The people of Myanmar

As we floated up towards Sin Kyun Village, Myanmar we were met with smiles and waves despite the stifling heat and the fact that they were busy building river defences to save their village from the annual Irrawaddy floods. Their work was done by hand, heaving heavy rocks, moving bags of cement on their heads and clearing […]

Things to do in Mandalay

Take yourself to Gaw Wein Jetty on a Saturday and watch the local women hang out their colourful washing to dry. Climb Mandalay Hill or take a taxi to the top, hop on the escalators for a fantastic view of the city from Su Taung Pyai Pagoda. Watch the sun set at U Bein bridge in nearby Amarapura. Admire the […]

Things to do in Bagan, Myanmar

Most people travel to Bagan to see the mind blowing Bagan Plains, these need to be viewed at different times of the day to see the changing colours and the sun set. There are some raised areas which lend themselves to sun setting scenes. Grab yourself a horse and cart ride to see the temples up […]

Pegu Club Cocktail

Maybe I was charmed by the deep orange colour or the colonial history – I don’t know which ……but I do know the bar man on the cruise ship Ananda is a skilled mixologist. The cocktail is a blend and shake of gin, cointreau, bitters and lime juice named after the Pegu Club in old Rangoon……….. you […]

The children of Myanmar

My first excursion from Sanctuary Ananda cruise ship in Myanmar was to the town of  Sagaing south of Mandalay on the Irrawaddy River and it was there I visited a monastic school. There are three types of education; private which parents pay for, public which is provided freely by the government and monastic where children are taught […]