Burma | Weeks two and three - Going North -...
Actually I wanted to go to Inle lake next. But as Jan and I were told on the way there in Bago, the bus for that night was allready booked out. So we changed plans and took the train north to Mandalay instead. Like all busjourneys in Burma, teh ride was long…11 hours. and that after allready having done 6 hours on the bus from Hpa-an to Bago. In Mandalay we stayed one day - walked up...
Burma | Week one - Yangon - going south
My first impression when I arrived at Yangon was, that this country was very different from the other ones I had been to so far. The first thing I noticed was everyone wearing the traditional Longyi, a kind of towel-like skirt. Secondly, allmost all the kids and women had their faces painted with Thanaka. “Thanaka is a yellowish-whitecosmetic paste made from ground bark. It is a...
Burma | Introduction
03.07.-01.08.2012 After one month in Burma, I have returned to my home-base Bangkok yesterday.It was a wonderful month in a very different and unique country. A country where the travelling itself, the hour (or sometimes day)-long bus, train and boatrides are already a big part of the fun: 13 hours of karaoke music in the bus - mainly burmese covers of european/american songs - and you’ll...
Back home in Bangkok
02.08.2012 After more than one month of silence on this blog, i will update it during the next few days. Just so much: Burma was great, food in Thailand is better though and this said, I’ll throw myself into the street stalls and market life before I continue writing. Good food, that doesn’t make you sick. Woho!
Days 40 - 46 | Koh Phi Phi & Koh Lanta
The Bus, Minibus and ferry journey from Bangkok to Koh Phi Phi took almost 24 hours. Phi Phi was…different from how I expected it to be. Extremely full, and loud at night. A party island…At least I was lucky enough to find an other girl whom I could share my overpriced room with. As I had already booked the place for 2 nights - the first and definitely the last time I prebooked...
Days 37-39 | Bangkok
19.06-21.06 After almost missing my flight, I arrived in Bangkok in the late afternoon/early evening. Somehow, by train, walking and getting a free cab ride, I made it from the airport to kaosan road. a terrible place. Smelly, dirty, LOUD and full of partytourists…but that’s the area where the cheap guesthouses are. I left my backpack and went for a walk through Kaosan. After walking...
Days 35-37 | Penang
17.06-19.06 Since it was sunday, the bus I actually wanted to take was already booked out and I had to wait 3 hours in a small town called Lumut, to get the next one. In the late afternoon I arrived at the Jetty in Penang and found myself with a big questionmark over my head, not knowing in what direction to go in order to get to the Guesthouse that had been recommended to me. Nonetheless,...
Days 66-71 | Pulau Pangkor
12.06-17.06.12 The change of plans turned out to be a great decision. The ‘Camp’ I’m staying at has a wonderful, easygoing reggea athmosphere, there are hammocks all over the place, a beautiful beach not even 50 metres down the road, and, maaaan, they even have a guitar here! But the best thing: there seems to be almost no one else in this village. When I arrived I was the only...
Day 66 | On the way to...?
12.06.12 Actually, today, I was on my way to Penang. Bought the ticket ( got ripped of as I found out later…), sat on the bus, already half way to Penang, when I changed my mind. Grabbed my backpack, hopped from the bus 1 minute befor leaving Ipoh - where the bus made a lunch stopp - and explained to the puzzled-looking driver that I changed my mind. Instead, I took the next bus to...
Days 63-65 | Cameron Highlands
09.06-11.06.12 While I was waiting for the bus to the Cameron Highlands at puduraya sentral, Kuala Lumpur, I met Milerie, a girl from Sabah, Borneo, who was also on her way to the highlands to meet some friends the next day. As we were talking it turned out that both of us had no idea where to stay there yet. So, together we searched for a place to stay, since sharing a double room is often...
Days 60-63 | Kuala Lumpur
6.06-9.06.12 Kuala Lumpur is just an other big city. Its inhabitants favourite ffood seems to be Durian, the oldest fruit on earth, also called Queen of fruits. At least judging the smell that comes from the fruit and veggie stalls. Let me explain. Durian Is a big, green, watermelony shaped fruit with a very…distinguishing stench. You cannot not smell the presence of a Durian. However, it...