The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Daughter and Mother

Buddha Points to Mandalay

View From Mandalay Hill

Whitewashed Stupas Of Sandamani Paya Near Mandalay Hill

U Bein's Bridge In Amarapura, The Longest Teak Bridge In World (1.2...

Baby Boy

Young Girl With Thanaka,A Traditional Myanmar Make Up/Sunscreen

Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monestary, Inwa

Young Myanmar Women Share A Laugh

Young Myanmar Woman

Sunrise Over Mandalay

Fellow Traveller On The Boat From Mandalay To Bagan

Nicole And Matt From Perth, Australia, At The Royal Guest House, Mandalay

Chapati Stand, Mandalay

Mandalay Marionettes

THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2006. MANDALAY, MYANMAR. I've arrived in Mandalay. Contrary to what Las Vegas would have you believe, there is no "Mandalay Bay". It's extremely hot and dusty here. Mandalay is situated on a flat plain with Mandalay Hill overlooking the city and the Ayeyarwady River flowing on the west side. I plan to spend a few days exploring the sights and then catch a boat down the Ayeyarwady River to the city of a thousand temples, Bagan.

Travelling in Myanmar has been a breeze, particularly if you're flying. Most people speak more than a little English. In general, I think the people of Myanmar have a better command of English than the Thais.

The Myanmar Government blocks (effectively censoring) a lot of Internet sites (as do other governments), including free email services like Gmail and Hotmail. However, most services have several web addresses including use of a secure server (i.e., http:// versus https://). Simply by adding the "s" (for "secure server") to the "http" extension enables you to access Gmail, for example. Technology is always faster than ability of governments (and laws) to keep up.

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