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Oct 12, 2016 - Temples, Monks and a boat ride
Wednesday , Oct 12 A more leisurely start today, which we all appreciated. MaLa met us at the hotel with the bus at 8:30. We started out with another temple...the Mahamuni temple, which houses the country's holiest Buddha image, the 3.5 meter tall Arakan Buddha made of bronze and gold leaf. Ancient tradition refers to only five likenesses of the Buddha, made during his lifetime; two were in India, two in paradise, and the fifth is the Mahamuni Buddha image in Myanmar. According to the legend, the Buddha visited the Dhanyawadi city of Arakan...Jump to full entry
Oct 11, 2016 - Bom Bom Bom Ba Da Dum Bom Bom...The Road to Mandalay
** Addendum to yesterday: the internet has been very difficult to connect to so I'm having a hard time uploading pics and getting the daily journal posted. I had a couple more pics from yesterday to add so those have been added to yesterday's entry as well as an inscription from the National Cemetery that's at the very end of the entry. I wasn't able to post anything in Mandalay but we're on our way to Bagan where I hope to get caught up! I also have to say that the beds here are some of the hardest ones in the world. Not only are the...Jump to full entry
Nov 7, 2015 - On the road from Mandalay
The day starts with hilarity when Harry gets on the wrong coach as we prepare to head off to the Irawaddy, according to Kipling 'the road' to Mandalay! We pick up our boat which at first sight seems to have seen better days. It is in fact very spacious and comfortable so we chug away towards Mingun. At a leisurely pace we can see the small shacks dotted along the bank, the homes of the poorest of the poor in Burma. A far cry from the centre with its office buildings and the fun fair with a big wheel. At Mingun we head through the ladies...Jump to full entry
Nov 6, 2015 - On the flight to Mandalay!
An early start back down the river from the lake to drive to Heho! Our luggage is expertly packed on another boat and precedes us. They have done this before! Turns out we could have had another hour in bed as the airport is closed due to fog! It has a good coffee service and free Wifi, that works!!!!! Not much else though! Security is different, as I forget to get my IPad and remove the bottle of water from my 'shopper' and they go through unquestioned. I do remember the hand gel in my handbag but the security man just puts it back in the...Jump to full entry
Feb 28, 2015 - Sunset Over Mandalay
We stopped at the World 's Largest Book. This ia the other group of stupas. There are 729 of them with tablets of Buddha's teachings. These were built in a 1857. The other set is larger but it was built later an no one has bothered to change the statistic. The stone tablets in both stupa areas are written in Burmese on one side and ancient language on the other side. We drove to the entrance to the Royal Palace, we were not allowed to take photos of the guard booth. We took a boat cruise on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun. We headed upstream...Jump to full entry
Feb 27, 2015 - Mandalayi
Feeling better this morning although we only had some steamed rice for breakfast. Flew from Bagan to Mandalay this morning. Flights here leave whenever. You cannot check the time until the day before. Actually our flight was to leave at 8:15 and y that time we we're halfway here! Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar. It has a population of 1.8 million. It at one time wastage capital. It is located in the center of the country. As we headed to the Mahamuni Pagoda we passed 2 processionals. These were children Google to join the...Jump to full entry
Nov 17, 2014 - Mandalay to Bagan
An early flight to Mandalay took us to the new Sanctuary Ananda, which was docked at the end of a series of concrete steps leading down from a busy roadway. At the bottom, wooden planks formed a walkway across the mud flat leading out to the ship. The ship was built in Yangon by two Burmese brothers with a very shallow draft (just 1.2 meters), as many European-designed ships on the river are not able to sail when water levels are low and have to transfers guests ashore in small boats. The staterooms were are stylish and contemporary, with...Jump to full entry
Mar 27, 2014 - Mandalay.
Thursday, 27 March. MyMy Air Asia flight landed at Mandalay airport at 12.20 local Myanmar time, 30 minutes earlier than Thai time. I was prepared for a problematic and difficult passage of the immigration and custom, but everything went very smooth, soon I found myself standing in the arrival hall. The absolute first thing I noticed there, was an ATM-machine. Curiously I watched when a girl insert her card in to the machine and I could see that she received money and also have her card back. Myself, I changed a 100 dollar note to Burmese...Jump to full entry
Dec 1, 2013 - It ain't easy….
Livin' like a gypsy Tell ya honey how I feel I've been dreamin' Floatin' down the stream n' Losin' touch with all that's real…. Mingalabar. Pagodas. Buddha. Myanmar (Burma), incredible people, beautiful smiles. Wow! What a crazy place. I arrived in Yangon as the sun was setting and was immediately taken back by some of the incongruities and seeming confusion. The cars are right hand drive but they still drive on the right hand side of the road? There are no motorbikes, none! Monks with smart phones. Old buildings, falling down with...Jump to full entry
May 22, 2013 - Day 4 Mandalay
First off we visited a workshop where they make the very fine gold leaf that is used on statues & pagodas.Next we stopped at a roadside flower market, commercial , where two of our group were given bunches if red roses. This was because they were foreigners &/or of mature age- ie out if respect. Continuing on our journey to Maymyo (Pyin U Lwin ),we had to stop so the driver could hose down the radiator with cold water as the long & steep haul is too much for the bus. Maymyo is an escape from the sweaty lowlands of Mandalay. A former British...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2013 - Mandalay and the Irrawaddy
We arrived in Mandalay with a group of about 30 tourists from Yangon. I was relieved to see motorcycles aplenty. Our first stop was at the marble carvers street, whose trees were ashy with marble dust. We walked around the corner to the Mahamuni Pagoda, known for its beautiful bronze Buddha which has been layered so thick with devotional leaves of gold his hands and belly have doubled in girth. As we approached the inner temple, our guide got very excited and said there was going to be an initiaion ceremony. We came upon a sweet...Jump to full entry