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Photo Journey Through Myanmar (Burma)

The following photos were taken during a 10-day journey through Myanmar (Burma). Get enchanted with this visual journey through Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake and other magical places.
inside the Schwedagon complex in Yangon

Yangon

Yangon


Non-stop rain, a bad hotel choice coupled with some “misunderstanding” with the money changer made us leave the capital after only one night.
» discover Yangon

 

The currency in Myamar - Kyat:
Even though the official exchange rate is about 7 Kyat for a US Dollar, the actual black market value of the Kyat is a lot less. The best rate we got was 930 Kyat for a US Dollar in Yangon but it went down to 750 Kyat along the journey (October/November 2010). Make sure you have dollar notes in near perfect condition otherwise they won't get accepted!
More information about Kyat exchange rates
 

 

Journey Yangon – Mandalay:
transport: bus
travel time: 15h
price: 14,000 K

 

 

Mandalay

flooding in Mandalay


In Mandalay the rain finally stopped and the sun started to brighten up our journey from the mishap incidents we had in Yangon.
» discover Mandalay

 

 

view from Mandalay Hill


view from Mandalay Hill

 

 

Mandalay Palace


Mandalay Palace

 

Journey Mandalay - Bagan:
transport: bus
travel time: 7h
price: 15,000 K

Boat is the other alternative to travel between Mandalay and Bagan:
fast boat:  7h downriver (Mandalay to Bagan), 12h upriver
slow boat: 12h downriver

 

 

Bagan

Bagan


Bagan - home to the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world
The picture on the right was actually taken on another trip during August (while all other pictures were taken during a trip in October / November), thus the very different vegetation
» discover Bagan


 

 

Mount Popa

Popa Taungkalat monastery


Popa Taungkalat monastery at the foot of Mount Popa - 45min by taxi from Bagan
» discover Mount Popa

 

Journey Bagan – Inle Lake:
transport: bus (dirt road, non A/C, no leg room)
travel time: 17h
price: 10,500 K

Inle Lake

Inle Lake


» discover Inle Lake

 

 

Inle Lake

 

Journey Inle Lake - Yangon:
transport: bus
travel time: 14.5h
price: 18,000 K

Journey Yangon - Kyaiktiyo:
transport: bus
travel time: 4h
price: 7,000 K

 

 

 

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock)

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock)

 

Journey Kyaiktiyo - Mawlamyine:
transport: bus
travel time: 7h
price: 15,000 K

 

 

 

Mawlamyine

 

line-up of monk statues, Mawlamyine

line-up of hundreds of monk statues (each with individual features) on the way to Win Sein Taw Ya

 

 

Win Sein Taw Ya, Mawlamyine

Win Sein Taw Ya - the largest reclining Buddha image in the world, located about 20 km south of Mawlamyine

 

Journey Mawlamyine  - Yangon:
transport: train
travel time: 10h
price: 7 US$ (ordinary class)

 

train to Yangon

train to Yangon

 

 

 

 

Yangon

Yangon


Back in Yangon - no rain this time - road to Shwedagon Pagoda at day and night time
» discover Yangon

 

 

Shwedagon Pagoda


Shwedagon Pagoda

 

 

 

Random Photos

to round off our photo journey, here are few random shots collected along the way:

 

moments in Myanmar (Burma)

 

moments in Myanmar (Burma)

 

moments in Myanmar (Burma)

 

 

thanks to Alex, Conni and Florian for the great photos and information

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