products, I found this shop on Lower Main Rd. The lady boss speaks English and the selection she has in stock is enormous. She also had a
non-whitening body lotion (for those yet unaware: almost all body products such as body lotion, shower gel, etc. have whitening ingredients. Not what you look for, being already referred to as
very white in your own country). The shop is on the right hand side of Lower Main Rd. facing North (or the bridge) and diagonally across the large white Mosque heading North.
You can practically find anything from hardware stuff to food in the market area (New Market and the small shops North and West of is).
Sights: The Pagodas dotting the hills East of the town center are certainly worth a visit. I recommend climbing the hill before sunset as it's the most beautiful time of day. Early risers
might consider a sunrise visit but check the weather first as it can be quite misty in the morning. That would spoil the event remarkably. For access to the Kyauk Tan Lan Pagoda walk along
Kyaikthanlan Pagoda St. heading East. At some point the street goes over into a paved walkway, leading slightly uphill. You'll pass several monasteries on either side (watch out for dog poop,
too) until you reach the end of the walkway. There, to the left, you should see the covered steps that lead up to the Pagoda. It's an easy climb, taking about 30' from the Breeze Guesthouse.
Mae Sot, Thailand (for land-border-crossing visa runs)
Mae Sot is a friendly border town just 5 km off the Thai-Myamnmar border. If you have spent some time in Myanmar and are on a visa run in Mae Sot, you can use your time endulging in all the things
that are not so readily available in Myanmar, such as excellent coffee, nice Cafés, high speed WiFi and a taste of Western cuisine (after months of rice, a burger is heaven, believe me!).
The border crossing is really quite straight forward. Coming from Myanmar, the shared taxis or other modes of transport drop you off about 20m from the border control offices. Walk towards the
bridge - which is the passage between the two countries - on the right hand side of the street. Pass a couple of offices until you see the sign above a doorway for "Departure" ("Arrival" is right
next to it). But don't worry, people will direct you towards the right office anyway, you can't miss it. There you have to fill in a departure card (the one you most likely filled in upon arrival
by air is irrelevant to them), then the officer will process your departure. If you came on an e-visa, make sure you have the confirmation letter with you! Once you have your exit stamp, continue
over the ca. 400m long bridge to the Thai side. When you approach the first buildings, cross the street as "Arrival" is on your left side. Again, people will direct you to a booth where you have
to fill in an arrival card. As of very recently, land border crossings are limited to 2 per year for most foreigners (exemptions are some other Asian countries). The permitted duration of stay
however has been extended to 30 days (from 15 days). After customs, walk on and you'll see moto-taxis or tuk tuks on the left side of the street passing the bridge. A moto-taxi to most of the
accommodations is 80 Bhat (approx. USD 2), a tuk tuk 100 Bhat.
Accommodation: I highly recommend the Ban Thai Guest House if you're looking for a quiet, peaceful experience. Set in a nice garden off Intarakiree Road, the Guest House consists of
several individual buildings. It offers fan-only rooms for 350 Bhat or "villa"-style, air con rooms with separate living rooms for 800 Bhat. All rooms come with private bathroom, balcony or terrace.
The Ban Thai is very conveniently located to shops, restaurants, coffee shops, markets and banks. Contact details: 740/1 Intarakiree Road, Mae Sot; Banthai_mth@hotmail.com.
An excellent way to support refugees in Mae Sot would be to stay at the Picturebook Guesthouse. It's a little outside of
the town center to the East but they have charming rooms and a nice and tranquil garden. Read more about it on their website or on travelfish.org. If you want to book with them or have any inquiry, do it
via e-mail; the contact form on their website didn't get me a reply.
Otherwise there are plenty of guest houses and hotels in Mae Sot. There's also a hostel on Intarakiree Road, the Sleep Nest Hotel, which offers both dorms and private rooms. It's in a very
good and central location and they have a terrace facing Intarakiree Road. For more information check out the Lonely Planet's website.
Pictures: Ban Thai Guesthouse, single room fan-only in double story wooden Thai-style house.
Cafés: One of my favorite places for coffee and cake is the Bite Me Bakery & Cafe right opposite the side road leading to the Ban Thai Guest House. They
offerexcellentcoffee,homemade bakes goods, juices, teas or smoothies. It's frequented mostly by locals, the staff is absolutely sweet and attentive and the interior décor is really cute and homey.
Free WIFI, outside seating options and air con inside. Adjacent to the café is a small fashion store, not visible from the outside as it's in the back of the coffee shop.
Pictures: Bite Me Bakery & Cafe.
Here some more coffee shop choices that are worth a visit, however, there are so many here in Mae Sot that you won't be lacking options.
The Braverly, a café/bike shop fusion, offers bagels and cup cakes, juices and tea. Unfortunately - at least for me - they only offer
drip coffee (filter coffee), but then their hot chocolate was definitely more than just a consolation ... simply excellent! The interior design is fun with used materials reconverted into
furniture such as old tyres converted into seats. A bit of a downside for me, the place is very frequented by American "missionaries" but hardly any locals. Even though Braverly, as well as the
adjacent restaurant Famous Ray's, have been founded for a good cause in the refugee work field, it clearly does have a very religious background. I'm not saying "don't go" but if this is not your
cup of tea, you might not want to spend an awful lot of time there. Check their website for more information on the project. And one more thing: Be aware that the location on their website is
inaccurate. The Braverly is situated right next to Famous Ray's and about 30 m East of the side road leading to the Ban Thai Guest House.
Auntie's Coffee is also on Intarakiree Road (see Google map here). It's a pretty place, run by a nice, friendly family. Oddly enough, the place was empty every time I passed, which - in my opinion - is not warranted at
all. The interior is dark wood with local decor, small tables with armchairs and the menu offers everything from breakfast to lunch and snacks. They offer juices, teas, coffee drinks and much
more. Auntie's is also a BnB, however, I haven't seen the rooms.
Hazel Taste Coffee (Google map) is located on Intarakiree Road between the police station and the post office. They offer great coffee drinks, hot or iced, and have a touch of Starbucks. The
air con is on the high side but for those who like it, it's a good spot to stay. Free WIFI and desktop computers are available.
Doi Chaang, a coffee shop that I didn't have the time to check out but that looks promising all the same, is located on Prasatwithi Road (Google map).
Pictures 1 and 2: Braverly interior, hot chocolate and cinnamon bagel; Picture 3 and 4: Auntie's Coffee; Picture 5: Doi Chaang.
Eating/drinking: Only having stayed in Mae Sot for three days, I did have the time to eat myself through all the restaurants I wanted to. One thing you definitely don't have to fear in
this town is starving. Apart from that you'll find all kinds of cuisines, from - of course - Thai, Burmese, Chinese to Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese or American.
I had a pizza and a Coke in a nostalgic glass bottle at Casa Mia's. They offer a range of Italian food such as pizza and pasta but also Thai dishes as well as Asian and Western style
breakfast. The place is frequented by both locals and foreigners. Located on Intarakiree Road, on the Western side of the town center.
On my second night a burger and ice cream was on the menu at Famous Ray's. The menu features burger and sandwiches as well as Thai dishes. And dessert!
Various: Wifi is not something you have to worry about in Thailand but you might have the need to access a computer and printer - to print your Myanmar e-visa for
exampleifyou'reonavisarun.There's an Internet shop (picture 1) on Intarakiree Road opposite the Casa Mia restaurant.
If you need to stock up on body and beauty products you don't have to go as far as Tesco Lotus or Robinson Lifestyles Center. In the heart of the town you can find Hong Long Minimart (picture 2)
on 191/4-8 Prasatwitee Road. They have everything from dental floss to mosquito repellent. The food section isn't too big but for some snacks or some drinks it's more than enough.
I you feel like attending some Yoga classes, you can join one at the Picturebook Guesthouse (picture 3).