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National Geographic offers Dreams of Burma

National Geographic offers Dreams of Burma National Geographic Traveler and Fotopedia have teamed up to deliver yet another fantastic travel app for the iPhone and iPad. Entitled "Dreams of Burma," the new app manages to captures the spirit and culture of the Southeast Asian country in a host of images, maps, and...

Become a monk or Muslim for a month

Become a monk or Muslim for a month If you really want to "go local" on your next vacation, have you considered changing your religion? A new program in Turkey offers guests a chance to be Muslim for a month in order to foster cultural awareness. The term month is used loosely - guests can choose from nine-...

The magic of Bagan - 3 days in Burma

The magic of Bagan - 3 days in Burma Bagan is an ancient city in a troubled country. Thousands of temples, pagodas, and stupas unfold across the dusty plains as if they have grown here organically from the ground for millenia. It is a place that feels older than time. The ambitions of this primeval capital...

Blogger Justin Delaney

Blogger Justin Delaney Introducing a new blogger at Gadling, Justin Delaney... Where was your photo taken: This photo was taken in Dahab, Egypt on the Red Sea - one of the coolest places I have ever been. Here I am enjoying a well deserved sheesha after climbing Mount Sinai. Where do you...

Photo of the day - Intha leg rowers boat race in Burma

Photo of the day - Intha leg rowers boat race in Burma What do you see in the photo above? Men walking awkwardly on stilts or a bridge gone horribly wrong? They're actually competing in a boat race in Myanmar using the traditional Intha leg-rowing technique. The Intha people developed this unusual style of rowing in order to...

Video: Catching a moving train in Burma

A Reddit user submitted this video of people catching a moving train in Yangon, Burma. Note that the train doesn't actually *stop* in the station. The first woman gets an assist from a train employee as well as a man on the ground, who then has to run down the platform -...

South of the Clouds: Introduction to Yunnan, China

South of the Clouds: Introduction to Yunnan, China Yunnan, which translates as "south of the clouds," is China's most diverse province, and offers travelers extreme variation: tropical lowlands bordering Laos and Burma curl at the bottom of the province, while the unsummited Meili Snow Mountain reigns near Tibet. It's home...

Thoughts on Myanmar, travel and change

Thoughts on Myanmar, travel and change On Sunday, citizens of the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar voted for the first time in 20 years. This week also marks the one-year anniversary of my own visit to Myanmar in 2009. At the surface level, these two events have nothing to do with one another. But as I...

Ten most corrupt countries of the world

Ten most corrupt countries of the world You spend every holiday weekend annoyed that you can't talk your way out of a speeding ticket. If only there were some way out of that predicament ... aside from taking your lead foot off the gas, right? You may be out of luck on the New Jersey Turnpike, but there are...

Travel blogger Q&A: Jodi Ettenberg

Travel blogger Q&A: Jodi Ettenberg For many travel enthusiasts, bloggers, and armchair travelers, Jodi Ettenberg's story is downright inspirational. For several years a successful corporate lawyer, she left her comfortable if demanding life in New York to travel the world. Along the way, she's had an...

Pico Iyer: The trip that changed my life

Pico Iyer: The trip that changed my life Bangkok these days seems about as alien and exotic as its sister City of Angels across the ocean. Hollywood cop films are shot there, New York bars open their second branches on its back-streets and for many a kid just out of college in Seattle, the Khao San Road is as...

Photo of the Day (7.10.10)

Photo of the Day (7.10.10) One of my favorite things about traveling in Asia is seeing the way waterways are incorporated into daily life: laundry, travel, bathing, dishes, playing and, in India, releasing the dead. This photo, taken by Flickr user Michael Joesph Goldst... etc in Burma (Myanmar),...

Photo of the Day (5.4.10)

Photo of the Day (5.4.10) It's hard not to be drawn in by such a colorful image; but my favorite part of this photo is the story behind it. Photographer Mike Goldstein took the shot while visiting the old temples outside of Bagan, Myanmar. Upon arrival, this young lady started taking him on a tour...

South by Southeast: Top 10 Southeast Asia

South by Southeast: Top 10 Southeast Asia There's a lot to see in Southeast Asia. Over the past five months, as I've traveled through this amazing region, it's something I've experienced firsthand. From mind-blowing jungle ruins to outstanding food and world class beaches, there's a never-ending wealth of...

South by Southeast: The hill tribes of Southeast Asia

South by Southeast: The hill tribes of Southeast Asia Welcome back to Gadling's series on backpacking Southeast Asia, South by Southeast. Southeast Asia is modernizing rapidly. These days, malls line the streets of Thailand and WiFi signals and cell phones blanket the cafes of Vietnam. But that doesn't mean the ways of the...

Far West in the Far East: The Wa Women of Nanya

Far West in the Far East: The Wa Women of Nanya Last week I was treated to the kind of experience travelers look for but seldom - at least in my case - come across. An hour up a dirt road outside a small town in western Yunnan province, China, a dozen women from the Wa tribe donned their ceremonial clothing and spent the...

South by Southeast: The man from Kathmandu

South by Southeast: The man from Kathmandu Everybody wants to talk to you in Myanmar. Almost daily I was greeted by a welcoming committee of friendly taxi drivers, curious adolescent monks and mysterious jobless "men about town" wanting to shoot the breeze. In a country that restricts access to the media, it's...

South by Southeast: Taunggyi Balloon Festival

South by Southeast: Taunggyi Balloon Festival Daily life is a struggle in Myanmar. For the average local, working days are filled with long hours of backbreaking manual labor, meager pay and no weekends or vacation time. Considering this exhausting schedule, festivals and holidays are special times - a chance to kick...

South by Southeast: Who goes to Myanmar?

South by Southeast: Who goes to Myanmar? Who does visit Myanmar these days? For Southeast Asia travelers exposed to a daily diet of CNN, Myanmar is literal no-fly zone, a destination with an infamous reputation for unrest, opium and political repression. Even as other "notorious" Asia destinations like Cambodia...

Exploring the Mekong River

Exploring the Mekong River Some of the most amazing adventure destinations center around the great rivers of the world. Whether it's rafting the Rio Grande, kayaking the Congo, or simply taking a leisurely cruise down the Nile, we seem to have a fascination with these waterways that have played an...

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