Myanmar in pictures

I haven’t done this kind of posts before. I once tried to – with my post about the strays in Greece – but I started to do research and got carried away. However, I thought making a post entirely consisting of photos would be a nice way to display some of my favourite shots from my trips (I admit that I have sometimes written a post to fit a picture solely because I really wanted to publish it…). I’ve decided to stop posting travel pictures on Facebook like I used to – in a huge batch right after the trip, unedited and all. I started to feel like over time – especially when I travel a lot – it could become annoying to my friends, and besides, it’s all pretty unorganised since I just dump it all in one folder. (And I know you want to see my pictures somewhere, mum.) Besides, I’m really trying to up my photography game, so maybe this would be a nice way of tracking my progress. more “Myanmar in pictures”

Beyond beers & beaches: the best South East Asian experiences

Disclaimer: I say South East Asia… but actually I’ve only been to Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, so the list isn’t incredibly comprehensive. Enjoy, anyway.

South East Asia has long been one of the top destinations for backpackers around the world. The region has many qualities to explain its fame: the prices are cheap, the weather is good, and it’s exotic without being dangerous. While you could spend days just wandering around old colonial cities and partying the nights away, there are a few special experiences that can add something special to your trip. more “Beyond beers & beaches: the best South East Asian experiences”

Myanmar survival guide

Myanmar is the newest addition to the Southeast Asian backpacker trail. Previously the country and its military government have been heavily boycotted by foreign nations and the government itself has restricted access to the country, but over the past few years embargos have been lifted and Myanmar has started to welcome more and more tourists in. Now is the best time to go; the crowds are keenly finding their way in, and after the tidal wave of tourism really sweeps over the country, it will never be the same. more “Myanmar survival guide”

Myanmar: Regaining the sense of adventure

With the nightfall came the rain. It fell heavy on the windshield as our cab crept along the traffic, slowly shuffling forward. The bus station turned out to be a maze of little holes in walls instead of one big terminal as I had imagined. Heavy rain rushed my parting with the Dutch couple I had known for a fleeting moment as they hurried off to their next destination, separate from mine. As I was trying to figure out my arrival time to Mandalay, it became apparent that no one else on the bus spoke English, and I couldn’t help but wonder if this wasn’t what I had always wanted. It had always been so; even when I was fifteen and everyone I knew was running off abroad for a few weeks, practicing a new language and adulthood, I was the one who chose a destination that no one else had picked. I was the odd one out, the wild card; the only one deviating from the worn trail left by backpackers before me; all alone, perhaps, but by my own choice. It had always been so; it would always remain so. more “Myanmar: Regaining the sense of adventure”