Category ASIA

Xi’an for food lovers

From Shanghai we embarked the 15 hour overnight train to Xi’an.  I had heard lots of stories from friends about their experiences on the overnight trains in China but from 7 years ago, I think its fair to say it has changed, or maybe I was more prepared. There are many reasons to join a small […]

24 hours in Shanghai

15 minutes into the BBC’s first episode of The Silk Road and I was researching trips to China with my favourite small tour operator – Intrepid.  I had always wanted to visit China but always thought I should give it a decent amount of time – it’s so big!  Suddenly feeling inspired but lack of […]

Tibet – Etiquette or restricted travel?

Tibet is still very much controlled by the Chinese government and there are many things that the traveller should be aware of.  Don’t let these put you off though, the Tibetan people are friendly and welcoming and the country is a sight to be seen.  Just having the opportunity to visit the country and travel to […]

Myanmar – Pyin Oo Lwin, Kalaw and Pindaya Caves

Depending on how long you tend to visit Myanmar for, most people will visit Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake – previous post: http://bit.ly/MyanmarPartA.  But I also recommend Pyin Oo Lwin, Kalaw and Pindaya Caves.  All set in the hills, offering a cooler climate and a slower pace of life. My two weeks itinerary looked like […]

Myanmar – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake

My two week itinerary was quite concise but definitely manageable. Yangon > Bagan > Mandalay > (day trip) Sagaing, Inwa, Amarapura > Pyin Oo Lwin > Mandalay > Kalaw > Pindaya Caves > Inle Lake > Yangon If you prefer to take things at a slower pace then ultimately you will probably find yourself in Yangon, […]

Myanmar, the introduction

Reflection is a great thing.  Writing up a trip after the return, rather than during, can possibly end up with the blog post and memories being more positive, romantic and invigorating after having that time of reflection.  I had planned for the first time to blog from the road.  From the moment I arrived in […]

5 weeks to go……

…… till Burma! Let me take you on a roller coaster of my mind…. First, book the flights months in advance.  Then buy at least ten publications – both fiction and non fiction on the country that I will be visiting. Enthusiastically start reading the first book.  Take six months to read it.  Then have only 5 […]