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Going via Gothiek to Hsipaw

I decided to move on east to the small town of Hsipaw, and to go by train. The eye-catching Celica dropped me outside the station about half an hour before the train was due to leave. The ‘Foreigner price’ fare … Continue reading

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Coffeemix and a Celica, or the Road to Pyin U Lwin

K, N and I took the bus from Nyaungshwe to Mandalay and travelled from there to the hill station of Pyin-Oo-Lwin. They were going because they had heard it was really nice. I was going because it was one of … Continue reading

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Undercurrents on Inle Lake

The main attraction of Nyaungshwe was as a starting point for boat trips on the lake. I booked with a company my friend L had used a year earlier, as she had asked me to take presents to some people … Continue reading

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To Inle Lake

Catching the bus from Bagan at 4am was brutal enough, so I could have done without the presence of another tourist, an Israeli called U. Considering U had been travelling for seven months or so he got stressed very easily. … Continue reading

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“The People’s Desire” – it’s Bagan

NEVER could it be said that journeys in Burma were uneventful. The overnight bus from Pyay to Bagan was pretty ramshackle, as was the road. At one stage, we may have driven across – or rather, through – the Irrawaddy … Continue reading

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To the Bespectacled Buddha with Jean-Claude Van Damme

PYAY (aka Prome) was probably most famous as the site of the capital of the Pyu kingdom of around 1500 years ago, and the resulting ruins. It was 160 miles or so from Rangoon. And what miles they were. The … Continue reading

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From sarongs to scorpions: Rangoon/Yangon 2004

“WHAT’S he saying?” I asked the man standing next to me, who I hoped had a better grasp of English than I had of Burmese. “He” was kneeling on the pavement, with a scorpion weaving between his fingers and what … Continue reading

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Burmese Daze: Burma/Myanmar, 2004 and 2005

I was watching comedians Dara O’Briain and Ed Byrne take the Road to Mandalay the other day on the BBC and I thought: “I can do that”. “Well, OK, I could. And I did. So why don’t I post about … Continue reading

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Blowing up bombs on the Ho Chi Minh Trail

“WE’RE dealing with two 500lb bombs tomorrow and you can come if you like,” said Mr B. I was hardly likely to say no, was I? Inspired by a review of this fascinating-sounding book, A Great Place to Have A … Continue reading

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Unexpected hazards

I wanted to end my last travelogue from Vietnam with a few random thoughts that haven’t really fitted anywhere else. Vietnam is full of hazards, some more expected than others. Conical hats, for example. Yes, people do still wear them, … Continue reading

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