Hsipaw, Myanmar

Fifty-ninth stop, Hsipaw. I went to Hsipaw for one reason, trekking! I was told that Hsipaw had the best trekking in Myanmar, that foreigners were allowed to go to (many areas in the country are off limits to foreigners).  After going to a few different places, I ended up picking a three-day, two-night trek through … More Hsipaw, Myanmar

Mandalay, Myanmar

Fifty-seventh stop, Mandalay. I had initially planned on staying in Mandalay for at least two days before moving on, however, I saw nearly everything I planned on in the first day, so I decided to take off after only one day. The day I did spend in Mandalay was packed full of temples and great … More Mandalay, Myanmar

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Fifty-fourth stop, Chiang Rai. After the two-day boat ride up the Mekong to Huay Xai, I arrived into Thailand for the second time during this trip. I spent all of October in the southern and island regions last time. This time I’ll just bounce around the northern regions. I arrived in Chiang Rai with a … More Chiang Rai, Thailand

Luang Prabang, Laos

Fifty-second stop, Luang Prabang. I fell in love with this old French colonial town as soon as I stepped foot into the city, which had a certain je ne sais quoi. The downtown area was a mix of French architecture, Buddhist temples, streets lined with palm trees and nestled up against the Mighty Mekong River. … More Luang Prabang, Laos