Category: Myanmar

Myanmar : conclusions and tips

18 + 29 days; 3 +1 train journeys; 4 +1 domestic flights; 1+ 2 visits to Bagan; 37 nats; 3959966969 Buddhas in all possible positions; 1 hike + 1 trek; 1 English course. What I liked MOST Always one of my best trips ever, maybe the best trip; People’s smiles are still free; Historical sites; Sunrise and …

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Mrauk U (and the Chin tourist trap)

Mrauk U (pronounced Miá U in Bamar and just Mrauk U in the local language) is the city capital of Rakhine State and a very important archaeological site in the country. Mrauk U, due to political reasons, has been off limits (considered not safe) for tourists for long time. Still today it is a difficult …

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On the road to Mandalay (part two)

I spent the second day in Mandalay by myself. Maria and Nicolas wanted to take a bike, Eve wanted to sleep and I just wanted to review my favourite spots around so I hired a motorbike with driver (Ku Ku was his name) for the full day. My first stop was Maha Ganayon Kyaung Monastery to …

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On the road to Mandalay (part one)

Here we go, on the road to Mandalay! We left Hans in Bagan and Niels will join us for the first hours in the city. This  picture was taken on our bumpy bus which will break the engine few kilometres later, lol. Rudy Kipling’s words don’t correspond much to reality (actually he was never there . …

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Bagan (second and third trips)

This temple town is one of the main attractions in Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height, between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10.000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries …

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Inle by boat

From this day I will be traveling with Maria, a Catalan girl living in Frankfurt. We met at the end of the Kalaw – Inle trek, talked for a while and we found out that we had the same way of traveling, the same passion for photography and we had the same itinerary and dates. It …

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Inle Lake by bike (and other sights)

Inle Lake is one of my favourite places in Myanmar, the perfect place to slow down, relax and enjoy its beautiful landscape. Unfortunately places like Nyaungshwe, the base camp for many budget travelers, are changing too fast and loosing its charm. I have fond memories of Queen Inn, the guesthouse where I stayed in 2011. …

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Trek Kalaw – Inle

This popular trek which links the mountain town of Kalaw to Inle Lake is a good opportunity to be in contact with different tribes in the area and enjoy gorgeous landscapes. We are in Shan State, home of the Shans (the main tribe) but also other interesting tribes. The classical trek is a three days …

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Up to the Golden Rock

The Golden Rock, an enormous, precariously balanced boulder coated in gold and topped with a stupa, is a major pilgrimage site for Myanmar Buddhists and one of the “musts” on my Myanmar wish list. This is one of those trips where the journey is as interesting as the destination. Buying the train tickets to Kyaikto …

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Back to Myanmar

Myanmar again! I visited Myanmar for the first time in 2011 and I loved both the country and its people. However, I did not have enough time to visit all the country and some sights were not seen in the best conditions (I was there during the rainy season), that’s why I wanted to come …

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