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  • Southern circuit - Mawlamyine to Yangoon

  • So we run away from the monastery and now what? Our time in Myanmar was close to the end, but we had another 3 days to fill. We spent the first night in Mawlamyine - base camp for the monastery - but there was absolutely nothing to do, so we left the following morning. We went on a 4h boat trip to Hpa An. The trip [...]
  • Voluntary prison sentence - a day in monastery

  • "Can you live without her for 3 days?" snorted senior monk pointing in my direction. We only just arrived and wanted to get our bearings around the monastery. We were taken to a senior monk who read out rules of conduct to us and made us pray to Buddha right away. We just got off a tuk tuk that brought us there from th[...]
  • When dollar takes over - traveling through Inle Lake

  • Bummer! I was sick again. Night bus dropped us off in Nyaungshwe by Inle Lake at 5 am and all night in air-con bus made me feel much worse. I coughed like a tractor and had spikes in my throat. I had been sick so many times in the last few months that I thought I'd pass my last month of travel in peace, but no. Mil[...]
  • Magic that awakes at dawn

  • Bagan is Myanmar's prime cultural sight and as such it attracts crowds of national and international visitors. It is what Angkor Wat is to Cambodians. When we were there it was atmospheric, magical and... scorching hot. The temperature reached 43 degrees during the day and over 30 degrees at night. The only time to see[...]
  • Tea time any time in Hsipaw

  • Water festival had a side effect. In Hsipaw I started coughing like an old smoker. The journey by train was long and uncomfortable, even though we had first class seats. The Burmese call it "buffalo train" because it's slow and rocks from side to side. The biggest attraction on the way was a steel bridge cutting throug[...]