Visiting the interior of Myanmar

Trip Start Aug 01, 2009
Trip End Mar 01, 2010

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Flag of Myanmar  , Shan State,
Thursday, August 27, 2009

After 4 days in Yangon (it was meant to be 3 but... Rajai had diarrhea!... yes yes, I know... my stomach needs some adaptation), we took a 12 hour bus towards Mandalay, in the north.
The bus was an interesting first cultural experience in Myanmar... although not the last on: 12 hours in a surprisingly new bus with aircon and reclining seats, listening to very LOUD burmenese music and watching 'telenovelas'.  Burmenese people love music, and have their own versions (in their language) of many hit songs (including "La Bamba" and R&B songs). 

Mandalay is an interesting city, full of history and, of course, many temples and pagodas.  We toured for two days and then went to Bagan, probably the main attraction in the country.  Bagan is an impressive site strewed with red-brick temples and pagodas. 

After the temple overdose we took off to Kalaw to do a trek that would take us to Inle lake.  Ahhhhh the trip in bus to Kalaw!  Ten hours in a regional, broken down, noisy as hell and overly loaded bus, where instead of seats we had to seat on lousily coushined benches, overlaping one with the other because we didnt fit, with people sitting on the floor and on the roof.  Sounds horrible? Now picture it driving though a bumpy, narrow and meandering dirt road.

Finally in Kalaw. Some good sleep and a two day trek to Inle lake, staying one night in a Buddhist monastery.  Great experience.  In Inle lake, we relaxed and enjoyed a boat trip though the floating towns and gardens.  Very pretty and enjoyable. 

And back to Yangon.  Twenty more hours of bus, a waiting a day in Yangon before our flight and waking up with and a huge storm that seemed to want to flood the whole continent. But finally back to Bangkok.
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rachi.marianna on

Re: besotes desde galicia
Muchas gracias Lu!
Seguiremos ,manteniendoos al dia sobre nuestros avatares.
Muchs besos y hasta pronto!
Rachi & Marianna

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