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Bagan: Breathtaking and Beguiling

Bagan: Breathtaking and Beguiling

How to get to Bagan? Boat & Bus Basics From Mandalay we had intended to reach Bagan by boat, sailing down the river for 12 or so hours, alas the low season meant this did not fit our itinerary.  The fast boats only run in the peak season, so we were left at the mercy of […]

Posted in: Myanmar
Mandalay Payas, Monks and Monasteries

Mandalay Payas, Monks and Monasteries

The Road out of Mandalay Our last Myanmar travel blog post covered the city of Mandalay, but a visit here has much more to offer the traveller.  The surrounding religious sites and countryside add greatly to a visit to Myanmar’s last royal capital.  So after you’ve had your fill of the bustling markets and delicious […]

Posted in: Myanmar
Myanmar: From Yangon to Mandalay

Myanmar: From Yangon to Mandalay

The Train Journey from Yangon to Mandalay Our first impressions of Myanmar Burma had been underwhelming. We couldn’t wait to leave Yangon and decided to take the train to Mandalay.  The train is not a popular travel option for visitors to Burma, most fly or take a bus when touring around.  Ask a local and […]

Posted in: Myanmar
Myanmar: Arriving in Yangon Rangoon

Myanmar: Arriving in Yangon Rangoon

First Impressions of Burma: Yangon (Rangoon) We arrived in Yangon just over an hour after leaving the tarmac at Bangkok’s International Airport.   It was a very early flight and John and I had managed only about three hours sleep after meeting an interesting Fillipino woman, in the bar at the airport hotel, who we ended […]

Posted in: Myanmar
Flashpacking Family Holiday

Flashpacking Family Holiday

Our admin days over we arrived at 9am at Bangkok Airport to collect our family (my twin sister Kay, my niece Karlie and her boyfriend Tal) from their 13hour flight.  They arrived remarkably refreshed despite what they described as bumpy journey and some terrible in flight food. Don Muang and Nok Air to Koh Samui […]

Posted in: Thailand