Hi All I know for many adventure riders, the Land of Golden Pagodas, has been off limits for ages. Well, that is about to change and that is good news for the people of Myanmar and for those wishing to see something pristine, magical, and just a tad bit mysterious from the seat of a motorcycle. I have just returned from a 3 week survey and ride mission to report back that we will be offering guided motorbike tours through Myanmar in 2011. Group sizes are limited to 4 pax and we already have 2 groups booked, each 2 pax, one date in March, one in May. Contact me for details and info. In the meantime, I hope that you all enjoy the trip report and photos. I cannot stress what an amazing journey this was through a country that is highly mis-understand and a tad bit too frightened of outsiders. That would be the government, as the locals haven't a shy bone in their body. They just love foreigners and having their pictures taken. And they all asked and pleaded to return and please brings friends as they had never seen tourists and could really use the money. I love Laos and one reason I choose to live here is the people; I have never met friendlier or more helpful folks in my life. From the police, to the soldiers letting me sleep in their barracks, to the poorest toll gate attendants on the Arrawaddy River bridge that let me sleep in their hut, knowing the penalty for housing a "farang" could at best loose them their job, at worst, see their interment at a work camp or even.... Let's see a few pix...... The curiosity started 5M outside the airport....No one shows up with MX gear at the airport in Rangon!!!! Staff at a local tea shop in Rangon Snacks on offer...cakes, samosa, roti...this was more Indian influenced, but much of Myanmar is... Proud of their cables???!? Some pretty strong stuff! Bath time for the average citizen. There are water urns set up all over the city and the general population uses them for bathing. You can't tell but it's about 9 degrees.....BBBBBBRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!! I was fascinated by this old colonial building, one of thousands dotting the city in disrepair. So amazing! And a contrast....the newer apartment blocks. The newest ones look right out of NYC or London. Weird, huh? And mostly vacant...Like the new capitol in Nyipitthaw...more on that surreal experience later.. TBC.....I have to leave the house for a bit.....back in an hour or so. ENJOY!!!!!