Hello everyone,
before starting posting different pictures and telling you all about my travel adventures, I would like to tell why I started this project. As many already read, end of February 2018 I'll be starting a world trip with my other half. This will take us approximately up to 14 months and in this time, we'll be visiting a ton of new places, collecting new memories, and of course taking several photos, which probably no one is going to see afterwards. So the goal for this blog is not to advertise anything, but instead to inspire others to perhaps take the same step while giving information, and to share with our families and friends our time away. This will be my / our online memory book.


We used the whole day to reach Kuala Lumpur from Penang and arrived short before 9 pm to our capsule hostel in the middle of Bukit Bintang, the trendiest shopping and entertainment district, offering everything from sleek shopping centres and five-star hotels to all-day restaurants and vibrant nightclubs. Thanks to its central location, it is fairly easy to get from anywhere in Kuala Lumpur via public transportation, and that's what we did as soon as we arrived in the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan or TBS for short, an huge main long distance terminal that looks more like an airport than anything else.


We arrived in Penang, George Town to be exact, after a long night drive with ferry and bus from Surat Thani. Our first impression of the city was that there was art corners as well as good local street food everywhere. Plus a nice sunset to finish the day in peace.


After a bumpy start in Bangkok (Andre had to spend some days at the hospital due to a spider bite infection), we decided to move further to Koh Tao and leave behind the troubled days.


The best about Mandalay is not the city itself but the way to reach the it from Hsipaw. The train connection between the two cities is one of most beautiful rides you can experience in the country. At first you travel through an astouding green landscape, with crops and buffalos in the background, and then through the famous Goteik Viaduct, the highest bridge in Myanmar and when it was completed, the largest railway trestle in the world. It connects the towns of Pyin Oo Lwin and Lashio since its opening in 1900. At the moment, it is not the most convenient mean of transportation from and to Mandalay, about 13-14 hours ride, but it is certainly the most beautiful. From Hsipaw, we took the train until Pyin Oo Lwin and from there a taxi, that costed 5000 MMK (3 EUR) per person. It was the fastest way, 1,5 hours, to arrive in Mandalay after already seeing the bridge.


We went to Hsipaw with the idea of doing a 3-day trekking tour. It is also possible to do it in Kalaw but we preferred this location. Some companies, like Mr. Bike (well-known among tourists), sell the tours really expensive for 80.000 or 90.000 MMK (50-55 EUR) depending on the number of participants. Due to the bad weather conditions, almost raining every day, we only booked the 2-day tour with overnight via our hostel - Mr. Charles Hotel. Our local guide led the way from the hostel to the next Shan village, the Pankam Village, by foot and that took us on the first day 6 hours. The plan was in fact to eat at this village and then move to another, where we would spend the night. This would take 1,5 hours more but as soon as we arrived in Pankam, we were so tired that we decided to take a nap instead and simply stay there. We paid for the complete tour 35.000 MMK (22 EUR), 5000 MMK (3 EUR) of which we got back because of our change of route.


The trip to Inle Lake, with starting point in the town of Nyaung Shwe, was made with one goal - to see the unusual fishermen and the floating gardens (something we missed when we were in Srinagar, India). After our early arrival by night bus, we were approached by a guy in the streets offering boat trips to the lake, which is quite common in the area and with tourists. A boat costs in average 15.000 MMK (9,30 EUR) and takes max. 6-8 people. We paid for us three and did the recommended circuit for about 6 hours, with stops in different kinds of factories - silver, tobacco, silk and cotton - one pagoda, one monastery, the local market, whose location is not always the same.


Bagan was one of the most beautiful places we’ve seen so far. Known for its more than 2000 temples, the archeological site is undergoing renovations (so far only some of the big temples) since the earthquake in 2016. Some of the buildings, due to the danger of tourists climbing, are closed with padlocks since January 2018. Some locals do possess the keys but don’t trust themselves as often they ask for money in return. Nevertheless, there are still many others open from which you can choose, so please only climb where it’s allowed. An entry fee into Bagan is required and cost 25.000 MMK (15,50 EUR).

Visited Countries + World Trip