Hanoi and Sapa – Part 2

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Waking up the next day (without any blanket as Nicholas had stolen it all during the night), we took breakfast which was remarkably similar to the previous night’s dinner. Without a fridge, and living in a subsistence environment, I can …

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Hanoi and Sapa – Part 1

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Getting to Vietnam I have to be honest – I can’t remember much about the journey to Vietnam. After previous night bus hell, I’d popped down to a local pharmacy in Luang Prabang and had bought (without prescription) a pack …

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Luang Prabang

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Luang Nam Tha – a whole lot of nothing I had felt a bit off-colour the last night in Huay Xai, after returning from the Gibbon Experience, and had headed to bed early – I had a bus booked for …

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The Gibbon Experience – Man on Wire.

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Getting to Laos Pieter and I headed to the central bus station in Chiang Rai in the morning to get transport up to Chiang Khong on the Laos border. Rather than an air-conditioned coach or minibus, we opted to use …

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Chiang Rai

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Bangkok, visit three An email from the repair shop told me that my laptop had been fixed, so I booked a flight back to Bangkok. I collected the lappy from the shop, watched a terrible film (Olympus Has Fallen – …

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Chiang Mai

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Bangkok, visit two I had to return to Bangkok to drop my laptop off for a repair – apparently it hadn’t appreciated the soaking it had received during the waterlogged truck ride to the Golden Rock in Myanmar. Being the …

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Around Mandalay – Teak and Gold

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Day Two The second day in Mandalay was slow to start, possibly due to too much moto-taxi reward beer the previous night. I had met a German girl, Theresa, while outside the hotel taking ‘fresh air breaks’, and as she …

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Mandalay

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Rudyard Kipling wrote: …them spicy garlic smells, An’ the sunshine an’ the palm-trees an’ the tinkly temple-bells; On the road to Mandalay… Our particularly Road to Mandalay was a night bus which swerved back and forth over hills for seven …

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Myanmar – Inle Lake

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We arrived at Inle Lake (well, Nyuangshwe, the main resort town) after a long and winding bus then tuktuk ride from Bagan. Based on previous experience in Bagan, we had hoped to find accommodation pretty easily, but this was the …

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Myanmar – The Train and Bagan

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The Train – Yangon to Bagan The Train. I capitalise it because this wasn’t merely a train, this was The Train. I like travelling by train – it’s usually relaxing, offers more interesting scenery than a bus journey, and sleeper …

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