When friends and family tell me they’ve never traveled to Asia before, I typically recommend Thailand as their first stop. It’s a great introductory country to the region because it will likely cause little or no culture shock for Westerns. Tourism has been a huge part of Thailand for years, which makes some of the most Read Post
Awoke at the break of dawn to record the monks receiving alms. As you can see from the video, it is a beautiful and important Buddhist ritual for the monks. Unfortunately, it has also become uncomfortable for them due to the amount of tourists that come to take pictures.
Bagan had a mystical appeal to us the second we saw photos of it. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the largest concentration of stupas, temples and pagodas in the world. The immediate landscape is relatively flat, so when you climb to the top of a temple, you can see scores of other Read Post
After traveling for nearly a year, Tara and I seem to have found a perfect balance between going on our own and hiring a guide/tour to take us around. The benefits of both (you pay a premium for knowledge and access with a tour, but it also means giving up freedom and flexibility) keep us Read Post
After arriving in Yangon, popping over to Bago, traveling to Mt Kyaiktiyo, and visiting Mawlamyine, we hopped a minibus to Hpa-an (pronounced pa-aun). I use the term minibus lightly since that is what our guesthouse called it, but the reality is it was a full-sized bus with mini-seats. I swear that SE Asian countries make Read Post