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 […]

Buddhist Initiation at Shwedagon

Buddhist Initiation at Shwedagon

Visiting the Shwedagon pilgrimage site Today in the afternoon I visited the Shwedagon pagoda where I got an unexpected Buddhist initiation. This is the most important temple in Myanmar. It contains one large stupa covered with gold leaves, and around it, you have numerous other temples and shrines. The complex is a representative pilgrimage site for […]

First Impressions of Myanmar

First Impressions of Myanmar

Lots of malfunctions in Yangon More specifically I am talking about my initial encounters in Yangon in Myanmar. It is even worse here than expected. Dilapidated streets, parts of the road have been broken up, and not replaced. Apartment blocks where the paint is peeling of. Moreover, the electrical power supply malfunctions on a very regular […]