Afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda Temple

Afternoon exploring Old Bagan and Ananda TempleAfternoon 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 biking Old Bagan and the Archeological Site

IMG_7226Early 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

Belmond Road to Mandalay CruiseLife 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

Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda in Bagan  | BaganMyanmar  |  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

My day transitioning from Yangon to Bagan to board the Belmond Road to MandalayMy 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