Mandalay

After our last night bus experience, we were a bit anxious about our next one. At least in Nyuang Shwe it was only 800m to walk to the bus stop. Our bus arrived on time and off we went. This time the on-board entertainment system worked and we could watch some films rolled up in…

Bicycles, boats and Burmese tofu

Arriving at Nyuang Shwe at 6am gave us the full day to explore, but it was also pretty tiring. Sleeping on night buses isn’t ever a good night’s sleep, but after the stress of catching the bus we both found it tricky to sleep. Our hotel was right by the canal, so every time we…

Bagan

Bagan is probably the second most visited place in Myanmar and quite rightly so. Between the 10th and the 13th century, around 13,000 temples, pagodas and stupas were built in and around the old city. After centuries of neglect, earthquakes and demolitions only around 2,000 remain. Bagan consists of three parts: Old Bagan, New Bagan…

Yangon

We flew into Yangon airport fairly late, so we decided to get a taxi to our guesthouse. After a bit of haggling, we managed to end up paying a little more to reach our place than we expected. Our taxi driver gave us a tour as he drove through town and was very chatty. He…

A Vietnamese holiday island

The reason for our rather fast rush through Bangkok was Zoë’s father. He was on a group trip through Vietnam and we had agreed to meet up. The most convenient location for our reunion was Vietnam’s holiday island Phu Quoc. Luckily for us Phu Quoc is a special administrative zone so we were given visa…