If I’m honest, it was our next destination, Bagan – that has been behind my desire to visit Burma for so long. Covering over 40 square kilometres, over 4000 temples, monasteries and stupas emerge from a blanket of forest. With the earliest dating back to the 11th century, and a myriad styles and colours all […]

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Working out where to head to after Mandalay, and how to get there, was confusing at best. Information on travel and accommodation in Burma is hard to come by, changes rapidly and is soon out of date. Luckily our hotel staff in Mandalay seemed pretty switched on and with their help we decided to head […]

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We left Chiang Mai (Thailand) on the overnight *express* train to Bangkok, where we would be transferring to our flight to Mandalay that same morning. A little risky given the same journey (in reverse) that we did a few days earlier was over 3 hours late. However luckily for us the train arrived pretty much […]

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There are so many elephant ‘camps’ outside Chiang Mai but reading a lot of the leaflets made us feel uncomfortable. We weren’t really interested in riding them, and we definitely didn’t want to see elephants painting or dancing, or a monkey, crocodile or snake ‘show’. The Elephant Nature Park was more like it – a […]

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Stef and I both spend a huge amount of time talking about food, reading about food, and eating too much food. One of our favourite things about travelling is sampling the local cuisine and feeling inspired to recreate it when on our return home (well perhaps with the exception of some of the South American […]

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