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BURMA - Myanmar

Date: 11th August 2016

As part of my contract with Just You http://@justyou as their Ambassador, I have to take a short haul and long haul holiday - it's a tough assignment!!!!   My short haul was Highlights of Tuscany which was most enjoyable and superbly planned.  They've chosen, as my Long Haul experience, to send me to Burma in November.

The trip sounds incredibly interesting although there's a lot of travelling and several internal flights.  Among the delights will be a Yangon City Tour and another to Mandalay.  I'm very much looking forward to  dinner on the banks of the Irrawaddy and a visit to the Nyang Oo market followed by Alms giving.  We are going to Inle lake to see sunken stupas and visiting Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset.  Along the way we are going to encounter a couple of enormous Buddhas - one of which is covered in Gold leaf.  

I experienced the Gold Leaf Buddhas  50 years ago when passing through Bangkok on my way to Australia.  We stopped off for a couple of days to break the journey and made a trip to one of the ancient capitals Ayudhya and in a temple we saw people making votive offerings of gold leaf - similar to our custom of lighting candles in Cathedrals and Churches.

I also remember the Gulf of Pattaya which was nothing more than a few bungalows and immense amounts of Bougainvillea - now nothing but high rise hotels.

I'm delighted to be visiting Burma in these early stages of the opening of the doors to tourism.  Hopefully it won't yet be spoiled as, sadly, most places become eventually.  Can't blame anyone - that's commercialism. 

I'm treating myself to a new camera because I have a feeling the photo opportunities are going to be superb.

Roll on November.

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