Category: Myanmar

Posts regarding the country of Myanmar (previously known as Burma)

Golden Rock in Myanmar is perched on the edge of a giant boulder

Myanmar series part 6 – GOLDEN ROCK

My Asian Wings flight touched down at Yangon International Airport in late morning. As usual, the plane stopped on the tarmac and we were bussed to the terminal. The domestic terminal is quite different from the international one. We exited the bus and walked a short distance to a small...

Myanmar - Inle Lake - Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

Myanmar series part 5 – INLE LAKE

Local farmers and villagers spread their cloth coverings on the ground or on wooden tables to sell their products at the rotating markets. Intha fishermen use arms and legs to row their long boats as they lay or pull up their fishing nets each day on a lake that figures into every local resident’s life. Villages dot the green hillsides where locals go about their daily life. Buddhist monasteries are located throughout the area. Temple ruins tell of an existence many years ago. Located at 3K feet elevation on the Shan Plateau in central Myanmar is the Inle Lake area. If you visit just one place in this re-emerging country, Inle Lake will provide an overview of what life in this country is all about.

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,...