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February 23rd 2014
Published: February 24th 2014
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Sight from U Bein bridgeSight from U Bein bridgeSight from U Bein bridge

The teak bridge is over 200 years old and provides some wonderful pictures
This is the country to visit before it starts to feature more on the tourist trail. The country is unspoilt with the majority of the people using small motorcycles as their main means of transport. The people are really friendly and welcome the visitors to their country with open arms.

Our trip included a 3 day stay in Mandalay, a two day trip down the Irrawaddy River, 3 days in Bagan, 1 day in Kalaw and finally 3 days by Lake Inle. I was intending to do a blog at each stop but this proved impossible as the IT facilities were just not capable of performing.

Rather than bore the readers with a day to day blow of my visit I have decided to post a selection of my best photographs as they are much more interesting than words.

Put it on your list of places to visit.

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Painting the StuppasPainting the Stuppas
Painting the Stuppas

Each stuppa at this pagoda in Mandalay contains a page of a very old stone religious book
Young monksYoung monks
Young monks

Young monks at Mahagandayon Monastery queueing for their last meal of the day at noon
More young monksMore young monks
More young monks

Every male in Myanmar is expected to spend time studying in a monastery
Margaret, Sue and the guideMargaret, Sue and the guide
Margaret, Sue and the guide

On U Bein teak bridge
Horse-drawn carriagesHorse-drawn carriages
Horse-drawn carriages

Our mode of transport around the former Royal Capital of Inwa
Nuns listening to Mother SuperiorNuns listening to Mother Superior
Nuns listening to Mother Superior

The nuns dress in pink
Youngster on paradeYoungster on parade
Youngster on parade

The next day he was due to start his studies in the monastery
Sunset at BaganSunset at Bagan
Sunset at Bagan

Amazing ruins of the former capital which extends to over 2000 structures
John, Margaret and SueJohn, Margaret and Sue
John, Margaret and Sue

Besides Mount Popa
Ladies from the Shan HillsLadies from the Shan Hills
Ladies from the Shan Hills

On their way back to their village after a trip to their local temple
Old lady in Heho marketOld lady in Heho market
Old lady in Heho market

Many of the old ladies smoke the local cheroots

27th February 2014

Great pictures
Hi John good to see you are still enjoying your travels Burma looks great we may take a trip there in the Autumn we are of to New Zealand and then the Cook Islands on a six week adventure leaving in March. Best Regards....John & Evelyn Preston

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