Myanmar 02 - 05  -  07/08    Photos by Sue & Tony

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This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about  Rudyard Kipling

Traveling in different Asian countries, I met people who said "ah, but you should have seen it in 1975 or 63 or 52" or whenever.  With Burma I thought I had a chance to visit a country still largely unaffected by the influx of tourists.   I loved every minute and could hardly wait to return.

We  were aware of the controversy over whether or not to go,  all I can say is we thought about it long and hard.  Others may decide differently. 

These Burma/Myanmar photos were taken over a three week trip in November/December 2002.   I traveled with two friends, Barbara and Colin and again in 2005, travelling with my husband Tony.  We had intended to spend 6 weeks in Myanmar on this second trip but as luck would have it we were amongst the very few granted 'e' visa's before the service closed down.  By the time we got to Yangon and applied to extend our 28day visa, they had decided that 'e' visa's could not be extended.   We overstayed by a few days but were uncomfortable being without a valid visa and decided to move on with our extended SEA trip.

 Tony and I returned for three months in 2007/08 to volunteer at an urban school me in Yangon and Tony at a rural school.  Link to our time as volunteers at Growing Together Schools

 

I made our internal flight arrangements and booked hotels through Radiant Travel in Yangon and can in 2018 still highly recommend them.   

Contact Radiant at sales@radiant.com.mm      Website: www.radianttours.com

We got around via all manner of transport.   Plane, long tail & ferry boats, tuk tuk, cars, horse cart, ox cart, stagecoach, hot air balloon and the usual Asian clapped out bicycle. We ate in an amazing setting by the banks of the Ayeyerwady under an inky black star studded sky, with 100 huge octagonal lanterns swaying in the massive trees above our heads, and in little shacks.  Our most expensive meal was $21 US for the three of us excluding beer etc and the cheapest was $2 for the three of us.  Both were excellent.  In 2005 as to be expected it was a little more 'expensive', ditto 2008

The best thing about Burma is the wonderful people, they are a constant delight, the worst is probably the roads which are beyond description.


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