I caught the train up to Mandalay, an early start at 7 a.m. saw us travelling across the plains at dawn on the bumpy railway line. Although the rail track had only been built in 1996 it was still as bumpy as the other older railway lines i had been on. I still enjoyed the journey as there is always different things to see and different things happening when you pull into the stations. Traffic is stopped the old fashioned way by men with red and green flags and tracks are changed by pulling old fashioned levers.
During my stay in Bagan i started to get a sore throat probably due to the amount of dust and sand i was breathing in, this worsened and by the time i got to Mandalay i seemed to have the flu. I really didn’t feel like any temple visits so I just holed up in my hotel for 3 days watching TV until i felt better. I only really got out on the 4th day to see a couple of things, the walls of the Royal Palace, the Kuthadow Pagoda and a trip up Mandalay Hill.
The walls and moat around the Royal Palace –