Burma

  • Back to Yangon for a Day – Goodbye Myanmar!

    Back to Yangon for a Day – Goodbye Myanmar!

    Two weeks definitely was not enough time to spend exploring Myanmar, but it was finally time for me to move on to my next adventure. I returned with my new friends back to Yangon, and decided to stay in town for another few days to relax and see some more friends in town. View Larger…

  • Illegal Teak Logging on the Backs of Elephants in Taunggyi, Myanmar

    Illegal Teak Logging on the Backs of Elephants in Taunggyi, Myanmar

    Together with new friends Marcus, Marcus and Kai, the four of us hitched a very very late night ride out of Bagan, and set off to the otherwise-unremarkable town of Taunggyi, Myanmar. Although Taunggyi doesn’t have a huge tourist draw, we had heard that there were a number of Teak logging camps setup in one…

  • Bagan, Myanmar – The Land of Stupas and Temples

    Bagan, Myanmar – The Land of Stupas and Temples

    From Mandalay, I pushed on by bus to Bagan. This ancient city is a major historical and archeological site, and its land is covered by Temples and Stupas, as far as the eye can see. Truly a spectacular place, I spent two days here exploring and taking photos. View Larger Map My transport from Mandalay…

  • One Day In Mandalay, Myanmar

    One Day In Mandalay, Myanmar

    Back on the emerging tourist track in Myanmar, I headed by train down to the central city of Mandalay. Mandalay is a nice, comfortable, and somewhat happening town, and I had a great time exploring it for a day and two nights. When I got there, I booked into a basic but clean hotel, got…

  • Hsipaw to Mandalay via the Goteik Viaduct

    Hsipaw to Mandalay via the Goteik Viaduct

    After a thrilling few days off the beaten track in Hsipaw, it was time to come back and explore some of Myanmar’s more famous areas. That mean Mandalay. To get there, my chosen mode was via the relatively slow but beautiful train, which passes over the Goteik Viaduct Train Bridge, an engineering marvel. View Larger…

  • Exploring the Mountain Villages of Northern Shan State, Myanmar

    Exploring the Mountain Villages of Northern Shan State, Myanmar

    After relaxing and organizing for a few days in Hsipaw, Shan State, Myanmar, my newfound trekking friends and I mobilized and departed for the backcountry. Although there are a few established guided trips from Hsipaw, the route we wanted to take was far off the beaten path. Rather than see the tried and true, well…

  • Hsipaw, Myanmar – Pushing As Far North As Possible.

    Hsipaw, Myanmar – Pushing As Far North As Possible.

    Traveling to Hsipaw, Myanmar marked the start of my grand exploration of central Myanmar. While I was in Yangon, I had a short discussion with a friend of a friend who was a travel agent, and although doing a travel-agent setup, luxury-themed, cut and dry trip is certainly not my style, I did get some…

  • Yangon, Myanmar – A New Frontier for Travel

    Yangon, Myanmar – A New Frontier for Travel

    Traveling up through Southern Thailand and into Bangkok was a great experience. Thailand is a great country, and truly is the land of smiles. People are nice, life is easy, and as a traveler, almost everything I needed was at my fingertips and easily available. Thailand has had mainstream tourism for a long time, and…