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    No te lo pierdas - Don´t miss it

    by elpariente Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    Inwa

    A travesde un paseo por un campo de arroz , con palmeras , agua y todos los tonos de verde que te puedas imaginar se llega a Bagaya Kyaung( Algunos hacen este recorrido en coche de caballos)
    Es un templo de madera labrada en el exterior y con un interior que esta oscuro y acogedor .
    En el exterior est? el pavo real Keinayi que es medio pajaro y medio mujer.
    A la entrada del templo dice :"Hay que descalzarse.Si tienes miedo del calor del suelo , quedate en tu casa"

    By a promenade in a rice field , with palm trees, water and all the shades of green that you may imagine you reach the Bagaya Kyaung Monastery (Somebody makes this tri on a horse charriot )
    It is a temple with carved wood externally and internally is dark and cozy.
    Outside is the Keinayi peacock, half-bird and half-woman
    At the temple entrance says :No footwear. If you are afraid of the heat on the floor, stay in your house

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    Free Beer!

    by planxty Written May 20, 2006

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    There are many beer stations in Mandalay, indeed all over Myanmar, but I'd like to put in a word for this place. It is the Super Light Beer Station on 80th Street.

    It's nothing special in the decor stakes, just the usual plastic chairs, bare floor and large TV showing the normal mix of karaoke, football and martial arts films. The service was quick and friendly, and one evening when I popped in for a few well-earned beers after a hard day's sightseeing I found out, when I called for the bill (check) hat they had included a free one. Nice work, guys, and the only time it happened in Myanmar. Not that the beer is expensive at all, but I thought it was a nice touch. There are also some extremely cute youngsters you can have a laugh with.

    If you want something to eat, the thing to do is wait for one of the numerous passing vendors like the one pictured. S/he will prepare your food at the roadside and bring it to you inside. I don't know how it would work in Britain with health and safety regulations, but this guy was actually carrying a wok of hot oil and a brazier of hot charcoal on his shoulder!

    Worth a visit.

    Super Light Beer Station, Mandalay, Myanmar. Street vendor, Mandalay, Myanmar.
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    Junto al rio - By the river

    by elpariente Written Jan 28, 2006

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    Settawya Paya
    Es un templo al lado del río que destaca por su blancura y la cantidad de imágenes que tiene
    Se supone que hay que en la camara de las reliquias tiene una huella de Buda

    Settawya Paya
    This temple is located on the river banks and enhace its witness and the amount of images on it
    It is supossed that on the relic chamber there is a Buddha foot print

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    Simplemente un paseo-Just a walk

    by elpariente Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    Mingun

    Darse un paseo por Mingun es inolvidable , tienes una parte al lado del rio en que vas por el pueblo y ves las casas de madera, los cantaros de agua,la vegetacion ,...Despues llegas a una zona mas turistica donde hay algun puesto y sitios para comer o para tomar algo frio
    Si puedes no te pierdas Mingun ya que es una mañana completa con el paseo en bote, y la visita al pueblo y a sus templos

    to go for a walk in Mingun is unforgettable, you may start the village near the river banks , where you see wood houses , the water jugs, the vegetation ,...Later on you reach
    a more touristic area where there are stalls and places to eat or totake something cold
    If you can don´tmiss Mingun because is a full morning with the river trip and the visit to the village and to his temples

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    La comida de los monjes-The Monks lunch

    by elpariente Written Jan 27, 2006

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    Amarapura
    En el monasterio de Maha Ganayon Kyaung todos los d?as a las 11h se puede asistir a la comida de los monjes.
    Viven m?s de 2.000 monjes que a la hora de la comida hacen cola para recibir el arroz en sus cuencos y luego ir al refertorio donde comparten mesa con otros monjes y all? tienen comida y postres para tomar con el arroz

    In Maha Ganayon Kyaung Monastery every day at 11 h you may attend to the monks lunch.
    More than 2.000 monks live there and at lunch time they make a kew to get the rice in their bowls and later on they go to the dinning room where they share the table with another monks and they have there food and sweets to eat with the rice

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    Travel along the Mandalay -Lashio Road

    by albaaust Written Sep 3, 2006

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    Hire an airconditioned taxi and take a trip up to Maymyo/Pywin U Lwin or even half way there. You will feel like you have been transported to another time zone or at least experience a sense of surrealness as you see sights that remind you of bygone days.

    Along the way you will see villages very close to the roadside, bullocks, rice fields, people on bicycles, people selling bootleg petrol in jerry cans, cars fully laden with goods passing you on the way to China and cars similarly laden with goods on the way back from China.

    You'll travel along hair pin bends and see some magnificent countryside along the way too!

    Cost to Maymyo/Pyin U Lwin for the day US$50

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    The Gold Rose Factory - its a "beating" business!

    by thedouglas Updated Apr 20, 2007

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    This was one of the few businesses we visited during out 2 day tour of Mandalay. We were impressed to watch the process of gold pressing, and the sheer physicality of the labour required to pound the already thin sheets of gold into a sheer sheet of the gold leaf. Just under 2 oz of gold bullion is pounded until it becomes .75inches wide and 20 feet long! It is then cut up into 2000 little pieces, called leaves and stacked between bamboo sheet paper.

    It takes three people taking turns for 5 hours to beat a unit of gold leaf. They work in intervals, taking rests that seemed way too short, before the mallet swinging and pounded recommenced.

    Downstairs, in a darkened cool room where a team of ladies pounding out the shiny bamboo paper that the gold leaf is pressed between. The labour and time required to make this paper makes it very expensive.

    The sheets of bamboo are 1 year old and cut into 10 inch sheets. It is then soaked in a huge pot with lime and water. It sits in the lime for 3 years, before being boiled for 72 hours continuously. The sheets are then beaten to a pulp for roughly 2 days with a wooden hammer. At the end of this process, the pulp is mixed with water and spread on a cotton frame to filter the bamboo. It is then dried in the sun - and cut into small squares, and beaten again on bonze or copper plates with a teak club, until its strong, shiny and the colour of the metal. The jarring of the club on the metal slabs looked very uncomfortable, and the women had the strongest hands and forearms. I imagine they would make great masseuses after retiring!

    The gold is stacked between the bamboo paper, and wrapped in quantities of 200's, called a unit.

    The gold leaf is used for adorning a lot of the Burmese traditional lacquerware, and, of course, sold for all sorts of other artwork and temple offering.

    Muscles on muscles
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    Monte Meru

    by elpariente Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    Mingun

    Hsinbyume Paya

    Representa a otro templo que se dice que esta situado encima del Monte Meru ( Montana en el centro del universo ) y cada una de las siete plataformas del templo representan las siete cadenas de montanas que estan alrededor del Monte

    It represents another temple that is said that is placed over the Mount Meru (Mountain on the center of the Universe) and each of the seven terraces on the temple represent the seven range of mountains that are around the Mount

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    Take the boat down to Bagan

    by albaaust Updated Sep 7, 2006

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    Wasn't sure whether to include this as a Bagan or Mandalay tip so I have included it in both.

    Take the boat from Mandalay to Bagan - arriving to a sea of pagodas is spectacular compared to the Bagan to Mandalay boat trip.

    The boat trip itself is a wonderful way to see ordinary life along the river. You see numerous pagodas, people farming, fishermen, people bathing in the water and numerous other sights. It is also a time for you to take a break and really reflect on what you see at a leisurely pace.

    The seats are quite comfortable but what you will find is that almost immediately after you leave Mandalay people will move to the various decks to take photographs, chat with other passengers or simply to "chill out".

    The trip takes about 9-12 hours depending on the season. You leave at 6am. Make sure you organise with your hotel that they provide you with a boxed breakfast. The cost is US$18.00. The boats do not run on a Sunday.

    There are two brief stops along the way: one where women sell various fruits and another where women sell blankets. The stops are not enough for anyone to get on board or for you to leave.

    Most of the passengers are tourists although you might find some Burmese on board. However, this should not deter you from taking the trip.

    When you arrive in Bagan there is an immediate change of pace. You have to climb some steps and you are met by various touts, porters and officials. Be prepared with your passport and US $10.00 the fee to see the Bagan sights.

    See also the article on the Air Mandalay site: http://www.airmandalay.com/english/current.php

    Sagaing from the boat
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    Skinning a Python

    by thedouglas Updated Apr 25, 2007

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    This tannery/store was an unexpected encounter during our tour of Mandalay! The huge python skills were out to dry and cure, ready for sale. They are used to make shoes and bags, and other miscellaneous fashion accessories largely, and many are exported for use in large fashion houses.

    I pass.

    Beauties!
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    The Moustache Brothers

    by herzog63 Written Apr 6, 2003

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    You might have heard about the Par Par Lay. He is a Burmese A-Nyeint Pwe (folk opera comedian). He was sentenced to 7 years of hard labor in prison for making jokes about the current government! Their troupe is now confined to giving performances out of their home. The are not allowed to give performances anywhere else. The show is interesting. But it is really a show that is a poke at the government and didn't seem to be a very traditional show. It is all done in English. There are are few skits that his wife and sisters in-law do some traditional Burmese dancing. Of course I feel they should be supported because they are helping to bring the Human Rights issues of the Myanmar people to the eyes of the western world.
    The show is quite inexpensive at 1500 kyat (US$1.65) and that includes tea that is passed around. The area that the show is done in is the lower level of his house. Par Par doesn't do much talking as his brother has a better command of English. They are very friendly and love to talk with you and use the crowd interaction. They were nice enough to pose for a photo with my son after the show. Par Par is the one in the pink shirt.

    The Moustache Brothers
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    Stone Carvers and Bronze Foundries

    by thedouglas Written Apr 21, 2007

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    This is right across the road from the Mahamuni Paya - and you will find a fairly impressive array of carved Buddha images and related religious items, interested renovated bronze temple and religious pieces, and basically the equivalent of garden gnome shopping opportunities in this corner of Mandalay!

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    Evening Market at the foot of Mandalay Hill

    by WStat Updated Sep 5, 2006

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    Checking out the evening market in Mandalay can be a very special experience!
    Mandalayans walk the numerous alleys with countless hawkers, foodstalls and performances .
    There wont be an animal, you cant find deepfried, broiled or cooked in those small kitchens.
    Just give it a try but take care ! There might be also some pickpockets around, but definitely fewer than in other Asian cities.

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    THINK OF THE CHILDREN !! BRING A SMALL GIFT

    by DennyP Written Dec 21, 2011

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    ..The day that I arrived in Mandalay I had to pinch myself. I thought !Mandalay.!..I'm here, I never would have beleived that I would one day be here!!.How lucky am I...To read about this city in many books and its wartime notoriety.To be here sometime in my life was a long distant dream.
    Before I left for ( Burma) I shopped at the supermarket in Bangkok and purchased some small items that I could give to the children. These were simple items as far as I was concerened , but precious when you can't get one!.. These were Pens , coloured pencils, note pads, little colouring books etc. These I found to be very rewarding as the children would be so pleased to receive such gifts that their parents usually couild not afford.Thier smiles of joy were wonderful upon receiving such things.
    I always made sure that the childrens parents were present whenever I gave these items to any of the children.

    ABOY FLYING A VERY LARGE BUG ON A PIECE OF STRING
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    HIRE A BICYCLE TO GET AROUND..

    by DennyP Updated Feb 26, 2010

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    While staying at the ET Hotel I decided to hire one of the bicycles that they have there for hire...This is just a great way to get around the back streets and see the things that you like..The propietors of the Hotel will help with directions..Make sure that you have a wide brimmed hat if it is a really hot day...ALSO BE CAREFUL *the traffic can be chaotic..
    HIRING FEES ARE A COUPLE OF DOLLARS ONLY FOR THE DAY..

    LOTS TO SEE AND DO HERE..A BIKE IS THE WAY.. LOOKING DOWN ON THE PALACE FROM MANDALAY HILL THIS IS AN AMAZING SITE ONE OF THE MANY SIGHTS ON THE MANDALAY HILL A LION GUARDING THE ENTRANCE
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