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Adventures in Myanmar (Burma) – Yangon (Rangoon) and Mandaley

Around the streets of Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 23, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma
Around the streets of Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

One thing I just love doing in any town, city or village I visit is to just wander around looking (being noisy) and taking photos. When doing my ‘wander’ I always try tom respect privacy and local customs and traditions, but at the same time, I am always on the lookout for new and interesting […]

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The Breakfast Tour – Grasshopper Tours, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 22, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
The Breakfast Tour – Grasshopper Tours, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

I decided to do the breakfast tour of Mandalay with Grasshopper Tours – map – neckline.marbles.elevates, and I wasn’t disappointed. A great tour! Loved it, and excellent value at $35 US. For the breakfast tour, I was taken around Mandalay by trishaw and had my own local guide. And, if I have one piece of advice […]

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U Bein Bridge – ဦးပိန် တံတား Temple, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 21, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
U Bein Bridge – ဦးပိန် တံတား Temple, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

This was my second visit to Mandalay (see Mandalay 2015), and on my last trip I had heard of the U Bein Bridge – ဦးပိန် တံတား –  and unfortunately I had not had time to visit it. However, on this trip, I had a spare evening, and so I decided to hire a local cab and […]

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Mahamuni Buddha Temple (Mahar Myat Mu ‘Ne’ Pagoda) – မဟာမုနိဘုရားကြီး, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 21, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma
Mahamuni Buddha Temple (Mahar Myat Mu ‘Ne’ Pagoda) – မဟာမုနိဘုရားကြီး, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

The next stop on my “Mandalay taxi tour” was the Mahamuni Buddha Temple (Mahar Myat Mu ‘Ne’ Pagoda) – မဟာမုနိဘုရားကြီး. Just as the taxi pulled up outside the temple an amazing display of carts pulled by white cows went by. These carts were all part of the ongoing ceremonies for new nuns and monks that were […]

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Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 21, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

The next stop on my “Mandalay taxi tour” was the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). Again, the Pagoda was another fine example of a pagoda in Myanmar (Burma). I wonder just how many pagodas there are in Myanmar? The Pahtodawgyi Pagoda is a white pagoda. That is, the main pagoda is a brilliant white, and not covered in […]

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Stone carving in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 21, 2017 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Stone carving in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

This was my second visit to Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) and on this trip, I had a spare evening, so I decided to take a tour by taxi out to U Bein Bridge – ဦးပိန် တံတား. The taxi picked me up from the Mandalay Hotel at around 3:30 pm and we headed out to the bridge as I’ve […]

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No shoes – but can you wear socks?

By on April 4, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
No shoes – but can you wear socks?

This is an interesting question….. I have visited many temples, shrines, shops and other buildings on my travels and I often have to take my shoes off before entering such places. I have no problem with that, other than walking around with no shoes on really hurts my feet. After Mandalay Hill (see earlier post […]

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Heading to the airport at 5 am in Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma)

By on April 4, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments

Far, far too early to be up and about. And far, far too early to be in a taxi going through Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma). However, it is interesting to be up this early and to see the city waking up (or possibly just going to bed). Surprising number of people on the streets exercising. […]

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10 Travel Tips for visiting Myanmar (Burma)

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
10 Travel Tips for visiting Myanmar (Burma)

1. Do you need a visa? Depends on your home country. As I am from the UK I needed a visa… 2. Have a surge protector for electronic gear If you have electrical gear (phone, camera etc.) that needs charging, or anything that needs plugging in, then use a surge protector. Electricity in Myanmar (Burma) […]

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Why does that person have yellow Thanaka paste on their face?

By on April 3, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma with 0 Comments
Why does that person have yellow Thanaka paste on their face?

That was the question I asked myself my first morning I was in Myanmar (Burma). As I walked out of the hotel I saw a person with what looked like dried yellow paste smeared on both cheeks. At first, I thought it was a one off, some one that had left the house too early […]

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