Think You Know Myanmar? Think Again – 9 Essential Facts & 6 Tips Before You Go

My trip to Yangon, the financial capital, sprang out of a chance encounter before I left Hong Kong, and was only confirmed after I had started travelling in Thailand. I relied heavily on their tips, and hopefully this will be helpful for other backpackers going through the country. This review is specific to Yangon. Section 1: What Happens in Yangon Stays in Yangon Actually, it never leaves Yangon mostly because the country has only been recently connected and even the most digitally addicted people quickly decide that there’s more to do in than pray a dropped connection comes back. So here’s…

How to Pack with the 80-20 Rule

The counter attendant at Luang Prabang’s airport got up and walked around the counter just to check that I didn’t have a suitcase when I said I had no check-in luggage. I had so little that my trusty 25 litre backpack wasn’t even full. It just has space left because I’ve packed everything I strategically needed (and some extra). Check out my full 30+ day packing list is public on Google Docs, and everything fits into my super lightweight Arcteryx Cierzo 25 Backpack. This is what my bag looks like: Packing follows the 80–20 rule. 20% of the weight is…