Myanmar

The sound of the waves at Ngwe Saung Beach

The sound of the waves at Ngwe Saung Beach

Fully booked hotels in Yangon My Myanmar holiday has nearly come to an end now. I have a couple of days left, so I decided to travel to Ngwe Saung Beach in the Bay of Bengal. To reach my destination, I made a stopover in Yangon again. Even though I had reserved a room, nothing […]

To the Golden Rock Pagoda in the back of a truck

To the Golden Rock Pagoda in the back of a truck

Myanmar has 3 temples of major importance In my opinion, every trip must have a quest. Today I have fulfilled mine. Myanmar has 3 temples of significant importance; the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, the Mahamuni temple in Mandalay and the Golden Rock Pagoda in Kyaiktyio. So today finally I reached the latter. Trying to catch […]

Some Buddhist lessons in Bago

Some Buddhist lessons in Bago

Many Buddhist lessons while visiting Bago`s highlights Today the highlights of Bago are on my agenda, and they will come packed with Buddhist lessons. At a leisurely pace, Tin, my motor driver shows me the points of interest of this small town. There is no pressure nor complaints about how bad things are going with […]

Bus trip to Bago by detour

Bus trip to Bago by detour

My bus trip to Bago goes a bit wrong Gradually I am nearing the end of my journey in Myanmar. And it has to be said, the adventure is becoming more exciting and more nerve-cracking at the same time. It starts in the morning with the bus; I clearly indicated and paid for a bus […]

Unexpected trip to Mount Popa

Unexpected trip to Mount Popa

Sharing a taxi to Mount Popa On my last day here in Bagan, I still managed to organize a trip to Mount Popa by a shared taxi. I decided to join together with a German couple which is also interested in this trip. They are chatty, young people and we start to talk comfortably. At […]

Cycling through Old Bagan

Cycling through Old Bagan

Waking up feeling unwell Yesterday I made a stupid mistake which almost made me postpone my intention to go cycling through Old Bagan today. I ordered a lassi and a pancake for lunch somewhere. However, it did cross my mind that it is best not to eat in an empty restaurant. It is probably the […]

Exploring Bagan in a horse cart

Exploring Bagan in a horse cart

In a horse cart to the more remote temples of Bagan This morning I decided to visit the most important temples of Bagan in a horse cart.  Well, at least, that was my intention. My guide, however, judges otherwise. It is better to visit the highlights of the old part of town by bike, he […]

Heading for the temple highlights in Old Bagan

Heading for the temple highlights in Old Bagan

Express bus over dirt roads to Old Bagan So we left Mandalay this morning via the express bus to visit the temple highlights in Old Bagan. You should take the term express with a grain of salt in Myanmar; underway we easily stop fifty times to pick up local people. Moreover, there is entirely no […]

Up the Irrawaddy river to Mingun

Up the Irrawaddy river to Mingun

More people needed to take the boat on the Irrawaddy river Today I am taking a boat to Mingun, an archeological place of interest that is located 11km from Mandalay up the Irrawaddy river. The boat trip almost does not take place. I register as the first tourist at the jetty where I hear that […]

Touring the Royal Cities around Mandalay

Touring the Royal Cities around Mandalay

A challenging drive to the Royal Cities around Mandalay Today was a fantastic day. However initially, it started wrong. I hired a blue taxi to take me to the three Royal Cities in the vicinity of Mandalay. So I end up in an old, rickety vehicle whose suspension has long since been abandoned. Sitting on a […]