Southeastern Myanmar: Hpa-An and Mawlamyine

Myanmar is a pretty big country, I soon discovered, and with a maximum 28 day visa it doesn’t leave you much room to explore the country extensively. I had spent most of my time in the northern half of the country, as most people do, and so I decided for the remainder of my days … Continue reading Southeastern Myanmar: Hpa-An and Mawlamyine

Magical Bagan: exploring the land of ancient temples

Myanmar is described as the land of temples and pagodas for good reason and Bagan is perhaps the epitome of that description. This is my experience exploring Bagan including practical tips and information.

Mandalay: the city of pagodas and friendly locals

Mandalay was the perfect entry point and introduction to Myanmar. It’s much quieter and more laid back than Yangon, despite it being the second biggest city in the country, and the people are extremely welcoming and eager to practice their English with you (as I would soon find it).

Hiking the Larapinta end-to-end solo: part 1

Part one of my solo Larapinta Trail trek: Alice Springs to Ellery Creek.

Finding paradise in Meghalaya

A friend had told me about a place called Meghalaya in the far northeast of the Indian subcontinent. It occupied only the last couple of pages in guidebooks and there was limited information online. Even local Indians I had met in states like Rajasthan and Goa didn’t know anything about the place. This only intrigued me more... Written for Dame Traveler blog.

Sikkim: travelling where nature smiles

After dismissing the northwest of India because of the cold and snow at this time of year, I decided to explore the northeast instead. It wasn’t just the slightly better weather that appealed to me though, it was also the fact that it is the most underexplored area in India and government restrictions on foreign travellers still remain. My first state in the Northeast was Sikkim, one of the least populated states in India and famous for being home to the third tallest mountain in the world.