Myanmar

Bagan With The Wind

Bagan Temple Video Even almost a year later, Bagan and its thousands of temples is still one of my favorite spots in all of SouthEast Asia and perhaps even the world. From morning to sunset at Bagan, every day was one big mess of temples and exploring and climbing and photography.  Here, then, a video … Continue reading »

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More on Myanmar

On a related note to yesterday’s photo slideshow of Myanmar, I also just wrote another article for The Travel Word about slow travel in Myanmar.   Give it a read and let me know what you think!

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Photo Slideshow: Myanmar

A kind of strange, often frustrating, but ultimately endearing place to travel. If the government ever changes, I’m going back. Before then, I’m not sure how I feel about it. Myanmar.

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The Golden Rock of Myanmar

Kyaiktyio   High above the plains of SouthEastern Myanmar… At the top of a ridge lined with monasteries and pagados… The Golden Rock. Simultaneous object of veneration and tourist attraction for pilgrims of origins both near and far. I highly recommend the ascent for dawn.

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Journey As: Bus

Traveling on a bus, especially overnight, is usually the time when I have the greatest trouble embracing this “Journey as Destination” mindset. On the ride from Bagan to Mandalay, half of the windshield shattered and the drivers had to pull it off.  When had been a stuffy ride suddenly had a nice breeze to my … Continue reading »

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Journey As: Train

Then, on my first ride on a Burmese train I immediately missed the relative freedom and space of a rooftop truck ride! With the aisles so crowded that the only way to walk was to use armrests as steps over other passengers, I joined a couple of vendors on top of the train for a … Continue reading »

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Journey As: Truck

My first experience with alternative ideas of transportation in Myanmar was on a truck en route from Bagan to Mt. Popa. When they’re actually working, these pick-up trucks are a popular (and so overcrowded) means of going short distances within the country. Much more comfortable than being crammed inside, then, is the relative luxury of … Continue reading »

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Journey As Destination

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”   I don’t recall any country I’ve been to that embodies this quote quite as much as Myanmar.  Myanmar: the country where it takes forever to get there, but at least you have some fun on … Continue reading »

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