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Reminiscing about Myanmar… and a Free Trip to Give Away!

Yangon

**This contest has now ended.** Of all the countries we’ve been, Myanmar has always been my favorite country in Asia. Burma captivates with its Buddhist pagodas, pious monks, chaotic streets, and outstanding landscapes. From the shimmering Shwedagon Paya in Yangon to the stupa-studded landscapes of Bagan and the poetic water world of Inle Lake, Myanmar is unlike anywhere else [...]

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Heaven on Earth: Myanmar’s Inle Lake

Fishermen on Inle Lake

t’s 7am and the sun’s rays are pouring into our wooden stilt bungalow. I open the windows and hypnotic sounds of prayers flood in from the near distance. Every morning at exactly this hour, the Inthas recite their sermons in the Buddhist temple nearby. It’s become a daily ritual for me to rise to this beautiful [...]

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6 Months in Asia

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From January to July, we spent six months traveling all over Asia, from the sizzling heat of Myanmar to the regimented air of North Korea. It was quite the journey as we trotted from one country to the next, with our laptop and camera in tow. From the hot sultry islands of the Philippines, we hopped over to [...]

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Highlights of Our 6-Month Trip in Asia

Whale Shark in Cebu

We’ve been back in Spain for over a month now, taking time off to concentrate on marketing our magazine as well as working on our new app and other projects. The last six months in Asia have been quite the journey as we trotted from one country to the next, with our laptop and camera in tow. From [...]

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Colonial Splendor in Yangon

Mohinga for breakfast

“Did you like the mohinga?” Asked Chris, The Strand’s head chef when he learned about us trying out the hotel’s specialty dish. “It’s the most popular breakfast dish in Burma, we always recommend it to our guests when they visit.” Despite being a native Australian, Chris dishes up a mean bowl of noodle soup — [...]

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Photoblog: The Golden Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Paya as seen from our hotel

Looming over the skyline of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, is the Shwedagon Paya, also known as the Golden Pagoda. Considered the most sacred of all Buddhist sites for the Burmese, the pagoda is one that all Myanmar Buddhists hope to visit at least once in their lifetime. According to local legends, the Shwedagon Pagoda has existed for more than 2,500 years, making it the [...]

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Photoblog: Faces of Myanmar

A young boy on the train

For every traveler, there is always that one place which truly resonates. A place that you deeply connect with and gives you a strong sense of belonging. After experiencing Madagascar last year, I didn’t think I would find another place that stirs up such feelings – but Myanmar changed my mind. Having been isolated from [...]

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Exploring the Buddhist Kingdom of Bagan By Bike

View from Sunset Pagoda, Bagan

Flying to Bagan is like descending into a lost world: thousands of ochre stupas sprawl across the plains amidst wilting Acacia trees and whirlpools of brown earth. Wispy clouds hang low, shrouding the landscape in an eerie yet dreamy setting. Almost 800 years ago, this enormous holy ground was the center of a massive Buddhist kingdom. During the kingdom’s golden age, over 10,000 [...]

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Photoblog: Things that Make Myanmar Special

Shwedagon Paya by night

Before coming to Myanmar, I had no clue what to expect – many friends have told us how amazing the country is, but only upon stepping foot on its holy soil, visiting its thousands of pagodas, navigating its chaotic streets, and talking to the Burmese, did I understand how captivating this country is. From the [...]

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Wet and Wild: Water Festival in Bangkok and Yangon

People covered in powder and water

It’s wet, it’s wild and it’s loud. Songkran festival is synonymous with massive water wars and street parties. In Thailand and many other parts of Southeast Asia, Songkran is celebrated as the traditional New Year’s Day. Traditionally,  people celebrate by paying respects to the elders and visiting the temples to pray or give food to monks. The splashing of [...]

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Overland Travel from Asia to Europe: Our Itinerary and Plans

Mabuhay from the Philippines! We’ve just arrived in Manila and we can’t wait to spend the next month slowly exploring various parts of the Philippines, a country that we’re revisiting simply because we’d enjoyed it so much the first time. This is the first stop on our itinerary as we transition into full-time travelers and [...]

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7 Up-and-Coming Adventure Destinations for 2012

2012 is quickly approaching and it’s time to start planning for the new year. With the Olympics and other events happening around the world, 2012 promises to be an extraordinary year for many of us. In 2011, we saw many off-the-radar destinations emerging in the travel scene, such as Zimbabwe and Ukraine. In the new year, major sporting, cultural and …

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Top 7 Places for a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Seeing the world from above often gives a refreshing perspective: peaked mountains transform into jagged land masses under your feet and rivers meander around like snakes. From above, land stretches beyond the horizon, revealing all the secret corners that one would have missed while on land. Atop a hot air balloon, …

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7 Up-and-Coming Adventure Travel Destinations for 2010

// As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to dream about where you’ll be exploring in 2010 – there have been lots of changes in travelling trends over the past few years. Instead of popular spots like Italy and Thailand, travelers these days are searching for something different, something new and refreshing.  Beat [...]

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