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Myanmar (Burma) adventures

Myanmar (Burma) adventures

My first real exposure to Burma (Myanmar) was from watching the Emmy award-winning travel focused show of Anthony Bourdain’s show of Parts Unknown. It was featured in the very first episode of the long running TV series. Watching the episode immediately excited my travel senses and curiosity about the country that has been isolated from the world for 60 years. I wanted to get a first hand experience of the country. Luckily I was in Kuala Lumpur when I planned a visit to Burma. I visited the Burmese consulate and I received my tourist visa on the same day. Burma…

Why train travel in Burma is fun and adenturous?

Taking the train in Myanmar is a must do fun activity for all ages. It feels like you are riding on a roller coaster the whole time when you are in the train. Traveling in “Upper class” is preferable as you can sit on leather seats as supposed to wooden seats. On your way you notice the following – farmers with their conical hats tilling the farm, cows grazing the field, pagodas on the top of the hills and little children waving their hands. Warning: Don’t eat much before your travel! Watch the video!

Bagan, Myanmar – Spiritual place

Bagan, Myanmar – Spiritual place

Bagan, Burma – I was more spiritually connected in Bagan (see the pictures below) than when I was in Angkor Wat. Waking up early in the morning to see the sunrise was more rewarding in Bagan than in Angkor Wat (I am sure others will disagree on this one). You can rent an e-bike in Bagan and ride to various pagodas in the Old town. Bagan is a city with 4000 pagodas (literally). You can visit a few main ones in the center of Old Bagan like the Ananda(most beautiful), Dhammayangi (biggest), Thatbyinyu (tallest) and Shwegugyi (for sunrise).

How to renew U.S passport outside the States

How to renew U.S passport outside the States

If you are one of those backpackers from United States and have been traveling for a while you might be in this situation. You suddenly realize that you don’t have any free pages in your passport. Well first give yourself a pat on the back for getting all the pages stamped. Second read the steps below to see how you can renew your most important travel document so your global travel is not interrupted and you can continue to cross off those countries in your bucket list. 1. Make an appointment You must make an appointment first with a local embassy office near you.…

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

If you visit Malaysia you must make a trip to the north of Malaysia to the island of Langkawi. If you are in Pinang you can take a direct ferry from Pinang (costs 70 Ringgit for a 3 hour ride) to Langkawi Island. The ferry arrives at Kuah (eastern part of the Island). I traveled there with my German friend Janine. We heard that the New years eve celebration mostly happen along the beach in Pantai Cenang which is on the western end of the island so we booked a guest house closer to that area. When we arrived in…

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