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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan November 28th 2016

Suzanne here... Most people get the night bus from Inle to Bagan, and on reflection perhaps we should have done too. But we'd already booked and paid for the Bagan hotel and didn't want to waste a night. Plus we fancied seeing the scenery. There was a morning option, a mini bus, leaving at 7am, so we booked it. In fact, as this Asia, it didn't pick us up until 7.30am, collected a few others, then parked up at their office around the corner from our hotel for no apparent reason for 20 minutes. We departed at about 8.20am, with me cursing the loss of the extra hour I could have had in bed (I really am not a morning person). The journey was bearable. A mini bus is never going to be as comfortable as ... read more
Bagan Day 1
Bagan Day 1
Bagan Day 1

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan September 17th 2016

Eerst even kort wat over Bagan. De tempels in deze regio zijn gebouwd tussen de 11e en 13e eeuw. Koning Anawrahta is begonnen met het bouwen van tempels en zijn drie opvolgers zijn ermee doorgegaan. In totaal stonden er op het hoogtepunt ongeveer 10.000 tempels (nu nog 4000). Aan het eind van de 13e eeuw kwam er een eind aan de gloriedagen van Bagan, de ene overlevering zegt door een aanval van de Mongolen, een andere door een burgeroorlog. De tempels raakten nog meer in verval door 11 aardbevingen die het gebied hebben getroffen. Na de grootste aardbeving van 1975 heeft UNESCO ongeveer 1 miljard dollar gestoken in het restaureren van de tempels. Helaas heeft de militaire junta ongeveer 2000 tempels op een zeer controversiële manier gerestaureerd sinds 1995, zonder hierbij rekening te houden met de ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan September 14th 2016

De site van onze travelblog kent nogal wat problemen de afgelopen weken, als het goed is zijn die grotendeels opgelost. Mocht je een oude blog niet gelezen hebben, je kan altijd nog op de link in de e-mail klikken en het alsnog doen. Op onze laatste dag in Mandalay besluiten we eens wat anders te doen. Er is nog genoeg te zien in de stad zelf, maar een stukje natuur is leuk voor de verandering. We rijden oostwaarts over een drukke weg die naar de grens met China gaat. Gelukkig zijn de rijbanen gescheiden, wat inhalen een stuk makkelijker maakt. Er rijden veel vrachtauto’s, maar ook kleinere transportwagens die veel lawaai maken en veelal door boeren worden gebruikt. Veel bussen, vrachtwagens en motoren worden uit China, maar ook Japan en Korea geïmporteerd. Het weggebruik in Myanmar ... read more
Heerlijk koel zwemmen
Saigan
Even wachten voordat de boot aanmeert

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan September 3rd 2016

And so our journey through the furnace of Myanmar continued, we flew from the delightfully named Heho and touched down in the less easy to say Nyaung U airport. The reason for arriving at this odd sounding place was it was the local airport for the famed archeological area of Bagan (the Angkor Wat of Myanmar or so they say). One tip to remember if you ever find yourself arriving in Nyaung U is they will not let you leave without buying a ticket for said famed archeological area, so have some cash handy! Luckily we had enough Kyats (not the meowing kind, sorry, terrible joke..) lining our pockets and were allowed to exit the airport to face the customary battle of the taxi drivers, whom were all very keen to take our fare. Bagan is ... read more
Overlooking the Irrawaddy
Early morning in Bagan
From a distance..

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan August 19th 2016

Friday 19th August Alarm clock went off at 7.30, quickly packed my stuff, took my passport from the safe and checked out. I popped in to 7 Eleven which is in Thailand, too. Got some sort of sandwich they micro waved for me. I crossed the street and took a cab to the airport. Even though traffic was quite busy we got quickly to the motorway. Then it took about half an hour to get to Don Mueang airport. Upon arrival I tried to check in outside the airport on one of those Air Asia machines. I was told that I am already checked in so I printed the tag even though I didn't have any checked luggage. I proceeded to the actual Air Asia sales checkout to double check if I need to queue. She ... read more
Dobytcak from the airport
Bus station
Shwe Nan Daw monastery

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan June 6th 2016

We spent four days in Bagan and I could've easily spent another four. Regarded as one of the best “lost” ancient cities in Asia. Some even say it's better than the lost temples of Angkor in Cambodia, one of the wonders of the world. Before we arrived we'd heard it was a $25 entrance, a kick in the teeth if you're travelling on a budget. To be honest the entrance fee was justified...there's 2000 temples in (I think) a 25 square mile radius. We paid $6.60 for the temple in Yangon and there's only really one temple there... Had the temples in Bagan been in a city and had separate entrance fees etc then it wouldn’t have been that good. Both me and Dave aren't really temple people (are there any?), as far as I'm concerned ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan March 2nd 2016

Wikipedia : Bagan (Burmese: ပုဂံ; MLCTS: pu.gam, IPA: ; formerly Pagan) is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region ofMyanmar . From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanma... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan February 26th 2016

Asarranged, Mr.Noproblemwaswaitingformeoutsidethehotelattheappointedhour. Offwewentalong a divided highway toll road until we turned off and headed into the hinterland. We traveled across a vast prairie through small provincial towns. Oxen power and horse-drawn wagons were the norm. Herds of goats, sheep and cows browsed through the dry grasses and several times we had to stop for them to cross the road. Honking the car horn at them had no effect except to calm the nerves of the driver. There were a lot of transport trucks of all shapes and sizes plied the road to the horizon. Some of these trucks are powered by single stroke engines, which replaced the original motor when it gave out. These trucks make a lot of noise and spew a choking black smoke. Even when I donned a mask, I spent half the ... read more
She Dan Saw Courtyard
From She San Daw Pagoda
Bell at She San Daw

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan January 30th 2016

Saturday 30th January 2016 On arriving at the bus station at 4.30am, we were accosted by a sea of taxi drivers eager to take us to our hostels. Turns out Luke was staying at the same place as us, Ostello Bello, so we negotiated a taxi journey together. Halfway to the hostel the taxi driver asked us if we wanted to take a detour to see the sunrise. Given we were already awake and all had it on our list of things to do, it made sense to do it now. So at 5 am, we were driving down a dirt track in the pitch black to who knows where to see the sunrise. Once we'd stopped, the taxi driver pointed forward and we stumbled through the dark towards the outline of huge pagoda. A bright ... read more
Scooting around in the dust
Could she look any more like shes travelling?
Sun set over the plains of Bagan

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan January 25th 2016

Day 13-Monday-January 25- When we arose early this morning, we could see about 15 hot-air balloons in the hazy distant sky. After breakfast we departed the boat to board minivans with 4 to a car and drove up a long dirt road to the town of Tant Kyi Taung, famous for its impressive Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda. This prominent Burmese Buddhist pagoda near the historic city of Bagan was built in 1059 by King Anawratha. The pagoda is believed to house four of Gautama Buddha’s teeth, donated by King Vizaraba of Sri Lanka. The pagoda is 90 feet tall. It is said that this is the location where the royal white elephant bearing the tooth relics rested for the second time. There were beautiful views of the Ayeyarwaddy River and Bagan. Before we drove back to ... read more
Arriving in Tant Kyi Taung
Grazers
Women hauling bricks




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