There are a lot of ways to get from Mandalay to Bagan. Bus, trains, boats. Our hotel (the Emperor Hotel) encouraged us to take one of the fast(er), more expensive tourists boats. We pushed them for info on the public ferry and after a short phone call, they confirmed that it was indeed leaving the next morning and the price was 18,000 kyat each. Continue reading “Mandalay to Bagan on the Irrawaddy River: 16 hrs on the slow boat ferry”
Not everything goes as planned when traveling in a foreign country.
We planned to take the train back to Pyin Oo Lwin from Hsipaw but once again…no seats. Continue reading “An Uncomfortable, Miserable Ride: Hsipaw to Mandalay”
We’re the kind of travelers who don’t like to plan ahead. So we woke up that morning in Pyin Oo Lwin and decided to go catch that infamous train to Hsipaw which sounded like our cup of joe. Continue reading “North to Hsipaw: Village life and Nam Tuk Waterfall”
Mandalay to PYin Oo Lwin,
We asked our hotel about transportation to Pyin Oo Lwin and they assured us that a shared cab (7,000 kyat each) was the way to go. We use to be cheap backpackers who would rather walk a mile to save a dollar but we’re older now. Continue reading “The Scenic Hill Town of Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar”
Flying into Mandalay and Exploring the City.
We decided to enter Myanmar from Mandalay, instead of the cheaper flight to Yangon. This made sense as we only bought one way tickets and planned to exit overland back into Thailand. The tickets to Mandalay from Bangkok cost us about 90$ one way compared to 50$ for Yangon. Continue reading “Mandalay 2017, Myanmar (Burma)”
Kuta and the southern coast of Lombok
We headed out of Tetebatu in the morning to get a good start on that looked like a long motorbike ride to Kuta. Continue reading “Kuta: Exploring Lombok on Motorbike”
Leaving Labuan Pandan, we headed west on the busy main road, heading to Tetebatu. First, we would look for an ATM that was rumored to be in a town called Maspadik. We found it, across the street from the huge Mosque but the towns power was out, so no money for us. We were down to our last 250,000, enough for a night maybe two.
We cruised north up the hills and soon began to pass guesthouses. Looks like we have arrived. Amid Rice fields, on a slope with nice views, Tetebatu is another small town on the southern edge of Mount Rinjani National Park. We checked out a bunch of different places to stay and settled on Pondok Tetebatu, another recommendation from Hussein. Continue reading “Tetebatu: Exploring Lombok by Motorbike”
Now for some beach time, we head for the east coast of Lombok to Labuan Pandan.
Riding from Senaru to Sembalum Lawang.
The ride from Senaru to Sembalum Lawang was enjoyable though a constant light drizzle kept me nervous about the weather. Continue reading “Sembalum Lawang: Exploring Lombok by Motorbike”
Exploring Lombok Indonesia by Motorbike.
One of our most memorable adventures during our month in Indonesia was a tour of Lombok by motorbike. If you are at all comfortable with motorbikes, then this is an ideal way to see Lombok. Its a smallish island of about 4500 square miles, similar to the size of its neighbor Bali. The towns are awesome, not too far apart and a lot less touristy then Bali.
Here’s a great route that you can do in a week or two. We did most of it a little over a week.