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Summary of an Amazing Fortnight!

From Yangon, to Pindaya and the Inle Lake, on to Mandalay, by river boat to Bagan, back to Yangon and on to Mawlamyine, we have had a truly wonderful time, though are definitely for the moment pagoda’d, temple’d and buddha’d out!  Our … Continue reading

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Off the Beaten Track in Mawlamyine

“By the old Moulmein pagoda, looking lazy at the sea …” On arrival in Yangon from Bagan we had a 5 hour car journey to the seaport of Mawlamyine, pronounced Moulmein by the British including George Orwell and Rudyard Kipling!  … Continue reading

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Beautiful Bagan

We arrived at the ancient city of Bagan after breakfast, and on disembarking from the RV Paukan, were taken on a tour of a few of the famous pagodas, which are so different from our previous experiences.  About 4,000 structures are … Continue reading

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Bustling Mandalay

We arrived on an evening flight, so after collection were taken to the Dingar Hotel in the city centre, once the capital of Burma and now a sprawling, booming metropolis of 2 million.  If we thought traffic Yangon traffic crazy, … Continue reading

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Tranquil Inle Lake

We flew on early the next morning from Yangon to Heho, a small regional and chaotic airport, met our guide Winnie and were transferred by car with driver to the caves at Pindaya before heading to Nyuang Shwe and the Inle … Continue reading

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Mingalarbar Myanmar!

‘Mingalarbar’, or ‘Hello’ Myanmar! Vibrant Yangon We flew from Bangkok to Yangon the former capital, known to us oldies as Rangoon, and were met at the airport by Ton, who as a freelance guide, was working for Santa Maria.  We … Continue reading

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