Myanmar: On the Road to Mandalay from Meiktila (video)


Watch: 40 Day 2 on the Road to Mandalay from Meiktila, Myanmar (Burma)

We Said Go Travel October 24, 12 Honey Hotel has issues, trash around the lake, unidentifiable food but friendly staff! My suggestions for this hotel: clean up the hallway, stairwells, and rooms especially the refrigerator. I did not included the video of the moldy dirty refrigerator but really if you are going to have one. You have to clean it. Adding a choice at breakfast like different types of eggs, fruit and clearing a path to the Lake would all be good improvements.

We tried to wander around the lake. I think a promenade around the lake would do wonders. Lonely Planet says you can bike around the lake but then again they said ask for room G2 in a building that seems long gone. Not sure the Lonely Planet reporters have been here in decades.

We did not see the British officers quarters where Aung San Suu Kyi and husband honeymooned. We did see many pagodas, monks asking for alms and school children in green longyi uniforms.

We walked to the main road from the guesthouse in about six minutes, we stopped after we crossed the street and instantly there was a bus. We said, “Mandalay.” They said, “yes,” so we hopped on. At first it seemed far too crowded but I jumped over a motorbike and there were two seats in the last row.

Within about ten minutes many of the passengers got off and we wondered if we were going to the Meiktila bus station but we zoomed on. We got on the bus around 9:30am and arrived at the Mandalay station 12:30pm. We had one stop for food around 11am but we were not hungry so we just waiting and stretched our legs.

There were many stupas, fields and tollbooths along the way. Road construction is a big priority and I was told that private companies are doing the building and they can charge tolls. If they try to overcharge, they will lose their right to the route.

Back at ET Guesthouse, the man at the desk seemed surprised when I said, “Do you need the passports? We were here three weeks ago.” I think now that the Air Asia route is open from Mandalay to Bangkok; they will start to see more repeat guests. Unless people do the route like us like and fly into Yangon and out of Mandalay.

George told me today we have spent about $1300usd in 27 days(not including our flights). We changed $680 to kyat. My dumb money move was trying to open PayPal in Myanmar. It is a sanctioned country for PayPal. I cannot believe I am in Paypal Jail AGAIN on this trip!

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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Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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