Friday, October 24, 2014

Online Visa for Myanmar available for Yangon -
soon for more Entry Points

An online visa service, introduced on September 1 in 2014, is currently only available to visitors entering Myanmar through the Rangoon International Airport. But this is going to change: Myanmars’s Ministry of Immigration and Population will begin issuing electronic visas for tourists at six additional locations, a ministry official told The Irrawaddy. The service will be extended to Mandalay, Naypyidaw and four overland crossings along Myanmars border with Thailand at Myawaddy, Tachilek, Kawthaung and Htee Khee.

Right now e-visa applications can be made on the government website of the ministry of immigration and population for arrivals in Yangon. Applicants must complete an online visa form and make a credit card payment for fees (US Dollars 50 per person). Those approved will receive an emailed document that they can print out and present to immigration officers upon arrival. After approval, travelers have 90 days to enter Burma, where they can stay for up to 28 days. Eligibility has expanded to a total of 67 countries at present.

Other possibilities to get visa:
Apply at the embassy at home. Or: In Bangkok the Embassy of Myanmar offers a one-day-service for Visa. Read the tipps by and by

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nyaung Shwe Restaurant Picks

See the locations on Nyaung Shwe Restaurants Google Map

Picture by Cristina Bejarano
Stuffed fish at Green Chilli Restaurant

Aroma Restaurant: Chaung Road. Indian.

Bamboo Hut: War Daw Village, 10 minutes by bike out of Nyaung Shwe and then (just after the Red Mountain Winery) 5 minutes off the road. Run by Shan people. With great view across Inle Lake. Barbecued lake fish, marinated in ginger and garlic or fish curry, all delicious according to reviews on

Four Sisters Restaurant: Shan dishes. 105 Strand Road.

Golden Kite Restaurant: They offer homemade thin crust pizza from a pizza oven and pasta. Very good reviews for the pizza, quite good for the pasta on

Picture by marhas

Image Food Corner: Block Number 4, Corner Myawaddy and Phaungdawpyan. Very good reviews on

Linn Htet Restaurant: YoneGyi Road. Burmese food. Quite good reviews on,

Live Dim Sum House: Yone Gyi Road, opposite of Inle Inn. Reviewers of are delighted about the Chinese food here - dim sum or duck. And appreciate the local wine.

Sin Yaw Restaurant: Yone Gyi Street. Shan specialities like tea leaf salad, spring onion tempura, noodlesand tofu. very good reviews on The restaurant offers also a shuttle bus service to Heho Airport, leaving at 7 am, 9 am and 1 pm, as they write on Facebook.

Smiling Moon: Yone Gyi Road. They sell trekkting tours.Not the best reviews on

Tea House: At the corner of Shwenyaung-Nyaungshwe Rd and Yone Gyi street. A place to watch people, drink tea or coffee, eat shan noodles or samosas and tempuras, as Spytravelogue describes.

Thanakha Garden: No. 43 Tharzi Qt, down a side road near Paradise Hotel. Impeccable Shan noodles, delicious tea salad or tasty steamed fish according to reviews on

The Shan Restaurant @ Viewpoint Lodge: A classy restaurant with views of the canal and the landside. And the Shan food is extraordinarily delicious and not expensive. Outstanding according to the reviews on

The French Touch: Very good reviews for food, pastry and coffee on They show films in the evening. "Its host of cocktails, including its trademark 'Frenchtouchtini', makes it an excellent spot for a sunset cocktail", writes Jessica Muddit.

Unique: 3 Myawady Road. Mostly Shan dishes.

More discoveries around Inle Lake:
Wine tasting around Inle lake
Inle Lake - where people live on the water
Hotels and Resorts around Inle Lake and in Nyaung Shwe - and Reviews by Guests
Trip report Kalaw-Pindaya-Inle Lake
Pindaya Caves - a fascinating Pilgrimage Site
Kakku: Thousands of Stupas around a Pagoda - a Magical Place
Burma Bible