Hpa An and Yangoon

Monday 2nd April boat to Hpa An We decided to go from Mawlamyine to Hpa An by boat with 4 other tourists from our hotel, as the local boat had stopped running a few months before. The jetty where we took the boat had a lot of charm. Here was the boat we took. There … More Hpa An and Yangoon

Yangoon Mawlamyine

Friday 30th March Yangoon We arrived in the early morning in Yangoon, around 5am and took a taxi to an hotel. We slept quite a lot in the morning. In the afternoon, we went to the travel agents close to the railstation and bought bus tickets to Mawlamyine, in the South-East of Burma, for the … More Yangoon Mawlamyine

Nyaungshwe and Inle Lake

Wednesday 28th March Nyaungshwe We had all agreed to come all of us dressed with longyis to the wedding, the traditional skirt really comfortable that men as women are wearing in Burma every day. With Michael, we went for some shopping at the market and bought each one longyi. Then we met at the restaurant … More Nyaungshwe and Inle Lake

Kalaw to Nyaungshwe

Sunday 25th March bus to Kalaw The bus picked us up at 4am at the hotel in Bagan. We were the first people to board it. It then went all around, hotel after hotel, to pick up all travellers. Great VIP service! We were only tourists in this bus. The funny thing is that it … More Kalaw to Nyaungshwe

Mandalay Bagan

Tuesday 20th March Hsipaw to Mandalay We took the bus of 8.30am to Mandalay, and saw all the way hills without trees, or with trees with signs on them in Burmese. I really wonder what these signs mean. Is it to mark ownership or to mark which tree will be cut next or not? You … More Mandalay Bagan


Hsipaw Saturday 17th March In the morning, we went for some late soup breakfast with Hayley and Ross but the woman doing the soup didn’t have any left, so we got some fruits instead in the street and headed to internet for an hour, spending 30 minutes opening the mailbox, and 5 minutes on each … More Hsipaw

Mandalay Part 2

Thursday 15th March We went cycling with Hayley and Ross to Kuthodaw Paya. This is the biggest book of the world. However, we didn’t find it for a while, and kept searching for it, while it was right under our nose, but not in the way we imagined it. Here is one of its pages, … More Mandalay Part 2

Mandalay Part 1

Tuesday 13th March We started our visit of Mandalay by walking along the east side of the fort, to get a sense of its size. It is really long! About 2 km on each side. It was built in 1857 as a residence for the richest people. While walking along it, we saw people playing … More Mandalay Part 1


Yangoon Saturday 10th March Mingalaba everyone! We landed in Yangoon around 5.25pm. Passport and visa control and backpack pickup where really smooth. While exiting, we looked for a sign for the “Ocean Pearl Inn” hotel, as we had read in the Lonely Planet that they offered free pickup to their hotel if we took a … More Yangoon