Day 11 & 12 Hanging out in Hsipaw

We didn’t do much on our first night after we arrived. The train journey pretty much wore us both out so we explored the town a little bit stopping for a refreshing drink at Mr Shake (great fruit smoothie place near Mr Charles Hotel on the main road) and ate at the Shan Restaurant which our hotel recommended we tried.…
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Day 10 The Big Hold Up

After the excitement of crossing the Gokteik Bridge there really wasn’t much to do but enjoy the bumpy ride to Hsipaw. Unfortunately because we were running behind schedule no body knew the exact time we would arrive so the rest of the journey dragged on endlessly. With nothing much to do except stare out the window (my iPad died!) the…
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Day 9 Exploring Mingun and Mandalay Hill

I can not believe we made it to the boat on time this morning. We had planned what time we needed to leave in order to get there in time to park the bike somewhere safe and buy our tickets but everything took longer than it was meant to and we completely under estimated how busy Mandalay’s morning traffic would…
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Day 8 Mandalay’s Ancient Cities Part 2

Leaving the stunning views from U Min Thonze behind our next stop was the Soon U Ponnya Shin Pagoda, apparently according to my guide-book, the most significant pagoda in Sagaing,¬†This pagoda sits on top of the Sagaing Hill overlooking the Ayeyarwaddy River. I was surprised that there was a lack of tourists and no souvenir stalls to be seen. Maybe…
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