Thorung Phedi to Marpa via Thorung Pass at 5416m.
Manang to the highest lake in the world, Tilicho Lake.
Annapurna Circuit Taleku to Manang via Upper Pisang.
After arriving in the hectic city of Kathmandu we were quick to get our trekking permits and equipment sorted to begin our three week trekking adventure around the Annapurna ranges. Taking 7 hours (via the snail bus express) from Kathmandu to get to the trail head where we spent our first night at the ideal village of Bhulbhule. Bhulbhule is where we met over masala tea, the a random bunch of misfit travellers that joined us on this journey over the Himalayas, Jeepe, Remi, John, Matt, Phil and Ryan.
Wanting somewhere less intense we bussed and ferry hoped over to Krabi. Spending nearly a week a t ypical day in amazing Krabi, consisted of breakfast, laze by the pool, walk to beach, laze on beach, eat delicious thai food, go back to beach, watch rock climbers, feel lazy, read book, eat dinner sleep and repeat.
Thinking we wanted some relaxation after Myanmar we touched down in Bangkok and the sensation overload begun. Thailand is an assault on the senses, a overhyped tourist mecca. We felt overwhelmed and a little lost in Bangkok and wanted to escape to somewhere quiet so booked our train ticket to Ban Saphan Yai.
Inle lake is a freshwater lake located in the Shan State. It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 116 km2, in other words it is huge! We stayed in the cute township of Nyaungshwe during one of the most important festivals in the Burmese Buddhist calendar, the 18 day Paung Daw U Fesitval.
The train ride from Hsipaw into the hills to Pyin Oo Lwin is absolutely fabulous. It was easy to get sea sick on the zig-zagging, wobbly, snail express. The highlight of the 7hour (120km) journey was the crossing of a spectacular valley on the dramatic Gokteik viaduct, just after Gokteik station.