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Malaysia: What to do in Penang?

August 16, 20125 Comments

Penang Past to Present Penang has an interesting history from its days as part of the Sultanate of Kedah, through to the ‘leasing’ to Captain Francis Light and the East India company in the 18th century, Japanese occupation in the Second World War, its dominance as a Freeport and eventually its independence to become the Penang of today.  One of Malaysia’s […]

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Bangkok to Penang by Train

August 11, 20128 Comments

A Flashpacking Train Journey Train travel is always our preferred method of transport.  So we booked ourselves onto the 14:45 from Bangkok to Butterworth, a 24hour train journey taking us south through Thailand, across the border at Padang Besar, and then into Malaysia for the final three to four hours of our journey. We have […]

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Burma Travel Blog: A Flashpacking Experience

August 4, 201228 Comments

Burma Travel Blog You may have read our previous blog posts relating to our recent tour of Burma.  If you didn’t or haven’t got the time, this is a summary of what two ‘flashpackers’ thought of our Burma experience. We had a strange affair with Myanmar.  It’s a bit like the first time I ate an olive, […]

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Myanmar Travel: Inle Lake Reflections

July 31, 20129 Comments

How to Get to Inle Lake We said a sad goodbye to Bagan, leaving behind the temples and horse carts, to set off by coach for our final destination in Burma, Inle Lake. Inle lake is located in Eastern  Myanmar and is nestled between some impressive hills and mountains.  On our 9 hour bus journey we travelled through […]

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Bagan: Breathtaking and Beguiling

July 28, 20126 Comments

How to get to Bagan? Boat & Bus Basics From Mandalay we had intended to reach Bagan by boat, sailing down the river for 12 or so hours, alas the low season meant this did not fit our itinerary.  The fast boats only run in the peak season, so we were left at the mercy of […]

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