A Tour of Mandalay – Through My Lens

Mandalay - a town of some historic fame thanks to the poem 'The Road to Mandalay' by Mr Rudyard Kipling. In fact, although he did visit Burma in the last 19th Century, he never actually went to Mandalay. As a destination, Mandalay is worthwhile, especially if you like your temples when you travel. Mandalay is …

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Travel Itineraries – Myanmar

Another itinerary to lay before you today – going back 12 months to my amazing time in Myanmar where I spent 18 awesome days. Was it enough? Naturally it wasn’t, but one can only get the time off one can get. Such is life! However, it’s not a bad amount of time to get a …

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Train Journeys – Thazi to Inle Lake (Myanmar)

Hello, get aboard that train again because today I’m reminiscing about a wonderful train experience in Myanmar. Today’s journey is from Thazi, in central Myanmar, to the stunning if touristy Inle Lake further east. Thazi was a sort of midpoint for me between Inle Lake and Bagan, being slightly closer to Bagan but with no …

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Train Journeys – Pyin Oo Lwin to Nawngpeng

Welcome back to Myanmar, where the train rides are bumpy and adventuresome! I love a little train ride with a good reputation for adventure, and here is one such ride, from Pyin Oo Lwin to Kyaukme (pronounced Chow-mei). This is only part of the journey as the train goes further on to Hsipaw and Lashio, …

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The Beauty of Bagan – Part One

There’s no doubt about it, Bagan is THE must see destination of Myanmar. What is Bagan? Well, Bagan is an ancient city in Myanmar, sort of in the middle of the country 5 hours by minibus from Mandalay and a good day’s journey from the former capital Yangon (Rangoon). The temples of Bagan are spread …

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Accommodation Review – Agga Youth Hotel, Yangon

Well, I didn’t find this place in my guide book, but it seemed to fit what I needed and I found it online by chance. It had a nice website and it looked new and pretty clean, and it was both those things, although it wasn’t quite as I expected it. Still, Yangon may not …

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A Day on a Lake – Part One

Inle Lake, Myanmar, is one of the country’s busiest tourist spots. People can take a room on or around the lake at several hundred dollars a night, but the backpackers and tourists with more limited funds will head for Nyaungshwe and get a room there. There’s a river that connects Inle Lake to Nyaungshwe and …

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