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Asia
Chiang Mai

I did so much during my time in Chiang Mai that it’s hard to sum it all up in a short post but here goes…After 10 days in Myanmar, I was ready to do some laundry, get a massage and eat a big salad.  My version of GTL minus the tan and gym.  Chiang Mai has […]

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Asia
Myanmar

Myanmar is such a magical country with so many unique qualities:  In Yangon, the patrons make kissing noises to get a waiter’s attention.  The women and children wear thanaka which is sunscreen made from ground bark.  The unorganized yet organized transportation system.  The fisherman in Inle Lake who row their boats with one leg.  The […]

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Asia
Bagan

I decided to take a boat to Bagan instead of flying or the bus to get another perspective on Myanmar.  I also thought that a 10 hour boat ride would be plenty of time for me to read and to catch up on my writing.  It was a good plan until there was a torrential […]

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Asia
Mandalay

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 […]

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Asia
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 […]

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Asia
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, […]

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Asia
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 […]

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Asia
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, […]