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Asia » China March 21st 2014

Geo: 22.33, 114.18My flight with Air Asia to Bangkok was smooth and there was a layover of about 3 hours for the flight to Hong Kong, the heat at Bangkok airport was unbearable, I reached Hong Kong at about 8 pm and I took the airport express train to the central HK and a taxi to my daughters flat. I did have circulation problems on these flights and in the middle of the night, I can't feel my legs at all and when I stepped out of the bed, I almost fall to the floor in a graceful heap. My daughter reassured me that my legs were still intact, it was because I walked a lot in the past few days and then I had been sitting in one position on my flights which was the ... read more
Victoria peak
Bruce Lee
Intercontinental Hotel

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis March 20th 2014

Geo: 16.7837, 96.1568 Ruby true Hotel is situated a little away from the town but it is oasis away from hassle and bustle of the old town, my room was nice, bed comfortable and the service was excellent. I loved the beautiful gardens before entering my room, the place was clean and the staff did their best to make me comfortable. Breakfast was nice and hotel was good value for Bagan so I was happy in this hotel, I said good bye to all the staff and set off for the airport. I had booked the flight from Bagan to Yangon online and paid by paypal but they had emailed me that the Asian wings flight was cancelled and they would put us on Yangon airlines which was fine. At the Bagan airport the currency for ... read more
Shwedagon pogoda
Shwedagon pogoda
Shwedagon pogoda

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis March 18th 2014

Geo: 21.3667, 95.4667 Today I had a nice breakfast at the Ruby True Hotel and Nyunt Win came to pick me up dot on time, he was going to drive me to see the temples for the whole day in Ac car and also be my guide. He is a devout Buddhist and he came well recommended so I was pleased that he was free to take me to see the temples. He spoke English very well and told me about the history about the Bagan Temples, I liked the flowers in his car. Myanmar's treasuries were built long ago by kings thrilled with the arrival of Theravada Buddhism in the region. The really significant history of Bagan begins with King Anawrahta in 1033 AD, who was converted to Theraveda Buddism and a temple building frenzy ... read more
Temple
Temple
Temple

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis March 17th 2014

Geo: 21.1726, 94.8615 Mahagandayon Monastery AmaputraWe reached there early so we were able to see the kitchens where food was being prepared, there were many volunteers who were helping to prepare and serve the food for the monks.Then we waited for the monks to arrive for their lunch. The monks queued in two lines and by this time masses of tourists had gathered all jostling for the best view to watch the monks have their lunch. Some of the monks were very young in their robes with their bowls; this place attracts most tourists; that was the largest congregation of tourists, I have seen so far and I felt it was very intrusive to watch the monks eat so we decided to leave. Innwa (Ava) The ancient city of Innwa was the capital of the ... read more
Mahagandayon Monastery
Mahagandayon Monastery
Mahagandayon Monastery

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis March 16th 2014

Geo: 21.9759, 96.0842 The breakfast on the roof top had many varieties for the vegetarians and I enjoyed the stir fry vegetables and omelette, I could see the street market from the roof top which is interesting. We headed for Mahamuni pogoda Mahamuni pagoda Mahamuni pagoda is the most important of all the religious places in Mandalay. It is not a pagoda but an image of the Lord Buddha, believed to have been cast in the Lord's lifetime in the very presence of the Lord according to the tradition. According to legend, this is only one of the five likenesses of Buddha; two were in India, two in paradise and fifth is the Maha Muni or the Great Sage. Over the years pilgrims have covered it with gold leaf, so that some parts of the body ... read more
Maha Lokamarazein Kuthodaw Pagoda
Maha Lokamarazein Kuthodaw Pagoda
Maha Lokamarazein Kuthodaw Pagoda

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis March 15th 2014

Geo: 21.9759, 96.0842 Today I was picked up at 4.30 am for the sunrise at U Bein Bridge in Amarapura which is the world's longest bridge made out of teak wood, built by the mayor of Amarapura from teak posts salvaged during the uprooting of the capital to Mandala . This bridge is over 200 years old and maintained by the monks, It is nearly a mile long and spans Taungthaman lake. We were very early and I could not see in the dark so we just sat near the bench for almost an hour for the sunrise. The sunrise was nice and then we headed for Pyin Oo Lwin, there was traffic on the way and I saw many pickups, packed with people on the way, we passed a street market where locals were selling ... read more
Sunrise on U Bein Bridge
Sunrise in U Bein Bridge
Sunrise in U Bein Bridge

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis March 14th 2014

Geo: 21.9759, 96.0842My flight from Bangkok to Mandalay was smooth, I had arranged a car and the driver with Soe Soe, so at the airport, SoeSoe's son Pho Se and the driver Fatty were waiting for me, I changed my crisp and clean US dollar notes with a current exchange rate of about 850 per dollar, it is very important for tourists to bring crisp and clean notes otherwise they will get rejected if there is tiny mark or a fold. I was excited at seeing Myanmar as I had always wanted to go to (Burma) Myanmar, Rangoon sounded exotic when I was young so it has been on my travel plans. Until 1989 the country was named Burma an outcome of the British colonial times but in 1989 the government changed the names of few ... read more
Hsin-byu-me-Pagode
Mingun Pahtodawgyi
Mingun Bell

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 12th 2014

Geo: 18.8, 98.98The breakfast at Rimping village was really nice with both continental and Thai varieties, today we started very early as we were planning to see some temples with Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep being on the top of our list; Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a beautiful temple on a mountain near Chiang Mai. The full name of the temple is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, with Wat meaning temple, the Phrathat meaning the name of the temple and the Doi Suthep being the name of the mountain where the temple is on. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is one of the most holy Buddhist sites in Thailand and is a major pilgrimage destination. We arranged the driver and car from our hotel Rimping village; it was an hour's drive there and going up the windy bends ... read more
 Doi Suthep
wat
Tiger

Asia » Thailand March 11th 2014

Geo: 18.7904, 98.9847Next morning the cleaner had come to do my ironing and I packed my luggage, my daughter had her suitcase ready so we were off for a girlie trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand. We took the taxi to HK airport central and the train from there to the airport. The flight with Hong Kong Express was smooth and we were in Chiang Mai, we bought the taxi voucher at the Chiang mai airport for the taxi to our hotel Rimping Village. We took the drivers card for any transfers for later, Our check in was smooth and we had a beautiful room with balcony. After freshening up we walked to the Night bazaar which was about 10min and we found a nice restaurant called Le Spice which served variety of food, we ordered Indian ... read more
Thali at Le Spice
Rimpling Village
Rimpling Village

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 9th 2014

Geo: -33.8671, 151.207 The bunk bed was comfortable and I slept well. I got woken up by the girl who was on the top bunk rummaging her suitcase to pack her back pack, she left early for some trip.Then later the church bells rang, it was Sunday and the other two girls woke up, they were from Switzerland and really friendly; they told me they had been staying there for a week and they had continuance problems with the deprogrammed key card, no wifi which they had to paid extra for, we kept a bottle on the door to leave the room open when we went to wash rooms. Apart from these problems the Yha is in excellent location near the rail station, which was very suitable for my tight itinerary yesterday. Some staff were friendly, ... read more
Didgeridoo player
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Brad on Bondi Beach




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