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Mandalay Magic

Mandalay Magic

Joseline and I had a tough time trying to get around in Mandalay because of the water festival.  The taxis that were running were excruciatingly expensive and if you took a motorbike taxi then you would be soaked from head to toe by the time you reached your...

Thingyan Water Festival

Thingyan Water Festival

Thingyan, or Burmese New Years, is a giant water festival that lasts for the good part of 5 days in mid April.  It is a Buddhist public holiday and is celebrated throughout the entire country.  It marks the New Year as well as the end of the school year for students....

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Night Train to Mandalay

Night Train to Mandalay

Trains have always excited me.  I love that someone else does all the work and I can sit back with a cocktail, enjoy the scenery, read a book and use the restroom whenever I need.  I even love the way they bump and jolt you along the tracks and the way the brakes...

Golden Rock Pagoda

Golden Rock Pagoda

Oh The golden rock and Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.  I hadn't planned on visiting this monument but I was traveling with Julie, enjoying her company and it was on her list of things to visit.  My reasons for not visiting is because its the only attraction in a village that has...

Goodbye Myanmar

Goodbye Myanmar

As I lay in bed on my final night in Myanmar, I can't help but feel sad.  Tomorrow I won't be here anymore.  I knew I was going to love Myanmar before I ever stepped foot on the land.  I felt something special and something strong through the research and stories I...

Myeik Boat Tour

I didn't have the greatest start to my Myeik adventure and was hoping to rectify that with a day out exploring the Myeik Islands. Myeik Archipelago spans the coast line of Myanmar. There are over 800 islands set in the Andaman Sea most of which are untouched. Several...

Night Train to Mandalay

Trains have always excited me.  I love that someone else does all the work and I can sit back with a cocktail, enjoy the scenery, read a book and use the restroom whenever I need.  I even love the way they bump and jolt you along the tracks and the way the brakes...

Caves of Hpa An

Hpa An is a cute little town located East of Yangon and North of Mawlamyine. It's a common stop over for travelers crossing the Thai/ Myanmar border by foot.   Many backpackers only spend one night and use this only as a transit spot. I truly enjoyed this quint...

Backpackers Bed and Breakfast

This is my first post about a hostel. I've been traveling for about five weeks now and have stayed in several different hostels. Some are good, some are ok and some just straight suck. Every traveler is unique and looking for different things from their...

Culture Tour-Mawlamyine

Right off the coast of Mawlamyine is Ogre Island.  It is said to get it's name from the way the inhabitants eat their meat with sharp teeth.  I saw nothing of the sorts.  It's an island littered with small villages, mostly in the tiki style homes that I do love so...

Mawlamyine

I took another over night bus from Myeik to Mawlamyine. This bus was only 12 hours so much more reasonable. I arrived at the bus station about an hour early and an attendant came over and grabbed my big backpack and put it on a bus.  I was ushered inside to check in...

Slow Boat to Hpa An

When we decided to take a boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa An, we had no idea what we had signed up for.  In my head I pictured it as a fancy speed boat with ice cold beers.  This was not the case.  Joseline had decided to join us to Hpa An so it was Julie, Joseline and...

The Busy Streets Of Yangon

Today was my first full day in Yangon, Myanmar.  I did my favorite thing and got completely lost in the city!  I walked the streets for about 2 hours and took pictures and tried talking to the locals.  Mostly all I can do is smile at them because we don't share...

Mandalay Magic

Joseline and I had a tough time trying to get around in Mandalay because of the water festival.  The taxis that were running were excruciatingly expensive and if you took a motorbike taxi then you would be soaked from head to toe by the time you reached your...

Shwedagon Pagoda

Now I've definitely seen a good amount of Temples and Pagodas since arriving in SE Asia.  They are a major part of the culture and religion.  All are stunning, beautiful, majestic and very well maintained.  Honestly though, once you see a few, you've seen them...

Goodbye Myanmar

As I lay in bed on my final night in Myanmar, I can't help but feel sad.  Tomorrow I won't be here anymore.  I knew I was going to love Myanmar before I ever stepped foot on the land.  I felt something special and something strong through the research and stories...

Golden Rock Pagoda

Oh The golden rock and Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.  I hadn't planned on visiting this monument but I was traveling with Julie, enjoying her company and it was on her list of things to visit.  My reasons for not visiting is because its the only attraction in a village that...

More About Moe Moe

I know in my past few blogs about Bagan I have mentioned Moe Moe.  I had too much to say about her to just write her into a paragraph.  Moe Moe is a very special little angel.  She single handedly made my time in Bagan absolutely unforgettable because she is someone...

Myeik Archipelago

When I first arrived in Myeik from a 24 hour bus ride from Yangon, I was mostly just happy to be off the bus. My taxi to my guesthouse was actually a scooter and I don't know how we managed to arrive with 2 backpacks and 2 humans on a small scooter but this wasn't my...

Thingyan Water Festival

Thingyan, or Burmese New Years, is a giant water festival that lasts for the good part of 5 days in mid April.  It is a Buddhist public holiday and is celebrated throughout the entire country.  It marks the New Year as well as the end of the school year for...

Goodbye Thailand, Hello Myanmar

Tomorrow AM I leave Thailand and am flying to Myanmar.  I have had such a wonderful time exploring Thailand.  The culture, people, temples, ruins, caves, mountains, scooters and food will be forever seared in my heart.  I have made so many new friends and have...

Brothers From Other Mothers

Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar with a rough population of 1.2 million.  It is a main stream hub of culture, education and economics.  There are many things to do and see in Mandalay from Pagodas, viewpoints, temples and Mandalay Palace. ...

24 Hour Bus Ride

When I decided to move south from Yangon down to the Myeik Archipelago I had no idea it was going to take so long. I can't even handle a 13 hour flight so I didn't know how to feel about 24 hours on a bus. I really didn't want to spend the money to fly and they...

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