SKETCHBOOK

A record of significant moments and information we collected during our trips. A simple tool to keep track of little details, of who/what/where that can inspire other people in planning their trips.

MYANMAR 21 DECEMBER 2018

Crossing the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan. 

The beauty of the waters of the Irrawaddy river, also described by Hermane Hesse in his masterpiece Siddhartha, runs almost all its way through Myanmar.

It is a mythical river that was born on the Himalayas and flows into the Indian Ocean. Called “Mother River”, it is navigable on numerous boats, including the famous Oriente Express Road To Mandalay. Following the course of the Irrawaddy we discover the real way of a secret Myanmar between jade mines and rubies, plantations and forests populated by wild animals and come into contact with about seventy ethnic groups.

Not to be missed: Innwa (Ava); Amarapura and U-bein bridge; Sunrise in Bagan Valley of the temples.

MYANMAR 27 – 30 DECEMBER 2018

Highlight of our journey: trekking from Kalaw to Lake Inle.

The trekking from Kalaw to Inle was definitely one of the best experiences from our trip to Myanmar. A group of 11 people and our guide, Momo, who was awesome. He speaks excellent English, he is full of energy and always super positive - quick-witted and always ready with a joke -, he is also very knowledgeable about the area, the nature and the culture. The food we had throughout the trek was great –  the best food we had in Myanmar! The houses where we stayed at night were very basic but nice and a good way to have a taste of real local life. The trek itself is not difficult. The majority of the trek is flat, with maybe a few inclines, but nothing difficult. The price is more than great!

Check: https://eversmiletrekking.wordpress.com

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