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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 » Southern Burma » Mergui Archipelago January 31st 2018

Myeik est une ville assez moyenn, sans particularité notoire, comme finalement toutes celles de cette partie sud-est du Myanmar. Ce qui compte ici est dans la mer, qu’on appelle l’archipel de Myerk ou les Merguis Islands. C’est un chapelet d’îles (800 selon la police, 1.500 selon les syndicats), vierges, la plupart inhabitées et souvent inexplorées. Cet archipel s’étend jusqu’à l’extrême sud du Myanmar, à hauteur de Kawtaung, soit une belle trotte. Un seul hébergement dans toutes ces îles. Il y a évidemment de magnifiques spots de plongée et de snorkeling, les accès sont très lointains. C’est dire si, y accéder et avoir le privilège d’y consacrer plusieurs journées se méritent en temps et en épaisseur de portefeuille ! Des départs sont aussi possibles depuis Kawtaung et de Ranong en Thaïlande. Ainsi, la plupart des visiteurs qui ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Southern Burma » Dawei January 28th 2018

Dernier petit déjeuner tranquille au bord du lac de Ye. Un jeune couple belge fait le tour du Myanmar en vélo. Courageux ! Je m’inquiète pour leurs fessiers, ils me répondent qu’ils sont bien équipés. 4 heures de minivan pour atteindre Dawei. Coup de bol, je suis à l’avant, j’ai toute la vue et la place à la gauche du chauffeur. Sinon on est un peu entassé dans les minivans, ça va plus vite que les bus, mais ce n’est pas très confort quand on a de grandes jambes. Dawei est une ville sans particularité, toujours proche de la mer, mais qui n’y est tout de même pas accolé. Les plages environnantes, parfois bien cachées, sont réputées et souvent désertes. Un nouveau port en eau profonde est (ou va être) mis en construction (financement japonais je ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan January 25th 2018

A relaxing 2 day cruise on the RV Kindat Pandaw downstream on the Ayeyarwady River transported us from Mandalay to Bagan - famous for the 3800 Buddhist Temples and Stupas in the area. On arriving in Bagan the vistas were amazing with numerous brick-built Stupas, with many different shapes, tall and thin, short and squat, bell-shaped or pointed, scattered apparently randomly across the countryside. As we slowly made our way along narrow sandy tracks on a horse and carriage we watched Stupa after Stupa pass serenely by and occasionally a special dazzling golden pagoda would be spotted in the distance. We would stop at occasional temples where 13th Century Buddha Statues would be found within small central chambers. In addition to the culture we also visited a local village, colourful markets, a lacquerware workshop, watched hot-air ... read more
Market trader with Thanaka on her face
RV - Kindat Pandaw - Our boat for the Ayeyarwady River Cruise
Boat activity on the Ayeyarwady River

Asia » Burma » Southern Burma » Mawlamyine January 24th 2018

L’idée du voyage est de longer la bande étroite de sud-est du Myanmar et de rejoindre la Thaïlande à son extrémité. C’est une zone peu visitée du fait de son éloignement et des conditions de transport parfois difficiles au Myanmar. Il semble bien que Hpa An cherche à se développer touristiquement. Si la ville elle-même a un attrait moyen, elle est une bonne base pour se disperser dans sa campagne magnifique. De grands projets de rénovation de ses quais sont en place et vont certainement voir ouvrir des hébergements modernes. Aujourd’hui c’est un grand chantier. Surtout ne pas réserver dans un hôtel à proximité des quais. Le bus a l’air de vouloir faire un record de distance avec un seul plein d’essence, ou bien la seconde ne s’enclenche pas, on avance à un rythme de tortue. ... read more
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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Mandalay January 23rd 2018

The wandering road to Mandalay was certainly long and winding, from Newcastle via Heathrow & Singapore and we then followed the road into Mandalay 24 hrs later. Mandalay, in the central region of Myanmar, was a typical bustling Asian city. We were spending three nights in the city, prior to joining a small group tour entitled “Discover Burma” - a tour around the major tourist sights of Myanmar. After an easy day recovering from the time difference and flight we booked a photographic tour around the non-tourist sights of the city. In the early morning we visited a local flower market, where great mounds of chrysanthemums, in a rainbow of colours, were stacked on stalls and motorcycles beneath large shady trees. The local sellers were welcoming and friendly and were happy for us to take photographs! ... read more
U Bein Bridge Sunset
Singapore Airlines flight
Motorcycle flower stall - Flower Market Mandalay

Asia » Burma » Southern Burma January 21st 2018

Pas trop la peine de s’étendre sur Mae Sot. Située à 150 kms à l’ouest de Sukhothai, en 3 heures de minivan, et à 8 kms de la frontière birmane, c’est une ville étape. Etape avant d’aller au nord ou au sud en longeant la frontière, où avant de pénétrer au Myanmar, ce qui va être mon cas. En tant que ville frontière, je m’attendais à un peu plus d’animation notamment nocturne, voire l’émanation de trafics en tous genres, des mines patibulaires, des mélanges de morphologies, de costumes… mais rien de tout ça ! du moins à l’œil nu et chaste du touriste. Mae Sot est un passage de réfugiés et de birmans cherchant du travail. Des entreprises sont installées dans la région qui emploient à tour de bras une main d’œuvre non protégée et qui ... read more
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Asia » Burma January 20th 2018

Sunday 21st January 2018 Early start this morning as the alarm gets us going at just after 6am. Shower, dressed and finish packing before taking our bags downstairs and dropping them off in reception. Then back to the rooftop for a spot of breakfast whilst we await our JJ Express pick up ready to start our journey to Nyaung Schwe the closest town to Inle Lake. What a lovely morning and we were able to watch the balloons 🎈 rising over Bagan and also look down onto the Main Street and see the monks walking along with their food pots calling in at different places for a food donation. Our guesthouse had set up a pot outside on a small table ready to offer food to any of the monks that called. Gaining merit and doing ... read more
Ballons over Bagan
View from rooftop of our guesthouse in Bagan
Guesthouse in Bagan feeding monks....early morning

Asia » Burma January 18th 2018

Chapter One It was technically my second day in Myanmar and my first day in Yangon. I had spent a whole day border-crossing from Maesot Thailand and boarded an overnight bus to Yangon from Myawaddy. Checked into a guest house in downtown Yangon, then watched a Burmese movie at Mingalar Cinema nearby from 10am-12pm. After that, I walked around downtown area to search for lunch. I saw a stall selling mixed vegetables noodles in claypots and I walked towards there, point to the noodles a customer was having, and made a gesture indicating ‘one’. I put down my water bottles and sat there watching the vendor preparing my food. A man who sat next to me spoke to me in Thai, his name is Korn. From my basic understanding of Thai language, I guessed he asked ... read more
First lunch in Yangon
Yangon Downtown
Shwedagon Pagoda




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