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Apr 19, 2006 - Mandalay, Myanmar

THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2006. MANDALAY, MYANMAR. I've arrived in Mandalay. Contrary to what Las Vegas would have you believe, there is no "Mandalay Bay". It's extremely hot and dusty here. Mandalay is situated on a flat plain with Mandalay Hill overlooking the city and the Ayeyarwady River flowing on the west side. I plan to spend a few days exploring the sights and then catch a boat down the Ayeyarwady River to the city of a thousand temples, Bagan. Travelling in Myanmar has been a breeze, particularly if you're flying. Most people speak more...

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Jan 17, 2006 - Mandalay (13-15/12/05)

Mandalay, ancienne ville royale, apparaît comme une ville commercialement active, avec ses nombreux marchés, en particulier dans les échanges avec la Chine dont proviennent la plupart des produits manufacturés. La ville est dominée par la colline de Mandalay, de laquelle on a une superbe vue d'ensemble sur la ville. Plus de 60% des moines du Myanmar résident dans la région de Mandalay (d'après le Lonely Planet), ce qui explique la multitude de pagodes, de monastères et de Bouddhas, dont celui de la Pagode Mahamuni, qu'Olivier a alourdi...

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Jan 5, 2006 - Mandalay

Van Yangoon naar Mandalay. Heerlijk weer 15 uur in de bus. En gelukkig hadden wij de mazzel dat het er 16 werden... We gaan met de taxi naar het busstation. Een stoffige vlakte met ronkende bussen. Overal stalletjes waar alles wordt verkocht. Het is even zoeken naar onze bus. Het schrift hier is,net als in China, niet te lezen voor ons. Maar we komen er weer uit. na enige vertraging, vertrekt de bus. We zitten krap maar gelukkig is de bus niet overbeladen. We moeten het dus wel vol kunnen houden. Al snel wordt het donker dus naar buiten...

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AJUUS !!!!!!!

Dec 18, 2005 - Mandalay

Vi ankom til Mandalay kl. 05.30 efter en bustur, som ikke videre kan beskrives som vidunderlig. Bussen i sig selv var der ikke noget i vejen med, men vejen var umaadelig daarlig og af en hovedvej i landet at vaere, var den smallere end vejen mellem Fr-havn og Skagen. Militaer moedte vi til gengaeld masser af og skulle da ogsaa ud og vise pas 2 gange paa den 700 km. straekning. Paa 3 dage i Mandalay kan man stort set naa at se alt hvad der er af turistattraktioner, men hertil kommer alle de spaendende uventede oplevelser, som Mandalay bugner...

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Dec 8, 2005 - Mandalay and Hsipaw

I took the plane to Mandalay and met up with the Greek girl. We biked around and visited many monasteries, the (former) palace and the sunset at Mandalay hill. See the pictures.... On Dec. 5 I took the train to Hsipaw. A small village North East of Mandalay. The train left at 4:45 am in the morning and arrived in Hsipaw around 4 pm. I was in first class, and see on the pictures how it looks. By the way no windows! The seat is so hard, more or less you sit on the wood. The people eat and eat.... But they all offer you food, smile and want...

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THE HAPPY TRAVELLER

Oct 20, 2005 - Pricing: Burma

Figured I would give a quick run down of what things are costing here: ($1 = roughly 12.000 kyat / "chat") *cheap bottle of Myanmar Rum: 5.000 kyat *Myanmar Beer: 1.200 kyat (Mandalay Beer is government-owned, Myanmar Beer is not) *1.5 liter bottle of water: 200 kyat (I drink like 5/day!) *soda: bottle 300 kyat (they actually re-use bottles in this country, not melt them down!) *coffee: 300 kyat (they have some weird issue with actual coffee- when you can get it, it's delicious...but most of the time they serve "Coffee Mix" which is...

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R&R

Oct 20, 2005 - Hasta siempre, China. Good morning Myanmar

- David Jacobs Shiraz & Merlot 2003 Vintage (Australia) - Brie President (frances, de verdad...) - Parmesano (diriamos que italiano) - Cheedar Curado (y australiano) - Y tostaditas Nabisco (made in China)... Todo esto y algo mas en la cena para celebrar mis seis meses de viaje! 20 mayo - 20 de octubre... se dice pronto... pero pasan tan rapido! Aunque echando la vista atras he (hemos) recorrido tanto... Turquia, Iran, Tajikistan y tantos otros... O seria para celebrar nuestra salida, por fin, de China? Si, ni mas ni menos que los dos...

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Aug 23, 2005 - Mandalay to Bagan

We arrive in Mandalay after a long ride through the mountains, and unfortuately we return to the heat. Mandalay is the second largest city in the country and the old capital with quite a few interesting places to visit in and around. One main attraction is Mandalay Hill from there you can enjoy scenic views of the city below. Mingun, one hours boat trip up river is another old city with its main site the remains of an enormous platform for a planned pagoda made entirely of bricks. It was a very hot day and climbing the pagoda with barefeet...

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Jul 13, 2005 - Mandalay

The bus journey to Mandaly was a bit of a tought one, the roads were really windy and we had trouble getting any proper sleep. We arrived at the bus station outside of Mandalay at 4am, caught a tiny little cab and headed towards downtown to the Royal Guest House. We had to wait a while to get a room there, but in the end we managed to get in and got some much needed sleep. On our first day in Manadaly, we did the usual which was to just go for a general explore, we were looking for a particular restaurant which was a bit of walk, and...

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Jul 7, 2005 - Cambodia was a gas!!!

Well, we finally made it to East Asia. And let me tell you, Cambodia was a gas!!! Andy had the WORST seat on the guava freighter which was funny for me. Then came the ameobic disentary. Yowza! Talk about no contral over my mental faculties. I hallucinated for 8 straight days and woke up 30 pounds skinnier and married to a woman from Sierra Leon:). Gross out city! She technically does not know this because she cannot see, hear or otherwiser feel outside stimulia. She lives in a clandestine inner world of her own making. Anyhow me and my...

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Jul 2, 2005 - Mandalay

Caught the red eye flight to Mandalay, our flight timings had changed from 0730 to 0630 so it meant a 0430 start to catch a taxi at 0500. As we were worried of not getting up we asked reception to give us a wake up call, however, due to worrying about them not waking us up we didn't get much sleep after all. I have to admit Yangon airport is not the most modern of international airports and things are done very much on a manual basis, never the less we got through in one piece. We managed to make friends with a French guy called Sofiane who...

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May 23, 2005 - 'Y' as in 'Rangoon'

One would think that for fifty American dollars one would have everything one wanted on a train in a country where the average monthly wage is $40 a month. One would think that, wouldn't one? The problem with going to countries where the government is, let us say, active in the daily lives of its people, is that things are usually very controlled for tourists. That, in itself, though annoying, is to be expected in some countries. I've read countless stories about traveling through China when it opened to the public in the Eighties, and the...

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