Posts Tagged ‘Bagan’

Burma Day 5 – Bagan

Burma Day 5 – Bagan

Waking early, I walked to the dusty main road, rented an old bicycle, and rode off to explore the temples and monuments of the ancient city.  It was a beautiful clear morning, perfect for a relaxing ride around the 2,000 odd places of interest.  I stopped at the first pagoda I saw – Thingaraza Pagoda […]

Burma Day 6 – Kalaw

Burma Day 6 – Kalaw

Kalaw is a pleasant hill station, a market town that demands very little from the traveller, but gives a lot. I arrived on the ‘first class’ bus from dusty Bagan, and the cool retreat was just the tonic. The former British hill station has a considerable Nepali Gurkha, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim population, who originally […]

Burma Day 4 – Mandalay to Bagan

Burma Day 4 – Mandalay to Bagan

A day on a boat, the wooden Malikha 3 to Bagan. Down the Ayeyarwady we went on an 11 hour journey with a few short stops to buy bananas and other fruits from vendors on the river. It wasn’t exactly luxury sailing, but it wasn’t too uncomfortable either, with comfy wicker chairs on the wide […]

Burma Day 3 – Around Mandalay

Burma Day 3 – Around Mandalay

Plenty of tea, fruit juice and a delicious egg pancake surrounded by Mandalay’s early-morning business people at Shwe Pyi Moe cafe started my day, and then I hopped into my hired taxi for a day around Amarapura, Saigang and Inwa, former royal capitals. My driver called himself Poe, and was a heavy-set tall man in […]

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