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Pictures of our Myanmar (Burma) trip - without our vehicle in December 26th, 2016, to January 22nd, 2017
 
- Part 4 from Mandalay to Bagan by ship and back to Yangon (Rangoon)
 
past:
Thai 'Visa-Run' to Kawthoung in Myanmar on April 6th, 2006
before:
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
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:
    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 21, 2017
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    262  1/18/2017; 5.30am: Our ”Government
    Boat” leaves the IWT Gawain Jetty in Mandalay
    (C 21.97020/96.05609). It will sail with us during 14
    hours for US$29.60 (= 2 people) on the mighty
    Irrawaddy River to Bagan. It’s still night. Only a
    few lights are visible on the shore of Sagaing
    263  It dawns slowly. On the western –
    later the northern – hilly riverbank we can
    recognize some pagodas rising skywards
    around Sagaing Hill
    264  The first rays of the sun are catching
    a golden Buddha in Sagaing – a special
    eyecatcher in the early morning hour
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    265  The sunrise announces itself with a
    soft red and spreads a mystical atmosphere.
    Once more the “Sone-U Pone Nya Shin
    Pagoda” on the top of Sagaing Hill
    266  The two bridges over the Irrawaddy River
    in Mandalay; the first is the longer Inwa railway/
    road combination (3'948 ft.) [1’203m] from
    1934, while the newer (2008) Yadanabon road
    bridge (3'694 ft.) [1’126m] is visible behind it
    267  The skies glow at sunrise (6.50am)
    and reflect in the calm surface of the mighty
    Irrawaddy River, the biggest river of
    Myanmar (1'373 miles long) [2’210km]
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    268  A dwelling of palm leaves nestles
    between the red earth bankside
    and the stately trees
    269  A picture that characterizes unmistakably
    Myanmar, be it on the Irrawaddy River bank,
    be it in towns or in the countryside: Golden
    pagodas are rising up everywhere
    270  A small settlement of modest huts snuggling
    into the shade of trees: It must be somehow
    connected with the road network. Why a pickup
    truck would otherwise be parked there?
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    271  Our supply boat “Tain Kyohsaung” goes
    ashore to unload and load. Those moments are
    the most interesting for us as they reveal still
    authentic live of a country that has been cut
    off from the rest of the world for decades
    272  View into the clean engine
    compartment of our rather age-worn
    vessel, manufactured 1955 in Japan
    273  Emil plays with his tablet and is
    checking our current location with GPS.
    At many places was telephone network
    reception (2G), thus also slow internet
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    274  The only vendor on board sells snacks,
    sweets, bananas and apples. At the board
    kitchen there is hot coffee and tea and
    simple rice and noodle dishes
    275  Contrary to us tourists who are sitting
    on chairs, locals are lying or sitting on the
    floor wrapped up in blankets. During the
    first morning hours it is still bitingly cold …..
    276  ….. they are not much interested
    in the passing-by scenery,
    but kill the time gossiping
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    277  From our seats we have a good
    view over the only “exotic corner”
    with the locals
    278  At a stop, a vendor comes on
    board to sell food. She wears the
    typical Myanmese sunscreen make-up,
    called “Thanaka”
    279  A girl is huddling in front of the apple
    bowl. She still wears her woolen beanie. It is
    warming up only slowly. While there are only
    around a dozen locals on board, we count
    40 western backpackers and tourists
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    280  A grove of palms with planting
    comes into sight. The scenery at the river
    bank of the Irrawaddy changes constantly
    281  A gold dredging pump on a boat
    on the Irrawaddy River. The people of
    the Irrawaddy (Kachin, Shan, Bamar)
    have been gold panning for centuries
    282  A few huts on the shore, where its peoples
    live a modest life. It recalls our 21 days' adventure
    in March 1991 on the River Zaire in Africa (now
    DR Congo) and our river trip on the Madeira
    River in the Amazon in Brazil in April 1988
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    283  Ready for the boat trip –
    just waiting for the last passenger
    284  The people of the Irrawaddy depend on
    the river that flows (1'373 miles long) [2’210km]
    from the far north across the country southwards
    into the Andaman Sea. Here laundry is made …..
    285  ….. and clothes are tapped on stones
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    286  A sterile tourist boat overtakes us. Tariff:
    $32 to 52 p.P., while we on the government
    boat pay only $15 p.P. They do not land any-
    where, drive faster than us and the passengers
    hardly experience the exotic activity ashore
    287  Cargo boats are moored at the river
    shore loading goods onto small trucks.
    The Irrawaddy River is often the only
    connection to the outside world
    for the Irrawaddy people
    288  Porters with heavy bags balance
    over small wooden planks to the shore
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    289  Vendors are waiting to be let onto
    our ferry, hoping to sell there some
    fruits or precooked food …..
    290  ….. this Burmese carries a
    bowl with fruits on her head …..
    291  ….. while this girl sells fried chicken parts
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    292  Another stunning colorful picture,
    which fascinates us
    293  Everything is transported on the
    Irrawaddy River – even bicycles. Because
    there are no bridges between Mandalay an
    Bagan (84 miles by road [135km]), everything
    has to be ferried by all sorts of floating means
    294  The banks of the Irrawaddy
    are dotted with golden gleaming
    stupas, temples and pagodas
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    295  A youngster in his traditional
    Longyi is watching life on the river
    296  The young girl is wearing
    an especially decorative beanie
    297  Grandmother and granddaughter are
    watching from the shore the activity on our boat
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    298  Fishermen built some modest sun
    protecting shelters on a broad sandbank.
    Possibly it works also for housing
    299  At a village carefully piled up clay
    jugs are waiting to be transported.
    They will be sold on markets
    300  Passengers leave our boat with luggage
    on their head, on their shoulder and in their
    hand over the wooden planks pulled out
    and pulled in by the ship’s crew
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    301  Passengers who left our boat but live
    on a different place or on the other side
    of the river carry their baggage to the
    already waiting small ”feeder vessel”
    302  Everything has to be transported
    to isolated communities, also petrol barrels.
    It needs strong men to pull them up a sandbar
    303  Everything is organized, also the taxi:
    A bullock cart is on the scene to transport
    residents and goods to their final destination
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    304  Also a monk is leaving our boat
    305  A delicate undertaking: This Burmese
    is climbing up a steep hill, balancing 10 layers
    of raw eggs on her head – likely about
    40 pounds [18kg]. If it only goes well!
    306  A fishing boat is floating peacefully
    on the water. Memories of Africa pop up!
    (check picture #282)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    307  Liliana’s preferred spot on our river
    boat. She loves to watch the exotic happening
    at the landing stages and to take pictures. The
    boat stopped eight times and each time it was
    differently exciting
    308  The Irrawaddy-Pakokku bridge is visible
    at sunset. We passed 88 miles [142km] and
    13 hours earlier at sunrise the previous road bridge
    at Sagaing/Mandalay. It’s now still 13 miles
    [21km] to Nyaung-U, the landing stage for Bagan
    309  The golden ball of the sun sets
    behind the bridge. The impressing 14-hour
    journey from Mandalay to Bagan on the
    Irrawaddy comes to an end although
    the river is navigable to the mouth
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    310  Early morning hot air balloons with
    tourists are silently rising skywards to watch
    the sunrise over Bagan‘s uncountable shrines
    and stupas. A 45 to 60 minute adventure
    cost more than US$380 p.P.!
    311  The magic of Bagan: From the terrace
    of our “Sky View Hotel” we enjoy the sight
    over the temples as the first rays of sun
    make the pagodas gleam. In the background
    Mount Popa, beeline 27 miles [43km]
    312  Abandoned overgrown temple ruins in
    the steppe-like landscape of Bagan invite to be
    explored. Tha Gyar Hit Phaya, north of Bagan–
    Nyaung-U road. The top of the right temple
    collapsed during the latest earthquake on
    8/24/2016 (C 21.18410/94.88190)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    313  The Schwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung-U
    with its bell-shaped stupa is the mother of all
    Bagan pagodas. It was built by King Anawrahta
    in search of a dignified location to host a bone
    of Buddha. When his white elephant carrying
    the relict kneeled down at this place, it was
    considered as a divine sign (C 21.19534/94.89390)
    314  This is how the Schwezigon Pagoda
    looked before its dome was covered due
    to the damage caused by the earthquake in
    August 2016. The quake with a magnitude
    of 6.8 damaged at least 185 pagodas
    315  After his temple visit, Emil sits
    down on a bench next to a Buddhist
    nun to put his socks and shoes back.
    Holy places are only allowed to enter
    barefoot – recommendable: flip-flops
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    316  Trees of golden flowers adorn parts
    of the Schwezigon Pagoda (downright).
    They add to its special beauty
    317  The two of us in the inner courtyard of
    the Schwezigon Pagoda – another one of
    the important pilgrimage sites of Myanmar
    318  Liliana is admiring the richness and beauty of
    the golden shimmering Schwezigon Pagoda. It sits
    on the right hand side on three tall square terraces
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    319  Near the entrance of the Htilominlo
    Temple a huge bell attracts our attention
    320  The Buddhist Htilominlo Temple was
    built in 1218 from brickwork. It is 151 ft.
    [46m] tall and counts to the big structures in
    Bagan (C 21.17858/94.87930). It also suffered
    damages due to the 2016 earthquake
    321  Buddha shrine at the Htilominlo
    Temple. The array of styles of
    Burmese Buddhas is strikingly wide
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    322  To which ethnic group might this
    woman with her beautiful turban belong?
    She’s probably from the Pao tribe.
    Myanmar is a real treasure box of colorful
    ethnic groups. Some fight still a war
    323  Beautiful traditional parasols
    are part of the many souvenirs
    sold at shops near the temples
    324  A woman from the Padaung tribe –
    also called Kayan Lahwi – which is a sub-
    group of the “Red Karen” (Karenni people),
    but named also “Long Neck Karen”,
    is working on her weaving loom
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    325  Built in a different architecture is
    Alodawpye Phaya Temple
    (C 21.17686/94.88261) …..
    326  ….. its wall paintings are
    still quite well preserved …..
    327  ….. in the temple compound two
    dazzling white monk figures carrying a big
    bell on a long pole are eye-catching
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    328  Main entrance to the 164 ft. [50m] tall
    Ananda Phaya Temple. Built in the shape of
    a cross with four entry halls, it is considered
    as Bagan’s most beautiful. It was built bet-
    ween 1091 and 1105 (C 21.17084/94.86769)
    329  One of the four Buddhas placed
    in all four cardinal directions at the
    Ananda temple. Also this temple’s top has
    been damaged during the 2016 quake
    330  One of the dozens of niches in
    the Ananda Temple showing a master-
    piece of a scene of Buddha’s life
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    331  Two porters are carrying a bowl into
    the interior of the Ananda Temple which is
    constructed in Indian style architecture
    332  An especially beautiful example of
    a Buddha statue carved from stone in an
    outer niche of the Ananda Temple, the
    most important shrine in Bagan
    333  Burmese ladies at a temple complex
    are busy counting money and playing with
    their ubiquitous smart phones
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    334  Abandoned and forgotten temples in
    Bagan’s steppe – altogether about 2’200
    335  The Dhammayangyi Temple southeast
    of Old Bagan sits in an attractive garden-like
    compound and is outstanding in its shape of
    a pyramid (C 21.16206/94.87291)
    336  Wherever we look, temples are
    looming everywhere in Bagan’s landscape.
    On the right-hand side in the background
    the 201 ft. [61m] tall Thatbyinnyu Temple
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    337  The Sulamani Temple was constructed
    in 1183 under the reign of King Narapatisithu.
    Especially attractive are its stucco facades.
    Unfortunately it lost also its whole top during
    the August 2016 earthquake (C 21.16492/94.88133)
    338  An immense Buddha statue
    at the Sulamani Temple
    339  Forgotten ancient temples rising in the
    Bagan plains. View from the Sulamani Temple.
    Besides the Shwesandaw Paya (pic #344) and the
    Pyathada Paya (C 21.15830/94.88932) Temples, one
    of the few which still are allowed to be climbed
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    In each direction, the plains around Bagan are dotted with temples and monuments (view from the Sulamani Temple)
    340  Northwest
    341  East
    342  South
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    343  The Thatbyinnyu Temple
    (C 21.16876/94.86300) northwesterly of
    the Dhammayangyi Temple (pic #335)
    344  Not anymore an insider tip! The
    cameras are ready. Hordes of tourists have
    gathered at the platforms of the Shwesandaw
    Pagoda (C 21.16377/94.86608) for sunset and
    still more are arriving …..
    345  ….. no wonder that Emil’s face does
    not look very happy, because in the crowd
    of tourists the ‘special experience’ is lost.
    In the background the Thatbyinnyu
    Temple (pic #343) can be seen
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    View from Shwesandaw-Pagoda: Bagan, the capital city of the ancient Burmese kingdom looks quite surreal when the setting sun puts its glow
    over the temples scattered across the plain. On an area of barely 15½ mi² [40km²] there are still about 2’200 temples and monuments in Bagan
    346  East
    347  Nor'-nor'-west
    348  Southeast
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    349  The market woman in Nyaung-U
    (Bagan) is grating a kind of vegetable
    bulb into a bowl
    350  Sitting behind her heap of bananas and
    besides some coconuts, the market woman in
    Nyaung-U (Bagan) is waiting for customers
    351  The range of vegetables at Nyaung-U’s
    market is ample: Cauliflower, tomatoes, zucchini,
    carrots, celery, cabbage, potatoes, beans,
    onions – everything was carried freshly from
    her village early morning by the market woman
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    352  Each of the three golden shining turrets
    in an entrance at Popa Village hosts a Buddha
    statue in a small niche
    353  The pagoda at the base of Mount
    Popa delights with its richly ornamented
    golden Buddha figures …..
    354  ….. and with its free standing
    Buddha under a baldachin
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    355  The actual mountain “Mount Popa”
    (mountain of flowers) is a 4’981 ft. [1’518m]
    high inactive volcano, which erupted the last
    time 250’000 years ago. 2 miles [3½km] west
    of it rises the 2’156 ft. [657m] high volcanic
    plug “Taung Kalat” with the monastery and
    pilgrimage site “Mt. Popa” out of the steppe,
    about 30 miles [50km] from Nyaung-U (Bagan)
    356  777 steps lead to the “Mount Popa”
    monastery with the “Tuyi n Taung” Pagoda.
    Being a Buddhist sacred place, it is not allowed
    to set foot with shoes in the whole area.
    The steps however are littered with monkey
    poo. The relatively aggressive macaques
    are living there and are ‘imaginatively’
    trying to get some food from visitors
    357  The “Tuyi n Taung” Pagoda sitting on the
    top of the rocky Mount Popa outcrop is beauti-
    fully illuminated at sunset. Also the walkway,
    consisting obviously of 777 steps with a
    difference of about 200 ft. [60m] in altitude,
    is lit-up. The whole mountain area is
    now the “Mount Popa National Park”
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    358  At the foot of the Mount Popa outcrop
    snuggles the same named village which
    spreads an atmosphere of calmness and peace
    359  The visa of our 28 day Myanmar
    trip is coming to an end. Liliana is sitting
    sadly in the airplane of Air KBZ that brings
    us now from Nyaung-U (Bagan) to Yangon.
    One day later we fly with Air Asia back to
    Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia
    360  The airplane is after bus, railway,
    boat and shared taxi our last Myanmese
    (Burmese) mean of transport with which
    we crisscrossed for one month Myanmar.
    We are boarding it in Nyaung-U with
    destination Yangon (Rangoon)
     
    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 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
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    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
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    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)
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    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
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