Baffling Burma, Magical Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar

I loved my visit to Myanmar, it’s a beautiful country full of surprises.  I went without knowing much beyond there were a lot of pagodas. What a wonderful surprise to discover such a diverse and fascinating place.  It’s magical and mystical, but at times completely baffling. Myanmar has a fascinating history.  With lots of natural […]

Discovering new cuisine in Myanmar

Myanmar

If you stop for a moment and imagine you are tasting a typical dish from Myanmar, what comes to mind?  If you’re anything like me, you can’t imagine much about the cuisine at all.  So what a wonderful surprise to discover such a diverse and delicious array of fresh and tasty food.  Influenced by its […]

The pull of Inle Lake – hard to leave!

Inle Lake

Inle Lake was where we finished our hike, so we finished walking, stepped into our boat and motored our way across the freshwater lake.  The second largest in Myanmar with a surface area of around 116 square kms, we had a peaceful ride for around an hour.  It was our first glimpse of the traditional […]

Hiking from Kalaw to Inle Lake, Shan State

Kalaw, Myanmar

Flying into Heho airport, we could see below us a patchwork landscape, fields of every crop imaginable.  We had arrived in Shan State, the food bowl of Myanmar, producing about 60% of Myanmar’s food.  We were soon to be amongst those fertile fields as we embarked on our next adventure – hiking from Kalaw to […]

Beautiful Bagan – pagodas, balloons, and sunsets

Bagan, Myanmar

Known as one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, the reason to visit Bagan is for the pagodas.  There are thousands of them, seemingly dotted at random over a 26 square mile radius.  Over 2000 pagodas remain, however originally there were nearly 4500 built by kings in the 11th and 13th centuries.  Catholics go to confession, […]

Adventurous eating in Laos…or not

It wasn’t an auspicious start to my eating adventures in Laos when my guide, Po, brought up dogs. “Tourist always ask me,” he mentioned in passing, “do you eat dogs?” I didn’t really want to know the answer to this. “Of course we don’t eat our dogs…..we eat our neighbours’!” He laughed heartily at his […]

Charmed in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

I have always had a hankering to go to Luang Prabang, so with a few days up my sleeve, and being in the neighbourhood (or near enough), I took a short plane ride to Laos.  New day, new year, new country! A charming and sleepy little town, which was once the capital and seat of […]

Bangkok by bike

Bangkok by bike

Given Bangkok’s notoriously bad traffic, exploring the city by bike is not the first thing that springs to mind.  However I had explored Bangkok’s main tourist sights on previous visits and I was keen to get behind the scenes and see everyday Bangkok life. The bike tour started in the Phranakorn neighbourhood, home to a […]

A weekend in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong had been on my wish list for quite some time, and finally I had the opportunity to get there.  It was only a short visit, however like a metaphor for Hong Kong itself, it may have been a small window into the city but it was action-packed and filled with variety. I arrived early on Friday evening, and […]

Welcome to Japan: Weird & Wonderful

Japan

“In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can’t help you either.  Nothing makes any sense.  They’re very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you’re there” Bill Murray This was my first visit to Japan.  I wasn’t sure what to expect. So […]