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Pictures of our Myanmar (Burma) trip - without our vehicle in December 26th, 2016, to January 22nd, 2017
 
- Part 2 Bago (Pegu) - Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
 
past:
Thai 'Visa-Run' to Kawthoung in Myanmar on April 6th, 2006
before:
Myanmar (Burma) Part 1 – from Yangon (Rangoon) to the 'Golden Rock' of Kyaiktiyo
Ukraine – from Russia border at Kyaterinіvka to port city Odessa (29th container to Bintulu/Sarawak/East Malaysia)
Russia – from Kazakhstan (at Mikhaylovka) to Mongolia (at Tashanta) and Ukraine border at Krupets August 21st to November 11th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan border at Korday to Russia border at Shemonaika – August 9th to 21st, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to July xxth, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
afterwards:
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
Myanmar (Burma) Part 4 – from Mandalay to Bagan by ship and back to Yangon (Rangoon)
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ601982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017
 
 
Myanmar Map
 
 
            Map of Southeast Asia
 
latest picture: January 9, 2017
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082  The clocktower marks the center of
Bago (formerly Pegu), the fifth biggest
(<300'000 pop.) town in Myanmar, about
50 miles [80km] from Yangon, Bago is a
wonderful treasure box of Buddhist sights
083  The pretty two-storey building in
colonial architecture near the Leikpaya
Reservoir in Bago is a schoolhouse today
084  A new coat of paint could give new
beauty to these old buildings in a side street
close to the railway station of Bago
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
085  The Shwemawdaw Pagoda with its
towering height of 374 ft. (114m) is over
1’000 years old. It enshrines two sacred
hairs of Buddha and is the tallest pagoda
in Myanmar. It surpasses the Shwedagon
Pagoda in Yangon by 52½ ft. [16m]
086  An altar with three Buddha's in festive
robes at the Shwemawdaw Pagoda where
devout Buddhists come to pray and bring
offerings such as flowers, money and
golden paper umbrellas
087  The many bell-shaped stupas of
the Shwemawdaw Pagoda with their delicately
gilded spires on the top are a dazzling sight
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
088  The Shwemawdaw Pagoda has a more
than 1’000 year’s old history. Shwemawdaw
means “Great Golden God“. In the years of
982 and 1385 a tooth of Buddha – besides
the two hairs – was added each to the shrine
089  An image with five monks decorates
the entrance of the Shwemawdaw Pagoda
090  Stunningly beautiful: A pavilion within
the Shwemawdaw Pagoda in Bago
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
091  Mother and daughter are making a
little break at the stairs of a huge bell at
the Shwemawdaw Pagoda …..
092  ….. the very pretty daughter is
looking like a little princess …..
093  ….. and Emil in front of another bell
with an imposing entwined golden handle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
094  The beauty of Bago‘s Shwemawdaw
Pagoda is breathtaking from every corner
095  An altar at the Shwemawdaw
Pagoda where people come to pray
day and night. There is no congregational
worship in Buddhism
096  Monument of the 1917 earthquake:
When the old “Hti“ – the umbrella-like feature
(finial ornament) placed at the top of the stupa
spire of the Shwemawdaw Pagoda – collapsed
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
097  The “Hintha“ bird, Bago’s emblem.
Legend goes that at floodwaters only the tip
of a hill rose out of the torrent, leaving space
only for one bird. The male therefore let the
female land on its back. They were seen by
two princes who later founded the
kingdom on this spot
098  The display of impressing Buddha
statues is endless: A Buddha statue at the
park of the reclining ‘Mya Thar Lyaung’
Buddha …..
099  ….. and another Buddha statue
at the Shwemawdaw Pagoda
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
100  Despite being scatfolded, the recon-
struction of the golden ‘Kambazathadi Palace’
of King Bayinnaung from the 16th century
in Bago is still a feast for the eyes
101  The replica of the King’s elaborate
carriage sparks the imagination of royal
life at that time
102  The ‘Royal Audience Hall’ with its
impressive tall golden columns where confe-
rences were performed 3 times in a year
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
103  Picture of the splendid original of the
‘Kambazathadi Palace’ in Bago. It consisted
of 76 apartments and halls, was built in
1556, burned down in 1599, was
reconstructed 1990 and finished 1992
104  A richly ornate Buddhist column
in red and gold in the park of the
‘Mya Thar Lyaung’ reclining Buddha
105  Emil is trying to explain to the
rickshaw driver where we want to
go and negotiates the fare
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
106  The golden Shwethalyaung Buddha in
Bago is known as the sixth largest reclining
Buddha in Myanmar. It is 180 ft. [54.8m]
in length and 52 ft. [16m] in height and is
housed in a protecting pavilion. It was
built in 994 and restored many times
107  Amazing figures: The dimensions
of the reclining Shwethalyaung Buddha.
Btw: The world longest reclining Buddha
is the ‚Winsein Tawya Buddha’ near
Mawlamyaing/Myanmar (600 ft. [182.9m])
108  The feet of the Shwethalyaung
reclining Buddha are enormous. The
great toe alone measures 6 ft. [1.83m]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
109  The sole of the Shwethalyaung
reclining Buddha, coated with precious
stones, measures 25 ft. [7.7m]
110  Father and daughter are praying at the
white elephant sculpture at the reclining
Myathalyaung Buddha, 550 yards [500m]
south of the Shwethalyaung-Buddha
111  A special feature of the reclining
Myathalyaung Buddha are the soles of its feet.
are decorated with images representing the
108 auspicious characteristics of the Buddha
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
112  The face of the 269 ft. [82m] long
reclining Myathalyaung Buddha radiates
kindness and peace …..
113  ….. it lies without shelter in the open
in the park besides the Shwethalyaung
Pagoda and was built only in 2002 …..
114  ….. another beautiful close-up of
the head of the Myathalyaung Buddha
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
115  The Mahazedi Pagoda in Bago, built
on a large pyramidal shaped base. Its
unique architecture can best be admired
by circumnavigating it …..
116  ….. it dates back to the 16th century
and was built to enshrine a Buddha
tooth relict .....
117  ….. the view from the top. Emil
climbs up the steep stairways and enjoys
especially this view (women are not allowed)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
118  Two of the four 27m (90 ft.) tall
Buddha’s at the Kyaikpun Pagoda in Bago.
They are sitting back-to-back around a huge
square pillar. Each one is looking to one
of the four cardinal directions …..
119  ….. an atmospheric Buddha
poster at the shrine
(Lord Buddha Festivals Art) …..
120  ….. the other two Buddha statues
looking towards different directions. All
four are shown at the moment of their
and with one hand touching the earth
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
121  A souvenir vendor with her
baby watches the foreign tourists
122  Three boys with different
toys in front of their house
123  The vast golden dome of the
Shwemawdaw Pagoda is Bago’s pride
and said to be over 1‘000 years old
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
124
125
126
Typical and fascinating Myanmar: A green hill covered with temples and golden stupas in Bago glowing in the warm evening light
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
127  Early morning at the train station in
Bago: People are waiting with bag and
baggage for the approaching train to
Thazi and Mandalay …..
128  ….. the train “№ 11up” arrives
punctual to the minute. We are ready
for our first train experience
in Myanmar …..
129  ….. Liliana is sitting comfortably in the
Bago-Thazi-Mandalay train. It leaves to the
minute in Bago (and arrives even a bit earlier
at Thazi). The ticket costs US$5.40 p.p.
“Upper Class” for the 10 hours’ ride
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
130  On the train ride Bago-Thazi we roll
past flat land with harvested fields. Now and
then a Burmese temple with a golden pagoda
appears between modest villages
131  The network of Myanmar Railways
consists of narrow-gauge railroad lines
and makes therefore for a rather shaky
journey
132  What is cultivated here?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At a little mountain station we enjoy the still authentic busy activity. Fond memories of Bolivia pop up
133  A youngster returns from the
field and boards our train …..
134  ….. father and son are sitting
on the floor sorting out things …..
135  ….. a women is walking along the train
offering sticky rice packed into banana leaves
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
136  The first mountains come into view
between Phyu and Taungoo while the train
approaches more and more the chain of hills
137  The modest dwellings of the Burmese
people are often very close to the rail track.
Sometimes the backyard is only a
stone‘s throw away
138  Steam rises early morning at a small
“train station kitchen”. There is warm
food and hot coffee!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
139  6.30am: Departure from Thazi to
Shwenyaung (Inle Lake) on train “№ 141up”:
The morning wind blowing through the
windowless train is still very chilly. Liliana
protects herself with jumper and headscarf
140  The nostalgic bumpy train ride on a
branch line from Thazi to Shwenyaung
(Inle Lake) brings us on another wonderful
10 hours drive up to about 4'675 ft.
[1‘425m] (US$2.30 p.p. “Upper Class“)
141  Train nostalgia pure: We both
in the dilapidated rumbling train without glass
windows, with worn out archaic fans hanging
at a precarious angle at the ceiling, but with
comfortable seats and vendors of snacks,
coffee and even beer!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
142  What is the woman carrying in her
heavy bag to the train compartment?
May be charcoal for sale?
143  “Who wants to buy a drink?“
The vendors are present at
each train stop
144  A mother tries to earn some money
to feed her family by selling freshly picked
papayas from her garden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
145  With blaring horns and a trail of
smoke the rattling train is inching its way
through hilly bush towards the mountains
146  The little train station “Zit Zat Reverse“
in the mountains. Instead to turn, the train
goes from here backwards up the hill to drive
a bit later again forwards (zigzag drive)
147  “What’s to buy here?“ A tempting
stall at another little train station
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
148  When the two daily trains passed (once
up - once down), it’s getting quiet and lonely
again for the people living in this small
settlement of Lebyin right next to the tracks
149  In the countryside there is no rush.
Life is moving at a leisurely pace
150  A villager is watching the activity at a
railway station. Probably it is his only
entertainment of the day
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
151  A peaceful rural countryside scene
where the yellow of the harvested fields
contrast beautifully with the green of the trees
152  Not much privacy: Village with
houses closely built together in the
valley before climbing up to Kalaw
153  Scattered farms, harvested fields
and grainfields are part of the rural
scenery passing by
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
154  The daily train in the opposite direction
“№ 142dn” is crossing us half way …..
155  ….. two interesting local faces
appear at one of the windows …..
156  ….. a happy father with his baby
son looks out of another window
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
157  The quaint little Buddhist monastery
of Sintaung built on a cliff protrudes from
a forest slope …..
158  ….. belonging to it is the golden
Buddha statue standing lost in the bush
159  Southerly view across a pretty valley with
the village of Innkhaung. The multi-day “Kalaw-
Inle Lake-Trek” runs also through this region
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
160  A market stall at a station platform:
Onions, tomatoes, cauliflower, eggplant
and oranges are for sale
161  The face of this girl is attractively
smeared with Thanaka paste, the
Burmese sun cream
162  Villagers with huge bags gather
around a vegetable and fruit stall at
the railroad station
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
163  Trees with lush green treetops
revive the otherwise dry landscape
164  View to the railway bridge we
just crossed. Due to the big gradient
the railway line does a 360° circle
165  The dazzling golden and white stupas
of the Buddha monastery of Taung-lay Lone
are soaring about 3 miles [5km] before the
road crossing Shwenyaung (railway station)
→ Nyaungshwe (village at Inle Lake)
 
The African trip 2013-16:
CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
South Africa Part 1 from Namibia border to Capetown January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
South Africa Part 2 from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park February 24th to March 13th, 2015
South Africa Part 3 from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border March 13th to April 7th, 2015
Lesotho April 7th to 15th, 2015
South Africa Part 4 from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border April 15th to 23rd, 2015
Swaziland April 23rd to 28th, 2015
South Africa Part 5 from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  April 28th to May 15th, 2015
Botswana
Zimbabwe
Mozambique
Malawi
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
Tanzania
Kenya
Ethiopia Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
Ethiopia Part 2   from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016