To the Golden Rock Pagoda in the back of a truck

To the Golden Rock Pagoda in the back of a truck

Myanmar has 3 temples of major importance In my opinion, every trip must have a quest. Today I have fulfilled mine. Myanmar has 3 temples of significant importance; the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, the Mahamuni temple in Mandalay and the Golden Rock Pagoda in Kyaiktyio. So today finally I reached the latter. Trying to catch […]

Trip to a Chunchiet graveyard in a shaky boat

Trip to a Chunchiet graveyard in a shaky boat

Arranging transport to Voen Sai The small town of Voen Sai is our destination for today. Apparently, we can go by car. Nick, a travel writer for Lonely Planet, would like a hike; he wants to explore a piece of untouched nature near Siem Pang. As he speaks Khmer, he offers to negotiate for us […]

Some Buddhist lessons in Bago

Some Buddhist lessons in Bago

Many Buddhist lessons while visiting Bago`s highlights Today the highlights of Bago are on my agenda, and they will come packed with Buddhist lessons. At a leisurely pace, Tin, my motor driver shows me the points of interest of this small town. There is no pressure nor complaints about how bad things are going with […]

Spending time in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Spending time in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Waiting for the minibus to bring us to Lau Cai train station Around 5 pm a minibus would pick us up to take us back from Sapa to the train station in Lau Cai. I spend my time walking along the lake, sit down to read something, and head to the market again. Around 4 […]

Chewing sand in Banlung city

Chewing sand in Banlung city

An overbooked flight to Banlung Our motorcycle drivers already wait for us when we get out of the guesthouse, packed and sacked, to take us to the airport for our flight to Banlung. The check-in is slow but fluent. Even though this is a domestic flight, we still have to pay a 6$ departure tax. […]

A History Lesson at the JEATH War Museum

A History Lesson at the JEATH War Museum

World War II history lessons Today I want to visit the last places in my travel schedule here in Kanchanaburi. I rent a bicycle near the guesthouse. The program includes the Wat Khao Pun cave and the JEATH War Museum. Wat Khao Pun was used by the Japanese during World War II as storage space […]

Bus trip to Bago by detour

Bus trip to Bago by detour

My bus trip to Bago goes a bit wrong Gradually I am nearing the end of my journey in Myanmar. And it has to be said, the adventure is becoming more exciting and more nerve-cracking at the same time. It starts in the morning with the bus; I clearly indicated and paid for a bus […]

To the ethnic hill tribes in Sapa

To the ethnic hill tribes in Sapa

Some hours to waste in Hanoi Yesterday morning I took the bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi. My train to Lau Cai leaves at 11 pm tonight. To visit the ethnic hill tribes in Sapa, that is where the train stops, and where you get picked up by tour agents to drive further to Sapa […]

An improvised visit to Silk Island

An improvised visit to Silk Island

Drivers waiting for new clients to arrive When checking out, we meet our drivers from yesterday again at the counter. Today they have no work. This afternoon a fresh load of tourists arrives in Battambang, hopefully, that provide them some job the next day. We drive to the next hotel where a crowd of about […]

To the Erawan Falls near Kanchanaburi

To the Erawan Falls near Kanchanaburi

A sole passenger in a mini-van to Kanchanaburi Visiting the Erawan Falls is the last destination of my Thailand journey. At the tourist office, it appears that I am the only one who wants to travel from Ayutthaya to Kanchanaburi by mini-van today. I am on my guard, the driver hardly speaks English, so I […]

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