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Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon August 4th 2018

MYANMAR Myanmar is the country that was still on my bucket list after being turned away in 2014 because I had failed to get a visa. I made sure I had the proper forms this time and I passed through immigration without a hitch. I didn’t have much in the way of expectations. I knew nothing about the country except that the names had all changed with a new government some years back. The old names were like magic to me…Burma, Rangoon and Mandalay. From the movies I thought of smoke filled drawing rooms, billiard tables, artistic exotically dressed dancers, porters and travel trunks. But there was also a long sea coast so I was excited about diving, too. I read that it was best to take a liveaboard because dive sites were far apart. Reality ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon March 15th 2018

Woolly says – We’d reached our last day in Myanmar and in the interests of keeping cool I had decided that today would be a day of indoor activities. First stop, the National Museum which was founded in 1952 with its premises at what was once the Jubilee Hall, in 1970 the museum was moved to a more spacious building and its current location. As Zoe was paying for the tickets I’d kept a keen eye on the bag checking area and had quickly realised that bags were going into lockers and no one was carrying anything other than there phones, before anyone could notice or question my presence in the ‘no mammoth’ rule which usually comes with the ‘no bag’ rule I scooted under the desk and into the first gallery. Having deposited ... read more
Elephant Lime extractor!
The Lion Throne
Bogyoke Market

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon March 14th 2018

Woolly says – It was time to tackle some more Buddha’s, the taxi ride to our first one took forever with traffic at a standstill, for once I wasn’t complaining about the heat as the sir con in the vehicle had given me icicles on my tusks! Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple houses one of the most revered reclining Buddha images in the country as well as being one of the biggest measuring in at 66 meters (217 ft) in length. It’s construction was sponsored by a wealthy Burmese Buddhist, Sir Po Tha, in 1899 but wasn’t completed until 1907 when it was found that it wasn’t proportioned correctly, and that the Buddha's face had an aggressive expression, an aggressive Buddha isn’t going to cut the mustard. But it wasn’t until the 1950’s that it was demolished and ... read more
The Royal Barge
Looking down from Buddha's feet
Buddha's head

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon March 13th 2018

The day hadn’t started according to plan and by midday we were exhausted. Woolly says – Not according to plan! It had been a disaster. Travelling for us involves quite a lot of technology with laptops, camera’s, tablets and kindles (the kindle being especially important so that Jo can read me my bedtime story), all of them need wifi and electricity to run. Most of the time we achieve this but when a piece of the technology goes wrong its becomes a different matter, with Jo’s items we can usually find help at any shop that sells similar equipment but with Zoe’s we have to find one that sells her fruity product only. Unfortunately for us it was Zoe’s laptop that had decided not to charge, having asked our host for directions and followed ... read more
Moored up
The Drug Elimination Museum
Photograph of spraying the opium fields

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon March 12th 2018

Woolly says – I had the map at the ready and a route planned for my Mammoth Tour of Downtown Yangon, hopefully the women would be impressed. Having studied the plan I’d felt that it would be fairly easy to navigate around the city as each street is numbered in the same way as New York, our first stop was on 40th street. Leading the way past some of the many food stalls it gave me a chance to look in more depth at the metropolis, on arrival our information had mentioned a poor infrastructure, but it was proving anything but. The roads and pavements were in great condition with nice white markings on them and except for an odd whiff of sewerage near the drain covers it appeared to be streets ahead of most places ... read more
St Mary's Cathedral
A another lovely pagoda
Inside the Synagogue

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon March 11th 2018

Woolly says – Our last day in Bangkok had been one of torrential rain and other than watching it out of the hotels window and sighing a lot there was little to do, luckily, we will be back in the city in a few weeks, so we can carry on with our adventures there then. Our flight from Bangkok to our next country was the quickest yet but it did give me a chance to hone up on Myanmar. Myanmar was formerly known as Burma and has had a troubled history which has involved being ruled by many including the Bamar, the Mongols and the British who took over in the 19th century. It gained independence in 1948 but following a coup in 1962 it fell under a military dictatorship. This has caused one of the ... read more
Incredible...well not the mammoth!
and a few more Buddha's
First column

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 8th 2018

Rarely do I agree with the travel "experts" and their suggestions to stay away from specific and troubled destinations. I fell victim to this, as recently as last October, when I was told to stay away from my visit to Istanbul. Both the State Department and many of my well-traveled friends said to stay away. Well, enough said, I should have gone. I was within an hour of Istanbul by air when I was in Budapest! Here are a few more of their "suggestions" that I find curious and dubious at best. Myanmar has become a fascinating place, mostly for their limited contact with the rest of the world. Mike and I were there three years ago. It is a surprisingly rich and vibrant culture, somewhat different than the rest of SE Asia. We found the ... read more
Rangoon and Shwedagon were great!!!
Krasnoyarsk, a stop along the Trans Siberian
Garota de Ipanema, Rio

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon February 1st 2018

After staying in Kalaw, an old British Colonial town set within the cooler mountains, we drove back down the hair-pin bends to Nyaung Shwe, stopping en-route at Pindaya Buddhist Cave Temples. What an unbelievable sight they were - a wide high-roofed cave almost filled from top to bottom with approximately 6000 Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes. At Nyaung Shwe we board a “James Bond-style” longboat for a fast journey across Inle Lake to our lakeside hotel. WanderingPeter is feeling unwell with an upset tummy and so unfortunately has to stay at the Hotel the following day while WanderingAlison enjoys a wonderful day touring the sights of Inle Lake. The famous leg-rowing fishermen, water gardens, a lakeside temple with numerous Stupas & a lakeside market. WanderingPeter fortunately didn’t miss out too much as next day ... read more
Shwedagon Pagoda - Yangon
Pindaya Buddhist Cave Temple
Pindaya Buddhist Cave Temple

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region January 15th 2018

Monday 15th January 2018 Restless night as air con went off following a power cut and things got a bit uncomfortable so not much sleep had. Decided on a day just chilling rather than pounding the streets. A few minor admin tasks to be done, firstly we made use of the B&B laundry facility and put some clothes in for washing, they should be back tomorrow. Also we sorted out our taxi to the bus station for Wednesday morning we have an earlyish start as our bus to Bagan leaves at 8:30am and we have been told that in the rush hour traffic it may take an hour to get there. So it was suggested we leave at 6:30am just to be sure. Our driver will also take us to the correct bus company as apparently ... read more
Colonial quarter downtown Yangon
A bygone era

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon October 19th 2017

At 2.44 am according to my clock I woke after just a couple of hours sleep. I wondered whether the jetlag was affecting me as an hour later I was still awake. I looked out of the window and thought clouds were forming over Shwedagon and heard emergency vehicles. I went downstairs to smoke and as I stepped out a family arrived in a taxi. Their hotel was on fire! They got out with a small bag but were clearly in shock. Staff suggested that I go up to the second floor as it was the Kandagyi Palace across the lake in the park, less than a mile. I took my camera and was amazed to see flames showing above trees and to realized the clouds over Shwedagon was the smoke drifting across. As I did ... read more
Kandawgyi Palace hotel fire
Smoke around Shwedagon
Morning smoke

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