Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Burma tomorrow!

Francie and I are very excited to fly into Burma-also known as Myanmar–tomorrow. Here is a map of Burma brought to you by Texas A&M University.

I have wanted to go to Burma ever since my time at The Carter Center where I monitored developments in the country. There has been a military coup in Burma since 1991–the full history can be found here.

Myanmar is a very safe to travel for Americans. Unfortunately, we will probably not be able to post much this month, because the government censors almost all internet traffic into and out of the country. Apparently there are a few places where we may be able to post or send email from.

Here is our general schedule:

April 10th–Fly into Rangon.
April 12th–Fly to MyitKyina (in the far north)
April 14th–work our way south to Katha
April 16-17th–Riverboat down to Mandalay
April 18th-21st–Explore Mandalay and surrounding ancient cities.
April 22nd–Boat to Bagan.
April 23-27th–Explore ancient ruins at Bagan.
April 28-May 1st—Kalaw hike to Inlet Lake
May 2-3rd–Inlet Lake
May 4th-5th–Rangon again.
May 6th–fly back to Bangkok.

In genreral, the plan is to get north quickly and work our way back south again via buses and boats. The U.S. Embassy in Rangon will probably be the best way to track us down in case of emergency. Although we hope to be able to check email once a week.

After we return from Bangkok we will have a week to post, and get our Chinese visas before flying to south China on May 12th.

Exciting. Bye!!!

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April 8, 2007 - Posted by | Misc, SE Asia, Travel

2 Comments »

  1. Sounds awesome! I met a lot of people who had come from Burma in my travels, and they all said it is a fantastic place. The people are supposed to be ridiculously friendly. Apparently lots of people have stories of being “adopted” by families while traveling through the countryside.

    I’m so jealous. Back to work at my little cubicle and workstation.

    Comment by Seth | April 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thinking of you in your little cube makes me happy. So far, they have been very friendly–so friendly that I keep expecting them to hit me up for money after they are done chatting. I will post about the monks francie and I just talked with.

    Comment by Greg Martinez | April 11, 2007 | Reply


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