Must visit Mt. Popa and Taunkalat
I loved Mt. Popa and Taunkalat. It's not too far from Bagan.
There is a beautiful Hotel in Mt. Popa calls Popa Mountain Resort. Great service, great place, great view!! From there, you can do down the mountain and then climb up Taunkalat. At the top of the Tounkalat, there is a Pagoda!! There are 777steps go up to the top, so good luck!!!
Just watch out of those monkeys because one of them bit my son!!!
Visit Mount Popa
Mount Popa is an old vulcano, about 60km away from Bagan.
Taung Kalat is next to Mount Popa and is a sacred mountain for the Burmese.
On top there is a monastery that can be reached via a stairway of 777 steps.
From the top you have a excellent view over the surroundings.
The Taung Kalat is the center of the worship of the "nats", the spirits. The main 37 nats are there and worshiped.
Not so many foreign tourists visit this site.Related to:
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If there is one thing the burmese do a lot is then it is sitting in teashops drinking burmese tea. And those teashops are everywhere. Along the street, tiny holes in the wall kind and big ones. Here the burmese life is at its social high. Business gets done, friends and family are met. And they can sit over a cup of tea for hours (i usually drink several cups of burmese tea while the people around me finish up their first). A teashop will always serve plain tea (referred to as chinese tea) for free along the burmese tea/snack or whatever you order. For many burmese their tea is like our coffee. If you haven't had it during the day, you feel 'off'. I've heard it a few times.. ' i haven't had my tea yet...' And i must admit, even i start to say that on occasion. Though usually after a few non-tea days....
Teashops are also the place to go for breakfast (in the off chance your hotel/guesthouse doesn't serve any or when you've missed it or just feel like having something different), lunch or snack. Cheap & good.
i notice I definitely need to post a few more pictures here. My quest for this weekend..
Walk around the Shores of the Royal Lake
There is a suspended walkway around one side of the shore of Lake Kandawgyi. In the relative cool of the evening, it is beautiful to walk around and see the various sights of the area. Make sure you take insect repellent though!!Related to:
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Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda
In Yangon, you must visit this site. I arrived in the city at night and to see the giant stupa reaching into the night sky is absolutely amazing. One of the most beautiful places I have ever experienced.Related to:
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VISITING !!!! TAKE SOMETHING FOR THE CHILDREN
Thinking of visiting Myanmar (Burma) !!! If so, Please think of the children and take along some small gifts. I decided before leaving Bangkok that I would go to the supermarket and buy some small note pads , Pens, Pencils and other various small items for the children. I found this to be a relly rewarding experiece as this made many kids happy.This also, I found was much better than the practice a lot of travellers doby giving the children money. This then creates a beggar mantality with the children and is not good.
The children I gave all my gifts to were just so happy to receive these gift items that their parents really could not afford to give them.Just a simple gift bought me many happy smiles and thank you's. So, if you're going to vist Burma ...Don't forget the children
I always made sure that I never gave any children gifts without being in the presence of their parents.Related to:
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One of the biggest attractions in Bago is the huge burmese python who is residing in one of the monasteries. Not sure if many westerners actually get here since each time i'm here we seem to be far and wide the only ones there. But it is a sight to behold. My dad who can make fair estimates of weight and length guesses that the snake is about 4-5 meters long, a wooping 40-50 cm wide (and he saw the snake after she'd been almost 3 months in meditation during Waso when she is fasting), and weights about a 150 kilo. The man who was with the snake that time said that they need 5 people to carry her around if they need to place her somewhere else. But she takes her morning bath on her own. According to the monastery (and the old monk who loved there ever since he was very young and who unfortunately died recently at the age of 103) the snake is around a 115 -117 years old. Westerners are usually allowed to enter her sanctuary and touch the snake (though not during Waso (july to september). It is a strange feeling i can tell you. And i am glad i've done it but didn't have the need to do it again on the occasions i've been back there. It is one huge snake...
Saw the snake, alive and relatively well (it is quite overfed and lacks exercise) this past Saturday (19-11-2011).
There are other nice attractions to visit in Bago. A huge paya (Shwemawdaw paya ), a nice, reclining buddha (Shwethalyaung Buddha ), Kyaik Pun Paya (the 4 seated buddhas) and many smaller attractions doted about the place.
A small word of warning. There is an entrance fee of $10 for the main pagoda. It gives acess to some other sites as well. Personally , I don't think it is worth it since there are many pagodas and sites of interested that are free. Even in Bago.
And if sightseeing gets too tiring, go and enjoy some palm toddy juice. Slightly alcoholic but refreshing.
A big advantage of Bago is that it is easily done as a day trip from Yangon. Or included on trips to Mandalay, Inle Lake or Kyaithiyo (golden rock)Related to:
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Kaungmudaw Pagoda- an iconic pagoda in Sagaing
Kaungmudaw Pagoda is the largest stupa in Myanmar and is well-known for its large white-washed edifice and large dome. Its circumference is 57m and the dome rises 46m in the shape of a perfect hemisphere. It looks like the moon.
The distinctive dome-shaped stupa is thought to be a replica of Ruwanwelisaya, the Great Stupa, also known as Mahathupa, in Ceylon now Sri Lanka, but according to another popular story it was modelled on the breast of King Tharlon’s favourite wife.
Around the base of the Zedi are 812 stone pillars, images of Nats can be seen in the 120 niches that circle the base. The details of the pagoda's construction are recorded on them.
Kaungmudaw Pagoda which has been white-washed since its construction has recently been painted gold in January 2011 for the first time in its 375-year history. It will now look like the golden sun.Related to:
Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay
The Maha Myat Muni Paya, often referred to as the Mahamuni Pagoda, is the holiest pilgrimage site in Mandalay, and the second holiest in Myanmar after the Golden Rock. The Mahamuni Pagoda was built in 1784 by King Bodawpaya. The principal image within the pagoda is the Mahamuni Buddha. It is thought to have been built in about 150AD and later brought to Mandalay. It is the most reverred Buddha image in Mandalay.
The "lumpy" appearance of the lower part of the statue today is due to the generations of devotees who have adhered offerings of small squares of gold leaf to the image.Related to:
Perhaps only 500m down a flat dirt track south of Nyaung Shwe along the canal to Inle Lake is the small township of Nanthe. At Nanthe is a fantastic pagoda called Bawrithat. Built about 1050 by King Anawrahta it is very well maintained. The very tall statue of Buddah can be seen from the boats going in and out of Inle Lake.Related to:
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The Circular Railway in Yangon is not as modern to the LRT in other cities around the world.
Neverthless it plays a important role in connecting the outer region of Yangon by providing cheap transport.Many people besides using this transport also bring their goods to Yangon.Related to:
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Yangon - more photos
Indians largely tamils form a sizeable population in Yangon or Mandalay.Like their counterpart in SE Asia (Malaysia,Singapore,Medan,etc) they were bought by the British colonist to work in the plantation,civil service and other areas.Many indians have left Burma in the 60's due to racial riots Today the remaining indians are involved in small business like jewellery,restuarant,money changers and othersRelated to:
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Yangon also known as Rangoon is one of the great cities of the British Empire before the 60's.Today it has decline because of poor infrastructure but it is still the largest city in Myanmar.The city has left behind a large number of British colonial buildings in fact the largest in SE Asia.Related to:
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Thingyan: Burmese new year
Well, that is a very wet occasion i can tell you that. During the water festival (the days before new year) i was drenched every single moment except for the time i had just changed into a set of dry clothes. And that dry state did only last as long as i stayed indoors. Being an obvious foreigner people came even running after me just so that they could pour/throw/squeeze/.... water over me. If i was lucky it was a little water and warm. But most of the time the water came by buckets. Though many people asked if it was ok that they did it. Or explained to me that it was part of the new year tradition. It was great being able to walk around again without being assaulted all the time the day the festival had ended. I had an absolute fantastic time though and so thoroughly enjoyed myself. Of course i also got into the spirit and soon had my own water bottle filled to the brim so i could throw/splash water over people as well. One of the days we managed to hitch a ride in a pick-up and so we also stood in line just to be sprayed with water at one of the numerous stands where this could be done. The last day we went to Bago by standard pick-up. We were sitting in front and at every village and at many places in between the driver and i (i was sitting in the middle) happened to find ourselves sitting in a swimming pool-like seat. We couldn't speak but this experience created quite a bond between us (Yangon water festival 2006)
In 2006 we we in Yangon and it was quite a festival (my first). In 2007 we celebrated in Mandalay. Amongst Burmese the Mandalay water festival is considered even better then the Yangon one. But unfortunately this year it was a little less good (the government stimulated celebrating in the new capital). 2008 i didn't celebrate it since Xenne was just too young (3 months) so hubby went with some friends. I did celebrate in 2009 and 2010 of course but gave this year a miss again being 5 months pregnant....
Bagan located in central Burma is once the capital of ancient Burma.It is famous for its many ancient temples lying on a vast open plain.Some of its famous temples are Ananda temple,Shwezion Pagoda and Thatbyinnyu temple and many others which are less significant.It is noted that a visit to Bagan is a must if one sets foot on Burma.Related to:
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