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Myanmar: The Elections 2012

We were most excited by the timing of our trip to Myanmar: we would be there during the historic ‘democratic’ elections whereby Aung San Suu Kyi – an international symbol of peace – was openly running for her first parliamentary seat within a country that endured isolationist military dictatorship for over a generation. I didn’t … Continue reading

Kalaw to Inle Lake: A walk to remember

Our two day nature trek from Kalaw to Inle lake in Myanmar’s Shan State in early April was nothing short of fabulous. Physical, scenic, cultural and informative with genuine exchanges with local people in a non-touristy, non-commercial context. Our time spent here exceeded our wildest dreams and expectations. When we paid what felt like pennies … Continue reading

Bagan to Kalaw: A worthwhile sacrifice

We left the archaeological splendour of Bagan to a small town called Kalaw after a great four days of cycling in and around temples, losing ourselves in our respective books and drinking Burmese beer. We were thrilled to hear that pick-up time for our bus journey to Kalaw was 04:45 am. We were even more … Continue reading

Bagan: An ancient city of ten thousand temples

Bagan – with its’ 10,000 ancient Buddhist temples – is the heart and soul of Myanmar’s tourist industry…but don’t get me wrong, it’s wondrously quiet for a tourist draw. Bagan was the first kingdom to unify the lands into what currently constitutes modern-day Myanmar. With thousands of relics from religious monuments dispersed across 104 square … Continue reading

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