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. Our […]

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 […]

The temple highlights in Old Bagan

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. It would be best if you took the term express with a grain of salt in Myanmar. The bus drives at an incredibly slow pace and underway, we easily […]

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 without discussion 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 […]

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. As it is my first time I visit this country, I had no idea, but it is even worse here than expected. Dilapidated streets, parts of the road have been broken up, and not replaced. Apartment blocks where […]