Carlos Melia Recommends eNews February 2016 issue in out and online featuring Myanmar | Myanmar | Carlos Melia Recommends eNews February 2016
( http://www.carlosmelia.com/#!cmr-enews-feb-2016/g4deh ) is out and online. This month featuring Yangon, Bagan, Mingun & Mandalay in MYANMAR. Hosted by Belmond Governor’s Residence and Belmond Road to Mandalay. Check it out @ CMR eNew FEB 2016. See you next month with a feature on Miami Beach.
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Afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda Temple | Bagan, Myanmar | Off the luxury and comfort of Belmond Road to Mandalay for an afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda Temple, which ended on a marvelous Sunset gazing over the Archeological Site atop a Pagoda. First we took the small boats off our luxury cruiser, and to the banks of the Ayeyarwady River and a private bus took us to the entrance of Old Bagan. From there we went on a full visit of the Ananda Phaya or Ananda Temple. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar Continue reading Afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda Temple
Early morning giving alms to Buddhist Monks in Mandalay | Mandalay, Myanmar | As we docked in Mandalay, marking the end of our 4-nights voyage along the Ayeyarwady River, I think this was my absolute favorite on/off-board experience during my luxury river cruise crossing from Bagan to Mandalay onboard Belmond Road to Mandalay. Early morning watching Mandalay come to life, on our way to Give Alms to the local Buddhist Monks. Continue reading Early morning giving alms to Buddhist Monks in Mandalay
Exploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi and Mingun Bell | Mandalay, Myanmar | Early afternoon, just after lunch, and it was time to yet another raw unique experience off-board the comfort and luxury of Belmond Road to Mandalay. This time, as we approached along the Ayeyarwady River to the coasts of the Sagaing Region, we would explore the town of Mingun, located 10km from Mandalay. Follow my Myanmar INSTAGRAM Photo Gallery. Continue reading Exploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Mingun Bell and more
Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site | Bagan, Myanmar | Morning Biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Sites. One of the many off-board activities in the program of my 4-nights experience onboard the Belmond Road to Mandalay Luxury Cruise. It was an early morning and it was sublime. Waking up to see Bagan come to life, was an unique experience. Thanks to our expert local guide, we venture into the Archeological Site and explored beyond the beaten path. It happens that he grew up there, and he was generous enough to share experiences and hidden gems not available to regular tourists – this is the Belmond factor. Follow my Myanmar INSTAGRAM Photo Gallery. Continue reading Early morning biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site
Life aboard Belmond’s Road to Mandalay Luxury River Cruise | Myanmar | Last October 2015, I spent two weeks traveling across Myanmar. My journey began in Yangon, and took me to Bagan, to board the luxury river cruise Belmond Road to Mandalay. An unforgettable journey, curated to perfection by the local Belmond team, of four nights, sailing along the Ayeyarwady River, with daily stops and tours, which included among other, Mingun, home of the world’s largest uncracked bell, Mandalay and Sagaing Hills with its beautiful pagodas and thriving community of Buddhist monks and nuns, sunset visit of U Bein Bridge among many other off and onboard experiences and activities. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading Life aboard Belmond’s Road to Mandalay Luxury River Cruise
Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan | Bagan, Myanmar | Quintessentially Bagan experience, planned and timed to perfection by the team at Belmond Road to Mandalay Luxury River Cruise. Nothing more simple, yet more unique – this to me is the true and mere definition of luxury travel. So we deboarded our gorgeous Road to Mandalay Cruise, mighty floating on the Ayeyarwady River, and were transferred to the shores of Old Bagan, to begin our afternoon experience, which began exploring Old Bagan and followed by our Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda expereince. This is what you do, you look around for the highest – hopefully least crowded – pagoda, out of the over 2200 still remaining, and – to your guide’s concern – you climb and climb and climb to enjoy this breathtaking sunset over Bagan’s Archeological Site. Yes, indeed, the Buddhist Monk presence was an unexpected gift of life. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan
My day transitioning from Yangon to Bagan preparing for the journey of a lifetime | Yangon to Bagan, Myanmar | My day began very early at Belmond Governor’s Residence, my hotel in Yangon. 5AM our bags should be at the door of our rooms to be collected. Was time to say goodbye to Yangon and move to our next destination, Bagan where we would boar our luxury boat Belmond Road to Mandalay, our home for the next 5 days, on our voyage along the Ayeyarwady River, to our final destination Mandalay. But before that could happen, lots of things were planned for our day transitioning from Yangon to Bagan. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar Continue reading My day transitioning from Yangon to Bagan preparing for the journey of a lifetime
Sunset experience at the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda | Yangon, Myanmar | Shwedagon Pagoda, known as well as ” the crown of Myanmar ” might be as well, the most iconic landmark of Myanmar, one of the most famous pagodas in the world and a very important monument for Buddhist religion. According to some, the pagoda is 2,600 years old, making Shwedagon the oldest pagoda in the world. When in Yangon, you will feel its omnipresence, and you will be literally draw to it as a magnet. It can be seen from most places of Yangon day and night as the golden roof illuminates the city. The best time to visit, is right before sunset, to be able to appreciate the site, atmosphere and colors, pre and post sunset. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading Sunset experience at the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda
Lunching like a local Dinning like a King in Yangon | Yangon, Myanmar | Food is to me, one of the best ways to learn about a new culture and destination, as Myanmar was to me, till a few weeks ago. And to have a well rounded idea, you do, indeed, need to try everything, from the street food to the top luxury cuisine. So I did, during my time in Yangon. Find below the my way eating out in Yangon, lunching as a local and dinning as a King. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Myanmar… Continue reading Lunching like a local Dinning like a King in Yangon