Around Mandalay – Teak and Gold

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Day Two The second day in Mandalay was slow to start, possibly due to too much moto-taxi reward beer the previous night. I had met a German girl, Theresa, while outside the hotel taking ‘fresh air breaks’, and as she …

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Mandalay

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Rudyard Kipling wrote: …them spicy garlic smells, An’ the sunshine an’ the palm-trees an’ the tinkly temple-bells; On the road to Mandalay… Our particularly Road to Mandalay was a night bus which swerved back and forth over hills for seven …

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Myanmar – Inle Lake

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We arrived at Inle Lake (well, Nyuangshwe, the main resort town) after a long and winding bus then tuktuk ride from Bagan. Based on previous experience in Bagan, we had hoped to find accommodation pretty easily, but this was the …

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Myanmar – The Train and Bagan

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The Train – Yangon to Bagan The Train. I capitalise it because this wasn’t merely a train, this was The Train. I like travelling by train – it’s usually relaxing, offers more interesting scenery than a bus journey, and sleeper …

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The Golden Rock

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The next destination on the itinerary was the Golden Rock at Kyaiktiyo, which was a five to six hour bus trip from Yangon. Getting up early, I headed down to reception to check out only to discover that Ben and …

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Myanmar – Yangon

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Arriving in Yangon was very easy – taxi to the airport in Bangkok, trouble-free flight, and a surprisingly clean and modern airport at the other end. Daniel and I quickly discovered that the Lonely Planet (which by all appearances has …

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