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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 ...

Good morning Yangon, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar travel blog

Good morning Yangon

A travel blog entry by piholland

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... in a wild state of disrepair and attempted repair at the same time. I could go on, those were the first impressions of Myanmar, we were exhilarated and overtired from our day traveling we fell asleep in the hotel not long after. I really loved this city, ...

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 ...

Don’t bag Bagan, Bagan, Myanmar travel blog

Don’t bag Bagan

A travel blog entry by piholland

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The overnight bus journey was no more comfortable than Myanmar’s rickety train service. Not totally without some comfort but little room to stretch out and the roads were pretty rough so it was a long night. Its also strange when your so use to road ...

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 ...

Bridge too far, Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar travel blog

Bridge too far

A travel blog entry by piholland

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Pyin Oo Lwin had the desired effect and brought us back down to earth, the laid back country side vibe and the cooler mountain air was just what we need after a chaotic few days in bustling Mandalay. The train was the perfect way to get in and out of ...

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 ...

...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 ...

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 ...

Last train to Inle, Thazi, Myanmar travel blog

Last train to Inle

A travel blog entry by piholland

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... made it and the discomfort of the trip can at least be traded for tales that we survived a legendary journey with almost everything intact.  If nothing else after our three weeks traveling in Myanmar we will have suitably firm buttocks to be proud ...

Star Trekking, Kyaukme, Myanmar travel blog

Star Trekking

A travel blog entry by piholland

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... and comment on its simplicity. The two nights we stayed with different families were amongst the best experiences we have had in Myanmar, they live such a content existence its hard not to imagine yourself happily in there yourself. The next day as we set ...

Final day in Mandalay, Mandalay, Myanmar travel blog

Final day in Mandalay

A travel blog entry by piholland

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... . We knew all the best spots for eating and drinking so our last day was just a case of spending the last of our Myanmar money wisely before we flew out of this amazing country back to Thailand. We did find out thats Air Asia have recently started to ...

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 ...

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 ...

On Golden Pond, Inle Lake, Myanmar travel blog

On Golden Pond

A travel blog entry by piholland

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... sort of full moon finally.  Unfortunately as mentioned the tourist trail is well oiled and serviced for the major sight in Myanmar, two foreigners trying to get off the trail and into a local hotel either meant a vastly inflated price or an ...

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, ...

Northern Loop Trip, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Bhamo and back to Mandalay, Myanmar travel blog

Northern Loop Trip

A travel blog entry by beats

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I then embarked on an 8 day round trip heading to Myitkyina, pretty much as far north as a visitor can get in Burma. This was a 35 hour train ride north of Mandalay on a train which departed 6 hours late & I am not sure if it had a scheduled arrival ...

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