Category Archives: Southeast Asia

Myanmar: In the Southern Northwest, off the Beaten/Paved/Touched-since-the-‘60s Path

Given our time limit,the frailty of bikes that can’t handle rocky roads, and the frailty of bodies that can’t handle long days under scorching skies, we weren’t really able to explore Myanmar’s remote areas, such as the Burmese half of … Continue reading

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Vicarious Exploration Opportunity: World’s Tallest Buddha

There we were in Monywa with a spare day on our hands – not because we had planned to take a day off, but because when we reached Yesagyo after a pleasantly short 75km, the police sent us packing.  They … Continue reading

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Vicarious Exploration Opportunity: Spirulina Farm

Ever heard of this stuff?  If you travel in my circles, I’m guessing you have.  Little green algae, about as low as you can get on the food chain, packed full of vitamins and minerals and other sorts of stuff … Continue reading

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Burmese Cuisine: Indian for Breakfast, Chinese for Lunch, Beer for Dinner

I entered Myanmar knowing practically nothing about its cuisine.  I had promptly forgotten everything I had read in the Lonely Planet, I hadn’t bothered to look anything up on the internet, and I hadn’t gotten up the gumption to search … Continue reading

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You Have Been Invited to: Buddha’s Birthday Party (as practiced in Pyay)

Alternate title: Stranger in an Even Stranger Land. How to celebrate the birth and life of he who taught the virtues of nonattachment, meditation, and mindfulness, who preached that the end to suffering lay in the visceral understanding of the … Continue reading

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Myanmar Stat Attack

(Photo courtesy of Chris Buchman) Myanmar, land of mystery.  Governed by the arbitrary.  Many parts of the countryside still seem stuck in the iron age, while the capital is catapulting straight into modernity.  I had been told that there were … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Bagan

We’re heading to Bagan, one of Myanmar’s top three must sees.  One, Shwedagon Pagoda, I had already skipped out of laziness, cheapness, jadedness, and all the other cycle tourist vices.  One, Inle Lake, was too far out of the way … Continue reading

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Myanmarvellous (Yangon – not quite Bagan)

Yangon.  The only S.E.Asian capital I had yet to visit.   To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much.  The big cities are usually more frustration than anything else.  I visit them because they’re “must see” spots and because I’ve got to … Continue reading

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Myanmiraculous (Myawaddy – Yangon)

Hey hey!  Guess what time it is!  At long last, it’s Burma time!  Or Myanmar time.  Choose the latter if you want to go with the name that Totalitarians chose after they gained power.  Or chose the former if you … Continue reading

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A Myanmarian Fortnight: Myawaddy to Pyay, Day by Day

  Greetings from Myanmar!  First things first: I’m here, still kickin’.  Same for all my friends.  Everyone is suffering or has suffered through some level of exhaustion, sleep deprivation, bloating, diarrhea, heat rash, bedbug bites, and so forth, but that … Continue reading

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