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With Miss Ann on Lake Inle

At the invite of Ms Ann, our fabulous hotelier, today we arrived by boat at her family’s old residence – her father was a village leader, a high ranking tribal chief. The house is an impressive teak stilted residence very much in the 'Shan palace' tradition. Inside it’s clean and lit only by shafts …

Trekking from Kalaw to Lake Inle

At the time of writing I’m sitting on the balcony of our accommodation in Kalaw. The name says it all ‘Pine Hill Lodge’. Can you guess what I’m looking at? That’s right, pine clad hillsides shrouded in a light mist... very, very lovely, like the cover of a Paulo Cuello book! The bungalows we are st…

A Jam Packed Day in Mandalay

To say today was a full itinerary would be a master understatement… we left our hotel at 9am and didn’t return to until 6pm; full on but also wonderful as we explored Mandalay. Personally I’ve never been to Ava before – it’s a 2 minute hop across the Myitnge River. Ava was Myanmars’ former capita…

Train ride... to freedom?

  Today we embark on a wonderful local train jaunt. The diesel train is clean and full of locals heading off into the countryside. Next to us there is a lady who has booked 4 seats to hold all of her produce which she is taking to market.  She has great big bags of long beans, carrots, green chilli…

In Maymyo's Botanical Gardens

Arising at 6am we make the 25 min flight to Mandalay and then take the 2 hour uphill drive to Pyin OO Lwin formally known as Maymyo (named after the founder of the town Captain May). It's only 34 miles away but we never exceed 35mph as we snake our way four thousand feet up leaving the dusty plains …

Myanmar (Burma) - Exploring Beautiful Bagan

Hmmm that was an early rise (jet lag is however on our side), but it does mean we’re in situ by 9ish for a days exploring of  Bagan. Our hotel is right among the temples and stupas; you just walk outside and there they are… well some of them anyway seeing as how Old Bagan consists of some 2200 relig…

Enjoying the charms of Yangon - or is it Rangoon?

Here we are in Myanmar again for the WF Road to Mandalay Recce tour taking in Yangon, Bagan, Maymyo, Kalaw and  Lake Inle.We struck out straight away from the airport after dumping the luggage at the Chatrium Hotel (where Hillary Clinton stayed recently).Yangon itself is surprisingly clean and, unli…

Enjoying the Cambodia good life!

Today was the windiest day I've ever experienced here in SE Asia. Hmmmm, not good for the ferry…  Upon boarding the sea was a meter high, so I took my normal precaution and sat by the door with lifejacket at the ready! It was the worst, roughest boat journey I've ever taken and the whole ferry was b…

Pottering around Vietnam's tropical islands

Oh how I love to potter through tropical islands on a moped! For $7 hire and $5 fuel I was winging my way due south at a steady 35kph, on a wide red dust track running along next to the beach.  Phu Quoc is about 45 kms long and tear-drop shape, and on the east coast lies the lovely white sand Ba Sao…

On the road in Cambodia

I jumped out of bed at 7am and by 8am I was rattling out of Sihanoukville on an old local bus. After 2 hours of rural Cambodian vistas filled with free range buffalo, skinny white cows, dogs and waving children I reached the lovely colonial town of Kampot. The rice paddies all around had changed fro…

Reccying Western Cambodia

I was up early again checking hotels and guesthouses to the north, which involved marching up the beach and getting incredibly sweaty. After a quick shower I hop on my moped to explore the local town of Duong Dong.  What a revelation! Duong Dong is a pretty fishing port and a typical small Vietnames…

Lounging on a Cambodian beach

So here I am in Sihanoukville, Cambodia after two tours in a month running through Lao, Cambodia and Myanmar. I've seen Hilary Clinton exit her plane in Yangon from up close [a historic moment], met a mustachio brother at an NLD celebration [how cool it is to see NLD supporters allowed to hold pu…

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