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Tales from a wander through Burma.

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A vegetarian’s survival guide in Burma

Being vegetarian, I am asked constantly how and what to eat while travelling. Ironically, I’ve found it a million times harder to get good vegetarian food in my own continent (Europe) than Asia. The good news, is that it is so easy to be vegetarian in Burma. Even better, I’m going to arm you with […]

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22. Hsipaw

Poked by a monk….

After I had been ludicrously irritated and then shown the most wonderful kindness at the train station, it was time to make the journey north to the town of Hsipaw (Pronounced See-paw). I had read that the journey from Mandalay to Hsipaw was roughly 6 hours by bus… or 13 hours by train. Since time […]

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21. A Tale of Train Station Kindness

A Tale of Train Station Kindness

You may remember, I was just leaving Mandalay, a city that certainly held beautiful and interesting things, but for me was just a mess of tangled streets and uninspiring buildings. Perhaps I’ll give it another go one day, but after so many incredible places visited in Burma, Mandalay was never built to compete. Anyway, I […]

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20. Sunrise in Mandalay

A sunrise in Mandalay…

I had just left Bagan in search of seeking out Mandalay city, or “the golden city”, another huge city in Burma. The word “Mandalay” filled me with enthusiasm and interest – my only other introduction to this word was gazing upon a gigantic golden hotel in Las Vegas, named “Mandalay Bay”. I’m not quite sure […]

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17. Two thousand temples in Bagan

Two thousand temples in Bagan…

“Bagan in central Burma is one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, a sight to rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat but – for the time being at least – without the visitors.” I hadn’t done much research about places in Burma, except for Bagan. I remember seeing an image of the city of Bagan […]

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15.Floating villages in Inle Lake

Drifting through the Floating Villages in Burma…

After two completely ridiculous (and wonderful!) days in the country’s former capital, Yangon, I decided it was time to see what the rest of the country had to offer. As per usual, I didn’t have much of an idea where to head to and turned to my trusty Lonely Planet guide. The first words that […]

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14. Yangon Luck

Getting Lucky in Yangon

Burma is a bit strange. Their currency is kyat (pronounced ‘chat’, which I think is quite nice) but all of the guesthouses only accept payment in US dollars. No, not just dollars – pristine, perfect, un-marked, un-torn, crisp notes printed after 2009. When I went to collect my dollars from the currency exchange in Bangkok, […]

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13. Myanmar Visa

How to get a Myanmar visa in Bangkok

I had two emails last week asking how to get a Myanmar visa in Bangkok (I know that normally I have been referring to the country as Burma, but for the sake of this post, all future references will be Myanmar), and I realised there was very little useful, concise information on how to obtain this visa. […]

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12. Taxi driver

How I became a taxi driver… My FIRST night in Burma.

Be careful what you wish for… you just might get it. You may remember in my last post, how I was looking for an experience that would take me out of my comfort zone and into something new. Well, Burma presented me this opportunity within just a couple of hours of arriving. In fact, Burma […]

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15.Floating villages in Inle Lake

Drifting through the Floating Villages in Burma…

After two completely ridiculous (and wonderful!) days in the country’s former capital, Yangon, I decided it was time to see what the rest of the country had to offer. As per usual, I didn’t have much of an idea where to head to and turned to my trusty Lonely Planet guide. The first words that […]

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