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Asia » Burma » Southern Burma » Mawlamyine April 22nd 2012

We were in such great moods when leaving Kinpun to continue our journey more south to Mawlamyine or Moulmeine as known to George Orwell during his work time over there. Back in Siem Reap, Cambodia we were told by a couple of German travelers that if we wanted to do one boat ride in Burma this should be the place. Well, this epic boat ride supposedly only starts in this place and then continues on to a small town of Hpa-An through a jungle and limestone karsts. This was exactly the reason why we went there. Surprisingly this 3rd largest city in Burma has a very small town feel. I would never say it was a big city. It has some stunning colonial architecture (by the river front) and big market to stroll along but life ... read more
on the way to the Paya
tea with monks
colonial street of Malwamyine

Asia » Burma » Southern Burma » Kyaiktiyo Pagoda April 20th 2012

We entered the country that is still buried somewhere in the 80s Ah Burma...finally...after so many months on the road we were finally about to experience it. We must admit that the beginning of our tour around Burma has come in exactly the right time. As much as we loved those a few past months in Cambodia, Laos and northern Thailand, we also found them...well, quite similar. It is true that we did not find Vietnam amazing at first because of many things that happened during our stay there but at least it was different to its neighbouring countries. Now we can appreciate this fact. Yet Burma, we were more than certain would have been quite something extraordinary hence our big excitement. Of course there is this problematic issue of money when you travel to Myanmar ... read more
pilgrim
beautiful sunset upon Mt. Kyaiktiyo
custom made prayers

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Sukhothai April 16th 2012

Thai New Year - Songkran Festival (12-15th April)*, well known to 'falangs' as Water Festival met us already in Pai and together with hundreds of other tourist we went to Chang Mai which apparently is THE place to be for these celebrations. But we don't like to be like everybody else so we decided to continue our journey more south to Sukhothai to experience Songkran between temple ruins of its historical park. Again we achieved our everlasting goal of being ones of only a few westerners in town and we enjoyed this selfish felling a lot. On the way to Sukhothai we could observe water being splashed everywhere around. We felt lucky that we were arriving late in the afternoon as this 3 day long water fight ceases before dusk. There is no fun in being ... read more
Khmer influenced temple
tourist monk
finally joining the water party

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai April 12th 2012

It took us around two days and 3 changes of a bus to get to Chang Mai from Nong Khiaw in Laos but we did not have time to stop on the way for longer. We had only 10 days to get to Bangkok for our flight to Burma so we had to distribute our time wisely. We met some nice Ukrainian guys on a bus to Chang Rai and we had a blast talking about our neighbouring countries and other visited places. Shame that they were staying in Chang Rai and we were just swapping buses there. Buses in Thailand are a luxury when compared with Laos and actually cost the same price. Everything seemed so modern straight away. 7Eleven on every corner, western brands everywhere, highways etc. We even got cookies and water from ... read more
Pat Thai noodles
emerald Buddha
dragon fly

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang April 6th 2012

I think night buses in Vietnam must have put us off as by no means we wanted to get on a night bus in Laos, even though it meant a waste of time. In this case we took a morning 9 am bus to Luang Prabang knowing that it might take the whole day;-( It was quite costly to get there but at least we did not have to break the journey in Laos's 'sin city' of VanVieng (taxi-bus-taxi 340,000kip/40$ for two) hahah Maybe we missed some great views (which we saw on the way) and parties but we knew for sure that the view of drunk and/or stoned teenagers pissing into the river (or as we heard their own drink) is not why we came to Laos;-) Luang Prabang on the other hand was what ... read more
Luang Prabang's waterfalls
beautiful lanterns
pictures at night market

Asia » Laos » South » Tham Lot Kong Lo April 1st 2012

* hundreds of kilometres of dirty roads in central Laos, done usually by motorbike within 3-4 days are commonly called 'The Loop' You probably know situations when you feel that you ought to do something just because a lot of people do it or/and just because you are already in some particular place so why not? Well this was one of those times I guess when we struggled with a decision whether to do some journey or not. From Pakse we headed to Takheak where we hoped to get more information about how to get to Kong Lo village – place where famous 7.5 km long cave is located. It was a very long journey (11h) by painstakingly slow buses operating on Lao time. The bus was a funny thing we must admit. It looked like ... read more
Kong Lo village
too big for him...
Kong Lo cave

Asia » Laos » South » Bolaven Plateau March 23rd 2012

From Don Det our plan was to go to Champasak and that was exactly the destination written on our tickets (45,000Kip/5,5$ each and same price as ticket to Pakse). After few hours in a small and crammed bus we were dropped at the crossroad and shown the direction where Champasak was. When we asked how far, they said that it was a few kilometres. 'Are you kidding me? We paid to get to Champasak!!!' We only got some head nodding and hand waving and that was it. We were lucky there were two English girls at this crossroad that just arrived from Champasak and they told us that it was a few kilometres by taxi and then few minutes on a boat to cross the river and that there was no ATM in town. Unfortunately ATM ... read more
flowers near waterfalls
on top of Tat Fan waterfall
reflection

Asia » Laos » South » Don Det March 19th 2012

Entering into the country where time goes a lot slower!!! We had to overnight in Kratie again when on the way to Laos and this time we opted for a very cheap 4$ per night room. It was basic but clean so no complains. Seems that Kratie offers cheapest food as well as rooms in Cambodia. We could have gone the same day to Laos but afternoon buses arrive late in the evening at the border and we did not want to pay even higher 'stamping fee' for our crossing. To be honest this whole fee process is a joke. Everybody knows it is illegal payment/bribe for doing nothing but yet no-one complains. People just pay and the worst thing is that last year it was 1$ on each side (from what I have read on ... read more
Don Det village
beautiful Mekong
sunset in Don Det

Asia » Cambodia » East » Senmonorom March 15th 2012

Whenever we ask any traveller what was their most memorable place in Cambodia, they always say Angkor Wat. Not a very surprising answer as in the end this is Cambodian, if not Southeast Asian most important historical treasure. If you ask us the same question, we will say - probably to your surprise - that it was Mondulkiri Province and Elephant Valley to be precise. If you follow our blog you probably noticed how big of animal lovers we are, however as much as it was a reason for us to go there, it was not the only reason why we loved it so much. We read about EVP (Elephant Valley Project) based in Sen Monorom in Lonely Planet but what you read is a mere glimpse of what you meet when you arrive. When doing ... read more
synchronised
sunset over Elephant Valley
shy girl

Asia » Cambodia » East » Kratié March 11th 2012

After 5 fabulous days in Siem Reap it was time to move on. We were headed towards Laos border but we really wanted to avoid going back to Phnom Penh. In this case we decided on taking a rather long journey (more than 10h and a change of buses) to Kratiein the north-east of Cambodia. So far we have been really enjoying this country a lot (with an exception of few minor incidents with Tuk-Tuk drivers) and judging by what we had read about Kratie, we were more than confident that our next destination would be equally good or even better. We arrived in town just in time for a beautiful sunset over Mekong. Kratie is a very small town so our walk from a bus stop to a hotel took us maybe 2 min. We ... read more
sunset over Mekong
beautiful Mekong
local kid




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