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First time in Myanmar – Three weeks

By Wendy, UK Oct 2012

Yangon -> Bagan -> Inle Lake -> Pyin Oo Lwin -> Hsipaw -> Mandalay

We flew into Yangon from Bangkok and had a flight booked out of Mandalay. This meant we could travel up the country without having to worry about coming back

down again. In Yangon we visited the temples: Shwedagon, Botataung, Chaukhtatgyi and Ngahtatgyi Payas. We also took a walk around the Lake. We took an overnight bus to Bagan where we spent a lovely three days cycling around looking at the temples. It really is a very beautiful and very photogenic place – clear your memory card. From here we took a daytime bus to Nyaungshwe where we visited Inle Lake. The lake is massive and no trip to Myanmar is complete without a day visiting the lake by boat. Another overnight bus took us to Mandalay and from here we got straight 

into a shared taxi to Pyin Oo Lwin. The National Gardens in Pyin Oo Lwin make a lovely day trip and a great spot for a picnic, just watch out for the hungry gibbon. Next stop was Hsipaw by train so we got to travel over the Gokteik viaduct, a rather old shaky bridge. There are some great treks around Hsipaw but we arrived in the middle of a festival and got caught up in the party atmosphere. Last stop was Mandalay via bus from Hsipaw. Here we visited the book temples, climbed up Mandalay Hill and ate some great street food before saying goodbye to Myanmar, for now.


Myanmar take two - Four Weeks 

By Martin, UK Feb 2013

Yangon -> Kalaw -> Nyaungshwe -> Mandalay -> Bago -> Mawlamyine -> 

Hpa An -> Yangon

This was our second trip to Myanmar, I was worried that things would change quickly and so wanted to go back as soon as possible. We got good a good deal with Air Asia and so flew in and out of Yangon. We started with 3 days in Yangon and had a

fantastic ride on Yangon’s circle line train. What a great way to see city life. We also visited a couple of charities to give them some clothes and books that we had brought from KL. From Yangon we took an overnight bus to Kalaw and arrived at 03:00 and it was really cold! We hadn’t been too well so instead of an overnight trek we just did a day walk which was nice but probably enough. After three nights recuperating in Kalaw we took the train to Shwenyaung where we got a taxi to

Nyaungshwe. The last time we were here we did the day trip on Inle lake so this time we hired bicycles and explored the surrounding areas visiting Maing Thauk and the Red Mountain vineyard. The wine was surprisingly good. We had two nights in Nyaungshwe and then took an overnight bus to Mandalay. From Mandalay we visited U Bein’s Bridge and the village of Mingun on the other side of the river which are easy to get to on local transport. We stayed five nights in the end and must have walked a few miles around the city. Although it is very dusty there are some nice walks, taking in the Mahamuni Paya and Shwe In Bin Monastery. From Mandalay we took another overnight bus to Bago, we only stayed here the one night but enjoyed visiting the sites by bicycle and enjoying a cold beer by the river at the end of the day. We went by train to Mawlamyine, a rather bumpy but very picturesque 8 hour journey, trains are becoming my preferred method of transport. Mawlamyine has a 

number of interesting pagodas but as well as those we took a bus to Thanbyuzayat to visit the war cemetery. This is where the graves of the POW who died building the Thai-Burma railway in WWII are. With only a few days left before we had to return to Yangon we travelled by boat to Hpa An. A three hour journey soon became a five hour journey but pleasant nonetheless. In Hpa An we went on a day tour of the surrounding cave temples and on our second day walked up mount Hpa Pu, it was very hot so I had a quick dip in the river with the kids. Then it was back to Yangon by bus for a final two days before our flight back to KL.

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