October 2014 archive

Singapore, October 2014

On our first day in Singapore (Sunday) we took the subway to the riverside around Raffles Place and Clarke Quay. This is the area where Raffles landed and founded the city and is on the edge of the colonial district, with its fine architecture. It was interesting to see that there is yet more building taking …

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Myanmar: Yangon (Rangoon)

Wednesday October 22 Today was spent almost exclusively on a bus! The drive from Pyay to Yangon was only 190 miles but took the best part of eight hours. The “Highway” (one of the major arteries in the country was a two lane road (barely wide enough for two buses to pass without inching on …

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Myanmar: Sailing towards Yangon

Monday (October 21) was one spent mostly on the ship except for a 1 ½ hour shore excursion to the village of Thayetmyo. This had been a frontier post town in the early years before all of Burma was under British rule so we were now in the Lower Burma of old. The fort is …

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Myanmar: Bagan and south

On the first of two days in Bagan we experienced one of the most magnificent sights certainly of this trip so far, possibly of any we have ever seen in the world we have traveled. We visited the Thapyinnyunt Temple and we climbed over seventy steps to a terrace from where we had a panoramic …

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Myanmar – Cruising the Irrawaddy from Mandalay

Tuesday’s excursions (October 15) were split – one beginning at 8:30 and the other at 3:30, with a three hour break for lunch and relaxation on the boat. In the morning we were taken by bus to the Ada River, which joins the Irrawaddy (on which we will be cruising) here in Mandalay. Here we boarded a …

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Myanmar, October 2014

  We finished our two days in Bangkok and flew from there to Mandalay for our first of 12 days in Myanmar. As our Bangkok guide said, we were leaving a country (Thailand) that has been under martial law since May of this year for one that has been under the same system for many …

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Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore, October 2014

We are currently in Bangkok at the beginning of a visit to Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Singapore. The main focus is a river cruise in Myanmar but the tour starts and ends in Bangkok and we have chosen to add a few days in Singapore at the end.   We arrived in Bangkok (after a …

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