Yangon to Mandalay

Cruise Itinerary UPSTREAM ITINERARY DAY 1 - RANGOON (YANGON) Embark and sail up the Rangoon River and enter the Twante Canal, which connects the Yangon River with the Irrawaddy Delta. We stop on route at the Twante Town and explore city center. DAY 2 - MAUBIN AND NYAUNG DON In [...]

Yangon to Mandalay2022-01-14T20:59:29+00:00

Myanmar or Burma

Unlike our last trip to the Maldives where we flew with Qatar, this time we used good old Emirates direct from Newcastle. We flew direct to Yangon from Dubai where we had a couple of days before doing a gentle cruise along the Irrawaddy river to Mandalay then back home via Bangkok.  The flights were [...]

Myanmar or Burma2022-01-14T21:00:11+00:00

Things to do in Yangon

One thing you must do is visit the Shwedagon Pagoda 1. Shwedagon Pagoda Without doubt, the Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most important religious sites in Yangon, and all of Myanmar. The golden chedi of the pagoda, which reaches a height of 99 meters, is visible throughout the city, and it shimmers in the sun with [...]

Things to do in Yangon2022-01-14T21:00:37+00:00

Helengeli diving

Diving Helengeli in the Maldives Helengeli Island has a wonderful reputation worldwide, for its incomparably exotic house-reef & superb Channel Diving, just meters from the shoreline. [read more="Read more" less="Read less"] The island has a unique location at a primary entrance to Male‘ Atoll, in the middle of a Channel (channel on both sides of the island) [...]

Helengeli diving2022-01-14T21:03:27+00:00

Diving Kanifushi

Diving Kanifushi in the Maldives There are many dive sites in the atoll but generally the ones dived are the ones closest to Kanifushi and the gallery below shows them. The ones Paul dived were as follows: Medu Faru Kani corner 3 Rocks Kani West Kani Medu Kandu Kani Caves Veyvah Kandu Medu Faru Kandu [...]

Diving Kanifushi2022-01-14T21:04:43+00:00

Maldives Kanifushi

Kanifushi in the Maldives After a couple of flights and transfer through Dubai we arrived at Male in the Maldives and were taken to a lounge to await our seaplane transfer to Kanifushi. After boarding the plane the pilot couldn't get it started and although the mechanic, armed only with WD40, managed to start [...]

Maldives Kanifushi2022-01-14T21:05:31+00:00

Chitwan

Chitwan is the national park situated some 200km south of Kathmandu and is home to to appx 125 Royal Bengal Tigers and over 500 rhinoceros. We went there on safari for a couple of nights at the end of our trip as much for a rest but also in the hope of [...]

Chitwan2021-10-27T11:26:10+01:00

Tibet

Unfortunately when we were in Nepal we were unable to get a visa for Tibet as the UK are currently banned from Tibet. Apparently a young monk from Holland self immolated in protest about the Chinese occupation of Tibet and was aided by some other people one of whom was from the UK and [...]

Tibet2021-10-27T11:26:11+01:00

Bandipur

This is a small village set on a hill en route from Pokhara to Chitwan. It is a car free zone and is a little bit like stepping back in time. The village has a real laid back feel and is popular with hippies and back packers. We stayed in an old [...]

Bandipur2021-10-27T11:26:12+01:00

Himalayan Mountains

The flights through Nepal and the surrounding countries must be some of the most scenic in the world, weather permitting! To get the best views you do have to be a little bit cute though! Generally speaking if you are flying between Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan you will find that the [...]

Himalayan Mountains2021-10-27T11:26:13+01:00

Pokhara

We were going to have a night in Kathmandu en route from Bhutan to Pokhara but due to the pollution there we thought we would head straight through, great decision! Pokhara is so chilled out, you can understand why all the hippies used to come here from Kathmandu. Click here to read [...]

Pokhara2021-10-27T11:26:13+01:00

Annapurna Trek

We drove from Pokhara to the start of the trek with the most stunning views of the snow-capped mountains. The weather was so clear that we could easily see the plumes of snow blowing off the higher mountains - over 8,000 metres. We started the trek, passing through mountain villages, getting to [...]

Annapurna Trek2021-10-27T11:26:14+01:00

Bhutan

Bhutan where the GNP is "happiness". Bhutan, known as the tiger kingdom but actually translates to “Edge of the Earth”, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, in South Asia located at the eastern end of the Himalayas, is one of 43 landlocked countries in the world, about half the size of the state of Indiana. [...]

Bhutan2021-10-27T11:26:14+01:00

Sikkim

  The state borders Nepal to the west, China's Tibet Autonomous Region to the north and east, and Bhutan to the southeast. The Indian state of West Bengal lies to the south. With 607,688 inhabitants as of the 2011 census, Sikkim is the least populous state in India and the second-smallest state [...]

Sikkim2021-10-27T11:26:15+01:00

Darjeeling

A short flight on Yeti air and we were into India and off up the mountain road after we fixed the puncture! This is a pretty hairy road with steep drops and lots of vehicles crashed against the cliff face, quite obviously ones that had brake failure and chose to run into [...]

Darjeeling2021-10-27T11:26:15+01:00

Kathmandu

Kathmandu has changed since I was last here, it's dirtier, noisier and more polluted, but still you can get all your trekking gear for pennies. Best bet is to get outside and enjoy the surrounding areas and possibly stay for only 2 nights. Having said that we did see some fascinating things. [...]

Kathmandu2021-10-27T11:26:16+01:00

Moofushi Manta Videos

We were fortunate to be in Moofushi whilst it was Manta season so virtually every dive no matter where we were or what we'd seen, seemed to end at a Manta feeding station and that was always the highlife! These clips were taken on different days so some times the light/colours are better than others. [...]

Moofushi Manta Videos2021-10-27T11:26:37+01:00
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