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Titan customer Ken Tomb travelled to Myanmar in 2014. Here, he shares his experiences from this incredible journey.

I was fortunate to travel with Titan to Myanmar in December 2014. It was an amazing holiday with an exciting new experience every day.

After visiting the Burma Railway and the Bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand we flew into Mandalay Airport in Myanmar and were met by Jaye, our tour guide, who was excellent throughout our time in Myanmar.

The first surprise was the Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel which was first class, as indeed, were all the hotels. The other excellent thing was that our luggage went on ahead of us and was waiting for us in the room when we arrived.

On the way to the hotel we went to the U Bein Bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world. What we saw in Myanmar could fill a book and so I will just list some of the many highlights and back up my comments with photographs.


Temples of Bagan


We explored the Jade Market in Mandalay and the Bagayar Monastery. We saw Botanical Gardens, the 2nd largest standing Buddha in the world, the Thanbuddhay Temple with half a million Buddhas, temples on the plain of Bagan at sunset. Just when I didn't think that things could get any better we went to Inle Lake and enjoyed three days of scudding about on the lake in long


Sunset over lake


The rooms (living room and separate bedroom) at the Inle Resort were huge! One particular memory was of meeting a group of children being given some extra lessons by a Buddhist monk. They stopped their work and sang 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' in English. The temperature was 30 degrees C plus! The experience was quite surreal.


Monk


Finally, the Shewdagon Pagoda in Yangon was amazing. In spite of the stupa being covered for repair (which Titan had warned us about, well done Titan!) it was still fantastic. Add to all this, wonderful food and delightful people and it all added up to the most memorable holiday that I have ever had. Thanks Titan.

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Article published on: 10th March, 2016

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Nicola

Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.

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