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Now that we’ve been on the road for about 8 months, I’ve had ample time to reflect on a few things I wish we had done differently BEFORE setting off. Some of these can still be done now but many of them are very difficult to try to do while traveling, forcing us to bite the bullet and pay extra or miss out.
The temple, as you would expect, is completely white. Kositpipat, the designer, believes gold is “suitable to people who lust for evil deeds” and wanted this temple to be different from the standard golden Thai temple. I think he was just working under tight budget constraints.
In the past 100 years, the Asian elephant population has declined by 90% and their available habitat has shrunk by 95% in the same time. It’s not exaggerating to say that in 20 years time there very well might not be any elephants in all of Asia. This once mighty mammal will be reduced to a mere historical reference.
Is it just me or does every country have an “old capital” that for whatever reason they decided to change. In Vietnam it was Hue. It China, it was Xi’an (check this) and in Thailand it’s Ayutthaya.
Vicky and I arrived here via bus and I immediately didn’t feel like doing anything. It was hot, we had woken up early for probably the 5th time in a row (no one told me that traveling would have so many wake ups between 7 – 8AM), and the main attraction here was temples, which we’d seen 101 times before.
Month seven really flew by, I nearly forgot about this update. It feels good though, like we’re seasoned travelers – even though we’ve really just scratched the service on our trip and traveling in general. Still, now when we tell people how long we’ve been traveling and how much longer we’re planning, we get a lot more ooo’s and ahhh’s.
Our last leg of our Burma journey landed us in Hpa-an, a remote village about 8 hours south of Yangon. We took a boat from Mawlamyine for about 3 hours, on which we met an older Canadian couple who ran an NGO in Cambodia. We had a nice chat and it helped the time pass smoothly.
Burma and customer service generally don’t go hand and hand. I don’t think Vicky and I are particularly picky – we did sleep on bean bag chairs for three nights in Tokyo. Still, to me there are a few things I think of as a “no brainer” when it comes to running a hotel or hostel.
It’s marathon season and no doubt many U.S. cities host spring marathons ever year, but what other city shares a state holiday with the most widely viewed sporting event in New England?
Struggling to travel and blog (on two sites) at the same time – read how we’re doing after nearly 7 months of travel!
It amazes me what people are willing to pay to do. This time, Vicky and I decided to go on a three day trek from Kalaw to Lake Inle with the trekking group Eversmile. This was a three day, 60 km hike primarily spent in…