When we decided to meet in Myanmar in the end of the year we did not know that this was going to happen for real. Three girls with the same fate brought together by accident.
Only ten days time tightened up our plans to explore the country known as the golden land. Being isolated about thirty years from the rest of the world this destination showed us the most friendly people, a not developed for tourism spot out in this world, delicious Shan Noodle and Shwe Gyi which we tried to test through the whole trip, a temple landscape more impressing than Angkor Wat, e-bikes that introduce the sustainable idea of tourism, floating gardens, one leg rower and much more.
Arriving in Yangong a warm welcome to Myanmar by our friend with garlicful currys and strong mochitos let us stay awake far too long before going on a 10 hour bus ride to Bagan the next morning.
What a beauty. What a mystic place on earth – Bagan.
Actually we wanted to go hiking in Kalaw. Due to the circumstances we did not make it. German coffee time at the Amara Mountain Resort made our afternoon. Going on a train ride through the country was suggested in our travel guide. As the train derailed before we even boarded we took a crazy bus ride with the locals instead.
Inle Lake the next stop of our trip we arrived to celebrate the light festival, watch the morning procession and finally relax at the pool.
Back to Yangon we explored the city and enjoyed the last days together. Goodbye summer.
After a wonderful time in Lao we arrived to Thailand by land.
One day in Chiang Rai with banana breakfast and a visit at a temple.
A visit at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous Temple in the area, standing near the top of Mount Suthep to the north-west of the city of Chiang Mai. Here I got this white wristband from a monk.
In the streets of Chiang Mai we found this little delicious bakery. Staying in Asia for a longer time awakens the desire of real bread.
My travel fellow has a passion for great food and places to stay (and I love her for this characteristic). In Pai she found us the most amazing two floor bamboo house on a fish farm outside the city within the rice fields. As the place was actually closed but she somehow did manage to sneak us in the kitchen was officially closed but they had tea and bananas. Those bananas can not be described in taste but for sure those were the best ones in our whole lives. When not hanging around in our hammocks we were cruising with our scooters through the magical green hilly landscape. It felt a little like at the end of the world. Hippie heaven in the middle of nowhere. No not everything was delicious we tried at the food market notably the fresh coconut banana pancakes sold by an old lady made us come back.
Pai is located in the mountains north of Chiang Mai. One gets there by bus or mini van. Arriving that little paradise at night we did have a pretty nightmare getting back and had never felt that travel-sick. But the trip is definitely worth it.
Again in Chiang Mai we did board the night train to Bangkok for our flight to Myanmar and found ourselves in the children and women carriage.
As already mentioned in a previous post travel/muse is on the road again. And just before leaving for the next adventure it is time to share beautiful Southeast Asia memories with you. Starting off with amazing Lao.
From Berlin via Abu Dhabi and Bangkok I arrived pretty tired to Viantiane (Lao). Thus I knew about the need of the Visa I did not bring any Dollars for the Visa on arrival. Lucky me they also took Euro and the extra passport photo was not really an issue.
The only preparation for this new country was a visit at a lao restaurant in Neukölln about four years ago. But the time showed us Lao food is totally underestimated and we enjoyed the culinary adventure a lot. Traveling North with stops in Vang Vieng the former Mecca of Party in Southeast Asia, Luang Prabang the culinary and cultural hotspot, up the Mekong River by boat before going to the north of Thailand we explored many nice spots, met super friendly and animal loving people, slept in strange places and for sure had the best shower of our lives.
Have a look into Zoes’ little travel diary!
First Lao breakfast: Omelette, rice soup, fruits & green tea. We did not count but for sure the egg consumption of the last few months was far too high.
The natural border to Thailand.
Lao is the most heavily bombed country in the world per capita in history. The COPE Visitor Centre informs the visitors about the UXO problem in Lao PDR and the work undertaken by COPE and the CMR to provide disability services for people affected by UXOs. In a picturesque exhibition this sad affair is reviewed in a unique way and does show technical facts and catching fates. A must see in Vientiane, Lao.
That is what we call a concept store these days. From the left: mini market, weaving company, hairdresser & workshop.
Up in the mountains: Taking a van 180 kilometers north can easily last about nine hours. But we had a view…
Temple under construction. As the holiday season had not started yet there were many construction works going on.
Enjoying the view at Belmond La Residence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang.
Instead of booking a tour we did rent bikes to find the native tribes in traditional clothes. We did not find them but had great fun and an even greater sunburn.
On the Mekong River. Heading north on a two day trip to the Thai border. Brown waters, animals, greens and stops at little villages kept us entertained.
Dancing in the shower on the top of our tree house 60metres up in the treetops. The Gibbon Experience let us fly through the jungle. For sure this was the best shower of our lives so far.
Before leaving to Thailand we met those little beauties having a good time in the mud.
More travel stories and pictures of the other destinations in Southeast Asia will follow soon.
Temple/ film set/ children/ smiling people/ sun set/ stones/ cultural heritage/ Dollar – Angkor, Cambodia.
Both have been here, fighting in a overwhelming film set which is in fact an UNESCO cultural heritage. Walking through Angkor makes one hard to believe how people between 850 and 1200 AD build this place with its many many temples. The Angkor Ta Prohm Temple overgrown and looped by trees and Angkor Wat itself are only the most famous ones.
But besides the impressive Khmer Period there were cruel times in Cambodia which cannot be ignored. From 1975 to 1979 approximately 1.7 million people where killed by the Khmer Rouge Regime. Only four years in power the Regime is responsible for one of the worst mass killings of the 20th century. Visible by todays population structure on the streets: young people, many children and babies, little elderly. But people are smiling, hoping and working for a better life.
Sitting on the top of a temple watching the sun go down makes the world stand still, at least for a moment.