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Brief Interlude – Burma, Part 2

I followed my visit to Bagan with a tour of the other 2 big tourist spots in Burma. Mandalay and Inle. I had not been in Inle before and figured though it is infested by tourism, there are really few… Continue Reading →

Brief Interlude – Monywa, Burma: A Special Mention

As I had commented earlier, Monywa gets a special mention. We had a couple of days to kill to fit in with an appointment with my Friend’s Mum and we scouted for places near Mandalay to explore. Monywa came up… Continue Reading →

Brief Interlude – Burma, Part 1

The intent was to overland to India and explore some parts of NE India. Turned out that the Tamu-Moreh Border is closed at the moment and no more permits are being given. Should I sneak thro, Hmmm, I figured not… Continue Reading →

Brief Interlude – Thailand

This period of time, I’d like to look up as a bit of vacation. It’s been a very different experience being on the road without the bike. The travel options are super limited and I suppose being pushed into tourist… Continue Reading →

Logistical information on taking a boat trip on the Amazon

Note, this information is valid as of April 2016, I am sure as time passes, the schedules get more frequent and prices might get higher, but I hope the information remains reasonably relevant for future travellers. The route represented here… Continue Reading →

Days 626-629: Rainy days in Presidente Figueiredo

QuickPeek: Waterfall hunting. Rest.

We had this really nice hostel in Presidente Figueiredo and though our original plan was to head up North for a few days, we decided to spend a couple of days here to hang about. Turned out the plan was… Continue Reading →

Day 625: Quick ride to Persidente Figueiredo

QuickPeek: Short ride. Hot day. Nice hostel. Good food.

It was a nice place to sleep. As night fell the weather cooled down and I even needed to get my sleeping bag liner to keep my feet warm. I was up at 4 Am and tossed around and just… Continue Reading →

Day 624: Unintended long day on the restart

QuickPeek: Heat. Green Corridor. Rolling hills. Restaurant camping.

I had been fighting a little bit of flu the past couple of days and wasn’t sure if we’d start on the ride today. But when I woke up at 6, I felt like both mind and body was ready… Continue Reading →

Days 620-623: Logistical nightmares

QuickPeek: Cooking, Good times. Shit Airline experience. Planning.

So it is that I found out that Brazil has the cheapest flights from S America to Asia. Given I haven’t met family and friends back in SG for nearly 2 years, I decided to make a trip and spend… Continue Reading →

Day 618: I am reminded of the Trans-Siberian

QuickPeek: Boat Ride.

Amazon Journey Day 19 Being on the Amazon river had become familiar. There was a sense of sheer boredom, the landscape was monotonous, cramped quarters with lots of locals, strange etc… All this also accompanied with a sense of excitement… Continue Reading →

Day 619: The Amazon Boat journey comes to an end

QuickPeek: Boat Ride ends.

Amazon Journey Day 20 I was up early and it was before 6 AM. I walked about watching the sunrise and waited for the b’fast. I was second in line this time and got a good helping of the food… Continue Reading →

Day 617: Another day, another inspection

QuickPeek: Boat Ride.

Amazon Journey Day 18 There were may be 50 or 70 hammocks strung up in this space, and a few people decided to sleep in the lower deck with a bit more noise. We had decent spots and I had… Continue Reading →

Day 616: Disappointment at the docks

QuickPeek: Boat Ride.

Amazon journey day 17 Today was Saturday, the day when our boat heads out. It was scheduled for 3 pm departure and we were asked to show up at noon or so to get our cargo sorted out. We were… Continue Reading →

Days 612-615: Waiting in Tabatinga

QuickPeek: Relax days.

Amazon Journey Days 13-16 We had decided to stay in the small town of Tabatinga in the Brazil side of this cacophony and the first couple of days had been hot. The internet in the Amazonias is pretty much dial-up… Continue Reading →

Day 611: So long Peru, Hola Brasil!

QuickPeek: Boat Ride. Border Crossing.

Amazon Journey Day 12 Yesterday night the boat had a really long stop at a small town called Caballo Cocha. It was a strange one and we had a few hours to get off the boat and walk about. It… Continue Reading →

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