I carry around more than my fair share of camera gear, but sometimes a quick shot with my mobile phone is just what the doctor ordered.Read More
As England is to pubs, Myanmar (Burma) is to tea shops. You'll find them everywhere, sometimes lined up one after another, with their little plastic stools and small tables spilling out onto the sidewalks and into the streets.
Let me introduce you to one of my favorites, Shwe Ya Minn tea shop. Located on the market block of the small "hill station" town of Kalaw (Shan State), it might be tough to spot without a readily visible English sign. Instead, you'll have to look for the crowds.
Although open all day, often from 6am until 10pm, the busiest times are early in the morning for...Read More
In November 2009, I embarked on my first real solo travel experience when I landed in New Zealand, and honestly, I didn't know what to expect. Hiking and adventures I guess.
In a strange way, arriving in a place on the other side of the world felt like, for the first time, I had the entire world at my fingertips. Not knowing where to start as all of these bright new opportunities came my way, I just let them navigate me on my journey. A million choices, all at once, and I just dove in...Read More
While in the country, you'll use a mix of US dollars and Myanmar kyat. Most hotels, domestic airfares train tickets, and entrance fees will be in USD, while everything else (food, souvenirs, buses etc) will be paid in kyat.
Until very recently (Nov 2012) there were no ATM's in Myanmar due to the economic sanctions...Read More
Light the candle on your krathong, set it in the water, make a wish, and release into the current of the river for it to drift away.
It's that simple...
Unless there is a troll under the bridge stealing your wishes.
The Loy Krathong festival celebrated in Thailand each Oct/Nov is especially...Read More
Most people will need to apply in advance for a Visa to travel in Myanmar / Burma (there are very few select circumstances where a visa may be available on arrival). A typical tourist visa, which is what I'll talk about here, is good for 4 weeks (28 days) from arrival.
But that's just a taste!
Fortunately overstaying a visa in Myanmar is a relatively cheap and painless affair. Here's the scoop...Read More
*A warning to my more squeamish visitors, this story includes graphic images*
The drums: pounding. The crowd: dense. The colors: vibrant.
In a word,
It was after 5:00pm, and I had spent the day on nearby Bilugyun (Ogre) Island in the heat of Myanmar (Burma) summer. I was exhausted. So exhausted in fact, that when I caught a glimpse of a line of 150-odd monks walking toward us on the other side of the road my first instinct was to just move on.
Then, something I'd never seen before.A row of people walking on the other side of the road. Brightly colored garland draped over-top of an apparatus some wereRead More
Climbing volcanoes, jumping off of stuff attached attached only by a cord, spotting dolphins, caving, abseiling, eating cheese... for the next two months.
Yep, that's the plan.
I'm happy to announce that my newest project has just hit the ground running. And by that, I mean I have just arrived in New Zealand for "Travel With a Local."Read More
So you may be wondering why it has been so quiet around here. The short answer... is Burma (Myanmar).
Back in October I headed back to Burma for another 5 week stint, hiking lush valleys, visiting hilltribes, biking around to monasteries, and talking to the people about their country and democracy. As all of my trips to the country have been, it was quite eye opening, and left me yearning for more and more.Read More