Mandalay Swan Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Mandalay
... Lwin. This town mostly sees burmese tourists when the temperature in the country become unbearable as we are in elevation, roughly 7 degrees Celsius less than Mandalay. The gardens are quite beautiful especially the flowers, the bamboo walk, the wooden watchtower and the walking aviary where we spot some cool birds (although they are still in a big cage). Tonight we have a bus leaving for the town of Kalaw.
... usual pagodas and tea houses, a market and walk along the river. It is pleasant and we a sense of the city. Tomorrow we have a day tour booked to different towns around Mandalay so I hope for a good day.
Today, we paid the son of the owner of our hotel to take us around the outside sights of Mandalay. It was a great day. We saw lots of beautiful sights including as you can imagine many pagodas. Everywhere you look there is a stupa. Our driver Min Min (everyone is ...
... blowing. Also, as we walked around the larger pavilion I noticed a number of people who were asleep. I initially thought these were homeless people, but our guide said that they were simply visitors who had likely traveled a long way to see the Maha Muni, and simply wanted to rest and spend more time there.
Our next stop was a gold leaf making factory. In addition to the Maha Muni there are a number of other religious ...
... hold our weight (it does!) Oddly though, it’s a beautiful place despite, not because of, the bridge – all around is an incredible and real rural scene, with many people involved in life both in and on the water. It feels special because of that rather than the bridge. We engage with a few locals, then before long we have to jump on the bus and head out once more – this time on a long journey east, into the mountainous Shan state and the hilltop town of ...
... we headed over to the Ganayon Kyaung monastery where hundreds of monks file past every morning for breakfast/lunch. A little bizarre just standing there looking at them but worth a look I suppose.
We also visited Inwa and got a horse and cart around for an hour or so. I never thought I would say it but these guys would teach the jarveys back home a few tricks! Getting bounced around the cart was a bigger highlight than ...
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