Experience 10 wonderful things in Mandalay, Myanmar (part 1)

Mandalay in Myanmar is the place which contains the both attractive and mysterious beauty will become much closer ever through the camera lens of famous blogger, Philipp

Below is 10 interesting experiences you should not miss when traveling to Myanmar, especially Mandalay as Philipp’s suggestion:

Rent a bike and discover the city as your own preference

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Bike is the popular means of transport in Mandalay with cheap price. Before renting, you need to ensure that your bike is still in good condition, so that you can feel at rest that it will not breakdown on street. There are many interesting places in Mandalay you can visit by bike easily as the traffic system in the city is quite favorable and wide. More importantly, while you move by bike, you will realize that there are lots of interesting things that are sometimes worthier than visiting any famous place

Visit a gold foil workshop

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What people are often impressed when traveling to Myanmar may be gold because gold is not only used for decoration on Buddha statues, outside the pagoda but also gilded on the ceiling or furniture in many wealthy families. Moreover, Myanmar people seldom send money into the bank, instead, they often buy gold to worship for the pagoda. That is the reason why many gold foil workshops develop quickly

King Galon is one of the most famous and long-standing gold foil workshops in Mandalay. When visiting there, you will observe the way to make gold foil. People in King Galon are friendly and enthusiastic so maybe you are allowed to try the hammer ram on the gold pack. This is a tough job but it is worthy

Visit stone sculpture workshops

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Mandalay is the city owning many handicraft workshops, in which the stone sculpture is more remarkable. You can visit Sagaing area to see the stone sculpture workshops. The area seems to be covered by the smooth dirt from marbles. On the streets, you will see the skilful workers polishing their sculptures. One surprise is that you will see that they do not use any draft samples

Visit Maha Muni pagoda

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Maha Muni is the most sacred pagoda in Mandalay. It ranks the second after Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon on the fame. The pagoda is very beautiful and large with quite a lot doors and corridors to the main area. You will be impressed by the gilded Buddha statue of 4 meters in height inside the pagoda. The special thing is that only men are allowed to come into while women only see it from the outside. Going inside and you will feel the holy atmosphere as well as the worshipping of local people with their belief

Relax at Shwenandaw monastery

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After riding a bike and walking around the areas in Mandalay, it is time to take a break and Shwenandaw is the ideal place. It is a famous monastery built by tek wood. It is so exciting to sit to relax and sightsee the complex sculptures of the monastery

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Chicken fortune telling for marriage in Myanmar

Traveling to Myanmar to discover the chicken fortune telling for marriage of Myanmar people. When visiting Ko-e ethnic group in Myanmar, tourists will see a special costume that is they often observe chicken to tell marriage future.

Previously, if it is not good, the marriage will be failed. Nowadays, most of marriages will be decided by parents of two sides. If the parents of the woman agree, they will hold the wedding for her.

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At first, the groom’s family will ask the village head and the matchmaker to come to the bride’s family for marriage agreement, the wedding will be held in the very early morning when people are still sleeping. They do that because if the marriage will not succeed, it will not affect the relationship of two families

In the morning, the wedding will watch the chicken bone one more time to tell the fortune and luck of the groom and bride. The result of chicken fortune telling is often like what they do when asking for engagement

When the wedding is held, the groom and bride will eat in one table. After the wedding, the bride will be taken to the groom’s house by friends. At the groom’s house, the bride and her friends will pretend to grind rice and then, the bride pretend to carry water to pour into the big jar. The groom will do the same. Before that, the groom will symbolically work at the bride’s house. In that day, after the bride cook rice alcohol, she will sleep at the groom’s house and then come back home in the next day

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When traveling to Myanmar, tourists will see one more special thing of locals, which is Ko-e ethnic group will make wedding without making love because after getting married, they have to live away from each other from 15 days to one month. In the morning, they will come to the partner’s house to work and come back home in the morning to rest. If the husband wants to come to the wife’s house, he has to sneak in the midnight. After 15 days to one month, they will officially live in one roof

This ethnic group also has the custom of re-getting married. The first time is when they are young and the second time is when they have the 3rd – 4th child or 5th – 6th child

However, they seriously perform the policy of one spouse. If the wife has affair with other man, she will be look down or even killed. That man at least must compensate the husband and the wife must kill a cow to do penance in front of all villagers. What a strange and unique custom!

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TEN TRAVEL TIPS FOR AMAZING VACATION TO DUBAI (Part 2)

Being one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, located at the South of the Persian Gulf of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai travel has almost everything to offer to each and every single traveler. Coming here to conquer the golden dunes, discover the sandy desert or explore the city of luxury and opulence, there are still quite a few things you should get to know in advance as they might usually come in handy at anytime of the day.

6. Check the duration of your visa

Check the duration of your visa
Check the duration of your visa

As same as every other oversea journey you make, there is always a need to make sure that you have illegal visa duration for your vacation. If you go as a solo traveler, do pay attention to your visa duration. If you book tour package at one of the many available travel agencies, it won’t be much of a concern as they will take care of everything for you

7. Be careful when using your own vehicle

You can drive your own vehicle in Dubai
You can drive your own vehicle in Dubai

There are always lots of available public vehicles to use at Dubai. Though, if you had an international driving license, you could drive around Dubai with your own vehicle. If you happened to get in an accident, just keep calm and wait for the police.

8. Prepare your own charger

Bring your own charger
Bring your own charger

3-pin plug is the standard plug across the whole UAE. However, it would be the best to prepare your owner by bringing an adapter with you; it might always come in handy.

9. Public display of affection is restricted

Showing affection in public is prohibited
Showing affection in public is prohibited

Showing affection publicly in Dubai is considered an action that goes against the local government’s law, similarly to homosexuality. Since Dubai follows the Sharia-religious law of Islam, some tourist sites even advise for couples to arrange their accommodation in separated rooms.

1. Strictly follow the dress code

Strictly follow the dress code
Strictly follow the dress code

Dubai is a Muslim country so pay attention strongly to your customs. Women can wear swimsuit at the beach or pool, however, it is prohibited in public places. For men, do not go out with only shorts. You will be given unwanted stare by the locals.

Dubai is a wonderful country, an attractive destination for every traveler. If you want more insight information about Dubai Travel, please contact Exotic Voyages.