This is the full blog of Israeli Abroad of his adventures throughout the world. Stories and info live from some of the most exotic locations.

Japanese Covered Bridge

Exploring Authentic Hoi An, Vietnam

There are few pristine travel destinations left like Hoi An, Vietnam. Brilliant architecture, perfect canals, clean coastline with immaculate sandy beaches and more history than you can shake a stick at make Hoi An, Vietnam, a gem of Southeast Asia. For all the high-resolution photos from Hoi An, Vietnam: Click Here While modern cities like Ho […]

Hanoi, Vietnam

Capturing the Corpses, Lakes & Prisons of Hanoi, Vietnam

Gorgeous lakes, Communist shrines, French-inspired colonial architecture and a sprawling modern city make Hanoi, Vietnam, a must-see city in Southeast Asia From the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Hanoi Hilton to the brand-new buildings of downtown Hanoi, Vietnam, the capital is alive with economic progress while maintaining strong ties to its roots. For all the […]

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Riding Motorbikes in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Meeting a friend from Israel in Vietnam? Time to take the bikes out for a proper ride in Halong Bay, Vietnam Halong Bay, Vietnam, is a top travel destination which draws tourists from all over the world to its lush limestone mountains which jut violently from the sea. What few realize is that a whole […]

Independence Palace - Dinh Độc Lập

Photo Journal: Vietnam War Tour in HCMC

The Vietnam War officially ended in 1975 but its legacy still cuts deep in the Far East. “History is written by the victors” is the famous quote by Winston Churchill and that rings true more so in Vietnam than anywhere else. This photo journal will cover three important locations of the Vietnam War in relation […]

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Ho Chi Minh City

Hot Shots from Ho Chi Minh – Part Two

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city and has huge buildings, awesome nightclubs and a vibrant culture. Southeast Asia feels like a totally different world for western travelers, however Ho Chi Minh City is undergoing a renaissance complete with an influx of professionals from the west. Here are a couple of my favorite little […]

Ho Chi Minh City

Chillin in Ho Chi Minh City – Part One

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s former capital and one of the funnest cities in Southeast Asia!  A backpacker’s paradise, Ho Chi Minh City has everything a traveler is looking for – interesting history, amazing nightlife, vibrant culture, good shopping and of course, it’s cheap! For all the high-resolution photos from Ho Chi Minh City, […]

Cu Chi Tunnels

Claustrophobic Cu Chi Tunnels of Ho Chi Minh City

Have you ever been terrified on  your travels? I have, and the Cu Chi Tunnels are as frightening as they are incredible. Vietnam’s (and neighboring Laos) natural beauty is engulfing yet a legacy of war remains prominent when visiting the Pacific-rim country. For all the high-resolution photos from the Cu Chi Tunnels: Click Here Vietnam is one of […]


Shooting Fire at the Da Nang Dragon Bridge

The Da Nang Dragon Bridge is a symbol of the resurgence of Central Vietnam both culturally and economically. The fire-breathing Da Nang Dragon Bridge is located in the heart of Danang and spans the length of the Han River a whopping 666 meters (2,185 ft). For all the high-resolution photos from the Da Nang Dragon Bridge: Click Here […]

Vu Lan Bao Hieu - Chua Buu Dai Son

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 […]

Monkey Mountain, Vietnam

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 […]

Da Nang Lady Buddha

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 […]

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Marble Mountains, Vietnam

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 […]


Flashback: Ohio – The Greatest State in the Union

Having been born in Troy, Ohio, USA, I may be a bit biased calling my state the Greatest in the Union though it is objectively near the top Of the 50 states, Ohio, USA, is widely-regarded as one of the most typical “American” states. From a demographic to a geographic standpoint, Ohio has so much to offer from […]

Halong Bay, Vietnam

A Rainy Day in Halong Bay, Vietnam

Few places in the world are as renowned for its incredible natural formations like the karst limestone mountains of Halong Bay, Vietnam The sheer size, scope and beauty of the natural rock formations of Halong Bay, Vietnam, first captured my imagination several years ago when I caught a glimpse  of them on a television program on the National Geographic […]

AFC Football Myanmar vs. India

Myanmar vs. India AFC Football at the Thuwanna

Yangon’s Thuwanna Stadium played host to the FIFA AFC Football Qualifier between the White Angels and the Blue Tigers The 2017 FIFA AFC Football Asian Cup Qualifier match between Myanmar and India was played on March 28th at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon and ended in a 1-0 result for the visiting team. For all the high-resolution […]


Throwback to 2004 – London, England

A first trip abroad to England included a 6-hour flight and a terror scare! London, England is a brilliant place for a first-time traveler and the ease of which you can move from place to place (not to mention a pretty non-existent language barrier) makes for a great time all around. “Spring Break 2004! Panama? […]

Koh Phangan, Thailand

Koh Phangan’s Top Five Must-See Beaches

Some of the best beaches in the world are located on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand Thailand is known for its world-class beaches and travel options. The beautiful beaches of Koh Phangan are world renowned for a reason and here is a list of my top five must-see beaches on the gulf island. For all […]

Koh Phangan, Thailand

Honeymoon in Style in Koh Phangan, Thailand

If you’re looking for an unforgettable honeymoon or vacation with a partner, look no further than Koh Phangan, Thailand The islands of Thailand may no longer be secret getaways, however they are just as romantic and luxurious as ever! And even if you are looking to travel in style but want to save a bit of […]

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Walking with Elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Asian Elephants are some of the most amazing, graceful and gigantic creatures on Planet Earth. On a misty morning and up in the high mountains of northern Thailand, I found a herd of formerly-abused Asian Elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. The ensuing shenanigans made for possibly the most fun day of my two week-long northern […]

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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 the high-resolution photos from Chiang Mai: Click Here Chiang Mai! I was […]

Monks, Yangon, Myanmar

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. For all the high-resolution photos from this part of my journey: Click Here Well, it’s […]

Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

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. To learn more about the Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda: Click Here For all the high-resolution photos from Sein Yaung Chi Pagoda: Click Here Located just […]

Bahadur Shah Zafar Grave, Yangon, Myanmar

The Mysterious Tomb of Bahadur Shah Zafar

The Tomb of Bahadur Shah Zafar is a stark reminder of the harsh British colonization of  India and Southeast Asia Bahadur Shah Zafar was the last emperor of the Mughal dynasty and his remains have been interned in the land of which he was exiled, modern-day Myanmar. To learn more about the Tomb of Bahadur Shah […]

Rangoon War Cemetery, Yangon, Myanmar

The Immaculate Rangoon War Cemetery

Amidst the crowded streets and loud ruckus of day-to-day Yangon, the Rangoon War Cemetery is a welcome reprieve The Rangoon War Cemetery is a perfectly-kept grass rectangle hidden down a dark alley from small street food shops and local car repair joints. For all the high-resolution photos from The Rangoon War Cemetery: Click Here From time […]

Vang Vieng, Laos

Laos Photo Essay: Luang Prabang-Vang Vieng

Traveling by “VIP” bus from northern to southern Laos through unpaved jungle roads and picturesque mountainous passes makes the perilous journey all the more pleasurable 170 kilometers (105 miles) is the pittance of a distance that separates the Laotian cities of Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. In Laos, however, that’s a five-and-a-half hour journey. On the “new” […]

Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng is Animal House in Laos

Jungle parties, rafting on the river, bars and restaurants all around… Vang Vieng is basically the Animal House of Asia “If teenagers ruled the world, it might resemble Vang Vieng” – The New Zealand Herald For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to Vang Vieng: Click Here The party town-for-tourists called Vang Vieng is located midway between […]

Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Laos

A Crazy Trip to Kuang Si Waterfall in Laos

The Kuang Si Waterfall is a jungle paradise and a crazy trip On the way to the Kuang Si Waterfall, we passed two massive water buffalo dead on the street and another monster which squared us down. For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to the Kuang Si Waterfall and Luang Prabang: Click Here A day trip on […]

Luang Prabang, Laos

Living “Large” ‘in Luang Prabang, Laos

There are few places as beautiful as Luang Prabang, Laos The flight from Chiang Mai, Thailand, to Luang Prabang, Laos, is a short but sketchy one… and well worth the trip. For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to Luang Prabang, Laos: Click Here So are you Chinese or Japanese? As a guy from Ohio that clip from […]

Taung Pulu Monastery, Yangon, Myanmar

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 High-Resolution Photos of my trip to Taung Pulu Monastery: Click Here To read more about the […]


Cheap Thrills in Kiev Ukraine

A never-ending nightlife and an excellent exchange rate makes for an incredible weekend in Kiev Ukraine It’s chilly in Eastern Europe and even in March you gotta bundle up to head out and about… that is if you can wake up at a respectable hour after partying all night in one of Kiev’s word-famous nightclubs. For […]

Maha Wizaya, Yangon, Myanmar

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) is no exception, as the interior of the grand stupa is truly […]

Hlawga National Park, Myanmar

Real Myanmar Nature at Hlawga National Park

Hlawga National Park is a great way to see some Myanmar nature while in Yangon About an hour and a half north of the hustle and bustle of Myanmar’s largest city and former capital of Yangon is the Hlawga National Park. The jewel of a Myanmar nature preserve is flush with free-roaming monkeys, deer, elephants and […]

Mitta U Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

The Mysterious Mitta Oo Pagoda in Myanmar

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. I know I’ve written that many times before but a day trip out to the Kyain Thit Sar Shin meant not only the opportunity to […]

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Sderot, Gaza, Israel

Sderot, Israel, and the Gaza Border

The “Bomb Shelter Capital of the World” in Israel is a hell of a place to visit. Sderot (pronounced S-de ROTE) is an Israeli city in the western Negev desert located right next to the Israeli border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. The formerly vibrant community shows the scars of years of rocket and mortar […]

Mitzpe Ramon, Negev, Israel

Israel’s Mitzpe Ramon Crater

The Mitzpe Ramon Crater is a unique geological formation located in southern Israel The Negev Desert of southern Israel is home to one of the rarest geological formations on earth, the Mitzpe Ramon Crater.  Located in the heart of the Negev Desert in Southern Israel, the Ramon Crater is a “Makhtesh” geological feature that, unlike […]

Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan, Myanmar

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.

Bagan, Myanmar

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. To read about the brilliant sunrises in Bagan: Click Here For all of my High Resolution Pics from Bagan: Click Here After taking […]

Bagan, Myanmar, Burma

Brilliant Bagan Sunrise in Myanmar

The Bagan sunrise is a must-see in Southeast Asia Thousands of temples dotting the landscape make the Bagan sunrise one of the best in the world. Most travelers know that any wakeup after 3:30am is just an arbitrary number. You know you’re going to be shredded and zombiefied so the only thing to do is […]

Mahar Kyain Thitsar Shin Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery

The Kyain Thit Sar Shin Monastery is a place you can’t believe isn’t more famous So I’m at the rooftop of Parami Hotel at the popular Piano Bar midday trying to book the location for a work event and I notice a huge, and I mean absolutely massive figure due north just glaring in the […]

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Dead Sea, Israel

The Dead Sea is Alive and Well (Mostly)

The Dead Sea is a one-of-a-kind lake in-between Israel and Jordan Facing Jordan to the East and Israel to the West, the Dead Sea is a destination spot for tens of thousands of travelers each year and certainly doesn’t disappoint. The road from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea is a wild and winding one, filled […]

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv Ya Habibi Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is the party capital of the Middle East and a hub for high-tech Israel is home to 3 of the major world religions and Tel Aviv is where you go to take a break from them all. Tel Aviv has a magic and charm so great that I lived there for several years! […]

Shwe Indein Pagoda, Inle Lake, Myanmar

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! Click Here to read Part 1 of my adventure to Shan State’s iconic Inle Lake Click Here to read […]

Inle Lake, Myanmar

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. Click Here to read Part 1 of my adventure to Shan […]

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Balance Fitness Charity Yangon Myanmar

Balance Fitness Center Charity Sports Day

Local Gym Balance Fitness Center hosted its 3rd Annual Charity Sports Day Yangon’s premier gym Balance Fitness Center holds an annual sports day for local underprivileged children and those from orphanages. During my time here in Southeast Asia, I’ve had the opportunity to  work with some local businesses and organizations to help the underprivileged, impoverished and […]

Inle Lake, Myanmar, Burma

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 High-Resolution Photos of my trip to Inle Lake: Click Here For more information on Inle Lake: […]

Elections, Yangon, Myanmar

2015 Myanmar Election Through the Lens

The 2015 Myanmar election shot live in Yangon by a diplomat’s spouse The opportunity to experience democracy in action during the 2015 Myanmar election was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. November 8th 2014 marked the day I proposed to my wife, a diplomat of the State of Israel, and I never thought that we would be celebrating […]

Pindaya Cave, Shan State, Myanmar

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 High-Resolution Photos of my trip to Mitta Oo Pagoda: Click Here For more information on the Pindaya […]

Tuk Tuk, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Style: Sunday Drive in a Tuk Tuk

When in Bangkok, one must Tuk Tuk Known as a rickshaw in the west, the tuk tuk is the east’s primary form of transportation when facing the choking traffic of Thailand’s capital of Bangkok. The Tuk-Tuk is synonymous with Bangkok. Named for its motor’s distinctive ‘tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk’ sound, it’s the best way […]

Wat Phra Kaew Temple, Bangkok, Thailand

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 Having previously written about the Wat Phra Kaew in beautiful downtown Bangkok, Thailand, here is quickie on the Grand Palace of Thailand – located on the back end of the compound. The Grand Palace […]


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. Simply put, the Wat Phra Kaew Pagoda is a mix of three things: the spiritual center of Thai Buddhism, the former residence of the Thai […]

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Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok, Thailand

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 High-Resolution Photos of my trip to Wat Arun: Click Here Caked in sunscreen on an atypically blistering day during Thailand’s rainy season, it’s easy to see why the […]

Terminal 21, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Shop ‘Till you Drop

Everyone has heard the excuse “Sorry, my dog ate my homework.” It’s not funny or believable. The Burmese version of this joke is “Sorry the internet is out/incredibly slow in the entire country, turns out an internet cable was cut somewhere up north in the jungle.” Well, at least they didn’t say a tiger or […]

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Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

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 High-Resolution Photos of my trip to the Koe Htat Gyi Pagoda: […]

Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

The Dark and Desolate Nga Htat Gyi

The Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda is an enormous 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 High-Resolution Photos of my trip to the Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda: Click […]

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Wijuwedo Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

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. The phrase “off the grid” in Myanmar is a very relative term – meaning that if you travel just a hop, skip or jump outside Yangon you are pretty much traveling […]

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Swal Daw Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

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. As with most places in Myanmar, several names for one location can be quite confusing. The Swal Daw […]

Meilamu Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

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. The Meilamu Pagoda, located on Thudhamma Road in the working-class suburb North Okkalapa Township in Yangon, is a literal […]

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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. Located next to the Yangon River in downtown Yangon, the Botahtaung Jetty features many shops, […]

Kabar Aye Pagoda, Myanmar

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. The Mahapasana Cave & Kabar Aye Pagoda make for a great afternoon trip. Built in the 1950s for the […]

Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha Temple, Yangon Myanmar

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 […]

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Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, Yangon, Myanmar, Burma

Walking the History of the Jews of Burma

The Jews of Burma have a long and interesting history The history of the Jews of Burma is linked to that of Myanmar’s largest cities and grandest institutions. Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and the Jews have an incredible albeit little-known history together. The first recorded Jew in the country of Burma came in with […]

Sule Pagoda

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 […]

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Ho de Yangon Zoo ho de

The Yangon Zoo is one of Myanmar’s most prestigious zoological gardens If you’ve ever wanted to get a taste of wild Myanmar, head to the Yangon Zoo and be prepared to sweat! Check out the Travel Guide to the Yangon Zoological Gardens by Clicking Here For High-Resolution Photos of my trip to the Yangon Zoo: […]

Inya Lake

Of Tropical Diseases and Beautiful Lakes

Of Tropical Diseases and Beautiful Lakes – Checking out Inya Lake in Northern Yangon Surrounded by new developments and dilapidated old ones, Inya Lake is a part of Yangon’s long and storied history. For Myanmar Travel Guide information on Inya Lake: Click Here For all my high-resolution photos of Inya Lake in Yangon, Myanmar: Click […]

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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 […]

Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Myanmar

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 […]

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Israeli Abroad

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!