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'Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all'

From Asia to Europe via Trans-Siberian Railway

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Best Spa in Yangon

Best Spa in Yangon

Best Spa in Yangon On my last day in Myanmar, I pampered myself with a Rejuvenation Package which consists of 1) body scrub 2) aroma oil massage 3) glow brightening facial. The reason for picking this treatment is to get rid of the dusty air sticking to my skin and moisturize my face after some…

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Myanmar Experience – Burmese Cooking Class

Who doesn’t love food? Unlike Thailand, not many cooking classes are available in Myanmar. It took me a while to identify his restaurant which will provide cooking classes upon request. After all the outdoor activities, it’s time for some indoor excitement! I was thrilled to learn Burmese dishes after I’ve spent more than 2 weeks…

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Hotel Review – Hotel @ Yangon Heritage

My last two nights in Yangon were well spent in this hotel – Hotel @ Yangon Heritage. We checked into this hotel after a 5 hours bus ride without air conditioning. Tired, hungry and sweaty. Check in was smooth and we got a family room with a single and a king size bed! A refreshing…

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Hpa An

You should not miss Hpa An, Myanmar

Regardless of how amazing it is in the north of Myanmar, as the title goes, you shouldn’t miss the south of Myanmar either in particular Hpa An (pronounced as ‘pa-an’). Why Hpa An? Hpa An is the capital of Kayin State. This little picturesque town is certainly an undeveloped destination compared to Yangon, Bagan and…

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Inle Lake Boat Ride – Things To See

Inle Lake is one of the many stops in Myanmar you should definitely spend about 2 to 3 days, depending on your points of interests. It is a freshwater lake located in Nyaung Shwe of Shan State and famous for its single leg-rowing Intha people. Inle Lake Daily Routine Life on this shallow lake is…

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Inle Lake

Best Lodging in Inle Lake

Before I share my Inle Lake experience, I have to let everyone know about this amazing hotel which is also a non-governmental organization. Most trekking starting from Kalaw will end at Inle Lake. Our trekking costs come with a boat taking us to our next destination. My Kalaw to Inle Lake trekking experience, click here…

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From Kalaw to Inle Lake

Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake in Myanmar

In a nation that has been heavily affected by political instability for decades, the stretch of land from Kalaw to Inle Lake brought us to the purest nature, free from any air pollution in the cities found elsewhere in Myanmar. Choosing trekking company Once we had a good power nap and a sumptuous breakfast in…

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Kalaw

Where to stay in Kalaw, Myanmar?

A bumpy ride Our Myanmar bus ride continues. The ride from Bagan to Kalaw was kind of a nightmare as we couldn’t secure 2 seats on VIP bus. Instead, we was stuck in a cramped minivan for about 6 hours. My head just kept bumping into the window while I completely had no idea. We…

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48 hours in Bagan

Myanmar is definitely not only about Bagan, having said that, you shouldn’t miss this so be sure to spare 1 to 2 days. Getting to Bagan Due to Thingyan Festival, no buses were operating so we were stuck in Yangon for one more day. From downtown Yangon to the highway bus terminal in Yangon costs…

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What should you do in Yangon?

Yangon is no longer the capital of Myanmar but it is the most vibrant city compared to others I’ve been to in the country. Touching down at Yangon International Airport, I wasn’t very impressed by its arrival hall but its well equipped with what travelers need: ATMs, money exchange, SIM card counter, and lots of…

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Planning a trip to Myanmar

Myanmar is definitely booming in Southeast Asia. Construction sites are proliferating in Yangon, I would highly suggest visiting this country before it is totally destroyed by tourists/getting much more expensive.  Getting to Myanmar Yangon International Airport should be the most accessible gateway. It is located at about 45 minutes away from downtown Yangon. Taxi counter…

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Best Spa in Bangkok

How can I miss a spa treatment while traveling in Southeast Asia which is a place you can get good deals!? Travelers flew to Bangkok looking forward to spoiling themselves with budget-friendly massages on the city’s streets. While cheap, these options are often unprofessional and disappointing. While I understand some travelers prefer not to spend…

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Full review on Bangkok Songkran, Full Moon Party and Jungle Experience in Koh Prangan

How’s Songkran like in Bangkok? After a month of resting at my home in Hong Kong since my backpacking trip, I redeemed the last bit of my Asia Miles and got myself a ticket to Thailand mainly for scuba diving. Songkran and the rest of the experience were a bonus to me. Arriving at Bangkok…

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Your Complete Preparation Kit to Croatia in Winter 

I know it sounds completely wrong to visit Croatia in winter. But I was not alone. Croatia’s summer is packed with many tourists. Hostel rates go up. Restaurants are full. Entrance fee for national parks are more expensive. The chances of taking a human-free picture are low. There are upsides though such as watersports activities…

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Morocco in a week

My Morocco trip in November started off with something strange. I flew with British Airways to Marrakech, the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Fes and Tangier. Captain: We have a bad news. (It’s not something that you want to hear on a plane!!) Captain: Due to the bad weather in Marrakech, we don’t…

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Experiencing the Sahara Desert

So…no Moroccan trip is completed without a visit to the Sahara Desert. The Sahara is the largest hot desert and the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic. I’ve came across this article recently saying that the Sahara was lush and green until human beings and goats came and turned it into…

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Krka National Park

Best National Park in Croatia that You Should Visit

I am secretly on a mission to visit as many national parks as possible while I am traveling. From Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar In One Day This is totally do-able. I purchased my bus ticket in advance here. People usually make it as a day trip either from Zagreb or Zadar…

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Best way to get around Morocco

I was unable to find any useful and reliable transportation information online for Morocco! Transportation between cities Public buses are almost non-existent. Worse still, there are not many verified information online. You can’t buy tickets online even they have an so-called system on the websites. From Merzouga-Fes-Chefchaouen-Casablanca, I took so much time to research what…

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Planning a trip to Morocco, Africa

I was supposed to travel in the land of Europe only. But I heard flights from London to Marrakech is pretty cheap. So…I flew to Marrakech from London after I traveled to Iceland. Everyone thought that Morocco should be warmer than Europe in November as it is in A-F-R-I-C-A. YOU ARE W-R-O-N-G. So wrong. Yes,…

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