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 […]

Tan Chi Taung, Myanmar photoblog

On my third day of a  Sanctuary Retreats Irrawaddy River Cruise I found myself at Tan Chi Taung where along with my guide Khin Nyein Thu I climbed high to a beautiful pagoda and golden stupa. Once I had oohed and ahhed at the shiny temple and views I got to see a traditional elephant dance put on […]

Sunset at U Bein bridge near Mandalay

On the first day of The Grey Traveller’s trip on the Ananda cruise ship (Sanctuary Retreats) we explored Sagaing and Amarapura south of Mandalay. We had seen  Sagaing and its beautiful temple and visited a monastic school. With monsoon season fast approaching the heat was fairly intense so when our wonderful guide Khin Nyein Thu brought us to the cooler […]

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 […]

Mandalay Hill, Myanmar.

Our Irrawaddy cruise started and ended in Mandalay and perhaps our visit to Mandalay Hill was the fitting end to our introduction to this fabulous country. Khin our guide led the driver through the back streets of Mandalay trying to avoid the New Year well wishers, for well wishers read children with buckets of water […]

Sin Kyun Village, Myanmar.

Sin Kyun Village is one of the projects which Sanctuary Retreats supports, it was The Grey Traveller’s second day on a Mandalay to Bagan Irrawaddy River Cruise and our excursion was to discover a little more about local life. The concept of small group visits works for me as generally I don’t like organised tourism but to see this […]