An Aussie abroad

Travel Tools – the Night Bus

Saving on a night’s accommodation can be an important tool for a budget backpacker. Combine this with traversing hundreds of kilometers across a country and you have the joys of travelling on a night bus. In Myanmar this was by far the easiest and cheapest way to get around. I travelled on night buses between:

  1. Yangon to Inle Lake
  2. Inle Lake to Bagan
  3. Bagan to Yangon
  4. Yangon to Mawlamyine
  5. Yangon to Mandalay



Cheap and you save on a night’s accommodation

You don’t have to see the dangerous driving that during the day would have you gripping your seat for dear life

Good way to meet some locals



It’s often pretty cramped

12 hours in a bus is no one’s idea of a fun time

Very loud Buddhist chanting being played on the tv or over the radio

Terrible Burmese soapies being played on the tv

Terrible Burmese songs (or rip-offs of Western Songs) being played on the tv 

The gastro roulette that is eating at all night restaurants

Getting to your accommodation at 4 in the morning and having to way until 10 to check in meaning that you have to sleep on the lobby floor

The ‘shuttle service’ from central Yangon to the main bus terminal which took around an hour on the back of a ute sucking in peak hour fumes


It can be a great experience though – glimpses of traditional villages through a moonlit night, pagodas lit up like a Las Vegas casino flashing past, watching villages waking up as the sun slowly rises over paddy fields and banana plantations and that ultimate joy of reaching your destination in one piece!

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Tumultuous Thailand – Free lunch ‘for sorry’

How to score a free lunch in Thailand:

Step one: choose a local eatery down a small side street that offers a range of Thai dishes for 25 Baht (approx 80 cents)

Step two: choose which amazing foods you want

Plating up some amazing Thai food

Plating up some amazing Thai food

Step three: jump the wrong way in front of a runaway motorbike with trolley attached and get crushed between the trolley and the store next door

15 seconds earlier I was squashed between the trolley and the tables next door

15 seconds earlier I was squashed between the trolley and the tables next door

Step four: wash curry and assorted foods off pants and check that no bones are broken

Step five: eat delicious food (using your slightly shakey hands) that luckily was already plated up before the bike hit

Step six: offer to pay but because the owner felt sorry get the food for free

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Bags are packed, goodbyes have been said, send off brews have been consumed and Qantas has only held me back for 12 hours!! First stop is an early morning in Singapore before Bangkok for a week or so to arrange my Burmese visa. I promise posts will get more interesting when I start doing stuff…20130408_083956[1]

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