Monthly Archive: December 2013

Novice monks waiting for lunch at the Mahagandayon Monastery

Myanmar series part 4 – MANDALAY

It was early Friday morning, on a hot June day, when the Asian Wings flight from Bagan landed at Mandalay International Airport. Except for the plane taxiing in Nyaung U before everyone was seated, the flight was uneventful (which is always a good thing) taking less than 30 minutes. I’m...

Bagan sunset

Myanmar series part 3 – BAGAN

The anticipation of seeing the temples of Bagan, for the first time, was reaching a high point for me as the Air KBZ flight was making its approach to Nyaung U Airport. As the plane got closer, the temples were coming into view. They seemed to dot the entire landscape....

Yangon - Shwedagon Pagoda

Myanmar series part 2 – YANGON

I arrived at Yangon International Airport via Bangkok Air, late on a Friday afternoon, after a somewhat bumpy ride from Bangkok. This isn’t surprising since early June is the beginning of the rainy season. Upon landing, I was pleasantly surprised to find an organized and efficient arrival process (passport control,...