1. We traveled by bus from Yangon, and from the inside, the bus felt like an airplane. It was very comfortable. The journey took approximately 9-10 hours.
2. Min Kun – We liked the beautiful temples, and the big elephant built from stone
3. Waterfall: Dat Taw Gyaint was beautiful. You can travel from Mandalay by car – Uber or something similar – for 5000 kyats one way. You have to walk for a good hour to reach the waterfall, or you can go by motorbike
4. Good hiking. We were in sandals, but for hiking, you’d be better off in decent boots. If you arrange a time in advance, a tour company can pick you up and bring you back to your hotel. At the waterfall, I like that there were benches, chairs, and a small café where you could admire the waterfall. It was a pleasant experience, and I was sorry we hadn’t given ourselves an hour or two more to spare.
5. The people were very friendly. Taxi drivers sometimes tried to quote us an unreasonably high price, but most were very helpful.
6. Mandalay Hills, and the huge number of pagodas
7. Whisky is very cheap
1. We traveled out to Amarapura and visited a monastery, where the monks gave us a tour. In the end they expected a donation. My understanding was that the point of a donation is that the giver can give as much as seems appropriate. The monk, however, criticized my friends and me for the amount we gave, which didn’t sit well with me – especially coming from a monk.
2. We saw the world’s longest wooden bridge at Irrawaddy, the U-Bein bridge, but there were so many people that it was impossible to walk comfortably on it.