Posted in June 2012

Burmese diaries: 445 Miles to Mandalay

Unlike many of our other travel destinations, we were strongly advised to properly plan in Burma. Whereas Nico and I generally like to ‘go with the flow’, experience a place and what it has to offer before planning our exit date, we acted to the contrary in Myanmar. Our planning was driven by several factors, … Continue reading

Off to Bangkok: Preparing for Myanmar

We had a lush last few days in Siem Reap in Cambodia, staying in a Belgian-owned boutique hotel called Shanti Villa with a marvellously cooling plunge pool. As we hopped from temple to temple within the heat of the Angkor temple complex…and as we were driven by our personal tuk-tuk driver to the Cambodian Landmine … Continue reading

Disabled Cambodia: Limbs lost from landmines

One in every 290 Cambodians is an amputee. From the garbage-ridden sands of Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville to the entrances and souvenir stalls opposite the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, limbless victims of Cambodia’s landmines stand with crutches, hands out, begging, to passing tourists, for money. There are – of course – other … Continue reading