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The beginning of the end? Junction City, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 27, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
The beginning of the end? Junction City, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

One of the things I really liked about Myanmar was the lack of the ‘big’ companies, you know, the usual ones you see on your travels – Starbuck, MacDonalds, Burger King, Costa, Pizza Hut etc. On my last visit to Myanmar in 2015 I was amazed that I only saw one such company, KFC. That was […]

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Around the streets of Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 27, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Around the streets of Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

I was last in Myanmar in 2015 and it was great to be back. One of the things I really like doing in any city is just wandering around looking at what is going on and taking photos. Everywhere I go there is a fascination with mobile phones…. And life is lived on the streets in […]

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – 2017 – part 2 of 2

By on March 26, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – 2017 – part 2 of 2

This is part 2 of 2 on my visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – you can read the first post here – Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – 2017 – part 1 of 2. It is also my second visit to the pagoda and you can read about my last visit […]

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – 2017 – part 1 of 2

By on March 26, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – 2017 – part 1 of 2

I first visited the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) in 2015 – see Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 1 of 2 and Shwedagon Pagoda (Paya), Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 2 of 2, and it was great to be back. And this time I took two of my visit […]

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Yangon Heritage Trust Walk, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 2 of 2

By on March 25, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Yangon Heritage Trust Walk, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 2 of 2

I rounded off my “wanderings” around Yangon by visiting the Holy Trinity Church (location: cared.historic.buying). Again, this was a building I visited on my previous trip to Yangon (see Holy Trinity (Cathedral Anglican Church), Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma), but the big difference was this time I could get inside. The interior of Holy Trinity Church is […]

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Yangon Heritage Trust Walk, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 1 of 2

By on March 25, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Yangon Heritage Trust Walk, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) – part 1 of 2

I had some time to kill in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma), and so I decided to take a local walking tour organised by the  Yangon Heritage Trust. Having checked things out online I discovered I needed to be at their office for 8 am, hence, I got up early and walked the 2 km from […]

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The Mandalay Bike Tour – Grasshopper Tours, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – part 4 of 4

By on March 24, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
The Mandalay Bike Tour – Grasshopper Tours, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – part 4 of 4

After the farm we ventured on down dirt tracks into the countryside and the rice fields where we saw both traditional, and ‘Chinese Water Buffalo” (see photo below) at work. The rice fields were amazing. They were quiet (apart from the noise of the engine of the Chinese Water Buffalo), and oddly there didn’t seem to […]

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The Mandalay Bike Tour – Grasshopper Tours, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – part 3 of 4

By on March 24, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
The Mandalay Bike Tour – Grasshopper Tours, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – part 3 of 4

One of the highlights of the Mandalay Bike Tour was visiting a farm. Getting out of Mandalay by bike was relatively quick and painless. It was quick as we didn’t have to go too far to leave the city behind and it was painless as there were no hills.  Actually, there was some pain as even […]

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The Mandalay Bike Tour – Grasshopper Tours, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – part 2 of 4

By on March 24, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
The Mandalay Bike Tour – Grasshopper Tours, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – part 2 of 4

The next stop on the Grasshopper Mandalay Bike Tour was a nearby village (immune.soaks.optimists) which was a short ride from the ‘words biggest book’. In the village, we stopped for a drink, and a snack (included in the price of the tour), and for a little look round. The first thing that caught my eye […]

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The Mandalay Bike Tour – Grasshopper Tours, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – part 1 of 4

By on March 24, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
The Mandalay Bike Tour – Grasshopper Tours, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – part 1 of 4

After the excesses of the Grasshopper Breakfast Tour, I decided that I needed to get some exercise so I signed up for their local Mandalay Bike Tour, which meant this time I would be pedalling myself. The Mandalay Bike Tour lasted for just over 4 hours and took me out of Mandalay to visit some […]

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