Myanmar: Hsipaw to Monywa by Bus (video)

 


WATCH18 Hsipaw to Monywa by Bus, Myanmar (Burma)

A twelve-hour trek in Myanmar: from Hsipaw to Mandalay to Monywa by bus!

We had a 4:30am wake-up, for a 5am pickup by bus at Mr. Charles (it was very convenient—there were ten of us going from our guest house). I think bus left town on time 5:30 I was asleep in my seat 18—they always give seat numbers in advance. I like that.

Around 9:30am we stopped in Pyin-oo-lwin and it was overcast and already warm. Mr. Charles Guesthouse had given us breakfast to take: a hardboiled egg, 3 pieces of sweet bread, a banana and 3-in-1 coffee. I did not expect them to give us anything and it was a really nice surprise. After the stop, we all stayed awake and really watched the music videos as we had seen them on every bus but could not really figure out the stories. It was an entertaining task.

Back on the bus to Mandalay, we arrived about 11:30am and negotiated a tuk-tuk from the Highway Bus Station for 6000K to the Thiri Mandalar Bus Station (89th st, 22/24). The Monywa bus was just leaving at 11:53 and we hopped on and got middle seats in the back. On the outskirts of Mandalay, we could see Sagaing, the ancient city. The many golden stupas looked superb. I want to go there. At nearly 1:30pm we stopped for toilet and lunch but seeing the options of fried bird, we bought some peanuts, dried coconut and butter cookies. October 7, 2012

This movie is from our 28 days in Myanmar (Burma) from September 28, 2012 to October 26, 2012 and our year TRIP in South East Asia, see all the videos from our trip.

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