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May 26, 2018 12:00 AM Lazy day in the capital - Vientiane, Laos

Lazy day in the capital - Vientiane, Laos Mad dogs and Englishman are out at the heat of the day. I headed for the market to get some local produce. I ended up trying mangosteen which doesn't look anything like a mango but it was really love. I know I'd heard of this before but I don't ever remember trying it. Once you've peeled away the outer shell the actual fruit is so small and eating one seems a waste of time, you need at least three to get the taste.

On the list for the day was visiting Pha That Luang - the gold buddhist stupa; That Dam - bell-shaped stupa; Talat Sao - the morning market; Patuxai - the war memorial built 1968, and really just enjoy the day.



May 25, 2018 12:00 AM The tiny capital of Vientiane - Laos

The tiny capital of Vientiane - Laos Had an early flight to Laos and my hotel was nice enough to pack up our breakfast so that we could have it at the airport.

We flew with Air Asia again, and have the flight went via Bangkok so didn't arrive until early afternoon into Vientiane.

We went to the night market along the Mekong and there was such a hive of activity.

I loved seeing the different groups exercising as the sun went down.



May 24, 2018 12:00 AM Final stop in Myanmar - Yangon/Rangoon

Final stop in Myanmar - Yangon/Rangoon We got in late last night and took a taxi from the airport. This was the longest journey from the airport and you can tell that Yangon is a large city. We drove to china town to get to our hotel but on the way we passed the Shwedagon Pagoda. It looked so beautiful against the dark sky and really couldn't wait to explore.

The room I booked was on the 7th floor and I was so annoyed that they didn't have a lift. I can't imagine that are not forced to disclose this on Booking.com. All the receptionist could say was sorree! I complained but they only had one floor down available so that's where I ended up on the 6th floor having to walk up all those flights of stairs.

We were close to the night market so went for a walk, its amazing to see the sights and sounds of south east Asia.

Today I headed to the Shwedagon Pagoda and decided to take a walk there as it seemed close to where we were staying. There are four entrances North, South, East and West and I chose to go in that entrance. It is an amazing complex with so many other things to see. I was people watching, bell watching stupa watching just very interesting. I had to take my shoes off and walk around bare feet and with the sun on the marble it was incredibly hot. I was sort of tiptoeing shade to shade.

We then had to pay to enter the people's park which I hadn't realised was a amusement park and it felt like I was trapped in there. Finally found the exit and walked back to the hotel.

I headed back down to the night market but instead crossed through and went onto the river to take some pictures. It ended up being the best sunset ever. Initially the sun just went down with no fanfare and was about to head to dinner, when the light began to change and all the motorised boats came to shore to take the workers home. It was so loud as the motors sounded like lawnmowers and as one boat came in filled up and left.

It was a perfect ending to the day.



May 23, 2018 12:00 AM Morning has broken - Bagan (Myanmar)

Morning has broken - Bagan (Myanmar) Being lazy, I chose to watch the sunrise on my rooftop but it wasn't mesmerising but having breakfast up there was great. We were the only guests in the hotel so they gave us a feast for breakfast. I asked them for some mango and it felt like they just went in the back-garden and picked it from the tree, it was just perfect.

Now I had a chance to explore the old town on foot. I hired a taxi for a couple of hours and went around to see the main sights. It was so intersting to be there, but it was very dusty.

After a while I found a hotel located on the Irrawaddy River and stopped for a drink. It was a lovely 5* hotel with two stupas/temples on their grounds, we stayed there until it was time to head onto the airport. It was a really nice day.

The airport was tiny, had to sit in front of the air-condition unit to keep cool until my flight was called. When we entered the airport yesterday we were forced to buy a entry ticket to the area and it appeared that this was something new which was introduced.



May 22, 2018 12:00 AM The ancient capital of Bagan

The ancient capital of Bagan My hotel put on a lovely spread for breakfast. It had more of the Asian feel but they cooked me an incredible omelette with a bowl of noodle soup was good. The restaurant was on the 7th floor so I had some nice views of Mandalay. The room I had was a duplex and it was very modern. The funny thing was it had the largest window I'd seen in a hotel it was literally floor to ceiling over two floors. Really amazing.

After breakfast I headed back to the airport. Initially I wanted to take a boat down the river but owing to the time of the year, there service had stopped for the monsoons so instead I flew into Bagan. Yet again, I couldn't have done my hot air balloon ride for the very reason. But I was still excited to be here.

The little hotel I stayed in was on the bounds of the old town, so had a great view of the stupas and pagodas and coupled with their flat roof it seems like a nice place to watch the sunset.

Another incredibly hot day. I stayed inside for most of the day, and then took some pictures from the roof before walking to a few stupas that were local. I meet a lovely guy who opened one up so we could see the Buddha in side. It was so very insightful. Then just before dark I went for a walk to do some shopping.



May 21, 2018 12:00 AM Let the games begin...

Let the games begin... I had a full day of sightseeing planned but what I didn't anticipate was how we were going to deal with the heat. I lathered on the sunscreen and armed with my fan, and umbrella I headed into the centre of town to see the palace. I took one of the local buses and ended up travelling in the back of a pick up truck sat on a piece of carpet. I wondered whether my insurance was still valid with this mode of transport.

After running from the sun in the palace and falling asleep on the step I let the heat of the day pass and then headed to Mandalay hill. I wanted to walk to the top and the amount of taxis which tried to get me to take them was unreal. Somehow they knew more than me as all the tourist arrived by taxi and only a few locals walked up with me. But I felt like I earned it. The views were great and definitely worth the walk.

I took a taxi back to the hotel to get some dinner. But the hotel restaurant was empty so opted to go to a convenience store and get a cup of noodles. To be fair all I wanted to do was drink and replace the liquid I'd lost during the day.



May 20, 2018 12:00 AM Another day another plane - Destination Mandalay (Myanmar)

Another day another plane - Destination Mandalay (Myanmar) Last night seemed a blur. As all I had time for was a little bit of Thai street food and wifi access so that I could check in with friends.

I booked a flight with Air Asia which initially seemed like a good deal, but actually turned out quite expensive as I have to pay for luggage and meals. Not sure if you paid me that I would travel with them again. I do love their logo and marketing, but its just not worth it.

My flight was around 11am and to be fair my body couldn't reconcile the time change so felt a little tired. I got chatting to a few people in the queue to hear about their adventures so it made the time pass quickly before I was due to depart.

The flight was short into Mandalay and luckily I have already got my visa in London before I left so going through immigration wasn't difficult. I ended up taking a taxi from the airport after I had purchased to local currency. There was an airport shuttle bus available but sharing a taxi worked out only a little more expensive and was a small price to pay for the convenience.

I didn't do much until late afternoon when I took a taxi to the U Bein Bridge which was only 6 km away and watched the sun go down. It was really beautiful. But oh my was it hot. The temperature during the day was 39 degrees and the night time temperature only went down to 30.

The people of Mandalay were so very friendly and had a chat with a very charming monks as we sat on the bridge.



May 19, 2018 12:00 AM Mumbai Layover

Mumbai Layover It was a long flight into Mumbai; the food was very nice and I was happy to be touching down and was able to walk around for a couple of hours. I have always wanted to travel here, but will have to return to get a better opinion of India's richest city and 12th richest city in the world. It was so large, and you could see the sky-scrappers mixed in with the shanty towns. Its very unusual but I suppose this is what makes in Incredible India.

Also soon I was back on the plane to do the next leg of my journey and a 4 hour flight to Bangkok. The food onboard Jet wasn't as good on this leg and I got a little sick eating the chapati, but thankfully the time didn't drag. They didn't have any screens at the back of seats and relied on you downloading the app before departure so that I had in flight entertainment. As I hadn't realised I only had my Ipad to keep me company, so all wasn't lost.

Once I arrived into Bangkok I took the free shuttle bus from Suvarnabhumi (BKK) to Don Mueang (DMK) as my fight was early the following morning. It's like 32+ km between each airports so definitely saved money by not taking a taxi all the way to the airport. I chose an airport hotel so that I could have a late morning. The only thing was that breakfast wasn't included. Well you can't have everything.



May 18, 2018 12:00 AM Late departure

Late departure I always find heading east can be a little daunting, as I'm not really accustomed to plus hours to started my holiday. My body clock gets really messed up. But that is a small price to pay to have an incredible journey. This time I'm heading to Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. I was initially hoping to do the golden triangle, but after my initial research it was described as the opium route and that sounded a little less interesting as well as I wasn't sure about the visa situation. So my aim was to head to Mandalay, Bagan and Yangon. I thought I'd miss out the new Capital and maybe see it on another journey. Then head on to Laos and visit Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang followed by Chiang Mai.

So after a mix up in schedule I ended up flying with Jet airway and it was a late departure from Heathrow Terminal 4.



Apr 26, 2018 12:00 AM Excited dreams...

Excited dreams... I'm about to embark on my first journey for 2018. I'm so excited as had nothing planned until the beginning of April. So I'm heading back to Thailand and looking to explore the hill side community of Chiang Mai. I know its going to be incredible hot and rainy, but it will be great to get out of London.

I have mapped out my route and arranged internal transportation now just need to get my jabs sorted out. Off to the doctors. Just hope I don't need to take Malaria tablets.

But I suspect I will have to as well as a course of JE. Good job I should be up to date with everything else, fingers crossed.

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