|Approximate map of our routes in
Burma and Thailand.
28th March. Flew Aeroflot to Moscow and on to
|Stayed at the Oriental Hotel,
with a great view.
|Visited the National Assembly building, Rama I memorial and Wat Arun.|
|Went for a boat ride on the
klongs and saw riverside villages ...
|... the royal barges and the floating market.|
Visited Nakorn Pathom, the snake farm, Rose Garden and salt pans.
Got wet in the monsoon rains.
1st April. Flew Thai domestic to Chiang Mai.
|Visited a working elephant farm.|
Went to Chiang Rai. Visited Akha hill tribe village, Mae Sai jade factory and the golden triangle.
Got the sleeper train back to Bangkok.
Burma8th April. Flew Thai international to Rangoon.
|Stayed at the Strand Hotel ...|
|... opposite the Rangoon river
|... with lots of mobile museum
|Visited Batataung Pagoda, Chauk Htat Gyi reclining Buddha and Swedagon Pagoda.|
Flew Burma Airlines to Pagan.
Stayed at the Thiripyitsaya hotel on the banks of the Irrawaddy river.
Toured the magnificent temple ruins at Pagan ....
|Shwezigon Pagoda. Pagan.
|In Shwezigon temple.
|At the top of Thiripitsaya Road,
|At the top of Thiripitsaya Road.
11th April. Flew Burma Airlines to Mandalay.
|Visited Mandalay Palace and the wooden monastery.|
|Climbed Mandalay Hill. Visited the clock tower and the market.|
Got wet in the water festival.
Went to Maymyo.
|Stayed at Candacraig colonial mansion rest house.|
|Inside Candacraig rest house.
|In Maymyo market we saw nuns....
|... and apprentice monks.
14th April. Got the sleeper train from Mandalay back to Rangoon.15th April. Flew Thai to Bangkok.
Russia19th April. Flew Aeroflot to Moscow. Stayed at Hotel Metropol.
|Visited Red Square ...
|... and the Kremlin.|
Walked along the river, visited Smolensk Cathedral and St Isaac's
|Visited Palace Square and walked around the city.|
|Visited Peter the Great's summer
gardens, where the Italian marble statues were all in boxes to protect
them from the frost.
|Saw ice floes on the river at Peter and Paul fortress.|
Got the sleeper train back to Moscow.24th April. Flew Aeroflot to London.