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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay February 5th 2015

Spent 3 days in Mandalay and around: Day 1: Rented a bicycle and toured around the west side of the city near the river, to the palace and Mandalay hill for sunset. Day 2: Rented a motorbike and drove out of the crazy traffic in the city across the river to Mingun to see the largest pile of bricks in the world. On the way got a flat tire conveniently right beside a repair shop. Also visited the pogada crazy hills of Saigaing and sunset in Inwa village. Day 3: Lounged around and took bus to Kyaukme ( 6 hours)... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay October 28th 2014

This pretty much sums up the advice guidebooks give about getting ill in Myanmar. The Lonely Planet states outright 'local medical care is dismal and local hospitals should only be used out of desperation.' Having spent a fair bit of time in hospitals over the last few days I think that is a dramatic exaggeration and quite frankly insulting to the doctors here (the ones I met at least.) This said, being ill is never pleasant, contracting a tropical disease thousands of miles away from home where no-one speaks much English is very unpleasant. Travellers are advised to bring a complete supply of medication from home, including antibiotics if possible. Well, trying to march into a GP surgery in the UK and saying you want a bunch of drugs even though you're not ill is never ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay October 16th 2014

October 16, 2014 Ah Burma, the mystical land of Kipling and Orwell...the Lovely K had always wanted to see Myanmar (Burma), and we figured it would be best to see it sooner rather than later as the country is in the process of opening up more and more to from Bangkok it was a direct flight to Mandalay to begin the adventure... Visa process at home was interesting, and with the guide books mentioning that there were no ATM's, Visa was rarely used and to bring all your money in new, creaseless/pristine American dollars (preferably $100 bills) I wasn't quite sure what to expect when we arrived...but customs was quick, the money changers at the airport did inspect the bills as if they were purchasing some rare antiques but in the end it was pretty ... read more
U Bein Bridge
Gold Leaf Buddha

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay October 9th 2014

Arriving a few days before Thadingyut (Festival of Lights) meant that we had a really easy first week with two days off school. I was really interested to see my first Burmese festival, the internet having promised ceremonies, processions and the whole city brightly illuminated at night. The reality, however, was a few Chinese lanterns being released and a few fireworks (but this has continued for the last month so it might not be festival-specific). It might be the fact that we live in the Chinese quarter of the city - our employers certainly didn't seem to celebrate at all. We made use of the mini-holiday though to see a bit more of Mandalay. This time to the main tourist attraction, the morally-complicated Mandalay Palace. Like many places in Myanmar, it was rebuilt (supposedly) by government-dictated ... read more
View from the watchtower

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay October 8th 2014

Or rather, actually in Mandalay. Which doesn't resemble the idyll of Rudyard Kipling's poem much, so much as a modern, bustling and very dusty city. And then it turns out that Kipling never even made it to Mandalay anyway, so I am left rather disillusioned about the whole thing. On first impressions, despite the plethora of motorbikes, no working traffic lights and (apparently) no traffic laws, it seems rather safe and civilised and, unlike most places in South America, the drivers would actually be quite sad if they managed to kill you in the middle of the street. Despite arriving at the close of the rainy season it is still disgustingly hot and humid - thank god for air-conditioning - although it is so hot that I'm not counting on any decent photos of myself this ... read more
The Golden Monastary

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay August 3rd 2014

Ηταν ενα αλλιωτικο Κυριακάτικο πρωινό. Ειχαμε πλεον αφήσει τους τοπους τους μαγικούς για να βρεθούμε στο Mandalay. Ο τελευταιος μας σταθμος στη Μπούρμα. Σκόνη , κινηση, ζέστη, φασαρία. Ανακοινωσεις με μουσική απο τα ηχεία. Και το lonely planet συντροφιά για να ανακαλύψουμε τις κρυφές του χαρές. Η δικτατορία δεν άφησε τις χάρες να λαμψουν, τα κλειστά σύνορα σε τουρίστες κρατησαν τη χώρα πίσω.Πρόσφατα επεισόδια μεταξύ μουσουλμάνων και βουδιστών ηταν η αφορμή για να λαβει μετρα ασφαλείας η κυβέρνηση κα... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay February 23rd 2014

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 ... read more
Painting the Stuppas
Young monks
More young monks

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay February 8th 2014

I dag har vi endelig kommet oss ombord på RV Pandaw iI. Båten er omtrent identisk med båten vi var på sist år på vei ned Mekong. Det er en fin båt med rolig atmosfære. Båten er full det vil si 41 gjester. Vi startet dagen veldig tidlig, vi måtte levere baggasjen kl. 05:00 og vi måtte være klare til å avreise kl. 05:20!!Vi hadde en liten kjøretur gjennom Yangon for å komme oss til flyplassen. Der ventet et lite proppelfly fra Air Bagan på oss. Etter en ferd på litt over en time landet vi i Mandalay, her var det nok en liten kjøretur før vi kunne sette beina på båten. Ombord på båten ble det litt venting før vi kunne få tilgang til lugaren.. Når vi kom på lugaren manglet vi ene baggasjen vår... ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay January 15th 2014

I am sure that Bob and bing wouldn,t recognize the place...maybe the people and the climate. But the landscape is definately changing. but before i continue that I shall conclude our time in Yangon.Suzanne and I did the walking tour in Colonial downtown.The wide streets are a welcome change from the crowded sidewalks in Chinatown .The buildings really are beautiful .We had a Burmese lunch but the grease used is more than my stomach can toleraTe .After a cool down in our A/C room we headed out to the Shewdagon Paya the main pagaoda in the city.It is Quite magnificent and the Burmese have a right to be proud of it.We stayed for the sunset hope to see the flash of colours that thediamonds and jewels are said to exhibit but we weren,t that lucky.We did ... read more

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay October 18th 2013

We had fun getting to Mandalay, an early morning boat ride and then a bus to Heho and a short flight. We had time to chat at the airport to some of the baggage porters and they told me Mandalay would be “a bit warm”. I can tell you they were not exaggerating, it was so hot and humid, like walking around in a sauna. In Mandalay we met with our “UN Group” which was later renamed the "OK Team" – Denis and Stella from Singapore, Sandar and Terence from Sydney, Dee and his parents Schwa and Sang. So, our little group was now 14 and we had a chance to practice some more language skills with Rob trying out some Lao language with Dee’s parents. We spent 2 and a half days in and around ... read more
around Mandalay
around Mandalay

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