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Feb 2, 2019 - Traveling North on the Irrawaddy - Salay

Saturday Feb 2nd. We continued cruising up river towards Salay. Before getting there though our tour guide gave an excellent presentation on the Dynasties in Myanmar as well as what to expect in Bagan (we get there tomorrow - it's a large tourist destination dominated by over 4,000 pagodas and temples). Our walking tour of Salay included a visit to the regions oldest surviving wooden monastery - Yoke Sone Kyaung, built in 1882. It has now been turned into a museum. We then went to Man Paya Pagoda, the countries largest lacquer Buddha image...

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Feb 1, 2019 - Heading North on the Irrawaddy - Minhla and Magwe

Friday. We have two stops today. The first was at Minhla for a walking tour which took us to Minhla Fort, built by Italian engineers in 1860 to keep British forces out of Burma. We then walked into town and the main market area. The people continue to be very friendly and amused by our presence - they obviously do not see many tourists. Later we cruised a little further up River to Magwe to visit Myathalon Pagoda which is another magnificent shrine overlooking the river bank. It's the biggest in the area with lots of gilded buildings. Our...

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Jan 31, 2019 - Heading North on the Irrawaddy - Thayetmyo

Thursday. Thayetmyo, a port town with more colonial influences including Burma's oldest golf course established by the British in 1887. The club is affiliated with St Andrews in Scotland. Four-seater tuk tuks were waiting for us on shore to take us to the golf club. Our tour guide organized a putting tournament on the first green for a bit of fun. A walk around the market was interesting before we returned to the ship.

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Jan 30, 2019 - Heading North on the Irrawaddy - Pyay

Wednesday. Another section of the river that was half a kilometer wide but very shallow - only four or five feet deep in parts. The deepest part already had a gravel barge well and truly stuck so we had to back up and try going along side. We also hit the bottom. The captain managed to back off the sand bar and then turned the ship around. His solution was to reverse up - the propellers digging up the sandy bottom and clearing the way. It worked beautifully and we were soon able to turn around and go forward hitting top speed again. Earlier...

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Jan 29, 2019 - Irrawaddy Delta -Tayoke Maw Village

Tuesday. The ship always stops overnight so it's very quite and peaceful. This morning we took off just after sunrise and while we were having breakfast we ran into a sand bar. After a while of careful maneuvering we got clear but it's been slow going ever since. The River is extremely wide but at the moment the water level is low and there are many sand bars to avoid. In the afternoon our ship pulled in to shore next to a fairly large village of about 3000 people. The people live without electricity or running water but they all appeared...

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Jan 28, 2019 - Irrawaddy Delta- Danuphyu

After breakfast our River ship moored at Danuphyu. This is an historical site where a famous Burmese General led a successfu defence against the British in one of the Anglo/Burmese wars. It is also a very large market town. There is no pier or wharf so the ship simply nosed into the embankment and we climbed steps recently cut into the bank. They put up a temporary handrail and staff were there to help us all get off. Waiting for us was a great mob of what they called trishaws but in fact we're old bikes with a side car. With one passenger...

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Jan 27, 2019 - Traveling on the Yangon River

We are currently sailing away from Yangon on a waterway which will eventually connect us to the Irrawaddy River. We have now started our journey - On the road to Mandalay! Yesterday we were picked up from the Parkroyal and joined our river ship which will be our home for the next 14 days. The accommodation is great. Very spacious cabin with everything we need including large French Windows which allow us to sit near the open windows and just watch the world go by. After lunch on board we were then bussed back into town to visit the...

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Jan 25, 2019 - Arrived safely

We arrived in Yangon yesterday morning at about 9.0am after a comfortable overnight flight on Singapore Airlines. We got here a day before the actual tour starts. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is the largest city in Myanmar and has a population of around 7 million. It was hot and dusty when we arrived and our car was soon caught up in chaotic and slow moving traffic. What we first found strange is that all motor vehicles have the steering wheel on the right hand side of the car (like ours), but they drive on the wrong side of the road...

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Mar 31, 2018 - Inle to Yangon

A more relaxed day today. Late breakfast before taking the boat back to Nyaung Shwe. Even had time for Vicki to get her nails done, before we visited a local winery. Yes a winery in Myanmar, the vines had been imported from Spin and France and they produce a variety of wines including Shiraz, Syrah and Cabinet Sauvigon. The local climate gives the wines their own distinct flavour, but were actually quite good. It was not picking season, so we just had a quick look through the facilities, as well as doing the tasting of course. Then back to...

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Mar 20, 2018 - Back to Rangoon (Yangon)

Our Road Scholar trip is just about over, and later this afternoon we will be flying north to Chiang Mai in Thailand. From that point on, the 3 of us will be utilizing Indochina Odyssey Tours to facilitate our journey. The RS trip was fabulous, and our last formal activity was a walk in downtown Yangon with our guide Chaw and a female college student named Pumpo. She came along with us to answer our questions from a young person's point of view, and also to practice her own English. It was crowded and hot in town, but interesting...

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Mar 19, 2018 - Colombo to Yangon

1.30 am flight this morning. Needed to be at airport 3 hours early (so they said) plus 45 minute drive to airport so don't expect much sleep today. Our first flight to Bangkok was late taking off but we caught up most of the time in flight. 90 minute stop in Bangkok and then connected to Yangon. A little slow through immigration, but the evisa I got on line worked well and our luggage came through ok. By this time it was around 9am local time and although the airport is not that far from town, it took us about an hour to get to our hotel...

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Mar 9, 2018 - Seeing the sights of Yangon

Lois writing This morning we had an interesting lecture and presentation by a Burmese gentleman, named Moe Aung, who has worked for the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs. He discussed the problems that Myanmar has with Internally Displaced Persons, not only in the area near Bangladesh, but also along the border with China. The international media has not publicized the issue there, so it was all very new information for us. In addition, we learned that tourism in Myanmar has fallen off tremendously due to the news about the Rohingya...

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