If you open a magazine and turn to a travel feature about Myanmar, then chances are you’ll be looking at a photo of Bagan. This ancient city is made up of thousands of temples, scattered as far as the eye can see. About 10,000 temples were built here between the 11th and 13th centuries, and…… Continue reading Gallery: Bagan, Myanmar
Update: This was featured by Lonely Planet in a monthly-round up of their favourite blog posts. Check it out here. Did you know that fabric can be created from the stems of lotus flowers? I had no idea until I visited Inle Lake in Myanmar, where I spent some time learning about local industries. After…… Continue reading The intricate art of lotus flower fabric
Inle Lake is a very unique place and a destination that you cannot miss if you’re heading to Myanmar. The lake itself is the second largest in the country, and is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Many communities live around the lake, and on the water itself in houses on bamboo stilts. There is so much…… Continue reading Gallery: Inle Lake, Myanmar
Kentung is a small town in western Myanmar, not too far from the borders with Laos and Thailand. I arrived by bus from Chiang Mai in northern Thailand via the land border. The immigration process was pretty straightforward and didn’t take too long. We went into a small office on the street where we filled…… Continue reading Gallery: Kentung, Myanmar
Myanmar is, quite simply, an incredible place to visit. Of the countries that make up South-East Asia, it’s probably one of the least visited by tourists, and there are many reasons for this. The main one being the country’s turbulent history and oppressive military rule which ended as recently as 2011. A gradual liberalisation process…… Continue reading An introduction to Myanmar
1. Kayaking in Vang Vieng. I can’t overstate how beautiful the landscape is here. Laos was one of my favourite places in South-East Asia for travelling by bus because of the dramatic scenery. I highly recommend that you spend some time enjoying the great outdoors. Kayaking in Vang Vieng was a highlight for me. I…… Continue reading My Top 5 things to do in Laos
Who doesn’t love elephants? These gentle giants are known for their intelligence, long memory span, close family bonds and playfulness. For many tourists, elephants are one of the greatest draws of travel to South-East Asia where you can pay to interact with them in a number of ways. And who wouldn’t want to get close…… Continue reading Elephant tourism – is it ever OK?