Pyin Oo Lwin

Pyin Oo Lwin is located 40 km north-east of Mandalay, the easiest way to get there is to buy a seat in a shared taxi. When we took the trip it took almost 2 hours from we started near the train station in Mandalay until we arrived at Pyin Oo Lwin city center. Almost 45 […]

Ngwe Saung Beach

When you have left Europe during the winter you are likely to long for summer, I do. With summer I think of a visit to a beach to swim in the ocean. Myanmar provides several opportunities to do so. I have found that Ngwe Saung Beach is a lovely spot for recreation. You find an […]

Chin Villages

When you are in Mrauk-U you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Chin Villages. The most remarkable thing about the Chin villages is that until around 1972 women at the age of 16-17 were tattooed in the face. The tattoos are rather characteristic and as I understand the tattoos are unique for each village. What […]

Shwe Taung Pagoda

The Shwe Taung Pagoda is the best place in Mrauk-U to watch the sun rise. The temples is located on one of the highest hill tops in Mrauk-U and it has a free view all over the area. To find it you must go by the road out of town towards Magdwe, just after you […]


Some calls Mrauk-U for little Bagan. The area is much smaller than Bagan and it holds fewer temples and sights than Bagan. Temples in Mrauk-U is not the same style as in Bagan, they seems heavier build. The first Europeans in Burma actually mistook the temples for fortresses because of the heavy look. While the […]


I’m visiting Myanmar for the third time in January 2016. This time I will travel to parts of Myanmar I have not visited earlier. Point of entry will still be Yangon, during my earlier visits Yangon have been like a hub I have been passing from and to other destinations, this time we will leave […]


I revisited Myanmar in January 2015, the visit included both places I had visited in 2013 and new places. I arrived at Yangon International Airport at January 1 2015 and left again on January 26. The visa application process for this visit was with the e-visa, which had been implemented during autumn 2014.  The e-visa […]

Leaving Mrauk-U (or getting there)

Of course you can take the boat back to Sittwe and a plane from there. It’s straight forward, but it will set you back $130-200 per person. We wanted to try something different and we had previously with success taken a local intercity bus. After some research on the internet – prior to our trip […]


Mrauk-U is an ancient capital of the Arakanese Kingdom and was established I 1433. The city is situated in the north western part of Myanmar in the Rahine state. To get to Mrauk-U you can either take a plane to Sittwe and from there a bus or boat to Mrauk-U or you can take a […]

Mahamuni Pagoda

If you’ve been to the gold pounders district and experienced how thin gold can be flatted you’ll will probably have a hard time to believe what you see in this pagoda. The main attraction is the central Buddha statue, which is fitted in the centre of the pagoda. A long carpet clad passage in front […]

Teak Temple

A more than 100 years old temple build from teak wood. It’s located in a peace full garden and you are allowed to go in. Some of monks are eager to talk with the visitors, so allow yourself a chat with them even though not everybody is fluent in English. Several places on the building […]

Marble carvers

In the south end of Mandalay city you find a street where all workshops are dealing with marble cutting. Workshop might seem as a more fancy word than what you experience in the streets. Most of the shops are only a shed with 3 walls and part of a roof, the work is performed mostly […]

Gold pounders

You will most likely meet the habit of putting leaf gold on Buddha statues and you are likely to meet women who try to sell you leaf gold in small packets. So Myanmar uses a lot of the leaf gold and need to produce them. You can see the production of the gold leafs in […]

Sagaing Hill

Sagaing hill is not in Mandalay itself, but approximately 20 km south west of Mandalay city centre. It’s a fine place for a day trip. The easiest way to go is to hire a taxi to take you around in the area.We went to a weavers workshop, they operated both semi-automatic weaves and fully manual […]

U Bein Bridge

This iconic bridge apparently is a must see in Mandalay. I will say the bridge looks well at all times of the day, but it is specially amazing when seen in the twilight (either before sun up or after sun set). I’ve heard that it can be hard to get a view of the bridge […]

Kuthodaw Pagoda

The pagoda is home the worlds largest book. Mindon Min had Tripitaka carved in stone in the 1860’s to secure that the book would last until 4.000 years after the Buddha. The book is set up in small stupas – one for each page or stone slab – arranged in rows and columns. The sighting […]

Mandalay Hill

In the northern part of Mandalay you’ll find Mandalay Hill with it’s pagoda. When you walk up the hill you’ll probably think that it is not one pagoda but a series of pagodas. At the entrance you are meet by to very large lion like sculptures or correctly name chinthes. The chinthes are the guardians […]

Yan Kin Hill

Yan Kin Hill is found at the east end of the 19th street, the easiest way to get there is to hire a taxi or ride a bike. As with Mandalay hill the sight is a series of pagodas and monasteries place on the hill. Yan kin hill is not as crowded as Mandalay hill […]


Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and is the capital of Mandalay Region. Mandalay has served as the Burmese capital for a short notice from 1857 through 1885. The status as a capital was removed by the British annextation. When you look at the map you’ll find Mandalay approximately in the middle of […]

The Man Behind the Site

The sites creator and maintainer is Niels Hansen, a fresh young mann from ’64. If you are in need for a fresh young guy for manual labour please look elsewhere. Since 1993 i have been working with IT, economy, sale and management. Education wise I started out from Copenhagen Business School by earning a Bachelor […]


Oftest vil jeg helst have, at mine billeder afspejler virkeligheden i en sådan grad, at de dokumenterer virkligheden. Derfor begrænser jeg oftest min billedbehandling til lys, kontrast, rotering, beskæring samt konvertering til relevant dataformat (JPEG). Andre behandlinger mener jeg tilføjer for meget subjektivitet til, at billedet kan ses som en egentlig dokumentation af virkeligheden. Derved […]

Dybdeskarphed og blænde

Når jeg læser på diverse fotosites ser jeg tit spørgsmål om sammenhængen mellem billedets dybdeskarphed og blænde. Der findes mange gode forsøg på at forklare sammenhængen. Jeg har for en gangs skyld valgt at spare på ordene og istedet lavet en lille illustration af sammenhængen.

DIY Flash diffuser

Det er ikke min mening, at gøre dette til et DIY site, men et enkelt indlæg i den retning behøver jo ikke ødelægge det hele. Jeg faldt over en byggevejledning til en flash diffuser, til pop-up flashen, på et amerikansk fotosite ( Den var som så meget andet derovre fra stor, grim og klodset. Jeg […]

Backing up a MySQL database

I you have worked with IT systems you know that backup is a boring task, but to explain why data has been lost is even less attractive. So you should backup whenever you don’t want to lose your work. The best is to do it automatically, so it’s done without you are required to remember […]

Photo Editing

When it comes to post shoot processing of photos I have reservation in relation to the amount of post processing applied. In my opinion you have either photos that server as documentation for a point of view in point of time or you have images – an artistic work based on photos. It is hard […]


For nogle år siden skrev jeg om familiens julesange. Det kan godt være vi ikke synger dem særlig kønt, men vi synger dem i hvertfald højt og hurtigt. Det sker faktisk også at enkelte deltagere søges udstyret med den årlige tilladelse til at synge, for det er helt klart ikke os alle der er udstyret […]

Udflugt til kulturen

Fruen og jeg drog ud i det nordsjællandske for at opleve lidt af kulturen der. Vi startede med at køre til Frederiksværk for at besøge Gjethuset, hvor Yuko Takada Keller, der bor i Helsinge, udstiller sine 3 dimmensionelle værker. Det specielle er at hovedmaterialet er kalkerpapir, det giver nogle skulpturer som er lette og oftest […]

Sand i grundlovsdagen

Det er ingen hemmelighed at husstander hylder den demokratiske forfatning eller at vi faktisk ikke synes den er demokratisk nok eller at der er folkevalgte som har en for snæver opfattelse af demokrati. Det sker også at vi ligefrem aktivt støtter op om den demokratiske proces eller benytter vores ytringsfrihed. Tirsdag den 5. juni 2012 […]


Det er jul og juleaften skal hele familien skråle sig vej rundt om det stakkels træ. Vi synger både nogle traditionelle julesange og tager nogle ekstra med for sjov skyld. Ingen af dem er nogensinde blevet sunget som forfatterne havde forestillet sig det. Efter at have sloges med, at huske hvilke variationer vi har tilføjet […]

Der kom en USB-stick med posten

Torsdag eftermiddag fandt jeg en prøvekuvert fra Trine-Lise Væring i min postkasse. Inde i kuverten lå den (længe) ventede USB-stick med Oh Purity udgivelsen, ikke et kedeligt plastik USB-stick, men et der er lavet af lyst træ – måske birketræ – og Oh Purity brændt ind træet. På den ene side er det som om […]

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