My time in Myanmar

Location MapDuration: 17 days
Expenses: AUD$560 or AUD$33/day

“Myanmar will be the adventure”, my friend said. It seemed like it would be when the first image I saw of it was a map showing all the red areas off limits to foreigners. But it didn’t seem off limits at all.

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Hiking Kalaw to Inle Lake

Location MapThe hike from Kalaw to Inle Lake passes through highland farmland and villages. It’s a nice way to see the way of life here and being higher up the temperatures are much milder. A refreshing change to the hot dry season weather we’ve experienced down south.
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Overnight at the Golden Rock

Location MapFor thousands of years monks applied gold leaf to a rock at Kyaikhteeyoe that teeters on the cliff. Legend has it that the rock is held in place by one of Buddha’s hairs. It seems to be a pretty popular pilgrimage and many come to make offerings and stay at the Golden Rock.
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Three quick days in Yangon

Location MapSo in Yangon I have had very limited success with my Burmese, but I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of saying a simple “hello” and a “thank you”. I gave up on the phrases given to me by Google and instead just reverted to gestures, maybe a little bit of charades, but it doesn’t really matter most of the time. Unless of course your taxi driver has no idea where you want to go.
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