Mandalay Journals

The Ancient Luxurious Mandalay

An August 2005 trip to Mandalay by myrdal

Quote: Only the name of this town, the old capital of Burma (Myanmar) is able to bring us evocations of luxe and mystery and some kind of Asiatic magic

B&B￿

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It is very typical to go up to Mandalay hill in order to see the sunshine. Of course I went up, and while I was waiting I saw a very beautiful and luxurious terrace, with very comfortable armchairs but nobody was sitting there. I thought it was a good idea to sit there because it looked like a bar. So, I sat waiting for the waiter. Suddenly a boy appeared behind me and in a very low voice he said me: Excuse me sir but this is a "beanbe" area. I thought,: a B&B area??? And then, as I was very convinced a waiter was going to come, I asked him for a drink. The boy repeated to me: Excuse me sir "beanbe" area.... After three times he said: Sir, this is a militar area... Ohhhh, sorry I was understa...Read More

Visiting Pagodas

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If you are thinking to visit Myanmar don´t forget to take an important amount of wet tissues. It is compulsory to come into pagodas without any kind of shoes nor socks. So, when you finish the visit, above all if it rains, your soles will be dirty. If your are going to travel with a guide, it is probably that he/she will provide you that. Anyway, it is very advisable to add an extra-amount of these kind of wet Kleenex in your luggage.