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Guests of the Aini, Near Menghun, Xishuangbanna, China travel blog

Guests of the Aini

A travel blog entry by bethverde

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Our Abu laughs at us as we sweat our way through the jungle. This is easy for her, even with her fifty-two years. Or is it sixty two years? She herself doesn't seem so sure. We try to chat with her in our breathing breaks, when us waiguoren drink ...

Wild Elephants Couldn't Drag Us, Sanchahe, Xishuangbanna, China travel blog

Wild Elephants Couldn't Drag Us

A travel blog entry by bethverde

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For once, I'm excited to be woken up. It's 2:30 in the morning and the quiet flashlight-wielding man outside our tree house has just made my heart beat fast: "Da xiang," he says. "Da xiang." Dan and I put on our shoes and coats and tiptoe ...

Pondering the Padaung, Inle Lake, Myanmar travel blog

Pondering the Padaung

A travel blog entry by christinasworld

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... they say in all of these countries is "What country you from?" which is a prelude to immediately trying to sell you something. In Myanmar the standards are to flatter you, "Oh, you bew-tee-full!" or the most curious is "LUCKY MONEY! LUCKY MONEY!" It ...

The question of Myanmar (Burma), Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar travel blog

The question of Myanmar (Burma)

A travel blog entry by philthy

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... contribute was to talk to as many people as possible to try and help others learn some English - a powerful tool in Myanmar as English language newspapers and magazines can be found while all Burmese-language news is under strict control of the ...

I Have Friends in Rangoon, Rangoon, Myanmar travel blog

I Have Friends in Rangoon

A travel blog entry by christinasworld

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The Burmese are fiercely loyal and protective. All along our journey Cameron and I have been adopted by everyone from monks to street urchins to shopkeepers and restaurateurs. Some have glommed onto me and some to Cameron but all have taken to us both. ...

The Road to Mandalay, Mandalay, Myanmar travel blog

The Road to Mandalay

A travel blog entry by christinasworld

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... stare blankly when I'd say, "And then I'll fly from Chiang Mai to Mandalay." They'd inevitably ask, "Where's Mandalay? In Myanmar? Where's that?" A traveler in Lao actually asked me, "Why go there?" Keeping in mind that most people don't understand why ...

Village Life, Near Menghun, Xishuangbanna, China travel blog

Village Life

A travel blog entry by bethverde

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An Aini household works hard to keep everything going, and it seemed that the grandmother--like our Abu, who guided us on our four-day hike visiting Aini villages in Xishuangbanna--was the heart of it.   Our Abu, like the woman ...

Burmese Daze, Yangon, Myanmar travel blog

Burmese Daze

A travel blog entry by laurenandjack

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Alright fellas, we're back in action. You can blame India's electricity instability for our apparent procrastination in writing an entry. The power craps out here at least 5 times a day; now we are in Delhi, where they've achieved nearly constant power ...

New Year in Burma, Tachilek, Myanmar travel blog

New Year in Burma

A travel blog entry by paul

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... a songtaew passes and offers me a lift for 10 Baht. OK. Get a drink of water, go through Thai emigration and into Myanmar immigration. 500 Baht for a 14 day entry permit that allows me to explore this part of Myanmar only. My passport stays with ...

Visa run virgins, Have no idea some where in Burma i think, Myanmar travel blog

Visa run virgins

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... $5 (deportation tax) and we sail across the river to another immigration office, then sail some more and hey presto we are in Myanmar (Burma). We have 15 mins to by cheap cigs (£2 for 200) before we head back to the boat, returning to the immigration ...

Burmese Days, Yangon, Golden Rock and Inle, Burma, Myanmar travel blog

Burmese Days

A travel blog entry by grahamandrach

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... , which quickly became my favorite of our travels so far, a mixture of ethnicity's from SE Asia and the subcontinent, Myanmar people continued to fascinate us for our whole trip. They are incredibly religious, mostly Buddhist, but with sizable Muslim and ...

Erica, you're a tiger you're stronger than I am, Inle Lake, Myanmar travel blog

Erica, you're a tiger you're stronger than I am

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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We woke at 5am to the chanting of the monks doing their morning prayers. It was still dark but the rain had stopped. The prayers continued until 6am by which time Erica and I had already inspected our blistered feet and been for a walk. I had a shower ...

Doing the school run, Kalaw, Myanmar travel blog

Doing the school run

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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The bus we thought would arrive at about 4:30 or 06:30am arrived at 01:30 so we were a bit rushed getting off to catch our bags being thrown out of the window. In the rush in the dark bus (it didn’t have any lights on) I left my reading glasses, ...

...the road to Mandalay.... not on your Nellie..., Mandalay, Pyin U Lwin and Monywa, Myanmar travel blog

...the road to Mandalay.... not on your Nellie...

A travel blog entry by grahamandrach

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... prescription and at very low prices. The next morning we set off for a whistle stop tour of several ancient capitals of Myanmar. We started at Amarapura, just outside Mandalay . On the way we stopped at an embroidery workshop where exquisite (if not ...

Battered and bruised on the bus, Bagan, Myanmar travel blog

Battered and bruised on the bus

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... over to top them up. The guy told us about the fact he has spent over one year at the local Playstation 2 shop (remember this is Myanmar, they don’t sell them but you can rent an hour on a Playstation 2 to play an out of date copy of Fifa or Pro ...

Like a 1970's Roy Oxford...only worse, Kalaw, Myanmar travel blog

Like a 1970's Roy Oxford...only worse

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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We had had a great night's sleep, we used the duvet the room was so cold. We had our free breako then booked another night bus that evening to go to Kalaw to do some more trekking, we were told this would take 12 – 14 hours and would leave at 4pm. ...

Beguiling Burma, Rangoon, Myanmar travel blog

Beguiling Burma

A travel blog entry by sarah

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We had ruled out going to Myanmar before we left home. Not for fear of our safety; the political situation in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is very stable for tourists. Unlike Cambodia, where the July election has yet to coalesce into a functioning ...

Dreaming Spires...., Bagan and Yangon, Myanmar travel blog

Dreaming Spires....

A travel blog entry by grahamandrach

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... to make him a website so that he may start working for himself and eventually buy his own car. Our last night in Myanmar was spent stuffing ourselves with yet more Masala Dosa at our favourite place followed by yoghurt and fruit at a small café ...

Bound for Bagan, Bagan, Myanmar travel blog

Bound for Bagan

A travel blog entry by christinasworld

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It was black and the chill of the morning dew made me glad I'd worn my krama tied about my neck for the tuk-tuk ride to the ferry dock. The driver had just taken our luggage and we were slowly climbing out when a man's face jutted toward mine lit by a ...

The road to Mandalay, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar travel blog

The road to Mandalay

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... stayed too but on this occasion I didn't get mistaken for him. Also of note was the appropriately titled "Light of Myanmar Newspaper house". We stopped and admired the fine articles pinned on the notice board outside, of particular note were the pieces ...

Idling in Inle, Inle Lake, Myanmar travel blog

Idling in Inle

A travel blog entry by christinasworld

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... !" It was as though we were royalty or pop superstars. I've been greeted by hundreds of people since I've arrived here in Myanmar but nothing like this. It seemed as though they were about to jump out of their skins as they competed for attention with the ...

Myanmar - The Pariah State, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar travel blog

Myanmar - The Pariah State

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... anywhere. We kind of have it in the back of our mind that these are the rich people though! As a quick overview Myanmar was previously a British colony. When Myanmar first gained independence from Britain it was the wealthiest nation in SE Asia as it has ...

Capitalism Yangon style, Yangon, Myanmar travel blog

Capitalism Yangon style

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... is pretty heavy, so don't take pictures of anyone in uniform or of strategic State buildings, like the Ministerial Offices, Myanmar Economic Holdings or the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism Services ;-) The main sights I managed to see here were The ...

Visa Run, Kawthoung, Myanmar travel blog

Visa Run

A travel blog entry by jeffsadventures

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... people come here and they have the easy come-and-go process worked out so it's fast and smooth.  So I can now say I was in Myanmar and have the stamps to prove it....but I can't exactly say I got to know the place or its people.  Now, back ...

Shaken and Stirred, Inle Lake, Myanmar travel blog

Shaken and Stirred

A travel blog entry by christinasworld

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I thought that I knew how horrific traveling overland in Asia could get. I was wrong. All the warning signs were there. The day prior I culled the usual information (i.e., make and age of vehicle, amenities, road conditions, etc.) and received ...

Chapter 32: Me and Myanmar, Part 2, Bagan/Kalaw, Myanmar travel blog

Chapter 32: Me and Myanmar, Part 2

A travel blog entry by easyread

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... let him know that there's a big demand for old Echo & the Bunnymen tunes in the under-priviledged youth sector of central Myanmar! On Thursday I rented a bike and rode out (in the 95-degree heat) to the ruins of ancient Bagan. It was an incredible ...

China secures Burma route, Myanmar, Myanmar travel blog

China secures Burma route

A travel blog entry by happysheep

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... for fuel, shaving off thousands of kilometres, in its quest for more of the world's resources. China secures Myanmar energy route BANGALORE - China and Myanmar have signed an agreement for the construction of fuel pipelines that will ...

Kyaiktyo--the Golden Boulder on a cliffside, Kyaiktyo/Kinpun, Myanmar travel blog

Kyaiktyo--the Golden Boulder on a cliffside

A travel blog entry by mimmik

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... false advertizing... So onward and southeast-ward we pressed on the bus to one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Myanmar, Kyaiktyo (pronounced something like 'CHAI-tee-oh'), where a huge golden boulder sits precariously on top of a wooded hillside, ...

A 76ct diamond, no not on Lady E’s finger, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar travel blog

A 76ct diamond, no not on Lady E’s finger

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... with listening to music, and visiting our final tourist attraction the mighty Shwedagon Pagoda (the most important religious site in Myanmar). This was another contribution to the Government coffers but we cannot see how there is any money left after ...

Capes, Culture and Cruelty to animals, Bagan, Myanmar travel blog

Capes, Culture and Cruelty to animals

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... else said 16 but again nothing surprises you here. Of particular note was one of the rest stops. I went to the uniquely Myanmar version of the toilets but they were filthy. The place to wash your hands outside was essentially a standing plastic pipe with ...

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