In Search of Yoma in Yangon (beer tasting in Myanmar)

There is a new beer  in Myanmar called Yoma, it is made by Carlsberg at their recently opened brewery in Bago, and back in June I made it my mission to taste this brand new brew. It was harder to find than I imagined, however with great dedication above and beyond the call of duty, and undeterred by... Continue Reading →

A Motorbike Journey without Destination

Epic motorbike trips, it seems, are ten a penny these days. Everyone and his or her dog are filming themselves carving tracks through the dust of the African Savanna on the back of massive Yamahas, or blogging about their bravery biking the treacherous mountain passes of northern India on Royal Enfields. Photo: Charles Brierley But... Continue Reading →

“…If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

I've just come back from a ten-day motorbike trip around Mandalay with some friends. Despite the fact that the term ‘motorbike’ was hotly disputed by my pals it was wonderful to get back on a bike after a long (government imposed) hiatus. Motorbikes are not allowed in Yangon. I’m not experienced on large motorbikes; I... Continue Reading →

The Train to Mandalay

If you’ve ever attempted to ride a bucking bronco, you will undoubtedly have experienced that brief smug feeling when, at about the 30-second mark – having so far survived the gentle rocking and to-ing and fro-ing – you smile and think, “Hey, this isn’t that bad at all!” Then, seconds later, finding yourself lying in... Continue Reading →

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