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SLIDESHOWS & GALLERIES

 
  • 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 […]

     
     
  • Winton Wetlands – Adding Water

    Winton Wetlands – Adding Water

    Earlier in the year I visited Winton Wetlands near Benalla in north east Victoria. It is the largest wetlands restoration poject in the Southern Hemisphere, and I wrote about it HERE. At that time it was like a miniature Kakadu in the dry season. The volume of water varies from year to year and I returned recently, following a not […]

     
     
  • Federation Square

    Melbourne – Penultimate Day in the Third Season

    There’s nothing unusual about the second last day of Spring, except this is Melbourne, supposedly the most livable city in the world. How accurate that title is remains debatable, but there’s no doubting Melbourne is a great metropolis that never ceases to surprise with all the festivals and free events held throughout the year. Every day is amazing. On this […]

     
     
  • Anglesea – one perfect day + 1

    Anglesea – one perfect day + 1

    It was a pristine November day in Anglesea, on the Surf Coast of Victoria; the temperature was mild and the sky an intense blue. I was beach-hopping from Point Roadknight to Anglesea main beach, but it wasn’t until I detoured into the shadows of the cliffs lining this part of the shore that I noticed the sky reflecting in water […]

     
     
  • Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Sunset Gallery

    Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Sunset Gallery

    It has been a hot week in Anglesea and Fairhaven (Aireys Inlet) with some cool sunsets. A few of these pics were taken using a filter, but most are as is.

     
     
 
 

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