Blogs from Burma, Asia - page 4


Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Inle Lake April 27th 2018

Yes, I still watch some Andrew Zimmern or Tony Bourdain on the Travel Channel or CNN. My personal opinion is the shows have become stale, mundane, and almost boring. But once in a while, they hit a double, though I prefer a home run. Zimmern, you can tell, has been placed on a dietary restriction of sorts. He is superimposed on the place he is visiting, not really there. I can only assume his physician told him that 300 pound TV stars who eat anything and everything will not live very long. Bourdain has become rather mainstream, from his faux macho and fearless American persona. But I do agree wholeheartedly with his biggest travel tip: When he goes abroad, he looks for neighborhoods that are "in the center of things" so that he can explore his ... read more
Small, but ???
No choice!

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 February 13th 2018

Five hours on a bus from Bagan to Mandalay! The ride was very interesting, we saw local culture, small villages, farms & how people live in the countryside. We passed acres of farmland, where cotton, peanuts, onions, watermelons, peas, sesame, beans, corn & plums are grown. As we pulled into Mandalay, we saw many new hotels sandwiched in between very old hotels & brick buildings. Traffic is less in this city than Yangon & crossing the street is 'easy peasy'! We found a local restaurant for dinner & had the best sautéed mixed veggies with rice! The flavor was unbeatable. Next day, we had a driver take us about to see the cultural sites: Golden Palace Monastery was built by King Mindon 1853-1878); Mandalay Royal Palace, 40 buildings built out of teak; The World's Biggest Book, ... read more
Is this the sort of electrician you'd call or employ??
Fisherman, Inle Lake
Fisherman holding fish, Inle Lake

Asia » Burma February 11th 2018

When we arrived at our hotel, we weren't able to check in for a couple hours, so our taxi driver suggested he take us for a look around the town. He spoke fairly good English & was adept at promoting his service!! Bagan was like going back in time, main road was 'paved', the remainder were all sandy/dirt roads, leading to the many temples & villages dotting the landscape..........He suggested we take a balloon ride, said they were very popular in Bagan. We signed up with an Australian company, 'Baloons over Bagan', a first for both of us! Our second day was, OH! WOW! There are over 3,000 temples spread over the Bagan plains, built between the 11th & 12th century. Despite the 2016 earthquake, which damaged several hundred temples, Bagan's majesty can't be diminished. Seeing ... read more
Figure in gold-leaf
Monk praying
Over Ananda Temple, Bagan

Asia » Burma February 9th 2018

From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a short 3 hour flight to Yangon. We had a reservation at the Pickled Tea Hostel, which was highly recommended by a friend who stayed there last year. A new facility, clean, bright & friendly, we were able to secure a room for two. After a short night, we set off to see the sights. Our first intention was to familiarize ourselves with our neighborhood. It reminded me of the culture in the villages & mountain regions of China, with tables & stalls up & down the streets selling everything from fresh tuna, chickens, beef, fruit, vegetables & colorful flowers. Always Asian music playing from somewhere & happy people out & about buying for the day. The culture was very familiar to me & I felt safe & pleased with my surroundings. ... read more
Monks in the neighborhood
Train station built by the British

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