As I mentioned in my previous post about Inle Lake (read here), I took the overnight bus to Mandalay departing Ine Lake at 8:00pm.  When I looked on Google maps it said that the journey would only take 6 hours.  The bus schedule however said that we would arrive at 5:00am.  That’s a good 9 […]

Inle Lake

Before I came to Myanmar, I read in a guide book somewhere that Inle Lake is a “tonic for the soul.”  I didn’t really need to be convinced to go anyway but after reading that quote, I was even more intrigued.  I had seen photos of the Inle Lake fisherman who fish while rowing the […]

Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar has been at the top of my bucket list because from what I heard, it’s like the Cuba of Asia.  For the last 50 years, Myanmar has been closed off to foreigners.  Like Cuba, it’s one of the few places left that are stuck in time.  As I walked through the streets of Yangon, […]

Layover in Bangkok

I have to be honest, after my trip to Bangkok in 2005, it wasn’t my favorite.  This is the main reason why I’m just flying through.  I was in Bangkok for less than 24 hours for a long layover.  I stayed at this amazing hostel, The Yard, in the Ari neighborhood of Bangkok.  Ari is […]

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is like New York’s Asian sister; it’s obviously in Asia but the Western influence is very prevalent throughout the city.  Hong Kong was the perfect way to ease into my big Asian adventure because I found my creature comforts like Starbucks, fast wifi and green juices.  It’s a modern city, a financial hub, […]


Three weeks ago, I quit my job, sold all of my belongings and moved out of my apartment in the city.  I also bought a one way ticket to Asia which I embarked on March 1st.  Many of my friends and family were very supportive while some questioned my sanity.  Why would I quit my […]