Myanmar employment and industry.

The fingers of the Mandalay silk weavers work so quickly with the shuttles that they are a blur. The  ladies pair up to make traditional patterned weaves on wooden looms and are happy to carry on giggling and smiling whilst we watch over them. Our guide Khin Nyein Thu was happy to show us inside a casting […]

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 […]

Bagan Plains photoblog.

This was probably the highlight of a Mandalay to Bagan   Irrawaddy River Cruise for me. My first introduction to the plains was by horse and cart, this is a great way to get up close and personal with the temples. Our local guide Khin Nyein Thu had organised this for us and it was a great way […]

Khin Nyein Thu – our fantastic Myanmar guide

I have enthused previously about the importance of having the right guide on a trip to a new destination. Khin was our guide as we travelled down the Irrawaddy with   Sanctuary We had set sail fromGaw Wein Jetty in Mandalay ……..and our first explore ashore was with Khin. Khin is a knowledgeable young lady, university educated and very friendly, […]