PAGODA’S, SUNSETS AND AMAZING MONKS

Mandalay was one of those places just like Yangon where I got mixed reviews. Some people loved it and others not so much.

So my personal experience was that I really enjoyed the place. There was a lot to see and as a solo traveller I had a driver by scooter to take me places which was ALOT of fun. I got to see everything in the city but then also went to other places like Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing.

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QUESTIONS FOR TRAVELLER: INGE VAN BERLO

1.Introduce yourself.. what’s your story?

My name is Inge van Berlo. I am 33 years old. In July I quitted my job after 11 years working and i broke up with my boyfriend in may. I really wanted the experience to work and live abroad for a longer period of time ( since 2007 it became my goal) so I started in September in Thailand ( after 10 years dreaming and saving money).

I chose Thailand because I love the country, the culture, the food and it’s a cheap place to stay for a longer period of time. You can rent here a really nice apartment for 240 euro a month. In the meanwhile I am travelling alone. In November I went to Cambodia, in January I will go to Malaysia, February Vietnam and in March to Japan ( and maybe China).

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VISITING INLE LAKE / MYANMAR

So after three days of trekking we arrived in Inle Lake and firstly let me tell you… I was sooo happy that I had booked to stay for 5 days. WHY you might ask. Well my feet were covered in blisters from the trek to the point I seriously couldn’t walk for days. As soon as I took those hiking boots off I told the women at the hostel desk ‘Where can I throw these away? I never want to see them again’. lol

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH MOTHER NATURE / EVERSMILE TREKKING KALAW – INLE LAKE

I really researched a lot before I decided to book my trek. Read blog after blog, review after review and in the end I decided to book with Eversmile. I decided I wanted to do the 3 day trek from Kalaw – Inle Lake and as challenging as it was at moments I do not regret a single minute of doing it.

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EXPLORING BAGAN – TEMPLE HEAVEN

Two pictures that really motivated me to go to South East Asia were the images of Angkor Wat and the temples of Bagan. Looking at pictures of Bagan when I was back home in the UK and then looking exactly where it was on a map just made we think how it seemed like another world away. Then, just like that… here I am.

So, I travelled to Bagan with a girl I met called Bang who was also staying at the same hostel as me in Yangon. To make sure we wouldn’t get ripped off on arrival at Bagan I emailed the hotel to ask how much the taxi would be from the bus station. So, now I am prepared I know for 2 people we shouldn’t pay no more than 10,000Kyat. Great… no more getting ripped off…
So, off on the overnight bus we go. Yep, AC on full blast and this is the moment I wish I brought my thick hello kitty socks but at least I have my hoodie to hand.
The overnight bus gets into Bagan bus station at 4.30am and I praised the almighty Lord upon our arrival because I thought I was going to turn into a giant piece of ice.
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72 HOURS IN YANGON, MYANMAR

When I was reading about other travellers blogs and reviews before I made my way to Yangon I have to say that it wasn’t really positive and not many people were impressed with the place. To be honest I really didn’t know what to expect as this was my first stop into Myanmar from Bangkok.
You know what, yeah Yangon is a little bit rough around the edges but I personally really enjoyed the place. Its full of old over grown British colonial buildings which I did not expect to see. In Yangon you have 3 main nationalities living there. You have the Burmese, Indians and Chinese. I was super surprised to see there was a Hindu temple and even a Christian church literally across the road from each other.

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THE DAY ANGELS SPOKE TO ME

Ok,

I don’t know where to start….
Most who follow me know why I am doing this journey. Those who follow me know my father pasted away 6 months ago to Cancer and I was absolutely devastated. My friends who were lucky enough to meet the absolute legend that he was would totally understand why. You felt the amazing soul that he was instantly.

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QUESTIONS FOR TRAVELLER: FRANCESCA JENKINS

I met Francesca in Bangkok through a Facebook group called Backpacking South East Asia Solo. We happened to be in Bangkok at the same where she was also travelling solo and so we spent a few days together. After 2 days I swear it felt like I knew Fran for much, much longer! Fran was my first travel buddy and I was hers, that’s already something special. <3
Lets see what she has to say….

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MY BANGKOK EXPERIENCE

I am going to share some of my experiences, my favourite places to eat, where I stayed and general tips.
So my official solo trip started on the 4th October 2017 and it all began taking a flight with Thai Airlines to Bangkok. My flight was relatively cheap at £350 one way and direct.

So, I spent my week at a Hostel called VM1 Hostel which is located around a 5 minute walk to the BTS line station Sanam Pao.
I wanted to start off my first week slowly and it was also the perfect way to get over jet lag.

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TOP HEALTHY PLACES TO EAT IN BANGKOK

Here are my favourite places that I managed to visit during my week in Bangkok. As I am gluten and dairy intolerant this post will focus on that but it will also have places with vegan options.
I must say that the street food in Bangkok was really amazing and I seriously could of lived off it and with it being super cheap it was perfect (especially for my wallet). BUT, every now and then I do like to treat myself and so here is my list of yummy places to go and eat at. Being gluten and dairy intolerant sometimes finding food that I could eat was difficult. Breakfast was especially tricky as I didn’t always want to have rice or noodles so early in the morning but with Bangkok having a great mix of places to eat for all budgets. You can find something no matter what your budget is.

Here is a list of my favourite places:

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