Category Archives: Burmese Daze

Travels in Burma/Myanmar in 2004 and 2005

Going via Gothiek to Hsipaw

Karen’s flight was just a few days away, so she and Ne Lin headed back to Mandalay, while I decided to take a train east to the small town of Hsipaw. The eye-catching Celica dropped me outside the station about … Continue reading

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Coffeemix and a Celica, or the Road to Pyin U Lwin

Karen, Ne Lin and I took the bus from Nyaungshwe to Mandalay and travelled from there to the hill station of Pyin U Lwin. They were going because they had heard it was really nice. I was going because it … Continue reading

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Undercurrents on Inle Lake

The main reason most people go to Nyaungshwe is to take a boat trip on the famously beautiful Inle Lake. I used a travel company my friend Lotte had used a year earlier, as she had asked me to take … Continue reading

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To Inle Lake

CATCHING the bus from Bagan at 4am was brutal enough, so I could have done without the presence of another tourist, an Israeli called U. Considering U had been travelling for seven months or so, he got stressed very easily. … Continue reading

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“The People’s Desire” – it’s Bagan

NEVER let it be said journeys in Burma aren’t eventful. The overnight bus from Pyay to Bagan was pretty ramshackle, as was the road. At one stage, we may have driven across – or rather, through – the Irrawaddy River, … Continue reading

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To the Bespectacled Buddha with Jean-Claude Van Damme

Pyay is probably most famous as the site of the capital of the Pyu kingdom of around 1500 years ago, and the resulting ruins. It’s around 160 miles from Rangoon. And what miles they were. The on-board film was Jean-Claude … Continue reading

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From sarongs to scorpions: Rangoon/Yangon 2004

MEN in Burma wear skirts. Not for a laugh or to make a fashion ‘statement’ or because they’re all transvestites, but because it’s normal. They’re called longyi, and they are just a tube of (usually checked cotton) fabric, which they … Continue reading

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Burmese Daze: Burma/Myanmar, 2004 and 2005

I was watching comedians Dara O’Briain and Ed Byrne take the Road to Mandalay the other day on the BBC and I thought: “I can do that”. “Well, OK, I could. And I did. So why don’t I post about … Continue reading

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