Closing Time: Bangkok to Mandalay, Myanmar

Thursday, June 18, 2015


 You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here


Ok, so my trip isn’t over, I STILL HAVE ONE MORE MONTH, but leaving Thailand was so sad. When will I be back? Will I ever be back?

Trying to improve my mood, I tried to think about all the cool things I was going to do in MYANMAR 🙂




Per usual, I was being cheap. So instead of taking a taxi to the airport, I got on a local bus that took me to the Airport Connection, a metro that ends at the airport. It was super easy, Bangkok has some of the best public transit!



Once I was at the airport, everything went smoothly, and before I knew it, I was on a plane to Mandalay, Myanmar.




When I landed, I got my bag, got some local currency, and found myself a shared taxi. The taxi was about $4 USD for an almost hour long ride to the city. My hostel was excellent. As I was checking in they brought me water and fresh fruit, and they also helped me plan everything I needed for the next 36 hours.

The first thing I needed…

A ride to U Bien Bridge. The oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world.

My mode of transportation= Back of motorbike 🙂



The bridge was busy, especially with young teenagers. It was almost like it was the “cool” place to hang out 🙂 Some of the teenagers even asked to take a photo with me. During one of the photos the girls squeezed me tight like a teddy bear 🙂 Like I said, some asked, but there were also many who were definitely trying to take sneaky photos of me. So weird…

I really wanted to get on a boat for the sunset, but the sunset was still over an hour away, so the boat driver recommended I walk across the bridge and he would meet me over there.

Off I go…



Once I crossed the bridge, I was thirsty and hungry. Finding water was easy, but finding food not so much, until I found this lady…


U Bien Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar


I literally had NO IDEA what she was making but after watching her make a few, my mouth was watering so I decided to order one.



I waited til I was on the boat to enjoy the final product!



Some sights before the sunset…




Then the sunset started…


U Bien Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar


U Bien Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar


U Bien Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar


U Bien Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar



What a great sunset!


After the motorbike ride back to the hostel, I needed some food. So I found a restaurant that had a grill. They spoke NO english and I spoke NO Burmese, sooooooo there was a lot of hand pointing and gestures.

Sitting down at my table I had no idea what I was about to eat…

but holy smokes it was DELICIOUS 🙂



Myanmar is AMAZING!


But if I am learning anything, you do’t come to Myanmar for the food and attractions, but for the people. The beautiful, kind, generous people, who welcome you into their country and make you feel loved.


Can’t wait to continue my adventure in Myanmar!


Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette







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Closing Time: Bangkok to Mandalay, Myanmar
I travel from Bangkok to Mandalay, Myanmar and enjoy the sunset at U Bien Bridge.

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