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Myanmar [Burma]

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  • Die Tage am Golf von Bengalen gehen zu Ende, darum wie angedroht ein paar weitere Impressionen vom Strand. Morgen geht's zurück nach Yangon und von dort auf zu neuen Abenteuern.

    Die Bilder zeigen (wenig überraschend) nochmal andere Strandabschnitte und -bewohner: kleine Einsiedlerkrebse, die massenweise über den Strand spazieren, sich teils auch eingraben und dabei tolle Muster in den Sand zeichnen. Größere Artgenossen (Hummer) begegneten uns etwas abseits von ihrem natürlichen Habitat auf unseren Tellern - obwohl nicht mehr ganz lebendig lieferten sie trotzdem einen ehrbaren, wenn auch letztendlich sinnlosen Kampf um ihr Fleisch (ein echtes Erlebnis). Lecker!

    Meer sehen wir wahrscheinlich erst wieder in mehreren Wochen, dann in Kambodscha. Schön war's hier!
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  • Nach zwei Tagen anstrengenster Busfahrt von Ngwesaung zurück nach Yangon (satte 8,5 Stunden für die 230 km) und weiter von Yangon nach Bagan (nochmal 9 Stunden), konnten wir heute erstmalig die Tempelfelder des Mon-Königreiches bestaunen: einfach atemberaubend!

    Toll ist vor allem, dass man das riesige Gebiet teils mit Massen von Touristen teilt, dann (nach 15 min mit dem Elektromoped durch die Pampa düsen) teils aber auch vollkommen verlassene Tempel komplett für sich hat.

    Morgen gibt's nochmal ein Update, dann auch mit Sonnenaufgangsbildern und Erlebnissen drum herum. 😉
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  • Auch am Inle Lake gilt wieder: "the early bird catches the worm 🐛"... das scheint irgendwie das Motto meiner Myanmar Reise geworden zu sein. 🙈
    Der Wecker hat auf jeden Fall mal wieder kurz vor 5 für einen Sonnenaufgang auf dem Boot geklingelt - und ich dachte bisher immer, die Leute sind verrückt, die um diese Uhrzeit aufstehen 😂

    Nach der Anstrengung des Trekkings ist es auch mal ganz schön den ganzen Tag nur auf einem Boot über den See gefahren zu werden. Da die Buddhisten gerade das Ende ihrer "Fastenzeit" feiern sind wir plötzlich mittendrin statt nur dabei im sehr "organisierten Chaos" der Parade...aber auf der Straße klappt es ja auch immer 😜

    Bei unserem straffen Zeitplan (es gibt in Myanmar einfach zu viel zu sehen) heißt es am nächsten Tag aber auch schon wieder goodbye und ab nach Ngapali Beach ☀️ein paar Tage Sonne, Strand und Meer...
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  • After 10 hours in an amazingly comfortable night bus and at least 5 hours of sleep, I found my trekking group at Sam's Trekking Services with our guide Momo. Momo was born in the area and knows the places, plants, history and best trails by heart. He showed us all the plants being grown here, visits the local tribes and farmers on the way and interprets with the locals. We saw and trief green tea, papayas, tumeric, ginger, herbs and rice that the tribes grow here.

    The group is an interesting mix of French, Spanish and Israeli fellow hikers and we get along perfectly!

    After a short night and 24km of hiking, I'm in bed (=a blanket on the wooden floor of a family house) already before 9pm today ;)
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  • Waterbuffalos have been a big theme of this trip! Back in California, I sing the waterbuffalo song with my friends Logan and Aria (5 and 7 years old :) ) all the time. In Cambodia, we saw many and here in Myanmar, there are even more waterbuffalos. Yesterday I saw so many, I asked our guide Momo if I could ride one. He said yes, but only a friendly one with its owner. So obviously, that was my prayer when I went to bed ;)

    I woke up at 6am and in front of our guest house was an extra friendly huge water buffalo, and the owner laughed at me - but let me ride it anyways. Yippee, what a moment!!!

    The hike today was absolutely beautiful! I picked pees, chilies, egg plant, ginger, citronella, tomatoes and elderflower on the side of the road. I'm also adopting to the culture and bought a bamboo rice picker's hat and tried their famous chewing tabacco, chili and a sauce rolled up in a betel leaf (which I spit out after 3 seconds, but at least I tried).
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  • Our second day in Bagan was another fun day of riding scooters through the ancient temples, racing on the gravel roads and playing with the kids that try to sell postcards by the touristy areas.

    Since we wouldn't buy anything from the kids, as they should be in school, we just hang out, play games, talk or buy them food. They taught Merten a local song and Bibi, a 6 year old boy, gave me a pen tattoo (=drew a joker on my arm) :)

    For dinner, we brought some of the food ourselves and had the restaurant prepare an appetizer with the vegetables I had picked on my hike. They were a bit surprised but loved our story and made delicious fresh vegetables tempura!
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  • Bagan is a mind blowing place! Founded in the 9th century, the ancient city left behind over 2000 temples, small and big, shiny and simple, there are more temples than you could ever visit.

    To explore, we rented electro scooters and are driving from one temple to the next. People here, as pretty much all people we've meet in Myanmar so far, are extremely friendly. The temples are beautiful, ancient adult playgrounds and I'm having such a good time. When we got on top of a few temples with roofs to give a good view, I just couldn't believe my eyes!!!

    Another highlight of the day was meeting little Charlie (pic 4) and his siblings. I fell in love instantly and now can't help thinking I should take him with me on my travels :)
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  • What a day! I joined a snorkeling trip to three islands off the Myanmar cost, where I spent most time under the surface in awe of the beauty of the fantastic fish and the coral reefs. Corals (some of which is damaged unfortunately), small and big fish in all colors of the rainbow, sea snakes, and crabs live here, ready to be observed by snorkelers like me :)

    Actually, part of the beauty is the fact that the islands are mostly unexplored. Only 3 of the 800 islands are inhabited and very few tourists make their way to this yet un-commercialized pearl in the Andaman Sea (/Indian Ocean).

    The funnest was an area where a new friend from France and I dove 5-6 meters deep beside a cliff full of corals and fantastic fish, exploring the wildlife from above and below. After so much swimming and diving, I'm off to bed early. Work is awaiting me all day tomorrow :)
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  • Today was transit day, as our 10 days in Cambodia came to an end and we headed to Myanmar.

    We were lucky enough to arrive the evening of the annual full moon festival in Yangon, Myanmar's capital. It was basically a huge street fest with food stands, live bands and rides like this fascinating, unmotorized ferris wheel https://goo.gl/photos/wyrsctfva9fmurrr6. So we took advantage and met super welcoming locals, danced with Myanmar's rock music fans at a concert, and ended the night with a long walk through town to the huge Buddhist temple Shwedagon Pagoda.

    The country has given a great, authentic and un-touristy impression. It's friendly, chaotic, dirty, and absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to explore it further.
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  • We had a short day to see Yangon today, so we chose to see Shwedagon Pagoda and a park nearby. The Pagoda is a giant, 2600 year old golden temple (but you cannot walk into it), surrounded by many other temples and shrines for the locals and Buddhist monks to come and offer fruit, flowers, etc. and to pray.

    The boys were all wearing shorts, which is not allowed in the temples, so the bought Logis, traditional skirts that the men wear.

    In the park, Merten once again turned into an attraction for the locals and we took selfies with them.

    I left in the afternoon to catch a 10 hour night bus to Kalaw, where I will be hiking for 3 days. The rest of the group is taking their own adventurers and we'll meet again in a few days :)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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