Suggested itinerary: Myanmar (Burma) North and South

ITINERARY SUMMARY  Yangon - Mawlamyine - Hpa-an - Mt. Kyaiktiyo - Bago - Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake) - Nyaung U (Bagan) - Mandalay - Pyin Oo Lwin - Kyaukme - Hsipaw - Lashio - Yangon Yangon needs two or three days minimum before boarding the roller coaster train south to...

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Getting some satisfaction on Ko Phi Phi in the early ’90s

One of those backpacker stories that will endure for a long, long time ... I enjoyed compiling my Postcards from the Past: Asia post, a collection of postcards and their contents from my first big trip to Asia back in 1992. I also enjoyed the comments attached to the...

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Where to break the journey between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Five great places in Central and Northern Thailand that are ideal stopovers en route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai Travelling directly between the capital and Thailand’s fourth-largest city is easy. Buses depart throughout the day and night from Bangkok’s Mo Chit bus...

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Kep’s Abandoned Colonial and Modernist Villas

Neglected and atmospheric architecture on Cambodia’s southern coast Kep Sur Mer (Kep-on-Sea), to give Kep its correct title, is a rather quiet coastal town in southern Cambodia. These days, it is known for its laid-back ambience, excellent seafood (especially crab)...

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2016 Travel Review in Photographs

Here we go again with a roundup of where our 2016 travels took us, featuring a lot of wanderlusty photographs. Is it really a year since our last annual travel review?! At the start of every year we catch ourselves saying “we’re going to really slow it down this...

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Visiting Bangkok’s Airplane Graveyard

Urban Exploration and Abandoned Aircraft at Bangkok’s airplane graveyard: one of the Big Mango’s most unique attractions What is the Airplane Graveyard? Named after King Ram Khamhaeng, the 13th-century ruler of ancient Sukhothai (the forerunner to modern day...

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Double Take: From Cambodia to Shoreditch, London

They say everybody has a double somewhere out there… I got within a cat’s whisker of creeping up and surprising a guy at Chengdu airport many years ago because I thought he was my father and I actually met my double in Cambodia earlier this year - he even (almost) had...

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Postcards from the Past: Asia

This post is part two of a mini-series and features postcards I sent from my first backpacking adventures #backintheday. The first part included cards I sent from my first trip to Europe way back in 1988! This second part features my first independent travels to Asia,...

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Uber-Cool Tuk-Tuk – Ayutthaya’s wacky motorised 3-wheelers

I couldn't help but go crazy with the camera during our recent visit to Ayutthaya in Central Thailand. You’re probably thinking the glorious, UNESCO recognised, temples and palaces that should be on everyone’s must-see list when visiting Thailand right? Well, sort of...

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Street Art in George Town, Penang

Seeking Out Street Art in Penang: The Street Art Capital of Asia! Unlike some cities, where street art is tucked away in less salubrious parts of town and not easy to find, you don't have to search very hard to find art in public places in Penang. If you're in George...

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Travel Shot | Bird Cafe in Tao Dan Park, Saigon

Tucked behind Reunification Palace, Tao Dan Park is a little green oasis bang in the heart of downtown Saigon. If you head there in the morning - the earlier the better but no later than 9am - you will see Vietnamese men of all ages (but predominantly elderly), who...

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