Suggested itinerary: Myanmar (Burma) North and South

ITINERARY SUMMARY  Yangon - Mawlamyine - Hpa-an - Mt. Kyaiktiyo - Bago - Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake) - Nyaung U (Bagan) - Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Kyaukme - Hsipaw - Lashio - Yangon Yangon needs two or three days minimum before boarding the roller coaster train south to...

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Cycle Rickshaws: An Asian Icon

Cycle rickshaws: An Asian institution Historically not as old as I was expecting, the cycle rickshaw was first developed in Asia in the 1880s but was not used with any regularity until the late 1920s starting in Singapore. Coming in all shapes and sizes, cycle...

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Friday Flashback | Yangon then and now | Myanmar

Normally I write these ‘then and now’ posts and point out how things have changed over the years, but I am not sure that that is the case when it comes to Yangon, the biggest city in Myanmar (Burma). There is no doubt that economic development in the country is moving...

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Friday Flashback | Tanaka Faces of Burma

This time last year we were living in Yangon. Burma (officially Myanmar) is an incredibly photogenic country and we have hundreds of images that bring back memories from our four months there as well as from previous visits. The warm smiling faces of the people of...

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2013: Our Year of Travels with Photographs

A summary of our 2013 travels with photographs and a (temporary) return to the world of gainful employment As we head full on into 2014, it’s the time of year when we look back on what we’ve been up to in 2013. Yes, blog entries have been a bit thin on the ground but...

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Five Years of Travel: Our Top 5

Five of our most memorable experiences from five years of travel Today, 30 November, marks the 5 year anniversary of leaving the UK. When we boarded our flight at Heathrow on that grey winter morning I don’t think either of imagined that we’d still be travelling five...

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Celebrating the Full Moon of Kason in Yangon

There was a full moon on Friday and here in Burma that meant a public holiday. The full moon in May is known as the Full Moon of Kason (May in Burmese) and it is a particularly significant one as on this day Buddhists celebrate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and...

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Local Eats at Yangon’s 19th Street

When we're in the mood for somewhere pub-like with air conditioning, bar stools, football on the TV and over-priced food and drink (except between 3 and 7pm when the price of a Happy Hour pitcher of beer is pretty hard to beat) we head to the ex-pat hangout 50th...

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Ngwe Saung: Weekend at the Beach

04 to 06 May 2013 Last weekend we escaped a hot and sweaty Yangon and headed for the Myanmar coastal resort of Ngwe Saung on an office holiday! We'd only been at work for 2 days (it should have been 3 but our start date of 1st May was a public holiday here!) and the...

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Two More Weeks in Lovely Burma

25 February to 12 March 2012 Visas for Burma are really easy to get but they are only valid for 28 days (who came up with this figure?) and although it is possible to over stay your visa and pay a fine of US$3 per day, this can lead to complications (mainly hotels...

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Burma in Photographs

We started our 4 weeks in Burma (or Myanmar) with a flight to the former capital, Yangon (or Rangoon).  This is the place where almost all foreign tourists start their journey as currently there are no land borders open to foreigners (it is possible to cross into the...

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