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Mar 31, 2018 - Inle to Yangon

A more relaxed day today. Late breakfast before taking the boat back to Nyaung Shwe. Even had time for Vicki to get her nails done, before we visited a local winery. Yes a winery in Myanmar, the vines had been imported from Spin and France and they produce a variety of wines including Shiraz, Syrah and Cabinet Sauvigon. The local climate gives the wines their own distinct flavour, but were actually quite good. It was not picking season, so we just had a quick look through the facilities, as well as doing the tasting of course. Then back to...

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Mar 20, 2018 - Back to Rangoon (Yangon)

Our Road Scholar trip is just about over, and later this afternoon we will be flying north to Chiang Mai in Thailand. From that point on, the 3 of us will be utilizing Indochina Odyssey Tours to facilitate our journey. The RS trip was fabulous, and our last formal activity was a walk in downtown Yangon with our guide Chaw and a female college student named Pumpo. She came along with us to answer our questions from a young person's point of view, and also to practice her own English. It was crowded and hot in town, but interesting...

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Mar 19, 2018 - Colombo to Yangon

1.30 am flight this morning. Needed to be at airport 3 hours early (so they said) plus 45 minute drive to airport so don't expect much sleep today. Our first flight to Bangkok was late taking off but we caught up most of the time in flight. 90 minute stop in Bangkok and then connected to Yangon. A little slow through immigration, but the evisa I got on line worked well and our luggage came through ok. By this time it was around 9am local time and although the airport is not that far from town, it took us about an hour to get to our hotel...

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Mar 9, 2018 - Seeing the sights of Yangon

Lois writing This morning we had an interesting lecture and presentation by a Burmese gentleman, named Moe Aung, who has worked for the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs. He discussed the problems that Myanmar has with Internally Displaced Persons, not only in the area near Bangladesh, but also along the border with China. The international media has not publicized the issue there, so it was all very new information for us. In addition, we learned that tourism in Myanmar has fallen off tremendously due to the news about the Rohingya...

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Mar 8, 2018 - Day two in Yangon

John writing now: Today (Thursday March 8) we decided to take the hotel’s shuttle bus into town to visit a market, a.k.a. shopping center. We got off the shuttle and spent about an hour wandering through a maze of shops that sold every variety of trinket, fabric, and sandal you would ever need. The sweat was just running down our faces, so we bought a couple of folding hand fans, and a small trinket that we could use as a Christmas ornament on our tree. We then walked across the street into a modern shopping center that was air conditioned....

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Mar 7, 2018 - Settling into Myanmar

On Monday morning, we began our journey, with 3 flights: Traverse City to Detroit to Seoul to Yangon, Myanmar. Everything went smoothly, and all our luggage arrived with us. John & I chose to pay a bit extra for the Delta "comfort plus" seats, and were quite happy with the service, food (3 meals) and extra space it afforded us, especially on a 14 hour flight overseas. We didn't sleep a whole lot, since our body clocks were on daytime mode. We both ended up watching 2 decent movies, Marshall (about Thurgood) and Going in Style, which was...

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Mar 3, 2018 - We're leaving on a jet plane...

Lois & John will be leaving Traverse City, along with our friend Jocelyn Trepte, on Monday March 5, for a 25 day tour in southeast Asia. We will be arriving on Tuesday night in Yangon, Myanmar (it used to be called Rangoon, Burma). Then we'll have a couple of days to adjust to the time change (11.5 hours) and the climate (highs around 100 next week) before we join a Road Scholar (RS) group for the next couple of weeks. The tour is called "Exotic Myanmar: Ancient Kingdoms and Hidden Temples on the Irrawaddy River", so it includes a cruise on...

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Feb 22, 2018 - Myanmar Yangon and Bagan

Mingalerbar (hello) from Myanmar! We are four days into our five week trip so far. The first two cities we visited have been Yangon and Bagan. We cannot be in Myanmar without commenting about the international outrage directed at this country for the "ethnic cleansing" actions that took place in the Rakhine State of the Rohingya people just last fall. As a tourist, we have not felt any threat to our safety. In fact, the local people are very gentle and genuine. They practice Buddhism very devotedly and therefore this is reflected in how...

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Feb 18, 2017 - Burma - last day in Yangon

And an other blog as this day is close to be over. After yesterday's drinking, I couldn't sleep too well, which means I couldn't wake up till like 10am. As I've mentioned already, we spent the first 2 hours trying to transfer some money. We already decided, we are going to Bagan tomorrow morning, it's about a 10 hours trip, spend there a day and then continuoue up north to Inle Lake. We probably spend 2 days there,have maybe a bit of a trekking and then come back south to the little islands of Myanmar. As we discussed yesterday, our...

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Feb 18, 2017 - Burma - market and a new buddy

Hey All, I'm sorry I'm a bit late but we had a power cut yesterday and internet was gone. Today morning we probably spent a good 2 hours trying to load Nationwide to be able to transfer money so we could actually eat and book the bus to Bagan, our next stop. Yesterday we visited the market which is about a good half an hour walk from here. Well, it turned out we went all the way around instead of going straight which halfs the way :) The market looked pretty much like Blackbush, or the typical Chinese markets in Hungary. It was huge...

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Feb 16, 2017 - Burma

And here we are... in Burma. After 30 hours being awake, we arrived to this little wonder. I still haven't slept -it's been now roughly 36 hours- so if my story today won't make sense... that's the reason ☺️ Burma is different... as we walked out from the airport in jeans and long sleeve shirts, the heat instantly hit us but it was nice. I felt..finally! We got a taxi, 9 USD but it was a good 40 mins drive. By the way before Instart anything, just a side note, we couldn't take USD out in China or exchange money to Myanmar Kyat. So...

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Dec 2, 2016 - Moving on from Myanmar...

On Wednesday we had our final commute back down to Yangon. It was a slightly later start for us, a bit of a sleep in was really well received after a full trip of early mornings! A 10am departure meant we were able to sleep in until 9am….luxury! Another short (but delayed…. Again) flight and we were back in Yangon and at the hotel we had original met at 11 days earlier. The group decided to have our final meal at a street food restaurant on 19th street – a street quite famous for food in Yangon, so everyone went their separate ways and...

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