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Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma » Taunggyi December 23rd 2016

After being woken up by that bloody cockerel again we were up and ready for the day trip to Kakku. We had asked about doing a shared trip but were told there wouldn't be enough room in the car, oh well it's just us again. We drove up into the hills and arrived at Taunggyi, a large town which is spread over a plateau on the hill top. Here we had to stop and pay the fee to visit the site of Kakku and the fee for the obligatory Pa O guide who then joined us in the car. Our guide was a lovely lad called Tun Tun, he was dressed in traditional Pa O clothing complete with a colourful scarf tied round his head and is a 4th year (final year) university student. He is ... read more
And the trees turned red
Football tournament
Kakku

Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma » Kalaw November 20th 2016

Suzanne here... I'm a bit ambivalent about night buses. It means you don't spend a whole day travelling, plus you save the cost of a nights accommodation. However they tend to be a bit more dangerous, you can't see the scenery as it's too dark, and you won't get any proper sleep as there will be toilet stops with full lights on, everyone trooping on and off and invariably there will be a pair off assclowns who don't want to sleep and, even though everyone else does, will think nothing of loudly chatting all night. However, it was the easiest way to get to Kalaw. The journey was actually ok. We were given water and cakes which was nice, (but then we had paid $19 each). The aforementioned assclowns were right behind us and not only ... read more
Kalaw central pagoda
Kalaw central pagoda
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Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma » Taunggyi September 24th 2016

De volgende dag worden we door het hotel naar het treinstation gebracht. Daar wordt voor ons een kaartje gekocht voor 900 Kyat, omgerekend 70 eurocent. Er zit zelfs een levensverzekering bij, waar die goed voor is weten we niet. We eten wat bij een klein restaurantje, waar je zelf je eten kan opscheppen. Zoveel je wilt voor 1000 Kyat (75 eurocent). Op het station is het een drukte van belang als de trein die de andere kant op gaat aankomt. Hout en kolen worden in en uitgeladen en vrouwen proberen wat te verkopen aan de treinreizigers. Niet veel later komt ook onze trein aan, die komt alleen niet langs het perron te staan, dus we moeten even aan boord klimmen. Leuk aan deze lokale treinen is dat de ramen openstaan, dus je kan makkelijk foto’s nemen. ... read more
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06 De wissel staat goed.
08 De bootkamers van het resort.

Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma » Pindaya September 19th 2016

Vanochtend nemen we rond half zeven de taxi naar het vliegveld, wat 15 minuten verderop ligt. Inchecken gaat heel vlug en wordt op een laptop gedaan. We krijgen een boardingpass zonder stoel, het is vrij zitten aan boord. Vluchten maken vaak vanuit Yangon of Mandalay een circelroute en doen meerdere stops onderweg. Of je naar je eindbestemming geen of zelfs twee stops hebt maakt niets uit voor de prijs, die blijft hetzelfde. Dus als je gek van vliegen bent kan je je hart ophalen. Het kan ook zijn dat meerdere vluchten samengevoegd worden, op onze route gaan ook drie vluchten tegelijk, wat natuurlijk veel te veel is voor het aantal passagiers. Voor ons vertrekt een vlucht die is samengevoegd, van te voren krijg je dat niet te horen. Het is ook heel normaal dat je vlucht ... read more
04 Op de waterbuffel
10 Banyanbomen.
11 Paraplu en lampenmakers

Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma » Kalaw March 18th 2016

Nous voilà de retour après 3 jours de marche pour vous raconter nos aventures ! Après 3 jours à Yangoon, on a pris un bus pour Kalaw, ville dans le centre du Myanmar. De là, pendant une journée nous avons été en quête d'informations sur le moyen de réaliser un treck sans guide. Pas que nous voulions être des grands explorateurs, mais plutôt pour rester autonomes et décider de faire des pauses quand bon nous semblait ! Après nombreuses rencontres qui nous disaient ne pas tenter ce périple, nous sommes finalement tombés sur un guide très sympathique qui nous a partagé sa carte "secrète", les lieux habituels où les trekkeurs dorment et mangent. C'est à 7h le lendemain, avec nos 20 kilos chacun sur le dos que nous sommes partis à l'aventure dans la nature ! ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma » Kalaw February 2nd 2016

Day 23-Tuesday-February 2 After breakfast we met at the dock again at 8:30 and boarded the same boat with Rick and Jeanine. The yellow group headed out into the lake and came upon some morning fishermen. We got some nice photos. We then saw men filling their boats with more underwater vegetation. Our first stop today was the Nyaung Shwe 5-day market, only open here every 5th day. It rotates between different locations over a five day period. It was a very interesting spot for seeing many fabulous images. Women and men from various hill tribes who live in the Inlay region come to sell their home crafts, products, fruits, fish and vegetables in this market. Being here today was a great experience. Next, we walked over to the Hpaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Situated on Inle ... read more
Casting their net
Balancing act
Close up

Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma » Kalaw February 1st 2016

Day 22-Monday-February 1 Buckle-up…this will be a wild day! We awoke this morning with our room not any warmer. Doug called the front desk and asked about the heater problem. He was told the units in each bungalow were only air conditioning and not heaters…oh well. So, as it does get warm here in the daytime, we’ll turn our units off when we return from our excursions in the afternoon to preserve some of the warmth before sunset when it starts to get cool. Then they won’t be constantly blowing cold air into the room. After rising, Doug looked outside and saw a couple hot-air balloons in the distant sky. Following breakfast, we met the group at 8:30 down at the pier adjacent to the Sunset Bar and we split up into our original yellow and ... read more
Sunset Bar
Floating garden beds
Ye Min waves

Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma » Kalaw December 2nd 2015

Next stop on our Burmese adventure was Shan State, starting in the lovely little town of Kalaw. Trekking HQ for Myanmar, Kalaw was a hill station founded by the Brits to escape the heat of the plains and the jungle. It's the place to go for nice day treks and longer trips, with the big draw being the three day trek to Inle Lake, which is what we were there for. We intended to spend two nights in Kalaw, to give us one day to chill out before starting trekking. After getting everything ready to go, however, the night before starting trekking we happened upon the best bar we've been to in Burma. A tiny little place called Hi Bar, with just 12 seats around a little oval bar, it serves almost nothing but rum sours, ... read more
Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake
Sun-dried chillies
Trekkers

Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma May 13th 2015

Asia » Burma » Eastern Burma » Tachileik May 8th 2015

So, we arrived at the border with no idea what to expect or what to do. Everyone else seemed to know entirely what was going on, except the small queue of farangs at the Customs hut. We didn't have the departure card from our landing card so we had to pay the man 100 baht for him to photocopy a new one (I'm sure he could have charged us more, but I'm also sure he didn't need to charge us at all). Once that was sorted we were allowed to cross the bridge. Interesting thing, so in Thailand you drive on the left but in Myanmar you drive on the right. Also, when leaving Thailand you walk on the left hand side, but the Myanmar 'IN' is on the right. This means that everyone has to ... read more
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