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Oct 10, 2016 - Back to Yangon

We awoke to a beautiful view from our hotel room; fog-streaked mountains. Our wake up call was for 8 am but we were both awake and ready to go by 7:30. Breakfast was a set menu; unusual because it's normally a buffet. Since the tour wasn't to start until 9, we had a little bit of time to walk the market stalls along the path. It was the typical tourist stuff until we saw the "pharmacy" booth. Check out the pics for that but know that the fluid is not blood but a mix of herbs & oils to rub on joints for pain! We decided not to test it. We...

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Mar 17, 2016 - The Hidden Delights of Yangon

Ok, ok, we know you have seen plenty of photos of Buddhist temples and ethnographic museums...(believe me, so have we). So we were having a bit of trouble generating enthusiasm for our visit to Myanmar, despite fellow traveller reports that it was their favorite SE Asian country. Historically part of the British empire along with neighboring India and Bangladesh for approximately 150 years (since the early 1800's), the Burmese won their independence in 1948 only to enter one of the longest standing civil wars in history. Due to the...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Colonial Yangon

This morning we walked around the city. Seeing some of the colonial buildings left from British rule. Many are in need of repair. When the socialists took over they just let many of the buildings go. The locals refer to this time just as the 1962. We saw mosques, churches and even a synagogue hidden away. There are apparently 8 Jewish families in Yangon. We drove byChinatownwith it's brightly colored temple! We went down to the docks and watched theloading and unloading of the boats. Everything is done by hand. Men were carrying 8 cases of...

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Mar 5, 2015 - Return to Yangon

Today we left Inle Lake and drove th the Heho airport. This was our first flight that did tolerate either early or on time. Only 4 planes can be at the airport at one time and this means small prop planes! All landings are done by sight, there are no instrument landings! We arrived in Yangon and visited the National Museum of Yangon. Following the museum we went to Scott's Market where there are all kinds of souvenirs including lots of ruby jewelry! Dinner with Daniel at the lovely Le Planteur restaurant. A beautiful outside setting looking...

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Feb 24, 2015 - Mingalarbar from Yangon

Translation Hello from Yangon! Today we went to the local market...very clean. Fruits, vegetables and fish caught from the river in back of the market this morning. They had beautiful roses and mums, but you are not allowed to smell them as they are used as offerings to Buddha and smelling them takes away from the life. There are 14 kinds of bananas growing here and 24 kinds of mangos. There was also several homeopathic pharmacies here. You could get herbs weighed out for whatever malady you had. Daniel told me that like in most cultures...

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Feb 11, 2015 - Into deepest Burma

For years Kayah state has been closed to independent travellers due to insurgent activity with the result that only a handful of intrepid travellers have penetrated this area largely populated by now (?) peaceful tribespeople from the Yinbaw, Bre, Red Karen and Paduang tribes, the latter famed for their womenfolk adorned from an early age with neck, arm and leg brass rings of some weight. We trust our special permission to enter will not be withdrawn before our arrival which has happened to others. Internet communication or expected lack of...

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Nov 17, 2014 - Myanmar & the Irrawaddy

Just returned from an interesting trip to Myanmar for the launch of Sanctuary Ananda, a new boutique ship A&K built to cruise on the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) and Chindwin Rivers, the largest navigable river system in Asia, reaching to the borders of China and India. For centuries this was one of Asia’s most important trading routes. I met the 7 journalists travelling with me in Hong Kong after a 14 hour flight from Chicago on Cathay Pacific. My flight was more than an hour late, but when I arrived in Hong Kong, there was Cathay rep to escort...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Day 16 Yangon

Today we explored more of Yangon,Chinatown,the harbor,checked out some shopping malls... Heavy rain stopped us for a while,but then we were hitting the pavement again. Once the rain passed it was sunny & extra humid.So as it was,you were wet either way,from the rain or from the humidity. As it's the last day of the tour,we had drinks & dinner as a group at the Chinese restaurant over the road from our hotel.After dinner Michael & I got a taxi to the Strand Hotel,very posh & the virtual equivalent of Raffles in Singapore. We had coffee &...

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Jun 2, 2013 - Day 15 Ngwesaung -Yangon

After breakfast we departed Ngwesaung and started our long,tedious,& uncomfortable drive back to Yangon.At least with only 7 of us,we could each have a double seat to ourselves.And we could walk around the bus providing you could keep your balance as the bus bumped & rock & rolled it's way home. Along the way we stopped at an elephant camp & those who wanted to,could go for an elephant ride in the dense forest.Of course both Mik & I did the ride,even though we've ridden elephants before. It's a different experience each time. Our mahouts...

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May 20, 2013 - Day 2 Rangoon

City tour to start the day which included Shwedagon Pagoda,which dominates the skyline & is on the Royal Lake.One unusual fact about Rangoon is that they have right hand drive cars & yet drive on the right side of the road! Lunch at local restaurant & sat around for ages-me thinks it was a time filler before heading to the airport for our flight to Mandalay.My first experience on a propellor plane & boy, what a noisy takeoff!They bused us to/from the plane at both airports but we could have walked the distance quicker,& not have been in a...

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May 19, 2013 - Day 1-arrived in Yangon.

We were the only foreigners on the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon, bar 1. Hot & muggy here, a real difference to back home! Went for a walk & surprised to see so many parks & roadside gardens.meeting with group members at 6pm & then we're all going out to dinner in the city. Well,Mik thought that we might be the oldest crocks in the group,Ha!Closer to the youngest,& we were worried about fitting in,fitness wise that is.As usual, a varied bunch of characters,but all are here to enjoy themselves & to immerse ourselves in another...

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