On to Burma....

Old Dec 24th, 2011, 10:53 AM
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On to Burma....

I leave late tonight for the airport to catch a 2:10am Christmas morning flight from Vancouver to Hong Kong on my way to Burma with an arrival in Yangon on Jan 5th.

I will try to provide trip notes as I go along but of course that will be dependent upon reliable internet access. I found Kathie's "on the ground" reports really valuable in fine tuning my itinerary.....so I hope to return the favour to benefit other travellers. I will be in Burma for a full 28 days.

Before Burma I will be spending 3 days in Hong Kong, followed by 8 days in Penang, Malaysia.

Merry Christmas everyone. Special thanks to Kathie in Seattle and hello to live4today, a fellow British Columbian who is leaving for Burma in a few days and will get there before me....perhaps our paths will cross while we are there!
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Old Dec 24th, 2011, 12:24 PM
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Stephen, have a wonderful trip! I envy your 28 days in Burma. Do report as you are able - I love reading on-the-ground comments.
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Have a wonderful trip. I'll be looking for your on the ground posts. Any and all observations/tips are appreciated. We arrive in Burma 10 days after you do.
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We are 2 more Canadians leaving Toronto on Dec.26th, arriving Yangon Dec.28th. Perhaps our paths will cross at Mandalay City Hotel. We're there from Jan.2-6. Have a safe and interesting trip!
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Old Dec 24th, 2011, 10:05 PM
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Happy Holidays to all you Burma travelers!
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Old Dec 24th, 2011, 11:01 PM
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Looking forward to your report. We arrive Yangon Jan. 24th.
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Gives me joy just to think about reading your upcoming report!!!
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Old Dec 26th, 2011, 11:08 PM
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Would love to run into you Stephen! We leave tomorrow for Vancouver for the night then fly off to Bangkok on the 28th. Glyntor we are in Mandalay on Jan 2 - 5. We are staying at the Hotel Queen Mandalay under the last name Patterson. Maybe our paths will cross.
I hope to post from the road as well if internet allows.

Debbe.
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Thnx for the good wishes everyone. I'm currently in hong kong...leaving for Penang this afternoon (Dec 28)....luv. My hotel... The Mercer... in Sheung Wan....literally 1 min to MRT.....it's a brand new boutique hotel....very sexy decor...alas I am traveling alone. On day of arrival I went to the Peak BY FOOT!!....I've done it by tram and bus before...a strenuous climb but I felt very accomPlished for a 65 year old fogey!
Yesterday I spent the day in the Mong Kok markets...... was a holiday and crowds were intense. Glad to be moving on today to Penang.

Debbe I'll be in Mandalay Jan 7-10 and Bagan Jan 10-15 and Inle Jan 15-19. I have feeling we will miss each other though.

Happy travels!
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Excuse my typos....I'm pecking away on an iPhone with my big clumsy fingers....
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Enjoy Penang! Best hawker food anywhere.
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