It’s usually not a good sign when you arrive in a new city at night and your taxi driver has to stop on a dark street to (presumably) ask for directions.  That was the case when we were looking for the K77 Guest House in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra and fourth largest city […]

In yet another instance of the bus arriving in the unbearable hours of early morning.  With it around 4am, freezing, and everything closed, there weren’t too many options.  A few touts and tuk-tuk drivers were at the bus stop.  Agreeing to one, I was brought through a zigzag of dark streets on a path I […]

There are some guest houses in Myanmar in which foreigners are not allowed to stay.  It was in Shwebo, about 2 hours north of Mandalay that I first encountered this phenomenon.   With only about 4 guest houses in the entire town, I was turned away from 2 others before I finally came to Shwe […]

In a rare occurrence of not arriving in the middle of the night, and simply after dark this time, the ride into town from the bus station brought me through an urban scene of lights and shopping centers much different from what I had seen in Yangon.  After being dropped off at the tourist area […]

In was was to become an annoying trend in Myanmar, our bus dropped us in Nyaung U (near Bagan) before 4am.  A group of us began heading thoward the town, stopping to pass the earlier hour at what seemed to be an all-night tea house.  One of the first guest houses we came to was […]

It wasn’t until 11pm that we managed to get off the long, cold riverboat upstream.  Most of us were wearing many layers, daunted by the unexpected cold.  Local touts were climbing across the other docked boats to grab us before we had even made it to the shore.  One grabbed spoke to two of us, […]

When my prepaid reservation was up at the Daddy’s Home Hotel, I still hadn’t decided what I wanted to do next.  So, rather than pay the price, I was out early in the morning looking for prices of other nearby guest houses.  A small number of them dot the blocks around Selu Pagoda, the […]