People are always asking about how to find remote work and what does it take to live abroad? There are tons of online resources which I’ll list in the blog post.Read More
The nicest people in South East Asia can be found in Myanmar. I’ve never come across a country with so many friendly people. After a 2 year break from writing and traveling, I find myself on the road again. I’m here in Yangon largely because it’s one of the only countries I’ve not been to in Asia and yes, I’m keeping score.
Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and I didn’t do much here, mostly I planned the rest of my trip and acclimated to this new (to me), wonderful, strange, country.
I did manage to find the only Indian Pizza I’ve ever had outside of San Francisco. And checked out a temple or two.
There is a lot of outdated information about Myanmar on the internet. Especially where currency and ATM’s are concerned. You should bring some US dollars for emergency money, but there is no need to bring all the money you think you will need for your trip. There were ATM’s in every city I was in, Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay. There is a max of about $300 per withdrawal. Do ensure that you sell all your Kyat before leaving, unless you plan to use it as Monopoly money.
I’ve re skinned my blog to something more up to date and simple. It’s more readable and looks nice too!
After living and working in Asia for close to two years it is time to say goodbye! My job in Thailand ended in February and I’ve been doing some traveling. First to Bangkok, then Myanmar and at the moment I’m in Taipei.Read More
I was in Anchor Wat in 2009, so I skipped it on this trip. I spent a few days in the Capitol, Phnom Penh and then headed to the beach. Phnom Penh is pretty meh. The thing that made me crazy is that there was garbage piled up in the streets, as if the garbage collectors were on strike. In some places it was 3 meters high. Talk about a diseaseRead More
It is a short ride from Nha Trang to Da Lat and a beautiful one. I spent a few hours driving through the mountains and had a welcome respite from the heat. Da Lat is a slowly crumbling French mountain town, that just happens to be in Vietnam.Read More
I have been in a lot of caves. All the major ones in the US and a bunch of others around the world. Thien Duong Cave, better known as Paradise Cave is 31 km long! Tourists can venture in for the first 1.5 km. This part of the cave has a huge walkway and great lighting, the designers of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park have done a phenomenal job.Read More
My last stop before Hanoi was Ba Be lake, a national park with 3 interconnected lakes. I did a homestay in a village on the lake and stayed for two nights at a place called Duy Tho. It was beautiful and affordable. I rented a boat for a day, which was expensive and loud, but I got to see the lake.Read More
I just spent four days riding through the Ha Giong area. It’s what the guide books call Vietnam’s final frontier. It has a lot of historical value as Ho Chi Minh spent a bunch of time there, it was a safe haven, it’s also on the border with China. You have to buy a permit to enter the area.Read More
Today it took me 7 hours to travel 125 kilometers. Most of that time was spent going 50 kilometers on a single track road, ok, trail, throught the backcountry. It was the most challenging day I have ever had on a motorcycle in 15 years of riding and I’ve ridden cross country in the US twice and been as far as the end of the Pan America Highway in Panama.Read More
The second day on my new bike brought me to Than Uyen, it’s a good thing I ended up going back to Hanoi, if I’d continued on from Son La directly to Than Uyen, like I had planed, I would have ended up at a road that stops at a river and no bridge! I might have been able to hire someone with a boat to transport me, but luckily I did not have to deal with that.Read More