How to Travel to BurmaTraveling to Burma
Looking back, my greatest pity about our stay in Burma was that we didn't get a ferry to Hap'an. Obviously the overnight coach kicked us out of Bagan at 3am (always seems to happen!), but the whole day/night seemed to be worth it when we were lying in the back seat of a pick-up lorry - the only cab that drives - and passing the temple outlines against the full mouth.
and the Bagan Riverview. After four days in Bagan we went for walks on horses/carts (bargains), Lonely Planet and horseback riding on rollers. Everything is great, but it' s a great tourist - the groups have to be seen to be felt.
Overnight at the Golden Caves and there is more information in my report. Then we got three separate pick-up truck to Inle, where we spent four nights in the PYI Guesthouse, which was a bit too long. That' s why the buoyant markets were terrible.
Next we went to the square - my favorite on our journey; full of cool floral and wool caps for our next hike (it gets cool!) The next morning we went to the warm fountains (we finally drove a concrete wagon - it's too far to be afoot!).
Then we took the shuttle to Mandalay and a cab to POL. Then we took a long coach to Hsipaw, where we spent the night in Lily's and had our best hike of the year. Breathtaking and led by the distinguished Mr. Si. Everyone on board the next day to Mandalay on board - get default grade when you go - you are sitting with natives, not all other newcomers!
However, get off at the POL and get in a taxi together to Mandalay, otherwise it will take five additional time! I' ve got mistaken opinions - the Royal Palace is absolute garbage, but it was intriguing to go through the army basis that encircles it. The ascent to the Teak Monastery and the surroundings was intriguing - the town gives way to cabins and cattle.
Interesting is also the Mandalay and Hsipaw area. From Mandalay we went back to Bangkok - and a message of caution - there is ONE store at Mandalay International where you can cash out your remaining cash - we gave it to the cleaning staff instead!
It was my intention to show that it is really simple to be independent in Burma (I want to dishearten travel groups!) and give some useful tips.