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Pictures of our Myanmar (Burma) trip - without our vehicle in December 26th, 2016, to January 22nd, 2017
- Part 3 from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
 
past:
Thai 'Visa-Run' to Kawthoung in Myanmar on April 6th, 2006
before:
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 Bago (Pegu) - Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
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 4 – from Mandalay to Bagan by ship and back to Yangon (Rangoon)
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ601982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from February 6th to May 3rd, 2017
 
 
Myanmar Map
 
 
            Map of Southeast Asia
 
latest picture: January 16, 2016
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166  At the Northern edge of the 13½ miles
[22km] long and 6¼ miles [10km] wide Inle
Lake sits Nyaungshwe, a small relaxed little
town, 7¾ miles [12½km] south of the railway
station Shwenyaung, which is the base
for the boat trips …..
167  ….. despite its rather laid-back character,
there is a sign also here showing the distances
to different other Myanmar locations …..
168  ….. side by side are the charming houses
and the imposing Myazaydi Pagoda along
‘Yone Gyi’ Street
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
169  During the day the street life of
Nyaungshwe is constantly changing: In
the late afternoon children are cycling
home from school …..
170  ..... in the morning horse-drawn
carriages and motorbikes drive along
the dusty road .….
171  ….. and at noon, Buddhist nuns
are walking along with their bowls and
ask for alms from door to door
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
172  The two clay pots along the road
are filled with cool drinking water – during
the heat of the day a welcome refreshment
173  Emil at our favorite restaurant ‘Inle Palace’
next to the ‘Golden Dream Hotel’ overlooking
the main street ‘Yone Gyi’. Pizza, Spaghetti
and other delicious Italian dishes keep us happy
174  Not everybody has running water
in their house in Nyaungshwe. A mother
gives her boy a wash at a little pool
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
175  Sorting out vegetables is a common
sight along the streets of Nyaungshwe
176  Waiting for tourists, moored boats
are bobbing up and down gently at
Nyaungshwe’s jetty
177  A speedboat approaches Nyaungshwe’s
jetty. Boat travels are part of daily life for
people living in the stilt villages around Inle Lake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
178  A peaceful mood on the shallow Inle
Lake (45mi² [116km²], ø-depth 5 ft. [1½m]),
the second largest freshwater lake in Myanmar
179  His cellular pressed against his ear,
the boatman of the ‘Intha’ tribe (= sons
of the lake) is sailing in his wooden cargo
boat to the weekly market
180  The ‘Ann Heritage Lodge’ on the
western shore of Inle Lake is an upper class
hotel – one of the (too) many around the lake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
181  Inpawkhon is one of the 17 stilt
villages at Inle Lake – the housing of
predominantly people of the
‘Intha’ tribe
182  Our boatman guides us through a
narrow canal where we are admiring the
floating gardens. The long poles act as
anchors (Fare: 5½ hours US$18 =2 people)
183  The life of the ‘Intha’ people living in the
stilt villages, is concentrated totally on the lake
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
184  Approx. 70‘000 people live on and
around Inle Lake. Their income is generated
mainly by growing vegetables on floating gardens
185  A lovely wooden two-storey stilt house
along one of the many waterways in Inle Lake
186  A tourist boat is moving slowly
towards a golden stupa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
187  An art in itself: One of the fishermen is
using the traditional technique of rowing the boat
with one leg while using both hands for fishing
188  A fisherman is carrying his conical
fyke net on the calm waters of Inle Lake
189  It looks like a ballet, when
the fisherman casts his throw net
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
190  Mooring tourist longboats
at a jetty of a souvenir factory
191  An Inle Lake resident is selling on
her boat flowers and bananas to tourists
192  It is a joy speeding through the narrow
and windy river with its tree-lined shore from
Inle Lake to the ‘Shwe Indein’-Pagoda
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
193  The huge multistory building, completely
built on stilts, hosts the souvenir workshop
‘Ngwe Sin Tun’ and looks almost like a temple.
There are a lot of those places, which are
preferred targets by tourist boatsmen
194  The old tradition of craftsmanship is
widely practiced at Inle Lake’s floating
villages. At such a silversmith near
Nampang we are able to watch the
manufacturing of jewellery …..
195  ….. the traditional handwork is
not only carried out by females,
but also by men
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
196  The ‘Intha’ tribe living in these stilt
houses are fishermen and farmers …..
197  ….. they grow vegetables, fruits and
flowers on the floating gardens. The gardens are
a mix of marsh, soil and water hyacinths that are
fixed with bamboo sticks on the lake’s ground
198  Very scenic: Golden stupas
northeast of Shwe Indein (Nyaung Ohak)
greet from a hilltop
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
199  Young women of the village of Inthein
(known also as Shwe Indein) are on the tourist
catch at the ruins of Nyaung Ohak …..
200  ….. they show off their “longyis“,
the traditional sari, worn by men
and women across Myanmar …..
201  …..one of the young girls with her
decorative headdress smiles for a picture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
202  The dusty village of Inthein
203  The ruins of Inthein’s ‘Nyaung Ohak’
(what means group of Banyan trees) spread
a peculiar mood. They are reclaimed more
and more by the jungle …..
204  ….. with their crumpling and over-
grown state they look quite picturesque
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
205  Despite its overgrown state, the
stucco carvings at the ruins of ‘Nyaung
Ohak’ in Inthein are still partly visible …..
206  ….. also a faded Buddha statue
carved into a rock shelter survived …..
207  ….. a special proof of the power of
nature is that the tree was able to lift even
the “Hti“ (the umbrella of the stupa)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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At the Shwe Indein pagoda – located about 850 yards [<800m] on a hill southwest of Inthein – tower 1’054 weather beaten
ancient stupas of the 17th and 18th century, as well as some recent golden ones. They are in all states of preservation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
211  The golden (more recent?) stupas
of the Shwe Indein pagoda are arranged
around the central shrine
212  There is a richly ornamented ancient
stone figurine on the plinth of a stupa at the
Shwe Indein pagoda, which draws the attention
213  It is an overwhelming feeling being
surrounded by the golden stupas of the Shwe
Indein pagoda. Liliana fully enjoys it
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
214  Buddha image at the shrine
of the Shwe Indein pagoda
215  The teak wood monastery ‘Nga Phe
Kyaung’ built on stilts is also called ‘The
Monastery of the jumping cats’, because cats
were trained by monks to jump through hoops.
It lies 1.86 miles [3km] beeline NNE of Ywama
216  The portrait of a monk at the
‘Jumping Cat Monastery’ that is said
to be the oldest and biggest
Monastery in the Inle Lake area
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Richly adorned antique Buddha images in the style of the Shan and Bagan areas enrich the collection at the ‘Jumping Cat Monastery’
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
220  Everything fits! Emil makes himself
comfortable on our boat. He is ready
for the next ride
221  We glide through a canal that
is engulfed by tall reed belts
222  A local walks his bicycle along
the seashore home to his village
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
223  Emil is having a little chat with other
passengers at the lunch stop with the minibus
from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay
at the Irrawaddy River of Myanmar. The 106
miles [170km] long drive took totally 8 hours
and cost US$12.30 pp
224  The carefully piled up oranges
into pyramids at a road stall
are catching our eyes
225  It needs little to make Emil look happy!
At lunch time at ‘J & J BBQ & Beer
Restaurant’ at 26th street in Mandalay
(C. 21.98406°/96.06637°)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A road in Mandalay, the second largest town of Myanmar with about 1.1m people on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River
is crammed with parked motorbikes. Motorbike taxis are popular. We also used them. It’s one of the means of transport –
besides the helplessly overcrowded busses – that Burmese people can also still afford
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
229  On the wide brown Irrawaddy River
rather antique boats are moored. The river
is a lifeline for the people, but nowadays
also a tourist attraction
230  Also almost a museum piece?
An archaic vehicle at the Irrawaddy
River transporting goods
231  People are carrying heavy bags on
their heads to or from a ship. A scene from
the Irrawaddy river bank in Mandalay
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
232  The many washing lines of the people
living in very simple shacks and conditions
along the Irrawaddy river bank make for
a colorful picture
233  A foursquare pagoda along ‘Thinga
Yazar Channel’ glows in the evening light
of Mandalay. Mandalay is known to be the
last capital of the Burmese Kingdom
234  A father is watching life on the streets
of Mandalay with his cute little daughter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
235  The pedestrial U Bein Bridge in
Amarapura, about 7 miles [11km] south
of Central Mandalay, is stretching 3'967 ft.
[1'209m] across Lake Taungthaman. It is
the world’s longest teak bridge …..
236  ….. the shallow Lake Taungthaman
measures nearly 2 miles [3km]. In the
background north of the lake glows the
‘Pahtodawgyi-Pagode’ in the evening light …..
237  …..it offers a lovely view to the bridge
with its more than thousand posts, built in
1849. Some of the wooden pillars have
been replaced by concrete poles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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An uninterrupted line of locals but also some tourists walk across the U Bein bridge when the sun sets as a red ball on January 14th, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
241  Perfect idyll at the lovely manicured
‘National Kandawgyi Garden’ in Pyin Oo
Lwin (formerly Maymyo; 255’000 pop.) –
a hill resort and popular recreational park at
3’538 ft., 42 miles [67km] east of Mandalay
242  A lovely little golden pagoda shines
on a small island in the Kandawgyi Lake
243  The Kandawgyi Lake is home to
white swans and ducks. The lovely and
peaceful former botanical garden has
become a popular picnic spot for
locals and an attraction for tourists
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The beautifully arranged flowerbeds around the peaceful lake at the ‘National Kandawgyi Garden’ in Pyin Oo Lwin,
fascinate in their variety of flowers and their vibrancy of colors
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
247  The 12-storey Nan Myint Tower in
the ‘National Kandawgyi Garden’ is reflecting
in the calm water. Unfortunately its viewing
deck is currently closed for visitors
248  Nostalgic horse-drawn carriages are still
a popular and attractive mean of transport in
Pyin Oo Lwin, the summer residence of the
former British colonial government. Burma –
today Myanmar – belonged to British India
249  Emil is waiting on a bench at the railway
station of Pyin Oo Lwin for the delayed train
direction Lashio. We intend to drive during
5½ hours over the Goitek viaduct until
Kyaukme – fare US$1.75 pp
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
250  The time table board at the
Pyin Oo Lwin train station to Mandalay,
Kyaukme and Lashio
251  Liliana is looking out of the train window.
Our „Upper Class“ wagon of train „№ 131up“
is solely occupied by tourists. All have the
same goal: The 335 ft. [102m] high famous
‘Goteik’ trestle viaduct
252  Liliana is making herself comfortable
in the train to Kyaukme, 65 miles [105km]
northeast of Pyin Oo Lwin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The scenery rolling past is diverse – pagodas and all kinds of agriculture
253  An impressing Buddhist temple
in the countryside
254  Women are tilling their fields, wearing
broad-rimmed straw hats to protect them
from the scorching sun
255  Buffalos are roaming on harvested fields
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
256  The train slows down and descends
to the main attraction, the 335 ft. [102m] high
and 2‘260 ft. [689m] long trestle viaduct
of Goteik in Nawnghkio. It was built by
American engineers, commissioned by the
British colonial government in 1901 …..
257  ….. view into the dizzying
depth of the Goteik Gorge …..
258  ….. and the most exciting moment
when the diesel train „crawls“ in walking
speed over the trestle viaduct without any
rails. Will the old steel construction from
1901 also continue to hold for us?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
259  The view downwards
catches the subtropical treetops
260  Towards the bottom of the gorge
we spot other rails: Due to strategic reasons
a diversionary route deeper downwards
was built 1976, in case the main bridge was
sabotaged. It was decommissioned in 2002
261  The highlight – the Goteik viaduct – is
over. We continue our journey for another two
hours past a landscape dotted with flowers until
Kyaukme, from where we return by share taxi
the next day to Mandalay: Fare pp US$12.35
/110 miles [177km]/4 hours
 
More websites from Myanmar:
Myanmar (Burma) Part 1 from Yangon (Rangoon) to the 'Golden Rock' of Kyaiktiyo
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 Bago (Pegu) - Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
Myanmar (Burma) Part 4 – from Mandalay to Bagan by ship and back to Yangon (Rangoon)
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