El Nido

Spending three nights in El Nido was the perfect amount of time for my adventures in the North of Palawan Island, Philippines. The main draw card in the area is Island Hopping which is a full day activity. With only one more full day in the area I decided to walk around town and explore some of the nearby beaches. 

While the scenery is stunning, the township of El Nido, in my opinion, is nothing to write home about. The town is a bit crammed for space and the hostels are end of the world gross as so many backpackers are trying to squeeze into a small space (I was in a 8 person bunk room with one small fan - never again!) 

Despite the feeling of an overpopulated backpacker town, by taking a 30 minute walk out of town  resulted in lovely beaches and cute cafes on the sand - my kinda of space! 

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Penang Street Food

Penang is a foodie heaven - on every corner there is a hawker stall selling some delicious Malaysia classic done to perfection. Each stall specializes in one particular dish, which they have masted over the years of operating their stand. 

I had so much fun walking around town, with a wad of $1 bills in my pocket (each dish is around $1), and trying each dish. From famous noodle dishes such as Wonton Mee and Char koay teow to local desserts like cold cendol or durian creme puffs .... Penang real has it all! 

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Mingun

Mingn is a short boat ride from Mandalay, and on our first full day in Mandalay we woke early to have catch a 9am ferry up the river to spend the morning and afternoon in Mingun. 

We loved Mingun - from an ancient unfinished rock temple (complete with white door) to a whitewashed pagoda - we were in heaven. Not only did we take time to explore the many pagodas, we also had time to interact with the locals (and the dogs!) which was an extra special touch to the trip to Mingun. 

Before we headed back to Mandalay we stopped at a garden cafe for tea leaf salad and a cold Mandalay beer - yum! 

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Yangon Circular Line

With a full day in Yangon we decided to hop on board the Circular Line, which goes around the city, to catch a glimpse of local life within the suburbs of Yangon. In the morning we jumped on the local train (complete with open doors and windows) and buddied up next to those catching a ride to the wholesale market or heading to work just outside of downtown Yangon. 

I choose to sit right in the open doorway with my legs dangling down to fully embrace the morning air and life of the people as we chugged by. The circular train goes very (repeat, very) slowly through Yangon and this allowed us to really get a good understanding of our surroundings. While the train station originates in the downtown area the train continues along in a circular path around the outskirts of the city, and passes through many suburbs of Yangon. Some of these areas have markets while others are dominated by farming and local life. 

Throughout the day we interacted with a handful of locals through wide smiles and exchanging of ‘Mingalaba’ or Hello!

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The Journey to Golden Rock

The journey to Golden Rock Base Camp from Yangon is around four-five hours depending on the traffic congestion around Yangon city. We were lucky to have a wonderful local guide transfer us from Yangon to Golden Rock and back over the course of two full days.

On the way to Base Camp we first stopped by a local market where we wandered through stalls filled with fresh fruit, veggies, meats and other odds and ends (sim cards, fuzzy pajamas, pots and pans .. you name it!).  The sounds and smells were overwhelming and we fully embraced local life for thirty minutes as we made our way around the market. 

We also stopped for a lovely local Burmese lunch in a palm filled garden - complete with a cold Myanmar beer and salty little peanuts too! After lunch we had a quick drive to the truck station where we boarded an open sided truck for an amazing (and amusing!) ride to the top of the mountain. 

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Getting to know Yangon

Yangon is a wonderful city for traveling within South East Asia. Located within the country of Myanmar, Yangon was a  great spot to start our three week tour through the country. We spent three days in Yangon before heading out to explore the rest of Myanmar and during our time we enjoyed local markets, fresh Myanmar cuisine, and bustling city life in the downtown area. 

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ABC Base Camp Trek: Day 8 - Upper Sinwa to Jinu Danda

We hiked down from Upper Sinwa to Lower Sinwa and crossed a long bridge before coming to Chamrong for famous chocolate pie. Chamrong was a lovely little village and TIME magazine wrote an article about the chocolate cake from a teahouse - so we had to try! We kept on walking down and reached Jinu Danda where we stayed the night and enjoyed a bottle of red wine and local hot pools! That evening we played games and enjoyed each others company for our last night on the ABC trek. 

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ABC Base Camp Trek: Day 6 - Upper Sinwa to ABC

We reached Annapurna Base Camp on day 6 of trekking!! We began our morning trekking through thick fog and clouds until we reached MBC for a break to rest our legs and have a sip of hot tea and chocolate. For our final push to the top we trudged through thick snow and laughter our way up despite being short of breath due to the gain in altitude. We stopped for a photoshoot by the ABC Welcome Sign before arriving at the local lodge. We celebrated by having lots of hot tea and playing games! 

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ABC Base Camp Trek: Day 5 - Upper Sinwa to Deurali

After muesli with hot milk and Tibetan bread we headed off into the mountains. We stopped for a hot masala tea and then we were back trekking through the mountains for Deurali, which sits at 3200 meters. We passed running streams, mountain flowers and stunning mountain views. Once we reached the guest house we pulled out heavy blankets and sipped ginger tea and snacked on salty popcorn before hunkering down in the guest house for the evening. 

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Kathmandu

Most of my time spent in Nepal was outside of the major cities and in the mountains, however I did spend several days exploring the streets and sights of Kathmandu. I loved the controlled chaos, colors, and smells of city life in Kathmandu. Around each corner there was something to explore and experience, especially in Thamel, the area where many visitors spend their time getting to know Nepal. 

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