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My name is Paul and this is a travel blog of tales, musings, images and information. Some posts will be retrospective, others more up-to-date; some will explore close to home, others much further afield. If life is a journey 'travel' can mean anything.

 
 

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  • By boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa An

    By boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa An

    Following construction of a road, the boat trip from Mawlamyine to Hpa An in south eastern Myanmar became obsolete public transport for locals. Now the journey is reserved for foreigners as a leisurely alternative to bumpy bitumen. However, apart from an unnecessary temple excursion adding an extra hour and a 1,000 kyat tuk-tuk fee, it’s a pleasant and interesting way to […]

     
     
  • Mawlamyine: Pagodas and Poems Minus the Grime

    Mawlamyine: Pagodas and Poems Minus the Grime

    Maps can inspire false impressions. In cities, for instance, they reveal the avenues and boulevards and winding streets; the parklands and rivers; the cafes and restaurants, museums and temples. But they don’t portray the imperfections: the rubbish, the smells, the noise, the potholed roads or lumpy footpaths or the chaotic traffic, or the heat and humidity …or the poverty. Then […]

     
     
  • Another Day Around Ye

    Another Day Around Ye

    “I apologise if anyone in my village does wrong to you,” said the boatman as I paid for our just completed journey up the River Ye at Jaun Yua in Mon State, southern Myanmar. Fortunately, he also worked for the local emergency rescue. Before the boatman made the above comment, I had already gained an impression some locals were becoming disgruntled […]

     
     
  • Dawei Dayze

    Dawei Dayze

    Dawei is one of those in between Myanmar towns – enough travellers venturing there to provide some  creature comforts, like a good cafe or two, and a wider variety of dining options, while retaining a friendly, casual atmosphere of somewhere less visited. And it has a great ice-cream shop (depicted above), reminiscent of one I frequented in Mandalay when there […]

     
     
  • A Moment in Myeik

    A Moment in Myeik

    Myeik, sometimes known as Mergui, is off the traveller’s circuit in southern Myanmar. While tourism potential abounds the infrastructure hasn’t been established yet, apart from comparatively expensive day trips to nearby islands. Other day trip options exist, but weren’t available in early November during my brief stay. Foreigners are not quite the novelty they once were, but few are still […]

     
     
  • A day in Ye

    A day in Ye

    People wanted to feed me, women wanted to marry me, kids got excited, men wanted to buy me drinks. And, of course, some people were totally indifferent. Ye (pronounced ‘yay’) is in Mon State, Myanmar and, for the moment, is a little off the main travel route. Photos in this slideshow were taken during one day while journeying by motorbike […]

     
     
  • Ranong to Khawthaung visa run the fun way.

    Ranong to Khawthaung visa run the fun way.

    March, 2018. I recently completed this Thai visa run as an alternative to obtaining a 30 day extension through an immigration office for 1900 baht (and possible bureaucratic and/or logistic hurdles depending on where you are trying to do it). It also fitted in with other travel plans. Ranong is a Thai border town along the Andaman Coast that is more interesting […]

     
     
  • Penang by George

    Penang by George

    Georgetown by any other name would still be …Penang, because that’s what most people refer to it as. Though, strictly speaking Penang is an island and Georgetown is its capital. On the other hand, both are deemed cities. Penang is also a state. Even more strictly speaking, Georgetown should be split in two noun-wise – it’s George Town, named after […]

     
     
  • Shape-shifting Singapore:

    Shape-shifting Singapore:

    Singapore has undergone many stages in its transformation from river-settlement to world metropolis. In the 14th Century the Kingdom of Singapora reigned and fell. The 19th Century saw resurgence when the East India Company purchased the island from the local sultan. Japanese invasion and independence meant further evolution in the 20th Century. From a traveller’s point of view, in its […]

     
     
  • The King and I

    The King and I

    Of course, I never knew Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej personally; only by reputation. While a filtered view could sometimes be presented, according to accounts he was a modest figure widely respected for initiating reforms and programs, especially those benefitting poorer Thais in rural communities. Not to mention creative interests. My visits to Thailand, beginning with the first many years ago, often coincided with events […]

     
     
 
 

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