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"There's a sunrise and sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free.  Don't miss so many of them". - Jo Walton
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Another sunset in Myanmar.
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Part 3: Snippets of Bangkok.
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This final part on Bangkok is about shopping at the immensely popular and world class mall called Siam Paragon, located in front of Siam Skytrain station.
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The mall has over 250 shops spread over many floor levels, each with different experience. From high-end fashion such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Rolex on the first floor to a luxury car showrooms showcasing Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati automobiles on the second floor to an IMAX VIP cinema experience on the fifth floor, one things for sure...bring your credit card!
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And of course, you can have a food experience in many of the international restaurants located throughout the mall.
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Part 3: Snippets of Bangkok. . . This final part on Bangkok is about shopping at the immensely popular and world class mall called Siam Paragon, located in front of Siam Skytrain station. . The mall has over 250 shops spread over many floor levels, each with different experience. From high-end fashion such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Rolex on the first floor to a luxury car showrooms showcasing Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati automobiles on the second floor to an IMAX VIP cinema experience on the fifth floor, one things for sure...bring your credit card! . And of course, you can have a food experience in many of the international restaurants located throughout the mall. . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #bangkok 
Part 2: Snippets of Bangkok.
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Asiatique was a recommendation of the Ramada Plaza Menan Riverside Hotel concierge.  It was only 10 minutes walking distance away.  Combining two of the most popular shopping experiences in Bangkok: a night bazaar and a mall, you'll find over 1500 boutiques and 40 restaurants under a warehouse complex.  Oh, did I mentioned that it is also an amusement park with a giant ferris wheel, four wheel motorbikes and a multitude of other strange rides.

My favorite area was the outdoor street food market.  Here you will find all everything from giant prawns or crayfish to fried scorpions.  Busiest place in the whole mall.
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Check out the video on the last page.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #bangkok
Part 2: Snippets of Bangkok. . Asiatique was a recommendation of the Ramada Plaza Menan Riverside Hotel concierge.  It was only 10 minutes walking distance away.  Combining two of the most popular shopping experiences in Bangkok: a night bazaar and a mall, you'll find over 1500 boutiques and 40 restaurants under a warehouse complex.  Oh, did I mentioned that it is also an amusement park with a giant ferris wheel, four wheel motorbikes and a multitude of other strange rides. My favorite area was the outdoor street food market.  Here you will find all everything from giant prawns or crayfish to fried scorpions.  Busiest place in the whole mall. . Check out the video on the last page. . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #bangkok 
Another city, another beautiful pagoda.
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This is the Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda located in Tan Kyi Hill not to far from Salay, Myanmar.
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A diamond bud is located at the very top 90 feet above a base of 60 feet.  A beautiful view of distant Bagan can be seen at the rear of the pagoda.
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Another city, another beautiful pagoda. . This is the Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda located in Tan Kyi Hill not to far from Salay, Myanmar. . A diamond bud is located at the very top 90 feet above a base of 60 feet. A beautiful view of distant Bagan can be seen at the rear of the pagoda. . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #bagan  #mandalay 
My trip to Myanmar started with a three day lay-over in Bangkok and, damned, I wished I had booked a week or more there because Bangkok is such a vibrant and beautiful city.  I have been there once before, a six-hour tour of the city from a cruise liner and thought I've seen the major tourist spots, but no, not so!

My three day stay was also during the period when all of Thailand was preparing for the funeral of their late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away last October 2016.

Here's a few snippet of photos from my first day in Bangkok.

Photo #2 - local flower shop market.

Photo #2 - Photos of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej are everywhere.

Photo #3 - Row of Buddha statues in Wat Pho Temple.

Photo #4 - Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho Temple.

I will follow up with some scenes from my recent favorite activities there.  If you have been to Bangkok, what is your favorite thing to do there?

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#bangkok #thailand #hankles
My trip to Myanmar started with a three day lay-over in Bangkok and, damned, I wished I had booked a week or more there because Bangkok is such a vibrant and beautiful city.  I have been there once before, a six-hour tour of the city from a cruise liner and thought I've seen the major tourist spots, but no, not so! My three day stay was also during the period when all of Thailand was preparing for the funeral of their late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away last October 2016. Here's a few snippet of photos from my first day in Bangkok. Photo #2  - local flower shop market. Photo #2  - Photos of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej are everywhere. Photo #3  - Row of Buddha statues in Wat Pho Temple. Photo #4  - Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho Temple. I will follow up with some scenes from my recent favorite activities there.  If you have been to Bangkok, what is your favorite thing to do there? #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #bangkok  #thailand  #hankles 
The riverboat Irrawaddy Explorer.
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This is the newest and most luxurious of the three cruise ships of the Ayravata Cruise Company to sail up and down the great Irrawaddy River of Burma.
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Launched on 2014, it has 28 suites for a passenger capacity of 56.
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Second foto: the captain is always there to greet you when you leave for an excursion.
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Third video: the head chef is making my omelette.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #burma #myanmar #bagan
The riverboat Irrawaddy Explorer. . This is the newest and most luxurious of the three cruise ships of the Ayravata Cruise Company to sail up and down the great Irrawaddy River of Burma. . Launched on 2014, it has 28 suites for a passenger capacity of 56. . Second foto: the captain is always there to greet you when you leave for an excursion. . Third video: the head chef is making my omelette. . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #burma  #myanmar  #bagan 
We bid farewell to the Panama Canal as the MS Veendam leaves the 3 chamber Gatun Locks and sails into the Carribean.  This is the last post in this Canal series.
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Did you know that east is west and west is east in the canal?  Seriously.  Due to the curvature of the isthmus, one must travel west to get to the Atlantic Ocean, and go east to get to the Pacific side.
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Next week...a journey down the Yangtze River in China!
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#panamacanal #cruise #cruiseship #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
We bid farewell to the Panama Canal as the MS Veendam leaves the 3 chamber Gatun Locks and sails into the Carribean. This is the last post in this Canal series. . Did you know that east is west and west is east in the canal? Seriously. Due to the curvature of the isthmus, one must travel west to get to the Atlantic Ocean, and go east to get to the Pacific side. . Next week...a journey down the Yangtze River in China! . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
When I photograph people, I usually like to get their attention first, have them look at me and then I shoot.  In this case, the motorcycle was going at a fair clip so I had to act quickly.  Fortunately I caught both persons' attention.  I think this makes the photograph more engaging for the viewer!
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In many parts of Myanmar, motorcycles are ideal for exploration.  Of course, many of the locals rely on this mode of transportation in their daily lives.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #myanmar #burma #yangon #rangoon #bagan #mandalay
When I photograph people, I usually like to get their attention first, have them look at me and then I shoot. In this case, the motorcycle was going at a fair clip so I had to act quickly. Fortunately I caught both persons' attention. I think this makes the photograph more engaging for the viewer! . In many parts of Myanmar, motorcycles are ideal for exploration. Of course, many of the locals rely on this mode of transportation in their daily lives. . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay 
"Getting better with age!"
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In the foreground is the iconic Hotel Inglaterra, the oldest hotel in Cuba. This is my choice location for the buffet breakfast/brunch that cost me 7 Cuban dollars a meal and eat to your heart's content if you are staying in Old Havana.
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The Inglaterra will soon be part of the Starwood Hotel chain and would become the first one in Cuba to be managed by an Ametican company in over 55 years.
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The magnificient building next to it is the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso (Great Theatre of Havana), a 19th century concert hall offering up the best in Cuban dance, music and ballet.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #inglaterra
"Getting better with age!" . In the foreground is the iconic Hotel Inglaterra, the oldest hotel in Cuba. This is my choice location for the buffet breakfast/brunch that cost me 7 Cuban dollars a meal and eat to your heart's content if you are staying in Old Havana. . The Inglaterra will soon be part of the Starwood Hotel chain and would become the first one in Cuba to be managed by an Ametican company in over 55 years. . The magnificient building next to it is the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso (Great Theatre of Havana), a 19th century concert hall offering up the best in Cuban dance, music and ballet. . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #inglaterra 
"There's a sunrise and sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free.  Don't miss so many of them". - Jo Walton
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Another sunset in Myanmar.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #myanmar #burma #yangon #rangoon #bagan #mandalay
When I photograph people, I usually like to get their attention first, have them look at me and then I shoot.  In this case, the motorcycle was going at a fair clip so I had to act quickly.  Fortunately I caught both persons' attention.  I think this makes the photograph more engaging for the viewer!
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In many parts of Myanmar, motorcycles are ideal for exploration.  Of course, many of the locals rely on this mode of transportation in their daily lives.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #myanmar #burma #yangon #rangoon #bagan #mandalay
When I photograph people, I usually like to get their attention first, have them look at me and then I shoot. In this case, the motorcycle was going at a fair clip so I had to act quickly. Fortunately I caught both persons' attention. I think this makes the photograph more engaging for the viewer! . In many parts of Myanmar, motorcycles are ideal for exploration. Of course, many of the locals rely on this mode of transportation in their daily lives. . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #bagan  #mandalay 
Another city, another beautiful pagoda.
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This is the Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda located in Tan Kyi Hill not to far from Salay, Myanmar.
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A diamond bud is located at the very top 90 feet above a base of 60 feet.  A beautiful view of distant Bagan can be seen at the rear of the pagoda.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #myanmar #burma #bagan #mandalay
Another city, another beautiful pagoda. . This is the Tant Kyi Taung Pagoda located in Tan Kyi Hill not to far from Salay, Myanmar. . A diamond bud is located at the very top 90 feet above a base of 60 feet. A beautiful view of distant Bagan can be seen at the rear of the pagoda. . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #bagan  #mandalay 
I have admit that my last post was used to set up this post!
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So when you get off the boat, you will run into many children trying to sell you stuff.  I thought this child was particularly striking with bottled water on her head.  I could not resist to capture the youth and the resourcefulness of this youngster on camera.
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The Irrawaddy Explorer is docked on the east bank of the river in a town called Salay, just 2 hours drive from fabled Bagan.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #burma #myanmar #bagan
I have admit that my last post was used to set up this post! . So when you get off the boat, you will run into many children trying to sell you stuff. I thought this child was particularly striking with bottled water on her head. I could not resist to capture the youth and the resourcefulness of this youngster on camera. . The Irrawaddy Explorer is docked on the east bank of the river in a town called Salay, just 2 hours drive from fabled Bagan. . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #burma  #myanmar  #bagan 
The riverboat Irrawaddy Explorer.
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This is the newest and most luxurious of the three cruise ships of the Ayravata Cruise Company to sail up and down the great Irrawaddy River of Burma.
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Launched on 2014, it has 28 suites for a passenger capacity of 56.
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Second foto: the captain is always there to greet you when you leave for an excursion.
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Third video: the head chef is making my omelette.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #burma #myanmar #bagan
The riverboat Irrawaddy Explorer. . This is the newest and most luxurious of the three cruise ships of the Ayravata Cruise Company to sail up and down the great Irrawaddy River of Burma. . Launched on 2014, it has 28 suites for a passenger capacity of 56. . Second foto: the captain is always there to greet you when you leave for an excursion. . Third video: the head chef is making my omelette. . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #burma  #myanmar  #bagan 
Work Truck.
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You will often see these small trucks transporting workers from one location to another all over Myanmar.
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"Day is Done"
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Myanmar fishermen finishing a day's work on the shores of the Irrawaddy River.
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Fishing vessels on the Irrawaddy River.
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Myanmar possesses a large north-south river system in the Irrawaddy River to provide resources for freshwater and brackish water fisheries.
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The fishery sector is important for social and economical development as the Myanmar population consumes fish at almost every meal.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #myanmar #magway #rangoon  #yangon #mandalay
Fishing vessels on the Irrawaddy River. . Myanmar possesses a large north-south river system in the Irrawaddy River to provide resources for freshwater and brackish water fisheries. . The fishery sector is important for social and economical development as the Myanmar population consumes fish at almost every meal. . . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #magway  #rangoon  #yangon  #mandalay 
Meet Thi Mar from Bagan, Myanmar.
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She is one of the spa & fitness experts on the riverboat Irrawaddy Explorer.
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I just thought it was time for another portrait in my feed😊😊😊
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Meet Thi Mar from Bagan, Myanmar. . She is one of the spa & fitness experts on the riverboat Irrawaddy Explorer. . I just thought it was time for another portrait in my feed😊😊😊 . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #myanmar  #bagan  #burma  #yangon  #rangoon  #mandalay 
"Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such" - Henry Miller
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After exiting the dark tunnel, you suddenly see Mya Tha Lun Pagoda in all its golden glory.
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This pagoda is the largest shrine in the city of Mahwag and is located on top of Naguttama Hill where you get a stunning view of the Irrawaddy River below.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #myanmar #burma #rangoon #yangon #mandalay
"Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such" - Henry Miller . After exiting the dark tunnel, you suddenly see Mya Tha Lun Pagoda in all its golden glory. . This pagoda is the largest shrine in the city of Mahwag and is located on top of Naguttama Hill where you get a stunning view of the Irrawaddy River below. . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #burma  #rangoon  #yangon  #mandalay 
"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark" - John Muir
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Entering Mya Tha Lun Pagoda from a long dark tunnel.
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This temple is situated in Magway, a regional capital city in central Myanmar on the bank of the Irrawaddy River.
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"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark" - John Muir . . Entering Mya Tha Lun Pagoda from a long dark tunnel. . This temple is situated in Magway, a regional capital city in central Myanmar on the bank of the Irrawaddy River. . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #burma  #myanmar  #rangoon  #yangon  #bagan  #mandalay  #hankles 
Sunset on the Irrawaddy River.
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Just about every evening around 6 PM, you will witness some amazing sunsets as the Irrawaddy Explorer quietly sails up the river.
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Day in a life at the local market in Thayet, Myanmar.  Nothing more colorful than observing people, both buyers and sellers, going about and doing their thing.  They don't seem to mind foreigners invading their space.  They are just as curious of us as we of them!
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Day in a life at the local market in Thayet, Myanmar. Nothing more colorful than observing people, both buyers and sellers, going about and doing their thing. They don't seem to mind foreigners invading their space. They are just as curious of us as we of them! . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #myanmar  #rangoon  #yangon  #mandalay 
As the Irrawaddy Explorer sails upstream, the next port of call is Thayet on the west side of the river.  To secure the riverboat to shore, Myanmar workers are on the riverbank pulling the ship's ropes around trees and stumps.  Here you often see the daily morning rituals of these workers, such as getting a shave on the river bank here.
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The excursion for the day is a visit to the local market.  Thayet also boast the oldest golf course in Myanmar.  Tried putting on the Hole 1 green three times and missed all three!
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As the Irrawaddy Explorer sails upstream, the next port of call is Thayet on the west side of the river.  To secure the riverboat to shore, Myanmar workers are on the riverbank pulling the ship's ropes around trees and stumps.  Here you often see the daily morning rituals of these workers, such as getting a shave on the river bank here. . The excursion for the day is a visit to the local market.  Thayet also boast the oldest golf course in Myanmar.  Tried putting on the Hole 1 green three times and missed all three! . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #tarvelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #mandalay 
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon
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I end this week with an update post on the investigation into the October 19, 2017, fire at Yangon’s most iconic building, the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, resulted in an estimated damage of US$27.5 million.  More sadly, though, two foreign tourists died in the fire.  The fire was believed to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring on the fifth floor, setting up a blaze that quickly engulfed the building’s teak wood structure.
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Why mentioned this?  Because a week before, this beautiful hotel was home for one night.  The day after the fire, I received an email from the Canadian Embassy asking if I was alright and confirmed my whereabouts. If you are traveling extensively, it is worthwhile to register your travel plans with your embassy, if this service is available.
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The photos here show better times!
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Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Yangon . I end this week with an update post on the investigation into the October 19, 2017, fire at Yangon’s most iconic building, the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, resulted in an estimated damage of US$27.5 million.  More sadly, though, two foreign tourists died in the fire.  The fire was believed to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring on the fifth floor, setting up a blaze that quickly engulfed the building’s teak wood structure. . Why mentioned this?  Because a week before, this beautiful hotel was home for one night.  The day after the fire, I received an email from the Canadian Embassy asking if I was alright and confirmed my whereabouts. If you are traveling extensively, it is worthwhile to register your travel plans with your embassy, if this service is available. . The photos here show better times! . . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #tarvelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #mandalay 
Thanaka: The Secret to Burmese Beauty
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Myanmar is a unique country, but there is perhaps nothing more quintessentially Burmese than thanaka (pronounced tawn’-uh-kuh), a patch sported by most females and many boys and young men on their faces.
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Thanaka is a slow-growing tree that thrives in the arid central parts of Myanmar and long ago, it is said that these trees must be cultivated for over 35 years before becoming useful.  Today, thanaka tree nurseries are able to send their products to market after just 3 to 7 years.  Although thanaka tree parts have been used medicinally in other parts of Asia; only in Myanmar is it used cosmetically and have done so for over 2,000 years.
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The thanaka paste is made from grinding the bark against a flat, wet stone and then applied to the face.  The locals say it provides good protection from the sun and lightens and smooths the skin.  It can be very cooling (as any liquid drying on your skin would be) and goes a long way towards anti-aging in later life.
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The result: ageless beauty and flawless skin of the Burmese people!
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Thanaka: The Secret to Burmese Beauty . Myanmar is a unique country, but there is perhaps nothing more quintessentially Burmese than thanaka (pronounced tawn’-uh-kuh), a patch sported by most females and many boys and young men on their faces. . Thanaka is a slow-growing tree that thrives in the arid central parts of Myanmar and long ago, it is said that these trees must be cultivated for over 35 years before becoming useful.  Today, thanaka tree nurseries are able to send their products to market after just 3 to 7 years.  Although thanaka tree parts have been used medicinally in other parts of Asia; only in Myanmar is it used cosmetically and have done so for over 2,000 years. . The thanaka paste is made from grinding the bark against a flat, wet stone and then applied to the face.  The locals say it provides good protection from the sun and lightens and smooths the skin.  It can be very cooling (as any liquid drying on your skin would be) and goes a long way towards anti-aging in later life. . The result: ageless beauty and flawless skin of the Burmese people! . . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #tarvelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #myanmar  #burma  #yangon  #mandalay 
Shwesandaw Pagoda (Continued)

There was so much water around the Shwesandaw Pagoda complex that day because of rain, that it was almost dangerous and slippery to walk around in bare feet (especially for those of us who sleep with their Nikes on – just kidding). This was the only photo that I manage to get while staying dry.  Apparently there is a fee to shoot photos with a camera but nobody came chasing around to collect any money.
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It is said that the two relics of the Buddha interred here are a hair and tooth and these make Shwesandaw a very popular pilgrimage site that gets extremely busy; but not on this rainy day!
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Fact: Pyay is the seventh largest city in Myanmar with a population of approximately a quarter of a million. .
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Shwesandaw Pagoda (Continued) There was so much water around the Shwesandaw Pagoda complex that day because of rain, that it was almost dangerous and slippery to walk around in bare feet (especially for those of us who sleep with their Nikes on – just kidding). This was the only photo that I manage to get while staying dry.  Apparently there is a fee to shoot photos with a camera but nobody came chasing around to collect any money. . It is said that the two relics of the Buddha interred here are a hair and tooth and these make Shwesandaw a very popular pilgrimage site that gets extremely busy; but not on this rainy day! . Fact: Pyay is the seventh largest city in Myanmar with a population of approximately a quarter of a million. . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #myanmar  #yangon  #rangoon  #hankles  #mandalay 
After a long 250 km bus ride from Yangon, mostly through heavy rain, the destination town of Pyay is finally reached.  The river boat, RV Irrawaddy Explorer, waits at shore to take passenger and crew upstream towards Mandalay.  Pyay (pronounced “Pyee”) is one of Myanmar’s old capitals and was also known as Prome in colonial times.
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Set on a hilltop dominating Pyay is Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s biggest pilgrimage sites.  The pagoda is a full metre taller than the great Shwedagon in Yangon (earlier posts). Looking east from Shwesandaw, it is impossible to miss the mighty seated Buddha, or Sehtatgyi Paya, whose head rises to almost the same height as the pagoda itself.  It’s an awesome sight to behold as one catch sight of it entering Shwesandaw Pagoda.
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After a long 250 km bus ride from Yangon, mostly through heavy rain, the destination town of Pyay is finally reached.  The river boat, RV Irrawaddy Explorer, waits at shore to take passenger and crew upstream towards Mandalay.  Pyay (pronounced “Pyee”) is one of Myanmar’s old capitals and was also known as Prome in colonial times. .  Set on a hilltop dominating Pyay is Shwesandaw Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s biggest pilgrimage sites.  The pagoda is a full metre taller than the great Shwedagon in Yangon (earlier posts). Looking east from Shwesandaw, it is impossible to miss the mighty seated Buddha, or Sehtatgyi Paya, whose head rises to almost the same height as the pagoda itself.  It’s an awesome sight to behold as one catch sight of it entering Shwesandaw Pagoda. . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #myanmar  #yangon  #rangoon 
The bus excursion from Yangon to the town of Pyay to catch the boat takes over 6 hours.  It was pouring rain that day.  After 3 hours it was time for a pit stop in a small town called Lapadan.  Here's a few sample fotos of rural life in Myanmar on this stop.  The last image is a video of the torrential rain encountered on that day!
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October is the tail end of the wet season in Myanmar.  Very few tourists.  November to February is considered the peak season for visitors.
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The bus excursion from Yangon to the town of Pyay to catch the boat takes over 6 hours. It was pouring rain that day. After 3 hours it was time for a pit stop in a small town called Lapadan. Here's a few sample fotos of rural life in Myanmar on this stop. The last image is a video of the torrential rain encountered on that day! . October is the tail end of the wet season in Myanmar. Very few tourists. November to February is considered the peak season for visitors. . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #burma  #yangon  #mandalay  #rangoon  #myanmar 
"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others" - Pericles.
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A few more fotos around Schwedagon Pagoda... After 8 (PM).
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Before climbing up to the Schwedagon Pagoda platform, everybody must remove their shoes and strategically place them somewhere where you can find them again when you leave. The one thing that I was hesitant to do the first time was taking off my shoes and socks before entering a temple; but I soon got used to bare-footing it around just like everybody else.  The worst part was cleaning the feet as you leave the temple with the sanitary wipes provided by the guides and putting on socks and shoes over slightly damp feet.
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Everywhere you walk around Schwedagon Pagoda, you will see monuments of Buddha, large and small. Everyone visits the Shwedagon for a different reason.  Some come to gaze a magical world of golden forms, tinkling bells, and the quiet chants of those in prayer. Others just simply come to admire the surroundings and take pictures with themselves in it. The more serious pilgrims come to the Shwedagon to make a ritual circuit.  There is no fixed pattern or apparent order to the many shrines within the pagoda; which makes Shwedagon a unique part of Myanmar's history.
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Next time, I will bring a pair of sandals and no socks.  Oh...and not once did I lose my pair of shoes!
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I have include a short 20 sec slideshow created by Adobe Premiere 2018!
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"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others" - Pericles. . A few more fotos around Schwedagon Pagoda... After 8 (PM). . Before climbing up to the Schwedagon Pagoda platform, everybody must remove their shoes and strategically place them somewhere where you can find them again when you leave. The one thing that I was hesitant to do the first time was taking off my shoes and socks before entering a temple; but I soon got used to bare-footing it around just like everybody else.  The worst part was cleaning the feet as you leave the temple with the sanitary wipes provided by the guides and putting on socks and shoes over slightly damp feet. . Everywhere you walk around Schwedagon Pagoda, you will see monuments of Buddha, large and small. Everyone visits the Shwedagon for a different reason.  Some come to gaze a magical world of golden forms, tinkling bells, and the quiet chants of those in prayer. Others just simply come to admire the surroundings and take pictures with themselves in it. The more serious pilgrims come to the Shwedagon to make a ritual circuit.  There is no fixed pattern or apparent order to the many shrines within the pagoda; which makes Shwedagon a unique part of Myanmar's history. . Next time, I will bring a pair of sandals and no socks. Oh...and not once did I lose my pair of shoes! . I have include a short 20 sec slideshow created by Adobe Premiere 2018! . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #burma  #yangon  #mandalay  #rangoon  #myanmar 
Yangon, October 2017
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No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha's hair and other holy relics. Shwedagon Pagoda is 110 meters high and is covered with hundreds of gold plates and 4531 diamonds at the top of the stupa, the largest of which is 72 carats.  Inside there are hundreds of colorful temples, stupas and statues.  This is the most magnificient symbol of Buddhism to the lives of the Myanmar people.

When you enter the Shwedagon Pagoda, you seem to have momentarily reached heaven. It's 7 PM and hundreds of people are inside, activities ranging from praying to taking selfies. This evening, the sun was setting and behind the gilded stupa were billowing white clouds that were lined with a flourescent pink that formed an ever so magical backdrop!  I literally stood in awe watching the clouds changed colors until darkness took over and I had to move on!
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Yangon, October 2017 . No visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda, which enshrines strands of Buddha's hair and other holy relics. Shwedagon Pagoda is 110 meters high and is covered with hundreds of gold plates and 4531 diamonds at the top of the stupa, the largest of which is 72 carats.  Inside there are hundreds of colorful temples, stupas and statues.  This is the most magnificient symbol of Buddhism to the lives of the Myanmar people. When you enter the Shwedagon Pagoda, you seem to have momentarily reached heaven. It's 7 PM and hundreds of people are inside, activities ranging from praying to taking selfies. This evening, the sun was setting and behind the gilded stupa were billowing white clouds that were lined with a flourescent pink that formed an ever so magical backdrop!  I literally stood in awe watching the clouds changed colors until darkness took over and I had to move on! . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #burma  #yangon  #mandalay  #rangoon  #myanmar 
I have always wanted to go to Myanmar (Formerly known as Burma). I have been to a few Southeast Asian countries, but there is a mysteriously mythical feeling about this country conjured by the scene of hot air balloons floating in the mist while the sun rises and casts golden light upon a thousand temples.
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But when I got to Myanmar, it wasn't the gorgeous temples and landscape that ultimately caught my attention; it was the people that I fell in love with.  Beautiful friendly people, both young and old, who would smile and do their utmost to make you feel at home.
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The journey that I am about to tell is from Yangon (formerly Rangoon) to Mandalay...but by riverboating up the Irrawaddy River.  This mode of transportation allows one to visit the remote villages alongside the river and immerse in their customs and culture.
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I hope you will enjoy the journey through my lens!
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I have always wanted to go to Myanmar (Formerly known as Burma). I have been to a few Southeast Asian countries, but there is a mysteriously mythical feeling about this country conjured by the scene of hot air balloons floating in the mist while the sun rises and casts golden light upon a thousand temples. . But when I got to Myanmar, it wasn't the gorgeous temples and landscape that ultimately caught my attention; it was the people that I fell in love with. Beautiful friendly people, both young and old, who would smile and do their utmost to make you feel at home. . The journey that I am about to tell is from Yangon (formerly Rangoon) to Mandalay...but by riverboating up the Irrawaddy River. This mode of transportation allows one to visit the remote villages alongside the river and immerse in their customs and culture. . I hope you will enjoy the journey through my lens! . . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #hankles  #burma  #yangon  #mandalay  #rangoon  #myanmar 
Part 3: Snippets of Bangkok.
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This final part on Bangkok is about shopping at the immensely popular and world class mall called Siam Paragon, located in front of Siam Skytrain station.
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The mall has over 250 shops spread over many floor levels, each with different experience. From high-end fashion such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Rolex on the first floor to a luxury car showrooms showcasing Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati automobiles on the second floor to an IMAX VIP cinema experience on the fifth floor, one things for sure...bring your credit card!
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And of course, you can have a food experience in many of the international restaurants located throughout the mall.
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Part 3: Snippets of Bangkok. . . This final part on Bangkok is about shopping at the immensely popular and world class mall called Siam Paragon, located in front of Siam Skytrain station. . The mall has over 250 shops spread over many floor levels, each with different experience. From high-end fashion such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Rolex on the first floor to a luxury car showrooms showcasing Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati automobiles on the second floor to an IMAX VIP cinema experience on the fifth floor, one things for sure...bring your credit card! . And of course, you can have a food experience in many of the international restaurants located throughout the mall. . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #bangkok 
Part 2: Snippets of Bangkok.
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Asiatique was a recommendation of the Ramada Plaza Menan Riverside Hotel concierge.  It was only 10 minutes walking distance away.  Combining two of the most popular shopping experiences in Bangkok: a night bazaar and a mall, you'll find over 1500 boutiques and 40 restaurants under a warehouse complex.  Oh, did I mentioned that it is also an amusement park with a giant ferris wheel, four wheel motorbikes and a multitude of other strange rides.

My favorite area was the outdoor street food market.  Here you will find all everything from giant prawns or crayfish to fried scorpions.  Busiest place in the whole mall.
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Check out the video on the last page.
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Part 2: Snippets of Bangkok. . Asiatique was a recommendation of the Ramada Plaza Menan Riverside Hotel concierge.  It was only 10 minutes walking distance away.  Combining two of the most popular shopping experiences in Bangkok: a night bazaar and a mall, you'll find over 1500 boutiques and 40 restaurants under a warehouse complex.  Oh, did I mentioned that it is also an amusement park with a giant ferris wheel, four wheel motorbikes and a multitude of other strange rides. My favorite area was the outdoor street food market.  Here you will find all everything from giant prawns or crayfish to fried scorpions.  Busiest place in the whole mall. . Check out the video on the last page. . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #bangkok 
My trip to Myanmar started with a three day lay-over in Bangkok and, damned, I wished I had booked a week or more there because Bangkok is such a vibrant and beautiful city.  I have been there once before, a six-hour tour of the city from a cruise liner and thought I've seen the major tourist spots, but no, not so!

My three day stay was also during the period when all of Thailand was preparing for the funeral of their late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away last October 2016.

Here's a few snippet of photos from my first day in Bangkok.

Photo #2 - local flower shop market.

Photo #2 - Photos of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej are everywhere.

Photo #3 - Row of Buddha statues in Wat Pho Temple.

Photo #4 - Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho Temple.

I will follow up with some scenes from my recent favorite activities there.  If you have been to Bangkok, what is your favorite thing to do there?

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#bangkok #thailand #hankles
My trip to Myanmar started with a three day lay-over in Bangkok and, damned, I wished I had booked a week or more there because Bangkok is such a vibrant and beautiful city.  I have been there once before, a six-hour tour of the city from a cruise liner and thought I've seen the major tourist spots, but no, not so! My three day stay was also during the period when all of Thailand was preparing for the funeral of their late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away last October 2016. Here's a few snippet of photos from my first day in Bangkok. Photo #2  - local flower shop market. Photo #2  - Photos of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej are everywhere. Photo #3  - Row of Buddha statues in Wat Pho Temple. Photo #4  - Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho Temple. I will follow up with some scenes from my recent favorite activities there.  If you have been to Bangkok, what is your favorite thing to do there? #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #bangkok  #thailand  #hankles 
The Holland America Nieu Amsterdam cruise ship was here this weekend again and she just left dock here.
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A Harbour Air float plane takes off and heads to Victoria.
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The cruise ship was tracked heading south and possibly off the Washington state coast by now.
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The Holland America Nieu Amsterdam cruise ship was here this weekend again and she just left dock here. . A Harbour Air float plane takes off and heads to Victoria. . The cruise ship was tracked heading south and possibly off the Washington state coast by now. . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #vancouver  #yvr 
Weekend is almost over for us on this continent.  Busy weekend for tourists in Vancouver.
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Three cruiseships were in docked on Saturday.  The Alaska cruise season is almost over.  One of the Princess ship is re-positioning back down to L.A.
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The Holland America Nieu Amsterdam is shown here backing up and heading out to sea.
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Weekend is almost over for us on this continent. Busy weekend for tourists in Vancouver. . Three cruiseships were in docked on Saturday. The Alaska cruise season is almost over. One of the Princess ship is re-positioning back down to L.A. . The Holland America Nieu Amsterdam is shown here backing up and heading out to sea. . . . . . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
"Getting better with age!"
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In the foreground is the iconic Hotel Inglaterra, the oldest hotel in Cuba. This is my choice location for the buffet breakfast/brunch that cost me 7 Cuban dollars a meal and eat to your heart's content if you are staying in Old Havana.
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The Inglaterra will soon be part of the Starwood Hotel chain and would become the first one in Cuba to be managed by an Ametican company in over 55 years.
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The magnificient building next to it is the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso (Great Theatre of Havana), a 19th century concert hall offering up the best in Cuban dance, music and ballet.
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#cuba #havana #traqtravel #traveling #hankles #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #inglaterra
"Getting better with age!" . In the foreground is the iconic Hotel Inglaterra, the oldest hotel in Cuba. This is my choice location for the buffet breakfast/brunch that cost me 7 Cuban dollars a meal and eat to your heart's content if you are staying in Old Havana. . The Inglaterra will soon be part of the Starwood Hotel chain and would become the first one in Cuba to be managed by an Ametican company in over 55 years. . The magnificient building next to it is the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso (Great Theatre of Havana), a 19th century concert hall offering up the best in Cuban dance, music and ballet. . #cuba  #havana  #traqtravel  #traveling  #hankles  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #inglaterra 
"Getting better with age!"
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In the foreground is the iconic Hotel Inglaterra, the oldest hotel in Cuba. This is my choice location for the buffet breakfast/brunch that cost me 7 Cuban dollars a meal and eat to your heart's content if you are staying in Old Havana.
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The Inglaterra will soon be part of the Starwood Hotel chain and would become the first one in Cuba to be managed by an Ametican company in over 55 years.
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The magnificient building next to it is the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso (Great Theatre of Havana), a 19th century concert hall offering up the best in Cuban dance, music and ballet.
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#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #inglaterra
"Getting better with age!" . In the foreground is the iconic Hotel Inglaterra, the oldest hotel in Cuba. This is my choice location for the buffet breakfast/brunch that cost me 7 Cuban dollars a meal and eat to your heart's content if you are staying in Old Havana. . The Inglaterra will soon be part of the Starwood Hotel chain and would become the first one in Cuba to be managed by an Ametican company in over 55 years. . The magnificient building next to it is the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso (Great Theatre of Havana), a 19th century concert hall offering up the best in Cuban dance, music and ballet. . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #inglaterra 
The Yangtze journey will pass through some of the most spectacular landscapes with misty mountains, sheer gorges and serene riverbanks.
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This is a time to relax or take some photos as the Century Diamond slowly navigates through some stunning backdrops.
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#yangtzeriver #yangtze #china #river #rivercruise #3gorges #shanghai #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
The Yangtze journey will pass through some of the most spectacular landscapes with misty mountains, sheer gorges and serene riverbanks. . This is a time to relax or take some photos as the Century Diamond slowly navigates through some stunning backdrops. . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
The "Tribe of the Three Gorges" entertainment stage.
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This is a re-enactment of a Tujia ethnic Minority group's wedding ceremony where a passenger (the gentleman with the black hat) of the Century Diamond is chosen to play the part of the groom in a wedding play.
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#yangtzeriver #yangtze #china #river #rivercruise #3gorges #shanghai #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
The "Tribe of the Three Gorges" entertainment stage. . This is a re-enactment of a Tujia ethnic Minority group's wedding ceremony where a passenger (the gentleman with the black hat) of the Century Diamond is chosen to play the part of the groom in a wedding play. . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Moored outside the entrance to the "Tribe of the Three Gorges", these boats are for show and not used for any other purpose than decoration for the site...but it is a nice setting!
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#yangtzeriver #yangtze #china #river #rivercruise #3gorges #shanghai #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Moored outside the entrance to the "Tribe of the Three Gorges", these boats are for show and not used for any other purpose than decoration for the site...but it is a nice setting! . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Optional Yangtze Cruise excursion to the "Tribe of the Three Gorges"
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On this optional tour (which means one pays extra), you embark on a boat to an area rated as the most beautiful natural landscape in the three gorges area.  It features a great diversity of Chinese ancient cultural elements and Minority customs.
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#yangtzeriver #yangtze #china #river #rivercruise #3gorges #shanghai #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Optional Yangtze Cruise excursion to the "Tribe of the Three Gorges" . On this optional tour (which means one pays extra), you embark on a boat to an area rated as the most beautiful natural landscape in the three gorges area.  It features a great diversity of Chinese ancient cultural elements and Minority customs. . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Meanwhile back on the Yangtze Cruise aboard the Century Diamond riverboat.  Morning Tai Chi class on the upper deck.

A typical day as the boat slowly cruises the river would be morning exercise followed by breakfast, morning and/or afternoon on-shore excursions, lunch, a documentary movie or lecture and finally dinner. 
One thing about river boat cruising... with only a couple of hundred passengers, sooner than later, you will get to know everybody on board!

#yangtzeriver #yangtze #china #river #rivercruise #3gorges #shanghai #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Meanwhile back on the Yangtze Cruise aboard the Century Diamond riverboat.  Morning Tai Chi class on the upper deck. A typical day as the boat slowly cruises the river would be morning exercise followed by breakfast, morning and/or afternoon on-shore excursions, lunch, a documentary movie or lecture and finally dinner. One thing about river boat cruising... with only a couple of hundred passengers, sooner than later, you will get to know everybody on board! #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
The Star Princess is docked in the port of Vancouver today ready for a sail to Alaska.
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#vancouver #princesscruises #cruise #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel #canadaplace #canada
This is the view of the Century Diamond Riverboat after climbing to the top of Shibaozhai Pavillion.
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Note that there are two boats.  This is done all the time when there is limited dock space.  The Century Diamond is on the right which mean you have to pass through the lobby of the other ship to get ashore.
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#yangtzeriver #yangtze #china #river #rivercruise #3gorges #shanghai #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
This is the view of the Century Diamond Riverboat after climbing to the top of Shibaozhai Pavillion. . Note that there are two boats. This is done all the time when there is limited dock space. The Century Diamond is on the right which mean you have to pass through the lobby of the other ship to get ashore. . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Day 2 - Shibaozhai Pavilion
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First stop downstream the Yangtze is Shibaozhai, literally "Precious Stone Forest", which is a hill along the river bank.  On the river side is a red pavilion of nine floors which leans against the side of the hill providing a walkway to a three story temple at the top of the hill.
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The structure was built in 1650, and legend has it that the higher you ascend, the more your prayers will be answered. It's also worth clambering up the steep steps for the panoramic views over the river and surrounding countryside.
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Did you know that the first nine floors of the pavilion was built without using any nails?
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#yangtzeriver #yangtze #china #river #rivercruise #3gorges #shanghai #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Day 2 - Shibaozhai Pavilion . First stop downstream the Yangtze is Shibaozhai, literally "Precious Stone Forest", which is a hill along the river bank.  On the river side is a red pavilion of nine floors which leans against the side of the hill providing a walkway to a three story temple at the top of the hill. . The structure was built in 1650, and legend has it that the higher you ascend, the more your prayers will be answered. It's also worth clambering up the steep steps for the panoramic views over the river and surrounding countryside. . Did you know that the first nine floors of the pavilion was built without using any nails? . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Chongqing City by the Yangtze.
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The journey down the Yangtze River starts in Chongqing , a major city in southwest China, and heads downstream towards Shanghai.
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Formerly known a Chungking, it is one of the most populous Chinese municipality and was created in 1997 to help the Three Gorges Dam migration.  The city now serves as the economic centre of upstream Yangtze basin and is a major manufacturing centre and transportation hub.
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Summer temperature and humidity can reach 35 Deg C and 74% respectively.  Spring and fall are the best periods to visit Chongqing.
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Did you know that Chongqing's population is over 35 million?  That is almost the entire population of Canada (37 million in 2015).
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#yangtzeriver #yangtze #china #river #rivercruise #3gorges #shanghai #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Chongqing City by the Yangtze. . The journey down the Yangtze River starts in Chongqing , a major city in southwest China, and heads downstream towards Shanghai. . Formerly known a Chungking, it is one of the most populous Chinese municipality and was created in 1997 to help the Three Gorges Dam migration.  The city now serves as the economic centre of upstream Yangtze basin and is a major manufacturing centre and transportation hub. . Summer temperature and humidity can reach 35 Deg C and 74% respectively.  Spring and fall are the best periods to visit Chongqing. . Did you know that Chongqing's population is over 35 million?  That is almost the entire population of Canada (37 million in 2015). . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Welcome to a journey down the Yangtze River from Chongqing to Wuhan, China.  The Yangtze (sometimes called the "yellow river” or, to be politically correct, the “golden River”) is China’s lifeline.
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With its mainstream and tributaries it runs through 18 provinces and cities and is regarded as dividing China roughly into north and south. From its source in the plateaus of the northern Tibetan highlands, it flows past the river cruise port of Chongqing, then through the plains of Jiangsu and Shanghai to the East China Sea.  Note the color of the water, hence the name.
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Did you know that the Yangtze is the world’s third-longest river, which stretches 6,300 km (3,900 miles) from Shanghai through China’s heartland?
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Welcome to a journey down the Yangtze River from Chongqing to Wuhan, China.  The Yangtze (sometimes called the "yellow river” or, to be politically correct, the “golden River”) is China’s lifeline. . With its mainstream and tributaries it runs through 18 provinces and cities and is regarded as dividing China roughly into north and south. From its source in the plateaus of the northern Tibetan highlands, it flows past the river cruise port of Chongqing, then through the plains of Jiangsu and Shanghai to the East China Sea.  Note the color of the water, hence the name. . Did you know that the Yangtze is the world’s third-longest river, which stretches 6,300 km (3,900 miles) from Shanghai through China’s heartland? . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Panamax.  A term for mid-sized cargo ships that are capable of passing through the lock chambers of the old Panama Canal.  Max ship width is less than 110 feet.
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Shown here is the Grand Pioneer Cargo Ship as we pass each other in Gatun Lake.  Note the flat walls optimized to handle as much cargo as possible.  Very different than those sleek cruise ships!
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The width of the new Panama Canal is 180 feet!
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#panamacanal #cruise #cruiseship #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Panamax. A term for mid-sized cargo ships that are capable of passing through the lock chambers of the old Panama Canal. Max ship width is less than 110 feet. . Shown here is the Grand Pioneer Cargo Ship as we pass each other in Gatun Lake. Note the flat walls optimized to handle as much cargo as possible. Very different than those sleek cruise ships! . The width of the new Panama Canal is 180 feet! . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
About 9 hours after entering the first Panama Canal lock and 47 km later, the MS Veendam finally reaches Gatun Lock which will lower the ship 85 feet (26 m) down to the Atlantic Ocean.  It will take another 2 hours to go through the 3 chambers of Gatun Locks.  This is a busy lock.
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You can see here that 2 ships are ahead of the MS Veendam.  And suddenly this tugboat decides to jump the queue and sneak a position in front of us...I guess they can do that because it is a Canal tugboat! We will ride the waters together in the same chamber going down.
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Did you know that military vessels of the Republic of Panama and the United States have priority over all other vessels going though the canal?
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#panamacanal #cruise #cruiseship #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
About 9 hours after entering the first Panama Canal lock and 47 km later, the MS Veendam finally reaches Gatun Lock which will lower the ship 85 feet (26 m) down to the Atlantic Ocean.  It will take another 2 hours to go through the 3 chambers of Gatun Locks.  This is a busy lock. . You can see here that 2 ships are ahead of the MS Veendam.  And suddenly this tugboat decides to jump the queue and sneak a position in front of us...I guess they can do that because it is a Canal tugboat! We will ride the waters together in the same chamber going down. . Did you know that military vessels of the Republic of Panama and the United States have priority over all other vessels going though the canal? . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Continuing the journey on the Panama Canal...
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About 4 hours after entering the first Panama Canal lock, the MS Veendam leaves Pedro Miguel Lock and travels through a narrow 13 km artificial valley called the Culebra Cut (formerly Gaillard Cut). The construction of the cut was one of the great engineering feats of its time.  Note how close the ships travelling in the opposite direction comes to the cruise ship, requiring the pilots of each vessel to be on constant alert.
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Most passengers will have gone for breakfast by now; but there are still some fascinating sights to see on deck because the ship is so close to shoreline.  See the terraced side-hills? It is to prevent landslides.  When the cut was first excavated, water infiltration weakened the walls and some eventually collapsed.  The slides were described as tropical glaciers made of mud instead of ice.
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Did you know that a Panama Canal pilot comes aboard each major vessel and becomes the "captain" for the duration of the transit?
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#panamacanal #cruise #cruiseship  #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Continuing the journey on the Panama Canal... . About 4 hours after entering the first Panama Canal lock, the MS Veendam leaves Pedro Miguel Lock and travels through a narrow 13 km artificial valley called the Culebra Cut (formerly Gaillard Cut). The construction of the cut was one of the great engineering feats of its time.  Note how close the ships travelling in the opposite direction comes to the cruise ship, requiring the pilots of each vessel to be on constant alert. . Most passengers will have gone for breakfast by now; but there are still some fascinating sights to see on deck because the ship is so close to shoreline.  See the terraced side-hills? It is to prevent landslides.  When the cut was first excavated, water infiltration weakened the walls and some eventually collapsed.  The slides were described as tropical glaciers made of mud instead of ice. . Did you know that a Panama Canal pilot comes aboard each major vessel and becomes the "captain" for the duration of the transit? . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
It is a holiday (for most people) in Canada today!  Took the Seabus this morning that transfers you from downtown Vancouver to the North Vancouver.
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You can see there are 2 cruise ships in dock (the Norweign Sea and Crystal Serenity) ready for sailing to Alaska.
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If you are planning a trip soon to Vancouver or the west coast and are looking for any information, just msg me and I can try to help out!
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#vancouver #cruises #cruiseship #canada #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
It is a holiday (for most people) in Canada today! Took the Seabus this morning that transfers you from downtown Vancouver to the North Vancouver. . You can see there are 2 cruise ships in dock (the Norweign Sea and Crystal Serenity) ready for sailing to Alaska. . If you are planning a trip soon to Vancouver or the west coast and are looking for any information, just msg me and I can try to help out! . #vancouver  #cruises  #cruiseship  #canada  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Entering Pedro Miguel Lock!  The single chamber will lift the MS Veendam from Miraflores Lake about 30 feet up to Gatun Lake which is 85 feet above sea level.
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Did you know that the Panama Canal was actually the brainchild of King Charles V of Spain in the early 1500, even though it was first attempted by the French, and then later completed by the Americans?
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#panamacanal #cruise #cruiseship
#traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
Entering Pedro Miguel Lock! The single chamber will lift the MS Veendam from Miraflores Lake about 30 feet up to Gatun Lake which is 85 feet above sea level. . Did you know that the Panama Canal was actually the brainchild of King Charles V of Spain in the early 1500, even though it was first attempted by the French, and then later completed by the Americans? . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
It takes less than 2 hours to pass though the first canal lock of 3 chambers.  The freighter on the left is already entering Miraflores Lake.  Once the MS Veendam reaches the lake, it will be 54 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
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It's past 7 AM breakfast time and see nobody is giving up their position on the deck bow as they watch the electric mules and gate opening.
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Did you know by 1936 the Queen Mary was the first ship too big for the canal?
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#panamacanal #cruise #cruiseship #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
It takes less than 2 hours to pass though the first canal lock of 3 chambers. The freighter on the left is already entering Miraflores Lake. Once the MS Veendam reaches the lake, it will be 54 feet above the Pacific Ocean. . It's past 7 AM breakfast time and see nobody is giving up their position on the deck bow as they watch the electric mules and gate opening. . Did you know by 1936 the Queen Mary was the first ship too big for the canal? . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
The MS Veendam arrives at the first gate of Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks which has two chambers to raise the ship.  Each chamber is 110 feet wide and 1050 feet long.  The first chamber will raise the ship 27 feet and the second chamber will have the ship 54 feet above sea level.  Total transit time is about 1.5 hours to get the ship up to Miraflores Lake.
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The MS Veendam arrives at the first gate of Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks which has two chambers to raise the ship. Each chamber is 110 feet wide and 1050 feet long. The first chamber will raise the ship 27 feet and the second chamber will have the ship 54 feet above sea level. Total transit time is about 1.5 hours to get the ship up to Miraflores Lake. . . #panamacanal  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Preparing to enter the Panama Canal.  It's still dark out there. Everybody on the MS Veendam is staking their position on deck to experience the moment.  Some have been waiting since 4 AM...kind of like lining up on the first day of an iPhone sale.  The ship crew is already on deck to serve coffee and croissants.  A bit of rain to dampen the moment.
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Preparing to enter the Panama Canal. It's still dark out there. Everybody on the MS Veendam is staking their position on deck to experience the moment. Some have been waiting since 4 AM...kind of like lining up on the first day of an iPhone sale. The ship crew is already on deck to serve coffee and croissants. A bit of rain to dampen the moment. . . #panama  #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #hollandamerica  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
San Diego Nightscape.  As the cruise ship MS Veendam leaves the harbour at dusk, you get a magnificent view of the city skyscaper lights.  San Diego is US eighth largest city and has one of the best summer climates in America.
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San Diego Nightscape. As the cruise ship MS Veendam leaves the harbour at dusk, you get a magnificent view of the city skyscaper lights. San Diego is US eighth largest city and has one of the best summer climates in America. . . #sandiego  #cruise  #cruiseship  #hollandamerica  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Good morning San Diego!  View of the Marina from the balcony of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel.  This is the port from which the Holland America MS Veendam will sail in the evening towards the Panama Canal on the Pacific side and end up in Fort Lauderdale on the Atlantic side.  I will show some photos as the big ship transit the amazing canal!
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Good morning San Diego! View of the Marina from the balcony of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel. This is the port from which the Holland America MS Veendam will sail in the evening towards the Panama Canal on the Pacific side and end up in Fort Lauderdale on the Atlantic side. I will show some photos as the big ship transit the amazing canal! . . #sandiego  #sheraton  #marina  #hollandamerica  #panamacanal  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
For the rich but don't necessary have to be famous (although it helps), there is the Prestige Class on Via Rail Canada.  They have their own private sleeper car, dining car and shown here their own private dome car that is also the last "caboose" car.  The attendent was kind enough to let me look around (thank you)! This is the last photo in my Jasper Rocky Mountain adventure!
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For the rich but don't necessary have to be famous (although it helps), there is the Prestige Class on Via Rail Canada. They have their own private sleeper car, dining car and shown here their own private dome car that is also the last "caboose" car. The attendent was kind enough to let me look around (thank you)! This is the last photo in my Jasper Rocky Mountain adventure! . #viarail  #train  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Just to show you the second type of "dome" car on the Via Rail Canada train that you can take across most of Canada.  You do not have to climb upstairs to get a panoramic view.  The larger glass gives you a more spacious feel and much more room to move around.  Not many people in this car on this day!
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Just to show you the second type of "dome" car on the Via Rail Canada train that you can take across most of Canada. You do not have to climb upstairs to get a panoramic view. The larger glass gives you a more spacious feel and much more room to move around. Not many people in this car on this day! . #viarail  #train  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
The Crowfoot Glacier is located in Banff National Park 30 km north of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.  It can be seen off the Icefields Parkway Highway between Banff and Jasper.  The glacier's runoff feeds the Bow River which flows through the City of Calgary and eventually finds it way into the Atlantic Ocean.
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The Crowfoot Glacier is located in Banff National Park 30 km north of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It can be seen off the Icefields Parkway Highway between Banff and Jasper. The glacier's runoff feeds the Bow River which flows through the City of Calgary and eventually finds it way into the Atlantic Ocean. . . #banff  #jasper  #alberta  #canada  #glacier  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
The Dining Car on Via Rail Canada generated some interest in my last post...so here is a fine dining meal on white table cloth.  I wasn't going to post this...but here it is..Rack of Lamb!
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The Dining Car.  If you book the Sleeper Plus Class on the Via Rail Train to travel across Canada, meals are included.  Fine dining on the go. Chances are you will meet a lot of interesting people from everywhere over a meal! .
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The Dining Car. If you book the Sleeper Plus Class on the Via Rail Train to travel across Canada, meals are included. Fine dining on the go. Chances are you will meet a lot of interesting people from everywhere over a meal! . #viarail  #train  #finedining  #food  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Riding on the Dome Car.  On Via Rail Canada, you can purchase the economy seats or the Sleeper Class (either an upper/lower sleeping berth or a private cabin with a door) or the Prestige Class (with its own private cabin, dining and dome cars). Sleeper Class includes meal and their own dining & dome cars as well).
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Riding on the Dome Car. On Via Rail Canada, you can purchase the economy seats or the Sleeper Class (either an upper/lower sleeping berth or a private cabin with a door) or the Prestige Class (with its own private cabin, dining and dome cars). Sleeper Class includes meal and their own dining & dome cars as well). . #viarail  #train  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Remember D-Day June 6, 1944.  The walls of Utah Beach, Normandy, France.  Allied forces scaled this incredible mountainside after landing on the beach.  The Utah Beach Museum is nearby.
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