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    • Day 3

      The Not So Circular Train and Night Bus

      January 20, 2019 in Myanmar ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      We booked our first night bus for Bagan for tonight so today was about getting rest and planning around getting to the bus station which is pretty far from town.

      We had quite a lazy morning having breakfast, chatting to the other guests in the youth hostel and sharing ideas. It got to about 11am and we still hadn't showered or packed to check out, so we quickly did. By this time it was now time for lunch so we joined a German guy for Shan Noodles (it's like an Asian bolognese, seriously delicious).

      After lunch we picked up our bags and headed off to the circle line. Now we were prewarned, it's not actually a circle anymore but it was more beneficial this was anyway as it took us half way to our bus station for our night bus.

      For the first half an hour the journey was quite fun and the train wasn't too crowded but after it got very crowded, hot and stuffy. It was just one sweaty mess. The locals were very sweet though and there were some adorable tiny babies. One watched Will in amazement while he was eating an orange and then took a segment. He was adorable! Would I recommend the journey to others? It's an interesting way of watching locals go about their day but if you have been to any other SEA Country then no you don't need to do this. It was about 2 hours long and that wasn't even the whole way.

      We arrived at Insein Station pretty early so we stopped for an overpriced stir fry veg but the owner was really pleasant and chatted to us for a while and instead of getting a taxi recommended that we get a bus all the way to the station. Perfect! Even though pretty early we jumped on the bus and that was much more comfortable.

      We arrived at the station with plenty of time so sat and read our books waiting for our bus. When it came it looked super luxurious and fancy... But looks can be deceiving...
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    • Day 29

      Yangon Circle Train, Yangon, Myanmar

      November 27, 2016 in Myanmar ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Heute drehen wir mit dem Zug eine Runde durch Yangon. Ein alter Zug, ohne Türen und Fenster, der ca alle halbe Stunde losfährt und an etwa 20 Stationen anhält und dafür knappe drei Stunden unterwegs ist.
      Das Leben im Zug ist sehr abwechslungsreich, die einheimischen Mitfahrenden wechseln laufend und wir staunen, was diese alles dabei haben (riesige Säcke mit gesammelten Plastiktüten, Säcke voller Kräuter, laut schallende Boxen, jeder hat ein Handy und Hunde von denen wir meinen, dass sie verkauft werden). Dazwischen sitzen ein paar wenige Touristen.
      Richtig lebendig wird es aber, wenn die vielen fliegenden Händler durch den Zug rufen. Es gibt Äpfel, Mandarinen, Limonen, gekochte Tauben- und Hühnereier, Papaya-Schnitze mit scharfer Sauce, Wassermelonen. Und natürlich den heimischen Kautabak.
      Während es im Zug sehr spannend anzusehen ist sind wir schockiert, wie es draussen aussieht. Berge von Müll liegen entlang der Bahnlinie. Die Bäche und Flüsse sind voll davon. Kinder spielen darin. Und niemand scheint sich darum zu kümmern, dass dieser Zustand besser wird.
      Nach drei Stunden sind wir darum froh, wieder an unserer Station zu sein und den Zug verlassen zu können.
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    • Day 68

      Mit dem Bus nach Mandalay

      November 3, 2016 in Myanmar ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Wir teilten uns mit einem französischen Pärchen aus dem Guesthouse ein Taxi zu Busstation. Dort hieß es dann eine Stunde warten und los ging es. Ein wirklich sehr komfortabler Bus, es gab Wasser, Brötchen, Energydrink und ein Startbonbon. Voll cool. Mitten in der Nacht bei einem Stop bekam jeder Reisende eine Zahnbürsten und ein Reinigungstuch! Luxus pur zu meiner meiner ersten overnight Bustour. 😊 Morgens um 6 kamen wir im Hotel an.Read more

    • Day 1,487

      Asia Tour - Burma - Yangon

      April 8, 2019 in Myanmar ⋅ 🌙 32 °C

      Again woke up and my insides are still falling out - haven’t eaten anything proper now for 3 days and it’s like I’ve been eating 12 roast dinners an hour

      Fuck sake

      I am going to risk my coach journey later, I’m just going to eat bread and rice and then maybe down 2 Red bulls 2 hours before I’m due to leave to maybe clear me out...

      The bus station is only 11 miles away from where I’m staying but traffic here is fucking awful. It doesn’t move. So I called my taxi 2 hours ahead of time to get there on time

      My coach leaves at 8 - it’s now 7:22 I have to be at the check in counter at 7:30 and I’m still 6 miles away - good chance I’m going to miss this coach, if I do I’m just gonna book a flight out of this miserable shitty place (just moaning cause I’m sick)

      Update: turns out I can’t travel on from Mandalay anytime soon due to a festival and something to do with government restrictions on travel, so I can no longer go to the Shan State - decided to just pay for a flight out of Mandalay (at quite a cost) back to Bangkok -it is a shame really but the country still isn’t that stable. I’m most gutted about not seeing Naypitadaw but I’m sure it’ll still be similar in a few years time

      So - back to Bangkok on the 17th - I’m going to do some of the bits I missed out on such as bridge over river Kwai, Ayutthaya and the floating markets.

      I’ll probably head into Cambodia after that to see Angkor Wat - which will be another thing off my bucket list done.

      I’ll be in early May at that point so I’ll see where the league is at before making any decisions. I might try snd squeeze in either Koh Lanta or Laos in before coming back by the 12th May.

      If the league isn’t likely I’ll definitely do a tour of Loas and the Southern Thái Islands. At that point I’ll be low on money so I may just fly back with a few quid or just go somewhere like Singapore and live like a king for a few days.

      I’d still take a Liverpool league win over anything though


      I had to bail on the taxi and just run, I had no idea where I was going at all, I was just following the crowd and it’s not a bus station. It’s a farce, I’ve genuinely never seen anything like it, it’s a jungle. Extremely exciting but a jungle non the less.

      I had no idea of where the JJ express station was so I was just running around. Luckily a super nice woman could see I had no idea where I was or anything. She told me where JJ express was and I ran around to it and as I ran around to it the bus was out of the station. Again luckily another young girl could tell that was my coach due to the dismayed look on my face. She banged on the coach and stood infront of it to stop it.

      I ran onto the coach and I feel really bad I had no time to turn around and thank her. But she saved me a lot of grief, as if I had of missed it I’d of probably just got a hotel for the night and probably been in a mood and booked a flight out of here in the morning hahahha.

      Tbh I’m not even 100% sure this is my coach - it’s a JJ express coach and it said Bagan on the front. I’ll be unlucky if it isn’t mine hahahaha

      Update: it’s my coach so that’s a relief - what isn’t a relief is that my stomach is making noises and giving me pains. Burmese toilets are woeful, most are holes in the ground with bucket flush. I think I’d rather get piles by keeping it in than go one - i did finally get around to watching venom though. Boss film!

      So it’s 22:07 now so I’ve got 8 hours till Bagan... gonna try and get some sleep but as I couldn’t put my bags under the coach as i got on late it’s taking up the room where my legs would go so I’m extremely uncomfortable. I’m sure I’ll sleep easy though. Slight rocking, dull drone of the engine - always gets me away
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    Mingaladon, မင်္ဂလာဒုံ မြို့နယ်

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