The longest and oldest teakwood bridge is located in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar. The 1.2 km bridge was built in 1857 by the local Mayor – U Bein (then, the bridge was named after the Mayor) when the capital of Ava Kingdom moved from nearby Amarapura to Mandalay.
30 July, 2017
10:30 am (local time – Myanmar is later than Vietnam 30 minutes) – We arrived Yangon where used to be the capital of Burma until 2008. It was raining outside. My friend said this time is rainy season here.
Although hotel booking was done and we also received response from the hotel, we could not check in because we did not get a confirmation from them. Hence, we went around and got in Ocean Pearl Inn on Botatuang Pagoda Road. It is a small hotel but OK for backpackers like us. The price was lower than travel season ($23/duel room) with breakfast (toasts and eggs always). The room is equipped two beds, one TV (only 1 Myanmar channel), bathroom with hot water, a fridge, and an air conditioner.
We would love to spend our New Year eve in Laos, so on 31 December 2016 we arrived Vientiane. I departed from Tra Vinh to Ho Chi Minh City, then from HCMC to Pakse International airport, after transiting, we moved to Vientiane. I woke up too early, hence I got headache all the way.
Paske International airport is very small compared to other international airports where I was visited. The immigration is not also modern. I could see that the security system is old and not really good. Maybe that is the reason why trafficking happens with high rate in Laos. There were a few passengers. We waited for around 30 minutes and back to the plane. The plane is AR airplane, so it is very small. I usually travel by air bus, so that was my first time I have been in an AR airplane. The plane has two fans and around 100 seats. When the plane took off, I was so scared because it made a very dangerous sound (from the fans) and it was shaking.
24 August GOLDEN TRIANGLE – Photos in Golden Triangle
- 7:00am: We wandered around the border area to observe the life of Burmese. They, every morning, come to the border of Thai to work. Many of them with a passport on hands go through the immigration gate.
- 7:30am: We had breakfast at the hotel. Two waitresses are Burmese. I had a bowl of soup and fried rice with egg. My partner had some Chinese food.
As other places in Thai, Mae Sai starts a day a little bit late. 7:00am is so early. Everyone is preparing or opening their shops or stores. Unlike Vietnam, we start to work at 7:00am. I wonder why we work so hard but we are still in a third-world country. As usual, we enjoyed some coffee before moving to the next destination.
Thailand Trip – August 20-27, 2016 – Photos
We departed from Tan Son Nhat airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok (08:25 – 10:00am). We took taxi from the airport to Holiday Inn hotel. It took about 30 minutes. Always, airport located very far from the citizen zone.
- 11:00am: arrived Holiday Inn. We met a nice and beautiful receptionist. When checking at our passports, she asked me “did you come to Taiwan?” “Yes.”. She said she was there one year ago. It is a wonderful and expensive hotel; of course, it’s a 5-star hotel.