Flooded by the unfamiliar

I didn’t know know anything about Mandalay. Most travelers skip this because, according to them, it’s a city clogged with people and dusty streets. I didn’t fear the crowd or the dust. For me, there was a big appeal in going to places that most people disliked – what was about it that made them…

Why you should keep a travel journal

These days, writing on a travel journal seems more like a task than a keepsake. Lugging around a notebook takes precious space in your bag, while the act of writing takes effort. You’re probably wondering, why even bother writing in this digital age? You can document everything on your camera or your mobile phone. There…

A Beginner’s Guide to Hostels

Hostels have a notorious image: it’s cheap, but it’s also dirty and unsafe. You don’t have any privacy and you share space with complete strangers. It’s a breeding ground for disgusting uncouths, backpacking types who have no money to book proper accommodations. If you nodded in agreement to every single point I’ve raised, now’s the…

A Bittersweet Sunrise in Bagan

It’s 4AM, a couple of hours after the hostel party wrapped up and a couple of hours before their hangovers kick in. I’m one of the few who skipped the previous night’s festivities, choosing to sleep early for an early wakeup call. I tiptoe down from the upper bunk bed, grabbing my button down and…

Honoring Your Feelings

Truth: I spent most of my days wallowing in Bagan. Bagan, with its thousand temples, horse-drawn carriages and dusty roads. Bagan, a city I’ve dreamt for so long, so much that I was ready to fall head over heels in love with it. I arrived at my hostel at 5AM, where a dreadlocked manager told…

The Worst 3 Hours of My Trip

I sat inside the taxi, beyond annoyed. My driver has assured me that he will get me to the Yangon Railway Station and yet we’ve been going in circles around the city. Google Maps showed me how I’m a couple of blocks away but the driver refuses to pay attention to my instructions. Frustrated, I…

Travel Guide to Yangon

Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar, previously known as Rangoon. It’s a city on the cusp of modern changes, where free wifi andĀ old architecture mix. There’s never been a more exciting time to make your way to Myanmar: it’s accommodating, sometimes frustrating, but there are a lot of authentic moments you won’t get anywhere…

Luang Prabang is my ‘Thin Place’

I sat at the back of Wat Nong Sikhounmuang, my feet tucked underneath me. The older women seated in front of me are dressed in white, with scarves draped from their left shoulder to their right hip. They came in, chattering, booklets and meditation mats in their arms. A hush falls over the temple as…