Sunday, 20.10.2013, 08h45, local time, SA/D 20131020, 04h15
It took 8 Minutes from start of engines to take off, very fast, very efficient. We got to the airport at 07h30, filed all the papers, paid our handling and Airport charges, went to the aircraft and what do we see? A Custom sticker stuck over our Bali Sticker to seal the door, this time a sticker 10x20 cm big. Customs came to remove it themselves. No problem. A very friendly "Good Bye" followed. "Please come back"... and than we could go. Now we have a 2 Hour flight to Mandalay.
The flight from Singapore to Yangoon on Friday was the longest we had since beginning our 'Flight around the World', 6.3 hours. The second longest flight took place on the first day of our trip over the Atlantic Ocean and lastet 6.2 hours. We will not have a similar long flight again, at least not on this round. So far we performed 37 Flights with a total flight time of 146 hours.
Today's flight went fast, it is nearly time to land. Full cloud cover below us, no wind, thats propably the reason why the flight seemed so short. We had good speed.
We arrived in Mandalay Sunday afternoon and what a difference between Yangon and Madalay. Here it is much cleaner and therefore the town makes a much lighter impression. Mandalay is the town of Pagodas and we did have some time in the afternoon to look at a few. Very nice indeed. I had an opportunity to look and view a Monastery as well as the surroundings of our hotel, herewith some pictures.
|We have just arrived and re-unite with the other crews again|
|In front of our hotel|
We also went to view the largest Pagoda, situated on top of Mandalay Hill.
|View from a distance|
|Now looking down onto Mandalay|
|Lots of visitors - due to full moon night|
At night we had booked in the 'Garden Restaurant' in our Hotel for a Mongolian Barbeque and a Show. The food was delicious and the interesting mixture of a puppet show and dancing was exquisite.
|The garden restaurant at night|
|Puppet show - Myanmar style|
|Still in the hotel gardens|