Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Shwedagon Pagoda

At the heart of Yangon, bustling ex-capitol of Myanmar, lies the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most significant temple in the city and the city’s biggest tourist attraction by far. When I was travelling in Myanmar I heard a variety of opinions about Yangon, and most weren’t so positive. People were choosing to skip Yangon all together and others said it was

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Review: A Little Bit of Mandalay Tavern

This was the one I was really looking forward to staying in. It looked so above its price – I paid less than $30US per night – through its pictures and website that I was sure I had the bargain of the trip. And really, I wasn’t disappointed although I probably had over-estimated the place too. Where to start? There’s

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Royal Flower Guesthouse – Accommodation Review

My recent trip had me three nights in Bangkok before taking a flight to Mandalay in Myanmar and the start of my Burmese leg. On the day I arrived I took a taxi into town, and then I took a share taxi up the hill to the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin. Here it was significantly colder than Mandalay

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Time and Khao San Rd

For those unfamiliar with Bangkok and the tourist Mecca that is Khao San Road, the original backpackers’ district of pretty much the world has been luring backpackers in left right and centre for decades. I first went there in 1999, staying in two places, one actually ON Khao San Rd itself (no, I did not sleep well that night), I

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