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Month: March 2018

Going For a Hike in Taipei

Going For a Hike in Taipei

Taiwan is off a lot of people’s tourist radars, which is a shame, as it’s easy to get to, boasts some of the best food I’ve ever eaten and has, in my opinion, the best hiking trails in the world. When I arrived in Taipei, I had no plans at all. I had booked a hotel/hostel the day before my arrival and had three weeks to explore the island. The rough plan, and I stress rough as I had worked…

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The Road to Mandalay – Part 3

The Road to Mandalay – Part 3

Exhausted and rather burnt I took my seat in what I believe was the strangest Pizza Hut I’d ever been to. It was still under construction, but at this point, I didn’t care. They served pizza. I wanted pizza. The deal was done. So, as I settled down in this lovely air-conditioned shopping centre, I thought back over my little bike ride through the heart of Mandalay. Burma is a ridiculously fast-changing country, overnight it seems more and more people…

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The Road to Mandalay – Part 2

The Road to Mandalay – Part 2

So, where were we? Oh. Right. I was drenched in sweat after cycling all the way through the suburbs of Mandalay in the midday heat. That’s right. I am an idiot. A true idiot, but there was no time to reminisce as the thermometer notched up to forty odd degrees. It was time to slowly make my way back, as I don’t really like going back the same way I came. I quickly fired up my favourite little app, Google…

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The Road to Mandalay – Part 1

The Road to Mandalay – Part 1

If you’ve been on the road for a while it can all start to feel rather repetitive. A pagoda here, another pagoda there, un-pack rucksack, re-pack rucksack. Even travel has it’s routine. Though once in a while, you make a decision, usually, in my case anyway, accidentally – that changes everything… I was staying in the heart of Mandalay, which by the way is not as romantic as Rudyard Kipling makes out, I didn’t see any flying fishes — and…

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5 Things To Do In Mandalay

5 Things To Do In Mandalay

Ah, the road to Mandalay, nowadays less colonial poem, more pothole infested highway. A lot of bloggers recommend skipping Mandalay altogether, as they claim there’s not much to see. They are right in the way of sights, but wrong in so many other areas, for if you do it right. Mandalay can really under get under your skin and show you a side to Burma, you can’t get in the more touristy areas of Bagan and Inle Lake. 1. Hire…

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