18 Dec 2016

Cycling Around the Temples in Bagan, Myanmar

Recently, while doing a bit of a blog overhaul, I bumped into a folder full of photos from Myanmar. I started to get annoyed that I had never written about Bagan, one of the most impressive ancient wonders in Southeast Asia. I figured that since it was over four years

02 Sep 2016

15 of the Best Ancient Temples and Ruins in Asia

For me, one of the highlights of travelling in Asia is seeing history embodied in elaborate ancient temples and ruins. Here are some of my favourite temples and ruins in Asia, including Angkor Wat, the erotic temples of Khajuraho and the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) Do you

A fisherman and his daughter on Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar)
24 Feb 2014

Inle Lake: Floating Through Life in Myanmar

I thought I knew what lakes were all about, after all we do have a lot of them in New Zealand.  That notion was turned upside down when I visited Inle Lake, because not only do they fish, swim and play in the water, they also live on it. There

A yellow temple in Innwa, one of the old capitals in Mandalay, Myanmar
22 Jan 2014

Four Old Capitals in Mandalay, Myanmar For the Price of One

I should probably do more research before I reach a destination. I had no idea what there was to see in Mandalay until a motorcycle taxi driver said something about 4 old capital cities, and that he would take me to them for $12, not bad on a backpacker budget!

The golden rock pagoda in Myanmar
17 Dec 2013

Climbing to See the Golden Rock in Myanmar

It was 3 am and I was sitting on an ice-cold bus heading to a town that I didn’t even know the name of. Tired from a day of sightseeing in Yangon, I had just about fallen asleep when the bus stopped. Everyone started filing off. Where was I? Was