Bagan, Myanmar

After an eye opening stay in Mandalay we couldn’t wait to get to Bagan to see the famous temples there and to spend some time out of the city in more rural Myanmar.     Bagan is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar and with its 26 square mile archeological zone filled with over…

Mandalay, Myanmar

As those of you who know us will be aware, our original plan for this year was spending 12 months living and working in Myanmar through Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).  Sadly this fell through but we were determined to visit Myanmar anyway and the fact that some of our friends were visiting cemented the plan!…

Cycling the East Coast, Taiwan

Having spent the first 4 days of our Taiwan trip in a relative comfort and familiarity of a capital city we were ready for an adventure! We had read a few blogs that had raved about the beautiful and fairly easy cycle trail down Highway 11 in the national scenic area between Hualien and Taitung.…

Taipei, Taiwan

We were both over the moon that some of the cheapest flights out of the Philippines were to Taipei – both of us had really wanted to visit Taiwan! The whole country was such a huge contrast to our South East Asian travels of the last few months.  The most striking thing was the weather,…

Cebu City and Bohol Island, Philippines

Our final stop in the Philippines was Cebu City – chosen for its close proximity to Bohol Island, which we really wanted to visit. One thing cities in the Philippines are famous for is Jeepneys.  These were originally old jeeps left over from World War II , which have been converted to be the main city transport.…

Boracay Highlights

As well as birthday, Christmas and New Year celebrations we managed to see a fair bit of Boracay.  We purposely booked to stay at 4 different locations around the island so we could explore a bit more. This meant we got to stay at stunning and busy white beach (both station 1 and 3), rural Yapak…

Christmas in Boracay, Philippines

A white Christmas – but not as we know it! White Beach on Boracay Island has some of the whitest and softest sand either of us has ever experienced and it turns out you can make a pretty good snowman (snowcastle?) with it! We were both feeling a little melancholy over the Christmas period, being…