The Mad Dash to Loy Krathong

It’s still dark outside as our car creeps towards an unknown lone building on the outskirts of Keng Tung, Myanmar. Our driver switches off the engine, indicating for us to get out of the car. We obey. My heart accelerates in my chest; every pulse in my body intensifies as my imagination runs wild.  Our driver begins…

Here’s the basics of Myanmar’s Fire Festival

Paper hot air balloons. Paper hot air balloons fuelled with raging fires. Paper hot air balloons fuelled with raging fires and covered with candles. Paper hot air balloons fuelled with raging fires and covered with fireworks. Paper hot air balloons fuelled with raging fires and covered with fireworks that shoot downwards into the crowds of…

Inside Intriguing Inle Lake

I’m woken to the sound of boats starting their engines to make the journey down the river into Inle Lake. The constant drone is dulled by my mountain view room in Inle Star Motel, but still I stir and climb up to the rooftop terrace for breakfast. From here I watch as other travellers make their way…

JJ Express: Same same but different

Freshly fed, I was ready to start another overnight long-haul bus journey. After a great first JJ Express experience, there was no doubts in my mind when I booked to travel with them again. Unlike my first journey with JJ Express (read about it here), there were only three westerners among the travellers. To travel…