Blogs from Burma, Asia - page 143


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 February 2nd 2005

Today was by far one of the most interesting days I think I've ever experienced in my life. It was very much like something out of "Ripley's Believe It or Not". In fact, I'm not even sure that "interesting" is quite the right word for it. Maybe "bizzare" or "freakish" is better... Anyway, it was strange. The day itself was fine and started out as any other here in paradise - perfect. Sun shining, birds singing, fish swimming, sea eagles diving, and crabs crabbing. All was as it should be. We took another dive which was brilliant - I went down with Ray again, but not for as long this time. Then we all were going to take the dingys (or the kayaks) and go on a bit of a field trip into this cave where ... read more
Inside the Cave
Bamboo Catwalk
I'm Too Sexy For This Bamboo Catwalk

Asia » Burma February 1st 2005

Start with a lazy morning filled with instant coffee, an early swim (with great attention being paid to whether or not anyone had recently used the bathrooms), and yet another one of Joy's fantastic breakfasts complete with all things fresh and tasty...and it only gets better from there! Around 10am or so, a few of us decided to go for a kayak - Di told us that there were some little coves and beaches that were worth exploring (not that we needed any persuading) so we were off. I paddled with Katie, followed by Jean, Steve, Shauna, and Warren. Before long, we came around the side of the island to discover that, although we thought we had been living in paradise, we were most gravely mistaken. Where WE had been staying was certainly a version of ... read more
Arrival in the Cove
Legs Ho!
Take Us To Your Leader

Asia » Burma January 31st 2005

Today I took my first scuba dive ever! It was, in keeping with the theme of the trip, fabulous. One of those things that I've never done mainly never having been given the opportunity, but have always thought that if I ever tried it, I'd like it. I love it when I'm right! We started with a Lesson in Scuba taught by Ray who used to be a scuba instructor. He showed us all the equipment, how it works, what the signals are that you use under water, and a few other bits. It seemed most people had been diving before at least once, but then not everyone was keen to go either. My first decent was with Ray. I got all loaded up with a tank, flippers, weight belt, and various other paraphanelia and took ... read more
First Morning in Burma
My First Dive
The Chicago Club

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 15th 2004

I was fortunate enough yesterday to go to Rangoon for work - quick stop at the office in the morning, followed by sightseeing - Shwedagon Pagoda and Bojok Market - then a delicious lunch with my Burmese colleagues before flying back to Bangers. I didn't really expect Rangoon to be depressing, from reports I'd heard from friends who've been there. But it was so totally normal and quiet, which I didn't expect either. The streets were ordered, there were big green parks, nature strips next to pavements - nothing like Bangkok or Phnom Penh. What was particularly striking was the lack of motorcycles - since a General killed a motorcyclist a few years, while he was driving his big car, no motorbikes are allowed in Rangoon (except for the police and military) - clearly, it was ... read more
View from entry to Shwedagon

Asia » Burma April 9th 2004

Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay December 7th 2002

Our flight from Thailand was just over an hour and we passed over jungle, valleys filled with rice paddies, mountains and specular rivers before banking over the mouth of the Irrawaddy River and landing at Yangon (Rangoon) Airport. The country is controlled by a military junta so we were uncertain of what to expect, passing through immigration and customs was a slow process I paid a small bribe to avoid purchasing the mandatory 300USD, it seemed a good idea at the time but later I would regret this action. We took a taxi with a guy named Aung who took us on a city tour and helped us arrange bus tickets to Mandalay. The magnificent 99 metre Shwedagon Zedi Daw or Dragon Pagoda as it is also known was our first stop. The pagoda is said ... read more
Shwedagon Zedi Daw
Shwedagon Zedi Daw
Shwedagon Zedi Daw

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

trip to myanmar in 1997... read more

Asia » Burma » Northern Burma July 13th 1997

trip to myanmar 1997... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon December 24th 1974

Missionary friends of ours living in Chiang Mai were planning to visit the churches in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar) over Christmas week. They asked if we wanted to come along. We thought that would be great to visit this closed country with someone who knew where to go. We both applied for visas, but theirs were denied, perhaps because of their occupation. They encouraged us to go, and we could take some things to the church that they were going to take. So we did. 24 December 1974 Tuesday. We flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and then from Bangkok to Rangoon, arriving about 8 pm. While waiting for our bags, we noted that all the shops and money exchangers were closed. There was a strict prohibition against using foreign currency in Burma, so we ... read more
We stayed at the Tamada Hotel
Judson Chapel where we went to the Christmas day service
Crumbling buildings from the British colonial era

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