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USA

Why Not ?!?

When I booked my flights I was planning on going to SE Asia and Australia only, I happened to ask about coming home via New York ... turned out it wasn't much more, so I thought .. why not?!? I am trying to remember when I last came to the states and I think its been 20 years (I was very young)

Brilliant decision ... I am loving every moment of the States. As I added this on I didn't really have a plan, except to see New York. Everything's a bonus. I quickly decided to add Boston to the list after hearing what an amazing place it is to visit. Then different people I met along my travels 'suggested' other places which they had been to and so I added them to the list: DC, Philly, ... , ... I love listening to other peoples travel stories and I have now visited some amazing places because of them. Thank you xx

24 hours of travelling Brisbane to New York, in a seemingly lo-ng day as I crossed the international date line (first time!), queued through LAX to catch my connecting flight (which waited for me - phew!), jumped in a cab, headed to a friends and ventured into Manhattan for dinner and drinks. I slept so well that night. New York was cold and crisp, under 10oC, so I was thankful I had packed shoes, coat, jumper and had bought a scarf! It actually felt amazing to wrap up warm on a cold day and walk through the streets of New York underneath blue skies with the sun shinning down. I have missed the cold ... I know that is a weird thing to say however its true. My favourite time of year is 'spring' and it was a proper 'English spring' day ... I say English as the temperatures rose the following week to mid 20's and that is when America said spring had arrived .... I had a few days of beautiful crisp weather before the flip flops came out again.

I must confess, I went to Philly and I didn't eat a cheese steak ... "What?!?!" I know! Ah well, now I have a reason to go back :) Philadelphia is a beautiful and friendly place, full of interesting people. Philadelphia is the home of 'Independence'. I'm sure most of you knew that however my American history (like the rest of my world history) was poor before coming here. I got my ticket and stood in line for my tour of Independence Hall; my knowledge increased ten fold on this tour, it was well worth the visit. I visited Elrifths Alley, Washington Square, Magnolia Garden (very impressive Magnolia's), Rose garden (lacking in Roses), some shops ... , Jefferson's printing house, the Old Post office, 1st church, and many more. I balked at doing the National Constitution Centre as I had spent hours at the Franklin Institute the day before. At the Franklin Instiute I walked through a heart, went to outer space, took flight, and so much more. I ended the day by visiting the Titanic Exhibition which had replica corridors of the different class accomodation and the grand staircase. They gave you a card with a story of a person on board when you entered, during the exhibtion you could find out more about the person; why they boarded, what their life on board would have been and finally whether they lived or died. My card held the story of a mother, Catherine, and her two young children whom were in 3rd class. I thought I knew their fate, 3rd class and all, however when I came to the end covering one wall were the names of every passenger and crew on board and whether they lived or died. Everyone was crowded around with their cards trying to find the names that they wanted and I was the same craining my neck to see see around people ...

... nearly 200 people out of 500+ from 3rd class survived. I was surprised at how many people survivied from each of the classes and crew, I mean yes, percentage wise 1st class was the highest, however about the sam enumber of people from 3rd class were saved as in first class. Catherine and her two children were among those from 3rd class who survived.

DC - Washington DC, Home to the nation for all bar 10 years. Philadelphia was home for the first 10 years, Washington's presidential years. DC saw the return of my skirt and flip flops :) The temperatures rose to a glorious 'spring day' of 30oC. The Smithsonian Museums are free which bascially means you can spend days in DC without paying for anything except food and accomodation ... great for the budget travellers! I spent 2 1/2 days here and I went to:-

The American History Museum which had an impressive exhibition of the Modes of Transport though the ages and the First Ladies and their dresses - i'm a girl, I found this very interesting. My favourite was the Jackie Kennedy Dress.

The National History Museum - The ice age and the origins of Humans exhibitions were great. The early human replicas were impressive, they had placed them in cases at the height they would have been so you can wander between them and see how tall they were compared to you. I visited their under water exhibiton to which was explaining about coral reefs, having been at a coral reef less than two weeks ago I found this fascinating, they had (living) fishes and coral in a tank, the person behind was eagerly taking pictures and saying (loudly) 'Dory, its Dory' 'oo Nemo!' These exhibits are for people all ages as she was somewhere in her late 20s.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum - It was towards the end of the exhibition that I was emotionally touched by this, when I heard and saw the stories from the survivors. Before that it was factually interesting, explaining about Adolph Hitlers rise to power, how the war progressed and what aid the other countries gave. I had a story of an individual, Susan, a survivor, and her experience to read interactively as I went through the 3 floors of the exhibition. The message of the museum 'For the dead and the living we must bear witness'. Since my travels started I have born witness to the effects of war; in Laos I met a victim of UXO and I saw its maiming results, in Vietnam Agent Orange and brutual killing methods, In Cambodia The Khmer Rouge which, in simple terms, i'm not sure how this differed from the Nazi's except they kept it within their boarders....

The musuem invited us to make a pledge. I Pledged: 'To open my eyes and those of the people around me'.

What would you pledge ?

The air and space museum - which took me once again into outer space in their planetarian. I would recommend it if you're visiting. I took a visit to the past with the Wright Brothers and back to outer space and the first missions to outer space and walking on the moon.

All the museums I visited are interactive and great for adults and kids alike.

I took a walk through the Cherry blossoms, I was in time for them, and they are spectacular. I saw a deomonstraion held at U.S. Capitol on Immigration, visited lots of memorial including Lincoln, Martin Luther King, War Veterans, walked past the white house which is much smaller than the buildings around it, I was surprised by how well hidden by them. It is impressive though.

Next, New York again !!

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Posted by TravellingGirl 20:37 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Australia

An immense country

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One of the strangest things about coming to Australia was that I didn’t have to say ‘thank you’ in a different language, i found this very strange to begin with and i kept going to say 'kop kun kaa' ... The other thing is the SIZE of everything ... the people are tall and i don't just mean taller than in Asia i mean TALL, the prices are high, the meal portions are huge ... a portion here seems to defeat me everytime, i just cannot finish it... the distances are immense, to put it in perspective I took a picture of a postcard 'Europe in Australia' according to this i've travelled from Bulgaria to Denmark and then backtracked to Slovakia .. and all in a month!

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I arrived in Sydney excited about being on a new continent. I spent a few days exploring Sydney taking in Sydney opera house, habour bridge, oxford street, botanical gardens, Manly Beach, Bondi Beach, The Rocks, Darling Harbour .... Sydney has a lot of Victorian Buildings which are beautifully preserved, the shopping quarter in particular. I spent a few hours relaxing in the sun in the botanical gardens overlooking sydney opera house and habour. I walked around the different districts; Paddington was my favourtie with its bookshops-come-coffee shops and cute little terrace victorian houses.

I took the train to the Blue Mountains, which is stunningly beautiful and filled with lots of great walks for all abilities. I was looking forward to visitng them and they did not disapoint. I based myself at a fab cozy hostel (No.14) in Katoomba, the jumping off point for all walking adventures. I walked for 4 days taking in the three sisters, Leura Cascade, Wentworth falls, National Pass (cleved out of the rock in 1908) and I visited the Blue Mountain Chocolate Company for great Choc Cake and Coffee after a days walking. Leura is a cute little village with more upmarket cafes, desirable houses and leafy gardens. I recommend a stroll around here if you are visiting.

I travelled from the Blue Mountains to Hervey bay which was a long trip at over 24 hours! However, it was worth it. From Hervey Bay i could get the ferry to Fraser island. I did this as part of an organised tour with Cool Dingos! I swam at Lake MacKenzie a fresh water, slightly acidic lake, which left your skin feeling super smooth and soft. We floated down Eli creek, drove on 75 mile beach, and saw a Dingo. It was all fresh water swimming as the sea around the island was too dangerous to swim in due to the undercurrents and sharks.... i did not see any sharks but i did see a sting ray, it came really close to shore, where the water was around knee height.

Every traveller i've met had said how amazing the Whitsundays are so I headed to airlie beach to find out for myself. I did a 2 day sailing trip, which allowed me to snorkel, swim and play on the beach in and around the Whitsundays. We wore stinger suits as there was still a risk from dangerous jellyfish which have the potential to kill you. The whitsundays are beautiful however a cyclone was making its way down the East coast so i arrived during storms, gale force winds and rain. I did manage miss the actual cyclone. However, the rain, choppy seas & wind reduced the visability in the water and gave moody dark colours rather than the picture perfect blue waters. But it was still warm and lots of fun to get in the water and swim with the fishes. My favourtie were the Angel Fishes :)

I spent a couple of days on Magnetic Island immersing myself in wildlife, landbased this time. Magnetic Island is off the coast of Townsville; a beautiful Island with Koalas, Rock Wallabies, Snakes, and a Croc! I was able to cuddle a Koala, hold a croc, a snake (which turned into 2 snakes as the ranger 'dumped' a 2nd snake on me ... i nearly cried at this point as earlier this 2nd snake had been wrapping itself around my neck and i swear, squeezing...!) and some other animals at the wildlife sanctuary. I got my 'Koala picture' which is a bit of a must in the travelling world, you would be th eodd one out if you didnt ... and it was well wort it :)

I then travelled to Cairns where i did a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. I swam with a Turtle which was the highlight for me. The visability here was really good and the colours of the reef were more intense then in the Whitsundays. There are so many trips to do from Cairns however after the Reef i settled for a visit to Kuranda using the skyway and scenic railway: Kuranda is a Village in rainforest with lots of different animal parks, i visited the butterfly aviary. I relaxed on the other days and spent time at the Lagoon which i think is my favourite one i've been to in Oz as it had great sea views, it was easy to spend an afternoon lazying around chatting to travel buddies.

My final stop in Oz was in Brisbane, I spent my final couple of days here, again relazing as the past couple of weeks were jammed packed with trips / tours and travelling. I was shown an amazing chocolate cafe 'Max Brenner' on South Bank, it should definitely be on everyones 'hit' list when visiting Brisbane.

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Sydney opera house and harbour bridge
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Koala in the wild - spotted whilst doing the Forts walk

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Turtle at Great Barrier Reef (I took this picture!!! :) )

Posted by TravellingGirl 04:48 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

Returning to Thailand

Beaches & Coffee Houses

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I'm not sure how gripping this entry will be for you as this month I have relaxed........ :) ... on beaches & in coffee houses and i have enjoyed every moment.

I flew into Chiang Rai (via Bangkok) coming in to land in heavy rain. I am not a fan of turbulence, but then who is? On the plane we were sat next to a lady who was the head nurse in a hosptial in Chiang Rai, she had been in Bangkok at a conference with another colleague and they were returning home. Her husband was picking her up and she offered us a lift into Chiang Rai. Her husband turned out to be the Chief of Police..! They were extremely kind and once they realised we hadn't booked anywhere to stay (and it was 9pm) they took us around trying different places until we found a vacancy, even though we tried to insist that they didn't need to as it was going out of their way, our atempts were brushed aside and firmly ignored. They found us a lovely little guest house to stay in. I enjoyed realxing in Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai has nice coffee houses and bakerys so it really was not a chore to stay a few days here with a travelling buddy and relax with coffee & books.

I then headed to Chiang Mai where I explored new corners of the city that I previously hadn't seen. Again I found some great coffee houses, as well as fruit museli yoghurt, lemon shakes & Pad Thai at the Somphet market, YU-UM! There was also a flower festival with amazing floats made from flowers and a great walking street market on sunday, which was packed with travellers and vendors it reminded me of sardines! I stayed in the North / East corner of the old city which is a quiet area with little market and quiet soi's. I spent about a week here with a side trip to Pai in the middle and Chiang Mai was my home for a little bit. I can see why so many travellers end up living here. It really is a lovely Asian city.

Pai is in the mountains a 4 hour drive from Chiang Mai up windy roads, a good tip is to NOT EAT as the windy roads are nauseating then add in the crazy Thai mini-van drivers and the air-con... I was a little bit green. However, the mountains surrounding Pai are beautiful and it is well worth a visit. Pai is a place to visit when you want to relax and do yoga.... I took a yoga class here with amazing views of the mountains and river. Pai has a night market, which is usual in Asia, however the street vendors used VW vans to sell their wares from. It was the cutest night market I have seen since Luang Prabang (Laos).

I then decided to pick up the pace and explore again so i headed for Sukhothai and cycled around old temples and ruins taking in some amazing Buddahs and Buddha hands! From here i travelled to Lopburi, the city of Monkeys and happened to arrive on a festival! Lopburi were celebrating King Narai, and after being interviewed by local school children on my thoughts of their fesitval (so cute, school projects!) I watched the opening parade which involved the majority of the town as they dressed up and paraded into old palace grounds with elephants and horses. The grounds had been beautifully decked out with lights and lanterns, there were food areas, singing, music and shows. I watched the show depicting King Narai and Lopburi's history, it was colourful and well performed and i enjoyed it even though my Thai is sparse!

I caught the train to Ayutthaya, a short journey of 2 hours. Ayutthaya is an old capital had as such has ruins and temples to see. I cycled round the city and ruins for a couple of days taking in temples, the floating market, and enjoying the last night of Chinese new year celebrations with music, shows, street food.

I then took the night bus and journeyed south to the islands and beaches. They are beautiful. I think the best waters were on Koh Phangan and Koh Lanta. They were the cleanest and Koh Phangan was the most fun as we wave jumped.

I went to Ao Nang, Railay Beach, Koh Lanta and Koh Phangan.

I caught a few days rain however I was in an adorable hostel who had lime ice cream (seriously the best flavour ever and it tasted just like OPAL FRUITS), a marathon film night watching new releases whilst curled on comfy floor cushions and I learnt a Thai card game ... a gambling card game ... however somehow we did not play for money which was maybe not my most cunning of plans as I kept winning! The rain could not keep us out of the water and I had my daily swim. The islands are as beautiful as the postcards and even better the people were lovely and friendly and I had some great travelling companions. I really enjoyed my month in Thailand and it was a great way to finish my Asian adventure :) next stop Australia ... !

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Cappuccino :)
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Flower Float in Chiang Mai
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Islands

Posted by TravellingGirl 04:06 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

South East Asia

Land of the Geckos

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I've been asked a few times what has been my favourite country i've travelled to. I find this a hard question to answer so my reply is a little all encompassing: I have enjoyed every country i've been to in different ways.

In Northern Thailand I loved wandering into temples, soaking up the reverence of them.

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In Laos I enjoyed travelling on the rivers, taking the slow boats from village to town, seeing life unfold on the banks of the Nam Ou & the Mekong Delta.

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In Vietnam it was the people. From the shy Vietnamese on the train saying hello and asking what my job was to the students who wished to prcctice their English.

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In Cambodia I enjoyed the Temples, they are by far some of the best temples I have seen and explored.

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In Myanmar i loved Inle Lake, it was beautiful. A lake framed with moutains where fisherman use their legs to paddle whilst they cast and gather fishing nets. I also enjoyed the trains!

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Back in Thailand and this time I enjoyed a slower pace, from finding little hidden cafes offering gems of cappuccinos to sandy beaches and monkeys!

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Overall the thing i've enjoyed the most has been the people i've met and the friends i've made. Thanks for a great travel time :) xxx

Posted by TravellingGirl 04:17 Comments (5)

Myanmar - Planning on going??

Info on my travels - accommodation, money, transport, costs

Myanmar and its prices seems to be changing fairly quickly, LP guide and blogs with costs from the end of 2012 are already out of date. Although all the reading i did before hand really helped me have a better idea as to what to expect and how much money to take! My travels took me to Myanmar in Januar 2013. Here are my costs, accommodation, travel itinerary. Hope its of some use in your planning. Enjoy your trip! :)

My Itinerary
15 – Flew to Yangon
16 – Yangon
17 – Kinpun (Golden Rock)
18 – Night Bus to Kalaw arrived 2.30am
19 – Kalaw
20 – Trek
21 – Trek
22 – Arrive Inle Lake
23 – Inle Lake
24 – Night Bus to Bagan arrive 3am
25 – Bagan
26 – Bagan
27 – Bagan
28 – Mandalay (boat on the Ayeyarwaddy)
29 – Mandalay
30 – Flew to Bangkok

Money:
US$ - You do need crisp, unblemished notes. We kept them in a book which had hard (ish) covers, to keep them flat. The LP guide did a good job however you had to be careful when actually using the guide book – notes falling out on you is not practical! Hostel owners, etc, did check the condition of our notes before excepting them and did refuse them on occasion. Be careful what notes they give you in change as they will give ‘imperfect’ (ie crumpled & re flatterned, torn, ink marked) back in change which then other places will refuse. There was one bank on Khao San Road which did US$ for Myanmar the others just pointed us in that direction. I spent $500 in 2 weeks in Myanmar.

Kyats (pronounced ‘jat’) - you can exchange your dollars at the airport, it was 850K to $1. You can also exchange in Yangon city at banks or for 900K to $1 via the people on the street. Although i didnt meet anyone who had done this. I exchanged $215 worth of kyat during the 2 weeks, the rest i spent in dollars.

Admission to sites/pagodas is in US$, sometimes they accept Kyat, Travel on Train only US$, Bus’s could pay in Kyat or US$
Guesthouses want payment in US$ and they did give US$ change however some places (like entrance fees) insisted on the exact amount.
TIP: exchange bigger notes for Kyat and keep smaller denominations. Bigger notes get the better exchange rate.

ATMs – are coming! There are rumoured to be 20 in Myanmar and I did see 2! Although I didn’t meet anyone brave (or foolhardy) enough to use them. Bring Visa and Mastercard as im not sure which they will accept.

Flights – we flew from Bangkok into Yangon and out of Manadaly with Air Asia. We met people who had flown in from KL (Malaysia) as well although i believe you want to fly to/from Mandalay you can only do this from Bangkok. There is meant to be an Air Asia office in Yangon. I booked my return flights before entering Myanmar because I wasn't sure i would be able to once in the country due to the Air Asia website being down and i wasn't sure about access to internet.

Visa – I got my visa in Bangkok for 2000Bhat, 1 day. I shopped around and this was the cheapest, also I think they were from Myanmar as they specialised in it – Vega Travel on Rumbutri road, one over from Khao San Road. Embassy is closed on a sat and sun which is obvious however I forgot! After travelling for 2 ½ months my brain wasn’t thinking in terms of weekends! The agency were concerned that my passport picture (of which I needed 2) wasn't good enough and had to have a really white background to it. They said someone’s had recently been declined. They weren’t convinced by my picture however it worked fine. Visas are valid for 3 months and allow you to stay for 28days once you arrive in country. It would have been cheaper for me to get my Visa in UK however I did not know at that point when I was going and it is valid for 3 months from date of issue. I believe Myanmar are looking at doing visa's on arrival. i found a magazine, in Myanamar, which said it was already in effect, however i didn't meet anyone who had done this.

Lonely Planet
compared to other SE Asian countries I’ve travelled around we really did use our LP guide to help us know the local area, find accommodation, book accommodation ahead and know where to eat. In other SE Asian countries I’ve found the tourist trade means local info and maps are readily available. I’ve tended to use the LP guide to plan the trip before getting to the country. There were also lots of useful blogs online and comments on the Thorntree forum (LP).

Food – from 1000Kyat (smaller towns/villages) – 4000Kyat (cities), can of coke 600-1000Kyat, Beer 1500 Kyat. Big water (1L) 300-500 Kyat, there is a lot of Indian and Nepali food.

Accommodation – we managed to book ahead twice, everywhere kept saying full. We never managed to establish whether it is because a. they are full or b. they did not want to take reservations. I think it was both depending on the guesthouse. If you do want to book try doing it in advance ( 1 day isn’t advance enough, as i found :) ). All my guest houses insisted on US$ as payment and most needed me to pay up front. Only the monastery wanted Kyat (Inle Lake, Nhaungshwe).

Internet
Some guest houses and cafes do have Wifi, however it can be slow. I used two good internet cafes. Nyaungshwe (KKO) and Mandalay on 82nd Street, between 26th and 27th.

English
Good English is spoken by most guesthouse’s I stayed at as well as the travel agencies / buses stations. Burmese lessons are taught in English at highschool and in university which accounted for the good English (I asked!)

Safety
Myanmar, to me, felt the safest country to travel in both for my belongings and my personal safety. I travelled with a friend however I met other solo travellers (male and female). I didn't hear of any thefts or other problems. I was not fond of the dogs after dark, they go around in packs and can be pretty intimidating when they are barking at you, but other than that it is fine.

Nightlife
There isnt one. Generally places closed around 9.30pm, particulary in the smaller places. People wanted to get to sleep as they had to be up early to work the next day.

Accommodation
Yangon - I stayed in White House Hotel $24 for double room with shared bathroom – they did have a dorm, beware mosquitos in the dorm due to open window. We met quite a few travellers from our flight that were staying here as well. We attempted to book ahead however the email they sent us said ‘we will try’ :) When we turned up they had our name down and a room us, also other people had just turned up here and there were rooms. I think the dorm helps. Buffet breakfast (that they are very proud of), great social aspect to breakfast as everyone is on tables together. The Banana Toastie was great.

Golden Rock, Kinpun – Stayed in Sea Sar $15 (double room, with bathroom), not neccessarily the cleanest. We turned up and had not booked this ahead of time. Truck to Golden rock cost 1500 Kyat (approx $2) the price did not seem inflate to foreigners. From Kinpun the trucks start at 6am.

Kalaw – I stayed in Golden Lily $14 (double room own bathroom – can get triple room or stay as a single person, double room with shared bathroom cost $7), water was not always reliable to bathroom and hot water was not there during the day. The rooms had a balcony which overlooked the town and surrounding hills. We were on the top floor so had a better view. We booked a 3 day trek with the guest house for $20 per day including boat on Inle Lake and bag drop off. ($60 total). They spoke good English and prided themselves on there local knowledge of plant life and medicinal properties for the trek (this turned out to be a selling tool only, they told us inflated things to sell us the trek and we were then put with a local guide from Nepal, Paul, who did not have this knowledge. I didn’t mind but I was annoyed that they had essentially lied to me to get me to book the trek). You can bargain with the price as well, we paid $20 per day where as other places and indeed other people on our trek paid $15. Our guesthouse refused to take one of our $20 notes as it had a small red ink stain on one edge, it was a note we had been given in change since arriving in Myanmar. Also they were unhelpful when it came to us trying to book and reserve a room ahead. They said they would help and later did not. They let us use the phone but charged us 100 kyat per 1min or phone call. This is due to the government. However, the trek was great and their accommodation was clean.

Inle Lake, Nguangshwe – we booked the accommodation ahead once we had booked the trek, this was practical as they knew where to take our bags to and meant we could check straight in when we arrived. We stayed at Four Sister Inn for $30 with a hot shower. I would avoid Room 4E next time as the generator is right outside of windowand runs from 8am till evening. Way too noisy! We moved for our 2nd night to the monastery on the main road, it was 5000Kyat per night and lots of other travellers were there. On Lake Inle: It cost us 15 000 kyat for the boat for 4 hours. This may have been too much but we were in control of where we wanted to visit and for how long. Other travellers we met had done the south of the lake and said it was less touristy as it has only been open for visiting in past 2-3 years and well worth it. I ran out of time.

Bagan – Winner Hotel $10 single room shared bathroom, $17 double room with shared bathroom. Staff were helpful and arranged our onward travel and let us use the phone (without paying!) to book accommodation. You can book this Hotel ahead of time, if they say they are full they mean it. If you have no booking and you arrive at 3am try it anyway, there is someone up and outside at the fire. if they've a room they will let you stay.

Mandalay we stayed at Sabai Phyu hotel $30 double room with bathroom, 1st floor rooms are economy (and you know it!), the third floor had the nicest rooms. You can book this hotel in advance.

Transport
Train from Yangon to Bago - The train station is in Yangon near the market and is walkable however with our big bags we took a taxi 2000 kyat. 2 hours, $1 for ordinary class, have to go to a separate window to the more expensive classes. We were in with all the locals. Bought drinks and sweetcorn when the train stopped from sellers boarding the train. The journey took us through beautiful countryside. We waited in Bago 3 hours for bus to Kinpun (golden Rock), we had been advised that this would be quicker howeer as we had to wait I don't think it was any quicker. You can take the train further before getting the bus to Kinpun, in hindsight this would have been better. I really enjoyed the train and would have happily stayed on it longer. If you take that option let me know what its like...

The bus was really easy to book and get, and someone would always point you in thte direction of the pick ups for the shorter distance journerys.

A bicylce cost us 1500Kyat per day

General Thoughts & Observations
Would I go back ….. YES.
I think Tourism in Myanmar is on the cusp of changing in a big way due to visa on arrival and ATMS. Right now there are always other foreigners around however in the small towns we only saw 2 or 3 other people whereas in the big towns and particularly at the main attractions we more like 50+ other foreigners. Overall there are a lot less travellers and toursim than in Myanmars neighbouring countrys (India, Thailand, Laos). There were lots of tour groups, i noticed this more in Inle and Bagan, however there were still lots of independent travellers. There was a great community feel with all the Travellers i met.

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Posted by TravellingGirl 07:20 Archived in Myanmar Comments (0)

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