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Feb 15, 2012 - Up the Irrawaddy

The trip along the river was fantastic. While it was long, we could wander around , read and just sight-see. This is the dry season and at a couple of points they had to measure the water depth with a pole. One would pole and another call out readings. It reminded us of Mark Twain. The water couldn't have been more than eight feet deep in spots. The river is very wide with many sand bars that I imagine change during each monsoon season It took us a full twelve hours to get from Bagan to Mandalay, but we knew that up front. Good trip. Our...

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Mar 7, 2009 - Ancient City - Mingun

There are four ancient cities around Mandalay. In times gone by the kings would pick a new location for their kingdom, leaving the old city behind and creating a new one. First up on the tourist trail is Mingun. This is accessible by a very pleasant river trip. I have to admit that one of the highlights of this day for me was not Mingun and its many lovely monuments, but the Mandalay Tourist Jetty and the boats and people that you find there. River life at a port/jetty is always a hive of activity, and this is a great place to visit. I...

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Mar 6, 2009 - Mandalay - Royal Palace and Mandalay Hill

Today was a trip to the Mandalay Royal Palace and then up Mandalay Hill. The Palace dominates Mandalay – it sits in pretty well the center of the city, and as it has a huge moat and 8 meter high walls, all roads have to navigate around it. It's supposedly 3 kilometers of wall, hence getting from A to B often includes driving parallel to one of the walls. The original Royal Palace was long since destroyed, so in the 90's the government decided to build a reconstruction. It's sad to report, but it doesn’t seem that their heart was in it – I...

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Mar 5, 2009 - The Road (Train) to Mandalay

There are various ways to get from Yangon to Mandalay – air, road, rail, boat. This being the dry season the boat is a no go, and since I'm starting to enjoy train travel, the train got the nod. So it was the 12:15 p.m. "Express" to Mandalay. The photos speak better than my words, but below is a short description. It's a great trip. 15 hours in total. The Myanmar public trains are a step down from the Thailand trains – such as the one from Hat Yai to Bangkok. Lonely Planet mentions something about "your own toilet in upper class". It is...

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Apr 24, 2008 - April 17-24 - Mandalay, Hsipaw, & Yangoon

So after our awesome experience at Inle, we were slightly disappointed by the city of Mandalay...or maybe its just cities in general. We hung around for a a day or two, rented bikes and tried to bike up Mandalay hill (to avoid government fees of course) which was killer in the 45 degree heat. The ride down was pretty nice though, although the brakes on our bikes were a little sketchy! We found a really quaint little Nepali food restaurant which is where we spent most of our time, and met a really great local trishaw driver. But with the...

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Feb 20, 2008 - Mandalay, again, and again

Thirteen hours later we were back in Mandalay and the circuit was complete. The trip had been a highlight and I was sad it was over, but excited to move on, and FINALLY!! I could check the internet! As expected, Baby Ainsley had arrived without complications and I had taken long enough that they’d had time to organize some photos. What a doll! She’ll be so much bigger when I get home. Immediately, I regretted being so far from home, but it didn’t take me long to get over it. She’ll be much more fun to play with in a couple of months. As...

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Feb 11, 2008 - Mandalay, again

Back to Mandalay for some serious planning and scheduling. After much deliberation, Giovanna and I have decided to head north to Katha and try the boat down the Ayeyarwady River. Aisling is running out of time and can’t make the trip, which is unfortunate, we were a good trio. The train leaves today, and after way to much confusion, we managed to arrange a sleeping berth. Hopefully it is what we expect. For what we paid though, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up in regular seats, for 12 – 20 hours. That’s the closest approximation they...

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Feb 7, 2008 - Mandalay

Well. I survived the bus ride. It was as cold and long as expected. Thankfully I had my blanket and no one was in the seat next to me so I could stretch out. We arrived at 5 am, which turned out to be a good thing because I managed to get the only room in the best guesthouse in town. I spent the next 4 days hanging around Mandalay taking in the sights, and there’s alot of them. Four ancient cities are within 30 km’s of the city, and they’re all unique for one reason or another. One has a rickety old 1.2 km long teak bridge over the...

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Oct 1, 2007 - Back from Burma

Re:Back from Burma Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 23:45:13 +0000 Dear Textile Friends, We are back in Bangkok and last night Deb left for home. Darryl and I leave in two more days. We did get to Burma, Yangon and Mandalay, and into Amarapura which is the seat of the local textile industry. We didn't find many hand weavers, but the ones we did meet were interesting. Since the unrest in Burma has been the top story in world news for the past two weeks, I thought some of you might be interested in a first hand account. This is taken from an...

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Sep 22, 2007 - Spinning & Weaving Museum - Visiting Mandalay

We decided to go ahead and make the trip to Mandala. The protests have been non-violent and small. We and folks we spoke to did not anticipate any big reaction anytime soon. They expected it to get bigger but the monks were encouraging everyone to stay calm. The street flooding had drained off and the day looked better with sun. After a 2 hour flight via Began to Mandalay we found our way to our hotel and met up with our driver and our guide. He had been a teacher until the schools were closed and now made his living as a guide. We visited...

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Aug 17, 2007 - Mandalay and the bartering Burmese Shri Lankan

Mandalay was a great city for antique shopping. It is as illegal to take Antiques out of Burma as it is to sell them. We found our favorite Antique shop on a back alley in Burmese Shri Lankan's garage. He had everything for British Swards to Hill Tribe Head dresses and 17th century monetary doors. Never mind how he got them. As I was searching through the treasures Brian and the Burmese Shri Lankan where making small talk. He asked Brian where got his watch it looked like the one he saw in a magazine that had a GPS built into it. The...

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Dec 8, 2006 - MYANMAR: Mandalay

Mandalay is a good base for discovering many of the attractions up North. The big draw to the city is the ancient cities and their many pagodas. The standard of the guesthouses are poor with the prices totally out of line. After a 3 hour accommodation hunt in the hot blazing sun we eventually found a guesthouse in a lovely neighborhood in the city. We met Australian Matt there, who hired a driver with us for the day and ended up traveling with us over the next week or so. Matt is one of the most laid-back chaps I ever met being big into...

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