Blogs from Bagan, Mandalay Region, Burma, Asia - page 20


Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan March 24th 2006

Burma Introduction Travelling to Burma (or Myanmar official name) is rather controversial these days. The country is run by a military regime (the Slorc or junta) which took power over 40 years ago after ethnic struggles had caused chaos in the post independence years. After years of mismanagement and corruption the economic situation got really bad in the late 80's. 8-8-88 is one of the milestones in the recent history of Burma. This was when large peaceful demonstrations were organised all over the country. The regime reacted by firing into the crowds. In a couple of weeks more than 2000 people (mostly students and monks) were killed. In the early 90's elections were held. These were won with a majority of over 80 pct by the opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi. The regime never ... read more
yangon 2

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan January 18th 2006

So, yet again, we are not actually in Myanmar but felt this country deserves multiple independent entries. Where were we...ahhh, Rangoon. Actually- this entry requires three parts- Part I: "The Middle Seat - Filth, Phlegm, and Flatus" After a few days of exploring the city we headed out to see Bagan - an overnight bus ride away. We had heard horror stories about bus travel in this region so we were pleasantly surprised when we settled into our seats and even found they had placed a bottle of drinking water and a trash bag in from of each seat- luxury! We prepared for the ride and were ready to be on our blissfully ignorant way when, suddenly, they lowered the middle seat. To those of you unfamiliar with the middle seat- it basically folds out from ... read more
Monkey Business
Beggar Children Bagan
Making Palm Sugar

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan January 17th 2006

Whilst in Chang Mai we had to go to Burma for the day to extend our Visa's. Fairly boring but needed to be done. The trip was a standard tour trip which enabled us to cross the border and back again. We took in the usual hot springs, although here locals were cooking eggs in them, some ruined (old, not broken) temples and a token trip to the "Golden Triangle". This is the border point between Laos, Thailand and Burma - marked by the Mekong River. So although it was a long and uneventful day, on the positive side we now have a Burma passport stamp, have been to the northern most point in Thailand and can stay in Thailand for longer - yeah!!!!! ... read more
cooking eggs in the Hot Spring
Chiang Sien Ancient Ruins
The Golden Triangle

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan December 25th 2005

Hello. Good morning. How are you? Where you come from? where you staying? first time to Myanmar? How long you stay in Bagan? You buy postcard? wood carving? laquerware? Antique? You buy ruby? emerald? Good price for you. lucky money. Coca cola, lemon, orange, Sprite, water? They catch my attention everytime and with a few questions can deduce how much I'm worth to them. These are all the conversations I've shared in the past couple days. My smile and no thank-you turned to a polite nod to a simple wave of the hand to the point where I answer their hello with No, I don't buy. Hand painting, sir? I don't make eye contact. The situation is ridiculous and pitiful and universal, the haves and have nots. The sky is overcast for three days, including a ... read more
fish curry, river view restaurant
lepeye, so addictive
rainy day, North Plain, Bagan

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan November 11th 2005

The overnight bus from Yangon to Bagan rattled and shook, heads banging against windows, my Burmese neighbour digging in elbows and knees, why was so much space needed for such a little man? The bus itself wasn't actually that bad, reasonably modern and the company had tried to cater for the passengers comfort, supplying pillows and water for the journey. But the battle was fated to be lost, in Myanmar the roads steal any possible comforts. Sleep for most is impossible. The Burmese driving style which involves using the horn almost continuously, a symptom of right hand drive vehicles driving on the right hand side of the road - being in the passenger seat is terrifying, head on collisions loom every few seconds. A torrential rain storm flooded the floor, soaked certain seats, legs died and ... read more
Bagan Temple
Large Buddah

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan October 26th 2005

For those readers who do not follow our adventures on a regular basis, we are still in the Bagan Archaeological Zone, and about to write about less well-known monuments. This classification is by no means meant as a qualification, we just saw too much and have too many pictures that we would like to share, so we split our Bagan impressions into two blogs. There are definitely highlights in Bagan, which no visitor must miss, but other temples are equally worth visiting and often offer positive surprises. One day we decided to cycle to several monuments situated further away from the beaten tracks, we started with the Dhammayangyi Temple from the 12th century. It is almost impossible to overlook, being the largest temple at Bagan, dominating the plains southeast of the Walled City of Old Bagan. ... read more
Bagan Panorama
Reconstructed temples
Reconstruction work

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan October 21st 2005

To say it straightforward: we absolutely loved the area of Bagan and stayed there for nine days! Whatever other sites in Myanmar you visit, Bagan is undoubtedly the cultural climax that no visitor should miss, no matter how little time they have at their disposal. The numerous religious monuments (over 2,000 still standing) near the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River (better known as Irrawaddy River), in a plain crossed by few major roads but many paths, in the middle of fields and trees constitute one of the most fabulous archaeological sites in the world. King Anawratha (1044-1077) was the true unifier of the Burmese kingdom by stopping the Khmer invasion; he brought forth numerous Buddha relics from the military campaigns for which a suitable setting had to be built, considering their holy status. This is ... read more
Typical Bagan panomara
Shwezigon Pagoda
Praying at the Shwezigon Pagoda

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan February 3rd 2005

In February 2005, I visted Myanmar for 11 days. I was in Cambodia (Angkor temples) and Indonesia (Borobudur temple) some years before this trip. I always thought about my next destination "Myanmar", as I wanted to see the thousands temples in Bagan, which are one of the must-sees in South East Asia. I flew from Hanoi to Bangkok, then took a 15-hour train to Chiang Mai. Air Mandalay flew once a week from Chiang Mai to Mandalay on ATR72. I booked this flight even 3 months before my trip. Leaving Mandalay airport for the town by taxi, my first impression of Mandalay was the sand color outside the airport, which reminded me of Sahara desert in Egypt. I spent only one day in Mandalay visiting 3 kingdoms near the town (Amarapura, Sagaing and Inwa) before taking ... read more
Shwedagon Paya in Yangon
Old Bagan
Buddha statue in Old Bagan

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan July 13th 1997

trip to myanmar in 1997... read more

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