Head for the Hills

Trip Start Apr 23, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Bravo Hotel

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

We ended up booking a share taxi to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) as it appeared too difficult or too expensive to get the whole way to Hispaw. It was a small Toyota corolla and we were jammed in the back with another guy. Luckily it was short trip, just under two hours and we were there before the pins and needles completely set in.

The Bravo Hotel was in the middle of town and nice enough, if a little bit expensive at $25. We set off in the direction indicated by the receptionist to find the train station and after walking for a good 30 minutes realized we were probably not getting anywhere near it. We asked a horse and carriage driver where the station was but with no burmese or english on his part it took a good 5 minutes of charades before he seemed to get it and quoted us a price to take us there. (1500 Kyats). It was hot and dusty and we had wanted a ride in one of these contraptions so we didn't bother to argue or barter.

As it was we would never have found the station on our own without a map. When we got there there wasn't much going on. We managed to work out that we would have to come back at 7am in the morning to buy tickets and that there was a special office for foreigners.
By this time I was feeling shocking and headed quickly back to the room. Thank god we had a movie channel because I spent the rest of the day oscillating between the loo and laying on the bed in a foetal position. Tim wandered around a bit and manage d to get some nice pics of the surrounds but I can't really say we expored the sights of the area!

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