Naughty Ngapali

Our 11 days with Rach and Guy ended in the best way; three nights on the Bay of Bengal in western Myanmar. We upgraded our usual backpacker accommodation for the cheapest room in an expensive resort, situated on a prime stretch of the wide and lengthy palm-lined beach. It was gorgeous.  We spent our days lazing…

Wineries and wild dogs on Inle Lake

After our beautiful, yet tiring walk from Kalaw, we were glad to have booked a hotel with a nice pool so we could recover. So after a day of relaxing, we headed to a winery on the edge of town on bicycles. We cycled past some abandoned temples and alongside vineyards and before we knew it we…

A cross-country trek with the Power Rangers of Myanmar

To get to Kalaw from Bagan we ended up on a cramped minibus, which was a right hand drive despite the Myanmar driving on the right (this article attempts to explain why but no-one really knows). It made for some pretty hairy overtaking on mountain curves. We were keen to get out and see some…

Biking around brilliant Bagan

After saying a sad goodbye to my dad in Hong Kong, we headed to the airport for our flight to Myanmar (Burma). Our 20th country and one we were both very excited about. At check-in we were delighted to find out, for the first time ever, that we had been upgraded. They must have been…

Reflections on returning to Hong Kong

Here’s a guest post from my Dad who we met up with in Hong Kong. Over to him: Hong Kong was the place for another reunion (we also met up in Buenos Aires in July) with Jack and Becki. They were en-route to Myanmar and I was coming from Singapore where I had been visiting friends. My…

You know you’re in Japan when…

It’s normal to walk the streets in a kimono and clogs: They auction bras in the street: Toilets are amazing and never dirty:   There are cafes where you can play with cats: You can buy snow monkey souvenirs on trains: People chainsaw ice in the street: You can order your dinner from a machine: …as…