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Sule Pagoda, Central Yangon

Overall Trip Planning – What You Need To Know About Burma/Myanmar

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / December 20, 2012 / 6 Comments
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Remember to factor in jetlag if traveling in long-haul. Personally I wouldn’t arrive and do heavy travelling day the next day, if I’d just flown from the US, Europe, or in my case New Zealand. Plan to spend at least the night before an international departure in your departure city. The Big 4 Yangon. Underrated,…

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Free Photo eBook – 28 Days in Pictures – Burmeze Daze

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / December 17, 2012 / 1 Comment
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Finally I’m please to announce I’ve at least finished one thing from my recent trip to Myanmar/Burma!  This is a pdf picture book with some words. I’m not keen on picture only books – I like to know the story behind the photo, so I put together the best 28 photos from our 28 day trip to…

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How To Get a Myanmese Visa? Do I Need A Visa for Myanmar

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / October 25, 2012 / 4 Comments
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Yes, you need a visa before you get on a plane to Burma! There are some VERY few exceptions involving pe-paying for a tour, but for anyone who is traveling you have to get a visa before arrival. Where do you get a visa? Well for many people the answer will be either: your nearest…

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How To Budget For a Trip to Myanmar

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / October 23, 2012 / 6 Comments
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So how do you budget a trip to Myanmar? Very, very carefully is my advice, because as I said in the previous post on carrying money in Myanmar – if you run out you don’t have very many options. There are rumors that a rare high end hotel will give you a cash advance charging somewhere…

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How To Carry Money In Myanmar (Burma) & Which Currency To Take

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / October 22, 2012 / 0 Comments
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Content last updated – November 2016 – please contact me  if you have an update!  Burma is like no other country in the world – not only does it have a unique culture but it has been isolated from the West for many years because of sanctions and before that because of a string of…

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Vaisala Hotel, Vaisala, Savai'i, Samoa

Samoa – The Country That Doesn’t Do Advertising

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / July 19, 2012 / 0 Comments
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The view from the our private balcony, was stunning, the sun was starting to set over the reef, in the standard spectacular fashion required of all tropical sunset. The roar of the surf hitting the reef competed with the noise of the smaller waves breaking on the perfect white sand beach. The beach was perfect,…

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Martinborough Hotel, Wairarapa, New Zealand

Nearcation from Wellington: Cape Palliser, Wairarpa – Plus Video

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / June 2, 2012 / 5 Comments
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If you are stuck in Wellington, New Zealand  but need a break for a day or longer than you can do a lot worse than heading over the Rimutakas to the the Wairarapa.  Only about 1.5hours out of Wellington, but separated by high hills, its a bit of a rural idyll. But not for the whole…

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Australia's Killer Beaches and Sun

Health Supplies Should You Pack – and What You Can Leave At Home

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / June 1, 2012 / 0 Comments
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I travel light, very light, carry on only usually. Which is not to say there are not some health supplies that I don’t always have with me. Remember if you are travelling light – you will need to make sure your liquids are in containers of less than 100ml (3oz). Suntan Lotion The most common…

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Zealandia entry prices too high

Wellington’s Zealandia – Is It Worth The Entry Fee?

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / May 30, 2012 / 1 Comment
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Every six months or so Wellington city has taken to making all the city-owned tourist attraction free for a gold coin donation (NZ$1 or NZ$2).  I took the opportunity to see if Zealandia’s wopping NZ$28 (US$21, £13, €16) fee  for the combined entry into the visitor centre plus the wildlife sanctuary was worth it. As the…

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Fruit Bat Falls, Cape York, Queensland

Waterfalls of Australia – #FriFotos

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / May 25, 2012 / 2 Comments
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Where are the world’s greatest waterfalls? I’m sure if you had to name some great waterfalls you might mention the Niagara Falls in Canada, or the Iguaszu  in Brazil. I’ll admit Iguaszu is impressive, Niagara much less so, but Australian waterfalls? Hmm, right, can you name any? To be honest I don’t think I could…

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