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

Inle Lake – Myanmar 2016

Fisherman pose at sunset on Inle Lake, Myanmar

Inle Lake is famous for the local life on the lake, there are many people who live on the lakeside and some actually on the lake itself. For me this is the reason to visit, it’s not natural beauty that is the highlight here but people. I was still with 6 of those who I had done the trek here from Kalaw with and we arranged with the boat driver… Read moreInle Lake – Myanmar 2016

Koh Phayam – Paradise – Thailand 2016

Empty beach with sand and rocks, Koh Phayam, Thailand

Koh Phayam is without doubt the most beautiful island I have visited so far on this trip. I was peaceful, with stunning beaches, beautiful water and a nice happy vibe. I met Yindee in Ranong early morning after she had caught a night bus from Bangkok and we caught a Songthaew to the pier. A mere 15 Baht each for that ride! We then caught the 9am slow boat to… Read moreKoh Phayam – Paradise – Thailand 2016

Doing not a lot on Koh Samui (and not a lot to do in Chumphon and Ranong) – Thailand 2016

Leaving Bangkok I didn’t really have much of a plan other than ‘go south’ so I decided to get the train to Chumphon (about a 9 hour ride) and go from there and figure it out. There is pretty much nothing to do in Chumphon itself. I stayed at Salsa hostel which is pretty nice, 2 nights in total as I had stuff to do online and i’d arrived late… Read moreDoing not a lot on Koh Samui (and not a lot to do in Chumphon and Ranong) – Thailand 2016