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On the hunt !

by DCtrekker1 Online Now Feb 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Planning a trip to Burma and Thailand next Feb. Just starting to plan the lodging part. Are there any special ***** or notable places to stay near Mandalay? Also, will be attempting to to find a replacement stone for a jadeite ring which I've worn for 25 years.. Imperial green. The stone popped out of the setting so can't think of a better way to replace it then with a memorable trip! Any ideas from the experts on either or both parts of this post.
Many Thanks,
Tom
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    Re: On the hunt !

    by planxty Online Now Feb 8, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Tom,

    there are not so many places near Mandalay that are "notable". Mandalay is a good base. The one place I would suggest is Hsipaw, a wonderful sleepy little town away up in the mountains. It is popular with backpackers and a lovely place to spend a few days relaxing. You can reach it by bus or taxi from Mandalay but my preferred method of getting there (or back) is the train which takes quite a while but is absolutely wonderful. It crosses the Gongtiek Bridge, which you don't want to even think about if you suffer from vertigo but it is a really memorable trip. Here is a link about Hsipaw.

    members.virtualtourist.com/m...

    The towns of Maymyo and Pyin Oo Lwin lie between Mandalay and Hsipaw. I had a brief wander round the latter but did not stay there. It looks pretty quiet to me, but you may want to research it further.

    As for the ring, I know nothing about gemstones. I know there are some wonderful stones in Burma but I have heard far too many travellers horror stories about gem ripoffs so unless you really know your stuff I would advise against it.

    You don't say whether you have travelled to Thailand or Burma before but if you have not, you are in for a real treat. They are two stunningly beautiful countries, and I know you will enjoy them.

    If you have any more specific enquiries, please VT mail me.

    Hope this assists,

    fergy.

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    Re: On the hunt !

    by asiafeel Online Now Feb 9, 2011 at 4:23 AM

    to buy one new jade stone,you have two options:

    nawarat market stones,in the first floor in bogoyke market in yangon

    or more better in JADE MARKET in mandalay,more cheap from yangoon,and you need

    to cutt stone its posible in 24 hours....

    to setting your stone in your ring more better 27 street in yangon,near sule

    pagoda,here very good setting workers,iggy and cheap.

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    Re: On the hunt !

    by Mique Online Now Feb 11, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    Actually MayMyo and Pyin OO Lwin are the same place. Kyaukme and Pyin OO Lwin are in between Mandalay and Hsipaw ;-) Both are fun to visit with Pyin Oo Lwin having more of a lure since it was the old hillstation for the British. They have some very nice buildings up there and you can wander around nicely too. kyaukme is quite a bit harder to enjoy since there are is very little 'tourist' infrastructure there yet.

    Mandaly is a great base to explore Mandalay, Sagain,Inwaa, Paleik and those places. A nice guesthouse is Royal Guesthouse. I'll check up on the address.

    About the gemstones.. of course there are scams. Like everywhere. But you can get the best jade here (they even export it to China and Thailand). Just be careful. A good guide can help you there if you need some extra help.

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    Re: On the hunt !

    by planxty Online Now Feb 11, 2011 at 5:29 AM

    Sorry Sandra, I got confused there.

    I only had less than an hour for a very quick wander whilst the train stopped for a food break.

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