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Myanmar’s Mon State

January 18, 2015

The Mon State in southeastern Myanmar (Burma) offers great off-the-beaten-track adventures.  Head down to Mawlamyine, Set Se Beach, Hpa-An (in neighbouring Kayin State), Kyaikhto, Bago, and return to Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. This region is off the “standard tourist trail” so in some areas you may travel for many days without seeing another foreign traveller.  The tourist infrastructure is rather insignificant, but there are hotels and guesthouses mainly focused on local tourists and business people. Public transportation is an experience in itself! Take the train only [MORE...]

Afghanistan – turning back the clock 100 years!

December 27, 2014

Shughnan Village While Afghanistan is a vast country blessed with beautiful mountains and ancient villages, much of the country is still too dangerous for most travellers. However, currently some pockets in the northern areas including the Wakhan Corridor have been declared safe enough for travel. Cross the small bridge across the Panj River near the Tajik town of Khorog and explore the little mountain village of Shughnan.  The relatively safe north eastern region of Afghanistan is best approached from the border crossings at either Khorog, Tajikistan or further south at Ishkoshim, [MORE...]

Tajikistan – rugged mountains and more

December 13, 2014

Capital City, Dushanbe Getting to Dushanbe is still one of the challenges in this part of the world.  Few airlines, even from neighbouring countries, fly into the capital of Tajikistan. An interesting entry by land is from Samarkand in Uzbekistan. A long 10.5-hour train ride goes through mostly desert landscapes and some mountainous regions and also stops at a few small villages. When the train eventually comes to a standstill in the small Uzbek town of Denau, you will know that this is the start to long-lasting memories – whether good or bad, you won’t forget them. Be patient as [MORE...]

Trekking Mount Everest Basecamp in Nepal’s Himalayas

October 11, 2014

Ascent to the base of the world’s highest mountain. Everest (8,848 m) and the many surrounding peaks are surreal. A 16-day hike passes by several Sherpa villages and glaciers. Hikers in the Nepalese Himalayas have two serious choices: The Khumbu (Everest) western region or the Annapurna eastern region. Globerovers Magazine has done both but spent more time in the Everest region. Both areas are great and if you can only do one, then it certainly will be a difficult decision which may be best answered by the flip of a coin. The best advice from Globerovers Magazine is to do both. They are [MORE...]

TIBET – Land of the Bhikkhu

September 20, 2014

Tibet is a land of monks, in Tibetan referred to as the Bhikkhu The Bhikkhu is an ordained male Buddhist monastic and literally means “one who lives by alms”. Travel through the land of the Bhikkhu and explore the ancient cities and monasteries of Tibet. From Lhasa onto the Tibetan Plateau it is rich in mystery and ancient history. Tibet is home to numerous ancient Buddhist monasteries with a substantial number of resident monks. The so-called “Tibet Autonomous Region” (which is the area now referred to as “Tibet”), was created by China in 1950 when they invaded and annexed [MORE...]

Yunnan’s Tibetan Region, CHINA

September 8, 2014

Whether you travel through the tropical south, the fertile central, the thermal-active west, or the mountainous north, Yunnan offers something for everyone. The Tibetan region in northern Yunnan has great trekking. [MORE...]

INDIA – The Kerala Way

September 6, 2014

Walk the streets of historical Kochi, hike the tea and cardamom plantations of Munnar, spot tigers in the Periyar Tiger Reserve near Kumily, then relax for a few days in a houseboat on the Alleppey backwaters and the fine beaches of Varkala. [MORE...]

Russia’s “Golden Ring”

September 3, 2014

Russia has much to offer to the intrepid traveller and one of the most rewarding destinations is located to the northeast of Moscow. Referred to as the Golden Ring (Золотóе кольцó), the area is comprised of several historic towns famous for their beautiful golden onion-domed religious buildings.   These formation and growth of the Russian Orthodox Church over many years. They have also preserved the memories of some of the most significant events in Russia’s history.  Often described as “open-air museums”, the architecture mostly dates back to between the 12th and 18th [MORE...]