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Myanmar is a land that is on all the "Top destinations of 2014" list and a land that pulsates with travelers. After the reopening for tourists about four years ago and the increase in the number of tourists, the moment has come for a visitor. Against this background and the desire to travel to Myanmar before tourists became too commercially viable, it was a goal that really impressed us in the design stage of this itinerary.
There are a few important things to note: First, almost nowhere in Myanmar does it accept major ATMs (with very few exceptions), only in a few places outside the Yangon metropolis (but fortunately this number is increasing), and historic and heritage site receipts must be in either US dollars or national currencies, and US dollars must be spotless, almost as if they had just been issued.
Like Natalie said in her Hot Air Ballooning Blog, our first goal was the so-called jewel in the tourist crowd on Myanmar, Bagan. Bagan's archaeological zone is made up of over 2,200 reddish brickwork stupas as well as sanctuaries spread across the area. But we liked the smaller temple complex.
This little brickwork pit gave you the feeling that you were looking for hidden treasures like Indiana Jones or discovering a new place for the first one. Indeed, the whole Bagan area felt like in a Hollywood adventurous film. In contrast to the remainder of Asia, the Myanmar has not really started the trishaw, which means that the simplest way to discover Bagan was an e-bike.
Although not developed for this purpose, they are ideal for off-roading and everywhere in Bagan you could feel the buzz of the electronic bicycle, followed by the rattling and shaking of the bicycle that was taken to another place where it should not go. Every culmination of every culmination in Bagan was the search for an altitudeened sundown.
It is best to visit the sanctuaries early in the mornings and two before sundown. Whilst the sundowner dives into the heavens, the pagodas and pagodas glow in a blazing glow of reddish glow, a distinctive contrasting to the greens that surround them and the bright blues of the skys. Everybody in Bagan has the same concept, which means that there is little chance of finding a remote tip of the sanctuary to observe the sundown, but regardless of how the sundown sets behind the silhouettes of the many sanctuaries is one of Myanmar's most important experience.
And we also made the half-day trip to Mount Popa. Mt Popa, an extinguished vulcano with a convent on the summit, was a great opportunity to see all the churches around Bagan. Everywhere in Myanmar where you go to a place of worship, no matter how warm, sand, dusty, slimy or birdshit it is, there is a traditional saying that you must take off your footwear.
Then from Bagan we went to Mandalay, one of the many former capitals of Myanmar. In contrast to Rudyard Kipling's poem'Road to Mandalay', we decided on a yacht. Myanmar's means of communication are not really geared to the tourist industry, but to the needs of the population. The majority of inter-city transports take place either in rather awkward pickups, in which as many passengers as possible are collided closely, or in midnight busses that leave and land at particularly unfavourable hours, as one native said: "Myanmarers would never miss a day's work to drive Inter-city, they choose to do it at nights, oh, and the busses do not get overheated so much!
When we approach Mandalay in the early afternoons it felt like the rains were getting down, or maybe because we knew we were getting out soon. The second biggest town in Myanmar, Mandalay certainly had a great feeling after the relatively calm of Bagan. First, they turn right on the right side of the street, which is not simple when they overtake. Second, Mandalay had hardly any light.
Visiting a number of renowned abbeys and churches, among them the most renowned, the Mahamuni Paya area. In this case, the male dabs the golden leaves onto a giant Buddha sculpture, which gives it a clumpy appearance. Visit the'Gold Pounders' of Mandalay. The muscled natives beat small leathers full of golden leaves for up to six long hrs to make wafer-thin layers of golden leaves that can be applied to various Buddha pictures and iconic religions across the state.
We have never seen so much unexplored golden everywhere as in Myanmar! On our second visit we visited the various places around Mandalay, among them a renowned convent in the Amarapura area. Whilst enjoying the sensation of seeing the inside of a convent, I think that next convent is something I would not do.
At the end of the outing we watched the sun set over the famed U-leg brigde, the world's longest wooden teen pole and one of Myanmar's icon. In order to interrupt our stay in Mandalay, we also stayed one whole days in the settlement Pyin Oo Lwin. Second, the return trip to Mandalay was a true one.
Back in Mandalay we said good-bye to our new acquaintances and were happy to have been able to share the cab with them. It was a much more realistic one than the tourist "zoo" we had seen the previous morning, sometimes you are simply in the right place at the right people.
The last part of our last outing in Mandalay was packed with a boating trip to the town of Mingun to see the various pagodas, which included the remains of the world's biggest one, and a last run around Mandalay to see some of the last sights we wanted to see. Burma is known as the "Golden Land" and it is hard to understand why.
It is a very unique place with a breathtaking golden plated marble and some of the most friendly poeple in the whole wide globe and we were so happy that even before the massive flow of tourist and tourist funds we changed the towns, but also the population.