Melaka – Malaysia 2016

Melaka (aka Malacca) is another of the British Straits Settlements. It has a long colonial history, having been conquered by the Portuguese then the Dutch and then the British. It was also occupied by the Japanese in the 2nd World War.  Nowadays it is a popular tourist spot, both for domestic and international travelers. It’s interesting for its history, street art, scenic river and cafe’s. I headed there after my… Read moreMelaka – Malaysia 2016

George Town – Penang – Malaysia 2016

George Town is the main city on the island of Penang, near Malaysia’s border with Thailand. I was one of the British colonial Straits Settlements along with Malacca (Melaka) and Singapore.  It’s interesting for both its colonial history and its modern day street art scene. I arrived in Penang on my birthday but as readers of my blog will know I was sick in Malaysia (and have now had to come… Read moreGeorge Town – Penang – Malaysia 2016

Cameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia 2016

Unfortunately I was sick pretty much my whole time in Malaysia, and if you’ve read my other posts or know me personally then your’ll know I had to end my trip and come home. But I did manage to do some tourist stuff whilst there, so this is the first of 3 posts on what I saw whilst there! So I met Yindee and 2 of her Thai friends in KL… Read moreCameron Highlands and Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia 2016

Mandalay – Myanmar 2016

The name ‘Mandalay’ tends to invoke something of a romantic nostalgia, as if there is some kind of magic to the city. This must come from its colonial days and of course the poem ‘Mandalay’ by Rudyard Kipling. I stayed at Dreamland Guesthouse whilst in Mandalay. It’s a nice hostel, and also an art studio so the walls are covered in artwork! It also acts as a music studio and… Read moreMandalay – Myanmar 2016

Pyin Oo Lwin – Train ride and beautiful gardens – Myanmar 2016

The train ride from Hsipaw to Pyin Oo Lwin is fame for its scenic beauty and it’s one that i’d heard many backpacker talk about and recommend to me. I’m happy to say it lived up to its expectations, the scenery was great and it was nice seeing people going about their lives farming and so forth, as well as the interesting characters both who caught the train and who… Read morePyin Oo Lwin – Train ride and beautiful gardens – Myanmar 2016

Hsipaw – The Town and a Trek – Myanmar 2016

The people of Myanmar - kids in a village near Hsipaw

  Hsipaw is in Shan state.  When people talk about Myanmar sometimes they forget that it is a collection of states and that it is not correct to label them all under a Burmese banner. It’s hard to make any actuate comparisons, but maybe a way to put it in Western terms is that Shan state is to Myanmar such as Scotland is to the United Kingdom or Bavaria is to… Read moreHsipaw – The Town and a Trek – Myanmar 2016

Around Loika – Visiting tribes and mixed feelings – Myanmar April 2016

The people of Myanmar - Men in a Karenni village near Loikaw

The trip to Loika was an odd one.  We were transported by  boat down through Inle lake all the way to through to what I think was Pekon, i’m not completely sure but essentially after going through Inle we then went through very narrow river to reach another lake and then crossed that.  It was quite surreal at times passing through fields on both sides as the water was very… Read moreAround Loika – Visiting tribes and mixed feelings – Myanmar April 2016