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The Kite and its string

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A September 1995 trip to Myanmar by Joel

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Quote: The Kite and its String. Indeed, the Ayeyarwaddy river is the string controlling the "kite" that is Myanmar. Thinking of a kite is a good way to envision the country: it is roughly diamond-shaped, with long, narrow Tanintharyi as its tail. For millennia, the names of the nation and the river have been synonymous.

The Kite and its string

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'The first inhabitants of the world.' That is what the name Myanmar means, and it is what the Myanmars symbolically consider themselves to be. According to the history-mythology of the country, Myanmar's kings were descendants of the Buddha's family. They called their people Brahma. The word has taken many forms in past centuries - Mramma, Bamma, Mien, Burma, Myanmar - but always with the same meaning. Even today, Burma, now called Myanmar, is still half-hidden from foreign eyes, a remote and little known country; but still the biggest country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is far from the easiest or most comfortable country in Asia to visit, but it has some magical sights, incredibly friendly ...Read More

Shwedagon Pagoda

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Attraction | "Schwedagon Pagoda"

Shwedagon Pagoda Photo, Yangon, Myanmar
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RANGOON is probably the first place to visit on your trip. There are many traces left off the British domination. The centre is marked by its colonial background: wide, straight avenues and severe Victorian façades, which once were the pomp and circumstance of the British empire. I especially admire Rangoon's gold-encrusted Schwedagon Pagoda, on of the great wonders of the Buddhist World. Being the tallest structure in the entire city, it also dominates from the hilltop of Singuttara. Everyone in Myanmar dreams of visiting this temple at least once in their lifetime. The Schwedagon is surrounded by an incredible assortment of shrines, statues, temples, images and pavilions which display t...Read More

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Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda Road
Yangon, Myanmar

Strand Hotel, Yangon

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Attraction | "Strand Hotel"

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Descending in the direction of the river, in the middle of the British colonial district, you'll see the Sule Pagoda. It is much smaller than the Schwedagon but built in the same period. You must also go visit the legendary British colonial Strand Hotel at the waterfront. By stopping over for the night or just simply for a meal, you can get nostalgic over the British colonial era. The hotel has recieved a thorough facelift and the rooms are no more as reasonably priced as they were during the 1980's; still it's worth stepping into the teak-furnished lounge for a cup of tea or a Mandalay Beer from the People's Brewery. Indian waiters still hover over every table in the high-ceilinged restaurant. Mind a...Read More

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Strand Hotel, Yangon
92 Strand Road
Yangon, Myanmar
(95 1) 243-377

Mandalay, the Golden City

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Chines looking girl with parasol Photo, Myanmar, Asia
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We board a night train from RANGOON to MANDALAY, the 'Golden City'. Besides exploring the sights of this old palace-city by rickshaw, we've been to the former capital, AMARAPURA, city of immortality. This is a city whose inhabitants' main livelihood is weaving cotton and silk into Myanmar's loveliest festive clothing. You can observe master craftsmen carve stone Buddha statues, sew kalagas or temple hangings, and fashion marionettes. Near this former royal city is Lake Taungthaman, an intermittent body of water which dries up in the winter and leaves fertile, arable land in its stead. It is spanned by the 1,2km long U Bein Bridge, constructed from teak planks. This rickety teak bridge stands today ju...Read More

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Inle Lake

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Attraction | "Lake Inle"

Inle Lake Photo, Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar
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From the little village Nyaungshwe, on the edge of INLE LAKE, we've been to the floating market, crowded with colourful local inhabitants in wooden boats. Mystical. Magical. Outrageously picturesque. These and many other words have been used in attempts to describe the fairytale land of Inle Lake and the amazing, elegant silhouettes of the Intha fishers who populate its shores and surface. Their homes are built over the water on stilts, its vegetable fields - kyunpaws - float on the lake's surface, and its fishermen stroll thier long, narrow boats with a unique leg-rowing motion that has made them famous. Perching precariously on the boat's stern with one foot, the fisherman adroitly twists his other ...Read More

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Inle Lake


Bagan Archeological Zone/Bagan Temples

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Attraction | "Pagan, richest archeological site in Southeast Asi"

Bagan Archeological Zone/Bagan Temples Photo, Bagan, Myanmar
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PAGAN has been called the richest archeological site in Southeast Asia where over 13,000 temples and pagodas were constructed during the Golden Period from the 11th to the 13th centuries. Today the 2000 remaining monuments reflect the legacy of this Golden Era. Its only rival between India and China is the great temple of Angkor in Cambodia. Pagan's vast complex is a mixture of distinct architectural styles. In the deserted plain of temples, quiet rural roads lead us to the many multi-tiered pagodas. They soar to the sky, their spires tipped with gold flicker in the mid day sun. Visit the classical temples of Pagan: the bell shaped Shwezigon Pagoda, Kubyaukkyi Temple, Htilominlo Temple with its lovely...Read More

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Bagan Archeological Zone/Bagan Temples

Bagan, Myanmar

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Oh yes, the people of Myanmar are very friendly and helpful. The women are very beautiful while the men have a lovely slim figure. And there are just no words to describe the magic of this mysterious country...

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