Travel is picking up faster than ever in Myanmar, a country that only recently opened its borders up to tourism. And things are changing rapidly. When planning my own 3-week trip, I found heaps of conflicting information online – so here’s a rundown of what I experienced.
Mynamar is one of the only places in Southeast Asia (along with Vietnam) where you need to have a visa-in-hand before arrival. Embassies to Myanmar are located in most capital cities throughout the region, based on what I’ve heard from travelers Bangkok tends to be the easiest option.
You have to get out, get off your couch…you have to experience the world.
The cynics who say Thailand has become just another number on the list of boozy getaways probably haven’t been to Khao Sok in the South or the mountainous provinces of the North – it has a lot to offer that (despite implications in this post) do go beyond partying, promiscuity and pest-eating; it’s just a case of getting out there and discovering it.
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Celebrated mid-April in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day, Songkran has evolved into the absolute largest water festival in the world – and is the festival to end all festivals.
…Meanwhile a fellow backpacker just next door woke up to a monkey chilling out in his less-than-private room and just days before my friend had woken to find a chicken – and its egg – on her bed (breakfast in bed doesn’t get much fresher).
Bangkok’s Sathorn Unique Building, or as locals know it, the Ghost Tower, is technically off-limits, but for the intrepid (and persistent,) accessible.
One of the amazing things about Malaysia is that within the span of a few days, you can experience the culture of Southeast Asian cities, the intensely regional food differences, odd little pockets of colonial European history, hiking through mountains and highlands, losing yourself to island life (and the “island time” that comes with it,) and then escape all of it by trekking deep into one of the oldest jungles in the world: The Taman Negara.