The Golden Bolder of Burma.
Added on June 15th, 2018
The Golden Rock of Myanmar
Getting into Myanmar on a motorcycle is no easy feat. Current laws in Burma make the country a bit of an obstacle for all overlanders and their vehicles be these fully equipped 4 x 4 off road trucks or lightweight pushbikes, it makes no difference . Myanmar is a hurdle, one that requires some planning and thought but that’s not to say that it can’t be done. Crossing the border into this nation on your own vehicle (as of 2016) can be accomplished by engaging a local tour operator that for a fee, will provide authorisations, an “approved route”, an English speaking guide and a government official to lead a travelling party from entry border to exit, be these either with India or Thailand. Guest houses and hotel bookings as well as tours of attractions on route are included in the package.
Added on June 7th, 2018
I finally reached a Kelabit long house after a two day hike in the Sarawak jungle . My guide told me that the plan was to rest and continue my trek the following day.
Looking forward to luxury of a mattress that night I took off my muddy boots and laid down my rug sack at the entrance of the Kelabit house dwelling whilst an elderly local man stood and stared at me with a smile. He approached and spoke while my guide translated his words.
“We’re going out hunting tonight” he said hesitantly. “We’ll leave just after sun set. You can come along if you wish but you should try to make yourself useful”.
Added on June 4th, 2018
Georgetown, Penang with it’s quaint colonial age buildings.
It sometimes feels as though there’s a drive, not to mention unspoken competition, between the larger cities of the world to create iconic architecture and flaunt this as a symbol of local pride. Some older historic towns of the world have always had options available for this. Rome for example has the Coliseum, Barcellona has the Sagrada Familia, Paris perhaps the Eiffel Tower and Moscow always shows off St. Basil’s’ Cathedral when it can.