Monday, September 30, 2013

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Inle Lake (Nyaung Shwe Town) #1



In 2011-Aug-06, I have visited Inle Lake for the first time in my life. During this trip, I have visited Inle Lake, TaungyiPindaya cave and Htan San cave. So far, I have only posted about Htan San cave and skipped others places because it was raining most of the time so I couldn't captured a lot of photos and most of them were not great. Despite too much rain during the trip, It is such an amazing place which you shouldn't miss if you visit Myanmar.

I bought Mandalay -> Taungyi ticket (6000 Kyats) from Shwe Taung Yoe Bus company which departs from Mandalay at 10pm. So my initial plan was Taungyi->Htan San->Inle->Pindaya. However, my itinerary was changed after chatting with other passengers on the bus. That guy told me that it is more convenient for me to alight at Nyaung Shwe and visit Inle & Pindaya first and then on next day take taxi to go Taungyi.  I think it is a very good advice because it is more easy to buy bus ticket back to Mandalay in Taungyi rather than buying in Nyaung Shwe. 

The bus dropped me at Nyaung Shwe about 4 am. From where I alighted, I took taxi to go the Nyaung Shwe Town for accommodation. He took me to “Remember Hotel” which is about 20 minutes walking distance to Inle Lake. The room rate is very reasonable and the staff (owner) is very helpful. Surprisingly, they didn't charge me for early check-in at 4 am for that day. Actually, they could charge me for at least half day.

For our first day tour in Inle Lake, the hotel staff helped us to hire boat man to explore around the lake from 9:30 am to 3pm. Thus, we had about 3 hours to sleep. After a short sleep, we left hotel about 8 am and went to Nyaung Shwe market for breakfast. If you would to try local foods, this morning market is a place you shouldn’t miss. 


Tofu Nway



Fried pork with onion spring. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Mandalay Htoe Mont & Laphat (Green Tea Salad)


Htoe Mont & Tea Salad are popular Mandalay snacks. People who visit Mandalay like to buy those for present. You can find these stalls around the town especially near the bus interchanges or rail station.

Samples for customer to try.
This time I was at Tin Tin Aye Htoe Mont stall in front of Mandalay rail station.  There are many type of Htoe Mont. You can try all the flavors before you purchase.




Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Dinner at Home & Watched Movie at Myo Ma Cinema

Steam fish with basil leave and chili padi.


That day, my father prepared Kachin style dinner. I don't know how to call each dish. They were very spicy and delicious.



 







Some kind of bean embedded with minced pork.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Lunch and Snacks, Mandalay



It was lunch time after leaving from Mandalay Royal Palace. I was carving for Shan Food on the day so I drove to Lashio Lay Shan food stall which is not very far from West Moat. This food stall is quite popular among tourists. Thus, the food price also slightly expensive compared to other Shan food stall. However, there are a lot of dishes to choose and they are very tasty.






Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Mandalay Royal Palace #2


I still have very fond memory about this place when this palace opened to public in 1990. During that time, there was a playground and waterfall like little Disney land. In the playground, there was a mini train ride, Ferris wheel, mini golf club and different types for games. There was also a swimming pool near this palace where I learned how to swim. 




Nan Myint Tower

The tower is not very tall, however, it is still good enough to observe 360 degree view of Mandalay city.

Monday, September 2, 2013

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Mandalay Royal Palace #1


The signature of Mandalay city is Mandalay moat. Inside the moat there is a Mandalay palace. It is the last palace of the last Burmese monarchy. It was constructed by King Mindon between 1857 and 1859.  In 1885, British confiscated the palace and captured King Thibaw and royal family to India.  King Thibaw is the last king of the last Burmese monarchy.  For more info : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandalay_Palace




This replica palace was rebuilt in 1990. However, you can find lots of interesting antiques things like clothes, furniture, photographs, statues etc.

The palace is not easily accessible for tourists. You can only enter inside the moat through specific gates, even though there are so many gates. If you are local, you have to leave Identity card in order gain the access. For tourists, I think they have to join the tours. As this area is occupied by military base, I don't think they will allow tourists to wander around. May be they do. Security check points are located at every gate.

The entrance fee for tourists is US$10 per head. For local, there is a different fee and camera tax for those who bring camera.



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