Sep 292007
 

I know my blog has been quiet of late…I’ve been sorting out a j-o-b! Scary stuff.This is just a brief post to point you to some videos of Burma, where I was this time last year – almost to the day. As ever, You Tube lets everything out, so this video contains what it’s like […]

 Posted by at 11:43 am
Oct 232006
 
Myanmar - a 50's film set, but the nicest people

More monks than tourists, more water than I’ve ever seen (some people call them floods), more like a 1950’s film set than a country, the most blatent locals’s versus foreigners travel pricing I’ve seen, the hardest travelling I’ve done yet (we opted not to fly except once) and the friendliest people in South East Asia. […]

 Posted by at 9:46 am
Oct 222006
 

More monks than tourists, more water than I’ve ever seen (some people call them floods), more like a 1950’s film set than a country, the most blatent locals’s versus foreigners travel pricing I’ve seen, the ‘hardest’ travelling I’ve done yet (we opted not to fly except once) and the friendliest people in South East Asia. […]

 Posted by at 1:32 pm
Oct 222006
 

We got up at 4am to hope we’d get a seat on the bus at 5am, as we knew there were a few more people leaving from our accommodation. As we were taken a few metres down the road, I hopped off and grabbed a couple of tickets, just before all the locals piled on. […]

 Posted by at 11:30 am
Oct 222006
 

We were bowled over at the reception we got from the family running the Teakwood Guesthouse. Despite thinking we would move accommodation, we decided to stay there, wading in and out of the accommodation, on the worst flooded street in town. We spent a few days generally chilling around the town. We took one afternoon […]

 Posted by at 11:30 am
Oct 202006
 

More Myanmar stories will come when I have a moment. I’m off down to check out the Chiang Rai night market and break my slave to technology mantra. It’s a lot more chilled out here than Chiang Mai.Myanmar stories to follow…. the sleepy 8 hour boat journey to Bagan, the 1000’sof stupas there, all to […]

 Posted by at 1:37 pm
Oct 202006
 

As soon as the boat stopped at Bagan, we knew we were in for a bit of R&R here. Despite the landing area (note, not a pier, a landing area) having a couple of motorised modes of transport for the more plush hotels, it was just a collection of shacks selling stuff, and a load […]

 Posted by at 11:29 am
Oct 192006
 

As we were pretty much surrounded by waterin Mandalay, we didn’t stay around for long, leaving there after only one full day. We took the 8 hour boat trip south to Bagan to see the stupas and temples there, which Lonely Planet compared to Angkor Watt. The journey was pertty uneventful, and you were often […]

 Posted by at 11:28 am
Oct 182006
 

We bought bus tickets to Mandalay, against the travel agent’s advice. It was all going well until we got to the outskirts and woke up to grade 1 currents running under our bus. It was quite depressing to see as whole communities had washed away, all heading towards the main road. The floods in some […]

 Posted by at 1:35 pm