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The Fantastic Hoi An Temples of Central Vietnam
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The Fantastic Hoi An Temples of Central Vietnam

A day spent visiting the Hoi An Temples are a day well spent in Central Vietnam Buddhist influences are felt far and wide throughout Southeast Asia, but perhaps the most beautiful and unique are the Hoi An Temples. Thanks to a combination of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and even French architecture notes, the temples are a stunning part of Central Vietnam's ancient capital. For all my travel blog posts ...
The Incredibly Colorful Chua Buu Dai Son Chinese Temple of Da Nang
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The Incredibly Colorful Chua Buu Dai Son Chinese Temple of Da Nang

The city of Da Nang in central Vietnam has so much to offer travelers - whether that be backpackers, photographers or regular run-of-the-mill travelers. An afternoon drive along the beach brought me to the Vu Lan Bao Hieu - Chua Buu Dai Son Chinese Temple and I just had to snap some pics. Located along the beach just before the magnificent Son Tra Peninsula, the Chua Buu Dai Son is a colorful reminder to ...
Wild Motorbike Ride to the Peak of Monkey Mountain, Vietnam
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Wild Motorbike Ride to the Peak of Monkey Mountain, Vietnam

The Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang is one of the most picturesque places I've had the chance to travel to. Taking a motorbike up to the top of Monkey Mountain is a must for travelers passing through central Vietnam.  Monkey Mountain on the Son Tra Peninsula rises 850 meters (about 3,000 feet) above the city of Da Nang and makes for a perfect day trip for any adventurer (or photographer!) and has some of the ...
Biking to the Da Nang Lady Buddha of Son Tra, Vietnam
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Biking to the Da Nang Lady Buddha of Son Tra, Vietnam

The Da Nang Lady Buddha is missing from most guidebooks and travel sites but it is a must-see of central Vietnam.  Da Nang is best known for its Marble Mountains, close proximity to the Hoi Van Pass, Hoi An and Hue. The Da Nang Lady Buddha isn't at the top of the list for most travelers but really should be, standing at 67m tall and rivaling the Statue of Liberty in scale. For all my travel blog posts ...
Marvelous Marble Mountains of DaNang, Vietnam
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Marvelous Marble Mountains of DaNang, Vietnam

The Marble Mountains of DaNang jut out along the flat and pristine Vietnamese coastline and give central Vietnam its spiritual character. The Marble Mountains, Vietnam, are a main attraction for tourists from all over the world, including devout Buddhists who wish to find their inner peace within the grottoes of the intricate cave systems. For all my travel blog posts on Vietnam: Click Here For all ...
Charming Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand
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Charming Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai is one of the gems of Northern Thailand's dense jungle region The jungles of Northern Thailand are still a mysterious and wild place to visit, however a traveler can hang his hat in Chiang Mai while enjoying modern first-world comfort For all my blog entries in Thailand, check out the blog: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Chiang Mai, Thailand: Click Here Chiang ...
A Morning with the Monks of Myanmar
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A Morning with the Monks of Myanmar

I recently had the opportunity to spend a morning with the monks of Myanmar and, as you would imagine, it was an unforgettable experience. Spending a morning with the monks of Myanmar is a must when traveling through the Golden Land. I headed near the Kabar Aye Pagoda for a morning walk with the monks. For all the high-resolution photos from this part of my journey: Click Here Well, it's good to ...
Stunning Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda
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Stunning Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda

The Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda is a magnificent work of art located in Yangon One of Yangon's more unique pagodas, Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda looms behind several large trees on Shwedagon Pagoda Road. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from the Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda: Click Here

Located just south of the ...
Beautiful Views at Taung Pulu Monastery
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Beautiful Views at Taung Pulu Monastery

The Taung Pulu Monastery is one example of the many hidden gems of Yangon "Off-the-beaten-path" is la régulière for seasoned travelers in Southeast Asia's largest continental country and to find the Taung Pulu Monastery you'll need to be determined and adventurous. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Taung Pulu Monastery: Click Here For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to the Taung ...
Magical Maha Wizaya Pagoda
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Magical Maha Wizaya Pagoda

 The Maha Wizaya Pagoda is an often overlooked gem located down the road from the Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon is flush with golden pagodas of all shapes and sizes and each is as unique as the previous. The Maha Wizaya Pagoda (Maha Wizara Pyay; on Google Maps: Mahavijaya Pagoda) is no exception, as the interior of the grand stupa is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. For more information from our Travel ...
The Mysterious Mitta Oo Pagoda in Myanmar
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The Mysterious Mitta Oo Pagoda in Myanmar

The Mitta Oo Pagoda is a local temple complex located down the road from the Kyain Thit Sar Shin Pagoda One of the things I love about Myanmar is that the dearth of available information (in English anyway!) on the internet makes travel around the Golden Land so fun and fascinating. The Mitta Oo Pagoda is a perfect example of that. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Mitta Oo Pagoda: Click ...
Photo Essay: People & Places of Bagan, Myanmar
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Photo Essay: People & Places of Bagan, Myanmar

The powerful people and picturesque places of Bagan, Myanmar World-renowned and recognized by UNESCO though visited by a fraction of the tourists which make their way to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Bagan, Myanmar is a must-see for anyone making their way to Southeast Asia. For more information from our Travel Guide on Bagan: Click Here More on Bagan: Brilliant Bagan Sunrise in Myanmar: Click Here More ...
The Extraordinary Plains of Bagan
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The Extraordinary Plains of Bagan

The plains of Bagan rival Cambodia's Angkor Wat in size and scale Perhaps only Cambodia's more-famous Angkor Wat can rival Myanmar's Bagan in terms of religious importance, size and scale in southeast Asia. For more information from our Travel Guide on Bagan: Click Here More on Bagan: Brilliant Bagan Sunrise in Myanmar: Click Here More on Bagan: Photo Essay: People & Places of Bagan, ...
Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery
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Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery

The Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery is a place you can't believe isn't more famous One of the more unique pagodas in Yangon is the Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery, a giant open-air Rakhine-style Gautama Buddha Image which can be seen from miles away. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Kyain Thit Sar Shin Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Kyain Thit Sar Shin ...
Inle Lake Life: Bamboo, Ancient Pagodas & More
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Inle Lake Life: Bamboo, Ancient Pagodas & More

Life on Inle Lake is simple yet refined - pagodas, open-air markets and hand-made boats of all shapes and sizes dot the lake Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar, features a myriad of pagodas and more! For more on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Hand-Rolled Smoke & Blacksmiths: Click Here For more Out and About on Inle Lake: Part 1: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Inle Lake: Click ...
Inle Lake, Myanmar: Hand-Rolled Smoke & Blacksmiths
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Inle Lake, Myanmar: Hand-Rolled Smoke & Blacksmiths

There is so much to see and do at Inle Lake, Myanmar, that you can spend days on the water and not catch it all There are few places on Planet Earth like Inle Lake, Myanmar - it's a must-see destination in Southeast Asia. For more on Inle Lake: Bamboo, Ancient Pagods & More: Click Here For more Out and About on Inle Lake: Part 1: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Inle Lake: ...
Out and About on Inle Lake: Part 1
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Out and About on Inle Lake: Part 1

Inle Lake is home to unique fish species and a unique single-legged method to catching them Myanmar's Inle Lake is a massive body of water with full-on cities built right on the water with bamboo and even plumbing! For more on Inle Lake: Bamboo, Ancient Pagods & More: Click Here For more on Inle Lake, Myanmar: Hand-Rolled Smoke & Blacksmiths: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos ...
Peaceful and Inspiring Pindaya Cave
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Peaceful and Inspiring Pindaya Cave

The Pindaya Cave is a truly one-of-a-kind place unique to the hills of Shan State Myanmar has so much to offer that you can't find anywhere else in the world and the Pindaya Cave is a perfect example. For more information on the Pindaya Cave: Click Here For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to the Pindaya Cave: Click Here Of all the places I've had the opportunity and privilege to visit in the ...
The Grand Palace at Wat Phra Kaew
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The Grand Palace at Wat Phra Kaew

The Grand Palace is a highlight of Wat Phra Kaew  Modern history meets ancient history at the Grand Palace of Wat Phra Kaew For more on the Wat Phra Kaew and Temple of the Emerald Buddha: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Wat Phra Kaew: Click Here Having previously written about the Wat Phra Kaew in beautiful downtown Bangkok, Thailand, here is quickie on the Grand Palace of ...
Wat Phra Kaew – Temple of the Emerald Buddha
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Wat Phra Kaew – Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Wat Phra Kaew stands out among all the hustle and bustle of Bangkok Thailand's crown jewel temple, the Wat Phra Kaew, features three massive pagodas in the Sri Lankan, Thai and Khmer styles. For more on the Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Wat Phra Kaew: Click Here Simply put, the Wat Phra Kaew Pagoda is a mix of three things: the spiritual center ...
Wat Arun and Roll
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Wat Arun and Roll

Bangkok's history comes alive at Wat Arun The Wat Arun "Temple of Dawn" is a brilliant spot to take in some Thai Buddhism near downtown Bangkok. For all the high-resolution photos from Wat Arun: Click Here Caked in sunscreen on an atypically blistering day during Thailand's rainy season, it's easy to see why the locals are complaining of a heat wave... and why white boys from southwestern Ohio have ...
Fast Times at Koe Htat Gyi
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Fast Times at Koe Htat Gyi

The Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda (Koehtatgyi) is a massive monument which stands testament to Burmese artistry They don't call Myanmar the "Golden Land" for nothing, and the Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda is yet another example of gold mixed with ingenuity and devotion to Buddhism. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from the Koe Htat Gyi ...
The Dark and Desolate Nga Htat Gyi
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The Dark and Desolate Nga Htat Gyi

The Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is an enormous Gautama Buddha Image centrally-located in Yangon The Golden Land is filled with massive pagodas and the Nga Htat Gyi (Ngahtatgyi) is a testament to the Burmese use of gold and design to create a brilliant Image. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda: Click ...
Off the Grid in Yangon: Wijuwedo Paya
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Off the Grid in Yangon: Wijuwedo Paya

Day-trip to the Wijuwedo Pagoda and you won't forget it! Close to Yangon but still 'off-the-grid,' the Wijuwedo Pagoda stands tall in the jungle. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Wijuwedo Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Wijuwedo Pagoda: Click Here The phrase "off the grid" in Myanmar is a very relative term - meaning that if you travel just a hop, skip ...
Swal Daw Pagoda aka Swe Taw Myat Paya
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Swal Daw Pagoda aka Swe Taw Myat Paya

The Swe Taw Myat Pagoda is a gorgeous gold and white dome standing over Yangon's north The Swe Taw Myat Pagoda in Yangon's North is a welcome respite from the more touristy pagodas of its center and south. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Swe Taw Myat Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Swe Taw Myat Pagoda: Click Here As with most places in Myanmar, several ...
Massive Statues of Meilamu
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Massive Statues of Meilamu

The Meilamu Pagoda is a Disneyland-like playground of Pagodas north of Yangon There is so much to see and do in Yangon and one thing not to be overlooked on your travels is the Meilamu Pagoda. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Meilamu Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Meilamu Pagoda: Click Here The Meilamu Pagoda, located on Thudhamma Road in the ...
Brilliant Botahtaung Pagoda & Jetty
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Brilliant Botahtaung Pagoda & Jetty

The Botahtaung Pagoda & Jetty is a terrific stop when in downtown Yangon Less well-known than the Sule Pagoda, the Botahtaung Pagoda located on a jetty that shares its same name is a brilliant stop when traveling through downtown Yangon. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Botahtaung Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Botahtaung Pagoda: Click Here Located ...
Kabar Aye Pagoda & Mahapasana Cave
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Kabar Aye Pagoda & Mahapasana Cave

The Kabar Aye Pagoda & Mahapasana Cave complex are prominent landmarks near Inya Lake Yangon's Inya Lake houses two huge pieces of modern Myanmar history in the form of the Kabar Aye Pagoda and Mahapasana Cave. For more information from our Travel Guide on the Kabar Aye Pagoda: Click Here For more information from our Travel Guide on the Mahapasana Cave: Click Here For all the high-resolution ...
The Tremendous Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple
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The Tremendous Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple

The Reclining Buddha of Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple is a masterpiece of Burmese craftsmanship Huge Buddha Images are not uncommon in the Golden Land and the Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple is a shining example of that. For more information on the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, visit the travel guide here: Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple For all the high-resolution photos from ...
Sule Pagoda & Maha Bandula Garden
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Sule Pagoda & Maha Bandula Garden

The Sule Pagoda & Maha Bandula Garden can be visited together in downtown Yangon Yangon has many beautiful features and the Sule Pagoda packs both beauty and political meaning into one brilliant spire. To read the Myanmar Travel Guide visit the blog here: Sule Pagoda For all my High-Resolution images: Click Here 100+ Fahrenheit didn't stop us from vising two of Yangon's iconic landmarks - the ...
Photo Journal: Kyauk Taw Gyi Marble Buddha
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Photo Journal: Kyauk Taw Gyi Marble Buddha

The Kyauk Taw Gyi Marble Buddha is an unbelievable work of art Of all of Myanmar's incredible pagodas, the Kyauk Taw Gyi Marble Buddha is certainly one of the most impressive. For all my high-resolution images of the Kyauk Taw Gyi Marble Buddha: Click Here Yangon is flush with Pagodas of every shape and size. While looking for apartments around the city, we caught view of a beautiful ...
Photo Journal: Shwedagon Pagoda
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Photo Journal: Shwedagon Pagoda

The world-famous Shwedagon Pagoda is more impressive in person than in photos or videos The Shwedagon Pagoda is a pillar of Myanmar Buddhism and is as revered as it is incredible. For all my High-Resolution images of the Shwedagon Pagoda: Click Here For all my High-Resolution images of the Shwedagon Pagoda at Night: Click Here The Shwedagon Pagoda located in Yangon, Myanmar is certainly a ...
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IsraeliAbroad (formerly SidepieceDiplomat) was started as a passion project by amateur photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!

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IsraeliAbroad was started as a passion project by photographer Phillip Harbor as he travels from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and throughout the world. Named for the adventure, the photoblog seeks to give followers a unique insight into life from a nation that was until recently closed off from the rest of the world for more than half a century. This blog is half photo-half information-half experience-driven. Yes that’s more than a whole… and yes that makes about as much sense as anything else you can find on this half of the globe! Feel free to follow us on social media and right here on the blog as we explore the incredible wonders of Myanmar. Updates will come as regularly as possible and don’t forget to share with your friends!