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    Myanmar through a lens

    Just some pics of Myanmar; if you haven't made a trip here yet come on over before the hordes of backpackers come on over. I'll add more as I travel around
    Yangon: Was but a fleeting visit and I was busy with work. Went to the main Pagoda in town.

    The whole city is more green than BKK, hope it remains so
    Mandalay Region: It's a big old area with plenty to see and do







    More later, ordering pizza.

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    Thanks for sharing...Very great pics...

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    Fantastic, well done Pregs.

    Best new poster in a while. An asset to this site.


    More please.

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    Pizza on the way so a few more pics. Shan State- I'll be going back for more hiking- spent three days up in the mountain, meeting two opposing armies among other things. Wanted pics of them but the had AK47s, which tend to make the deciding point.




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    Beautiful.

    Would you think of getting an off-road bike? Even a Honda CRF250 would be great fun for exploring.

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    [QUOTE="Luigi"]Would you think of getting an off-road bike? Even a Honda CRF250 would be great fun for exploring.[/QUOTE

    Thinking about renting one for the December break, in October I'll be going to Ngapapli beach.

    I guess I can deal with this place:

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    Fantastic, make sure to do a thread please.

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    first went to Burma in 1988,
    starting last 2 years ago been going 2 times/year,covered lots of the country and been down the Irrawaddy, Chindwin and Salween river. Been as far north as Khamti and as far south as Kwathoung.Rented motorcycles for a trip to the east and heading back in Nov to do a 10 day motorcycle tour thru the chin state.

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    Love it over there
    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol or insanity, but they've always worked for me" HST

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    ^ Very interesting and great pics. Green when I have the power. I am hoping to get to the far north of Kachin State in March. One unexpected benefit of this teaching gig is one of my students is the son of the current mayor who has offered to help securing the necessary permits

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    Pregs for Poster of the Year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pregomeister View Post
    ^ Very interesting and great pics. Green when I have the power. I am hoping to get to the far north of Kachin State in March. One unexpected benefit of this teaching gig is one of my students is the son of the current mayor who has offered to help securing the necessary permits
    Kachin state is open ( I have been to Myitkyina) no permits necessary traveling to there, BUT you can not travel further north by land but can fly into Putao but need stay at tour approved places and to venture outside town u need be on a tour.

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    Putao is where I hope to get to, thanks for the info.

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    Took a trip to Inwa today- well worth a trip if you are ever in town.







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    Fantastic.

    I really need to get off me arse and do a 2 month motorbike tour from top to bottom.

    Great stuff preggers.

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    Nice one preg,still on the to do list. But never mind will post up some pics of Wales in a few weeks

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    Went hiking around Myandi a month or so ago- amazing place and very few hikers around so we had the place to ourselves for most of the day. Was taken by the school so transport was provided-without your own wheels it would not be easy to get there.






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    Thanks for the pics. Looks like there are no houses for miles & miles! (Which is good)

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    Thanks for the greens and nice comments! I'm on holiday from Friday so have booked the bus to Inle Lake where the plan is to hike to the Shan State capital of Taungyyi. After that it'll be back to the lake to get the bus to Bagan for its pagodas before catching a river ferry back to Mandalay. Should be some good photo opportunities

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    be aware thats a LONG ferry ride, down river its like 8-9 hours
    train is nice $2,90 upper class 7 hours, bus only 5

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    Hit a bit of a snag getting to Taungyyi from Inle- the local militia control the areas one can go and hike, so it looks like the last hour must be covered by car. I am looking into a 1 night cruise back to Mandalay from Bagan, although I suspect it will cost quite a bit. One thing about Myanmar is that it can cost quite a bit to get around and stay in hotels. Was originally headed to Ngapali but it's all booked up already.

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    ?? i have found it quite cheap to travel around Burma by bus, boat and or trains.
    Hotels everywhere I have been average $12-30 for a double with a low of $3 (Kalewa) and a high of $75 (Mogok)

    Night cruise from Bagan to Mandalay??? never knew there was one and why would anyone travel on a river at night??

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    Interesting stuff Prego. I've got ngapali beach on the radar, I would really love to see it before it gets developed, been to Myanmar before but only Yangon, which I enjoyed, I'm thinking December if I can get the time of work, Myanmar embassy is close to my gaff in Lao so easy for my visa, wife doesn't need one. We had a shitfight with the Thai bloke at don muang flying air Asia to Yangon when we tried to board, asshole insisted that my wife needed a visa to enter Myanmar, she didn't. Thais do. ! but Lao nationals don't, this fucker wouldn't back of and even when I pulled it up on the iPad and showed him the reality of it, he still wouldn't admit he didn't know his ass from his elbow, I can do without that kinda shit when I'm travelling, anyway I got the last laugh and the pimply little somchai lost a bit of face and had to admit he was Wrong. Looking forward to a return there.

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    @preg - looking forward to your pix when you've got the time to post them. Happy safe travels!

    @bld - Thais do not need a visa to Myanmar if entering by air. They need one if via land - I suspect this is Myanmar's way of giving Th the finger. Heh.. most SEA nationals don't need visas to Myanmar. Your wife didn't need one, same as me. It's good I knew abt my rights, bcos a visa tout at the Mae Sot border insisted that I buy a visa frm him. I said I didn't need one, and it was good that the immi officer knew abt his ASEAN stuff too. Hope you get to travel to Myanmar this xmas time. I'll look forward to your travel tales. And moob pix for patsy & me! Lol.

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    One of the biggest issues with Ngapali is simply the act of getting there! I live in Mandalay and it is a 24 hour plus overland journey of overpriced flight away. Will probably end up taking the flight- it's not like there is much to spend my salary here

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