Yangon

Yangon

The following morning we flew to Yangon, to complete our Myanmar trip. Our guide and driver waited for us in the airport. The usual stuff: polite but very limited knowledge of the English language. The city is pleasant, more westernized than one should expect and has...
Ngapali

Ngapali

We arrived in time in the airport to catch our flight to Ngapali that left before the scheduled time! The heat wave struck the second I went out of the airplane. After we cleared immigration (! weird, we were not coming from abroad) we headed to the Amata resort, a...
Inle Lake

Inle Lake

The second largest lake in Myanmar is only 116km² in size and a mere 2m deep on the average. Some seventy thousand people lead their lives on these waters. After lunch in one of the lake side restaurants, we got on the boat to our lodge. The afternoon light was great...
Kalaw

Kalaw

The six hour drive to Kalaw among the beautiful landscape was comfortable in the air conditioned car. Unfortunately, it involved a brief lunch stop that I later regretted. I made an afternoon walk at the very interesting local market. The faces here are rather...
Bagan

Bagan

The short afternoon hop to Bagan had no surprises. A pleasant, short – even for Myanmar standards – driver took us to the excellent  Areindmar Hotel in new Bagan, a great difference from the rather indifferent hotels we slept in Yangon and Mandalay. The...
Mandalay (day 2)

Mandalay (day 2)

The morning hours are the best in Myanmar. Clear skies, a pleasant breeze and intriguing house cooking odors. After a full breakfast at the hotel’s roof garden we went to the Kyauk Taw Gyi pagoda with the resident, imposing marble Buddha image, made from a single...