Photo: Temple outside Monywa.

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Photos of my Myanmar trip

Posted by Harry05 on 7/1/2014 at 08:00

Hi guys,

Just returned from a great four week trip in Myanmar and thanks for all the input and advice on this forum. If you want to see my pisc use this link .

To watch them just click on the first photo and if you want to watch a slideshow open the first photo and click on the three dots on right hand corner below the photo.

Hope you like them and of course any questions are welcome.


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Posted by SikKelowna on 7/1/2014 at 20:03

Wow, fantastic Photos! !

You make me want to detour to Myanmar, it's always been on my list of places to see and it looks Amazing!

Great photography and it looks like you had a amazing time, thanks for sharing!


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Posted by smartlyndy on 8/1/2014 at 07:37

Your photos are stunning! Thanks for posting them.
We are going for 4 weeks in June so I might get back to you with some questions between now and then.


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Posted by dannyjacob on 12/2/2014 at 23:53

Posted from within Vietnam.

They are exactly what I did see when visiting Burma (Myanmar) last year, still a pure country and it has not been spoilt as Thailand was.

Thanks for posting your beautiful photos!

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Posted by Terry001 on 28/4/2014 at 07:11

Thanks for sharing your lovely pics.

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Posted by elreidon on 19/5/2014 at 17:54

Hi Harry

Your photos look incredible. I am heading to Burma next month for 4 weeks and was wondering the route you took and what were the highlights?

Many Thanks

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Posted by Harry05 on 20/5/2014 at 04:38

Was in Myanmar also for 4 weeks. Decided to take my time in several places, which worked out very well. Skipped Yangon and started and ended in Mandalay (coming from Bangkok with Air Asia). My route was:
* Mandalay – a lot of beautiful things to see in and around Mandalay (Mahamuni Paya, monastaries, U Bein Bridge, Mingun, Inwa).
* Bagan – one of the highlights especially at sunset/sunrise. Nice looking/cyling around there, was also lucky to see a novice monk initiation in one of the villages.
* Inle Lake – skip the standard tour (too much “shopping”), think about what you (don’t) want to see and let you make a tailored trip (maybe sharing with other people). Also very nice to see the monastaries in Nyaung Shwe and cycle around the lake.
* Kalaw – nice hikes around Kalaw.
* Lashio – almost no tourists, but not that much to see IMO.
* Hsipaw – very nice hikes around Hsipaw and to the villages further away.
* Kyaukme – used a motorbike/driver to visit the villages further away.
* Very special train ride from Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin over the Gokteik Viaduct. Buy a ticket for the ordinary class (2 USD) to sit between the local people, also lower windows if you like making photos.
* Pyin Oo Lwin – no that special IMO also not the Kandawgyi Gardens.
* Back to Mandalay.
Have a look a the titles of my photos and decide what you like most. One of the highlights of Myanmar are the very friendly people, so take you time meeting them.

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Posted by elreidon on 20/5/2014 at 05:26

That sounds almost identical to the route I had in mind!

We are thinking of flying from Bangkok to Mandalay , spending a few days there and then starting off with the train ride route to lashio visiting hsipaw-kyaukme- Pyin oo Lwin etc. taking a few days to do this. What do you mean about the kandawgyi gardens?

Then thinking of travelling on to kalaw and trekking to Inle Lake, spending some time there then heading to Bagan .

After this is think we will travel to Pyay and finish in Yangon as our flight are from there.

What time of year did you travel? The only think I am worried about is how wet it will be....we will arrive in Mandalay 20th June and leave Yangon 17th July. I know Bagan is meant to be fairly dry in July which is why we thought we would do this later.

I also wanted to take some time in each place and talk to the people, especially as I am interested in how Burma is changing and developing and am hoping my trip will provide me with a useful insight and research for my university dissertation. Is there anywhere you would recommend spending more/less time?

Many Thanks!

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Posted by Harry05 on 20/5/2014 at 06:37

Kandawgyi gardens: Of course a matter of choice but I liked the people and the villages more than the gardens. After travelling for 4 weeks if I had to skip something it would be for example Pyin Oo Lwin and the gardens.

Travelled in december and january, great weather everywhere. Fresh nights, blue skies and no rain.

Take a good guide they can tell you a lot about the history and the current situation in Myanmar like one of the guides of Lilly the Home ( Hsipaw ) or Joy (Kyaukme). But also at unexpected moments you might meet someone who speaks english and can tell you something about Myanmar (although some people were very shy I found out).

Would take my time in/around Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake and do a 2 or 3 day hike around Hsipaw or Kyaukme.

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Posted by Travis_Chia on 20/5/2014 at 06:42

Wow! Amazing photography. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos Harry.

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