A Week in the Life Of… Week 27

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Well, I haven’t moved far this week. From a relaxing couple of days in Bangkok, I took an overnight bus down to Ranong (where the little bout of sickness I had last week surfaced again just as we pulled in along those winding roads). From there, I jumped on a speed boat, disembarking on a little island known as Koh …

Plan your own Inle Lake Boat Tour. Here’s why.

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I’ll get straight to the point – if you plan your own boat tour, you’re going to enjoy the whole experience so much more. If you don’t, you’ll be herded around – one of hundreds of other tourist boats – to all the same sights. You’ll see the same people over and over again. You’ll constantly be pressured into buying …

Kalaw to Inle Lake: A 3-Day Trek

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Just before 8am, we wandered into Sam’s Restaurant. After adding our bags to the growing pile of backpacks left behind by other adventurous travellers, we sat down, waiting for our trek to begin. We weren’t allowed to be late. I was travelling with an Englishman – Mark – who’s sense of being polite and courteous (along with any backlash he …

A Week in the Life Of… Week 24

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Even with last week full of travel days, I’d fallen in love with Myanmar and was excited to see more. With just one more day in Mandalay, and a desire to see a few of the sights outside of the city, I signed up for the Ancient City tour offered by my hostel. Passing through various big sites such as …

Crossing the Hai Van Pass

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Basically in the middle of Vietnam, lying somewhere between Hue in the north and Da Nang in the south lies the Hai Van Pass. This is a 21km stretch of road that rises up into the mountains of the Annamite Range. Rising nearly 500m above sea level, I decided that this little stretch of road was going to be a …