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Burma

Brief Interlude – Burma, Part 2

I followed my visit to Bagan with a tour of the other 2 big tourist spots in Burma. Mandalay and Inle. I had not been in Inle before and figured though it is infested by tourism, there are really few… Continue Reading →

Brief Interlude – Monywa, Burma: A Special Mention

As I had commented earlier, Monywa gets a special mention. We had a couple of days to kill to fit in with an appointment with my Friend’s Mum and we scouted for places near Mandalay to explore. Monywa came up… Continue Reading →

Brief Interlude – Burma, Part 1

The intent was to overland to India and explore some parts of NE India. Turned out that the Tamu-Moreh Border is closed at the moment and no more permits are being given. Should I sneak thro, Hmmm, I figured not… Continue Reading →

Day 130: Hitch-biking out of the hell road

We planned to wale up early and hit the road, but the night was rough and the little sleep I could get in the wee hours, I was happy to lie around. Finally was up at 7 and a monk… Continue Reading →

Day 129a: Keep calm when a fucking gun is pointed at you

OK I will start this from the point of camping at the river banks about 10 miles North-East of Myitta. We had had a shower in the river and retired early. At 1930 I probably dozed off. I was woken… Continue Reading →

Day 129: Trying to ride out of Myanmar in shitty roads

There is a postscript to this day and you should read it here. This day started quietly and we had plans to meet up with Mario, Olya and Steve. Mario and Olya had to head to the bus station early… Continue Reading →

Day 128: Riding with the Dawei mountain bike club

We made b’fast plans and met up with Steve, Sophie and Ingo at a tea shop. The beach wasn’t too far and we figured a late start wouldn’t really affect our days ride. Steve mentioned that the owner of the… Continue Reading →

Day 127: Big festival in Dawei with old and new friends

We reached Dawei on the narrow roads. There were a few stops along the way and we got to the bus station around 7. It’s been a sequence of many days we have slept the night in buses or trains…. Continue Reading →

Day 126: Day tripping Yangon

We reached Yangon at 6 am at a really huge bus station. The spot was 15 km out of town and we had no idea where to catch the next ride to Dawei. We had no plans to stay in… Continue Reading →

Day 125: Sunset sluts of Bagan

We decided to hit out one of the pagodas for sunrise. It’s one of the must do things in bagan! run around and find spots where the sunrise / sun set views are good. To avoid rushing, we decided to… Continue Reading →

Day 124: Hitting up Bagan

We reached Bagan in the wee hours and at 4 am or so, I was woken up by the driver to walk down and show passports to some check point. When I got off I realized it was the ticket… Continue Reading →

Day 123: More transportation and less biking

Up all night, what with trying to sleep in a contorted pose and the random bounce the train would throw on us every few minutes. Our train stopped off at random spots for hours at a time to allow other… Continue Reading →

Day 122: Back on the bleeding train

With all the enquiry on our presence in Myitkina, and given that we cannot ride much in Kachin, we decided to high tail it back to Mandalay and find a different route to rice in before making our exit way… Continue Reading →

Day 121: Turned away, again

Well, I’ve heard of train delays in Burma and today I experienced it too. It was a 5 hr delay and put a bit of kibosh on our plans to get a long ride in. Well that’s just the start…. Continue Reading →

Day 120: Train ride to Myitkina

Was going to be a slow day today, what with the train starting at 2 pm and we having nothing to do in town either. I got up late at 8 am and walked up for b’fast. He spread was… Continue Reading →

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