Yes, we are finally leaving Chiang Mai! We have been here for five months now, far longer than we planned, and although we love it, it’s time to leave. We have itchy feet and anyway, our visas expire soon. So on Sunday we are flying from Chiang Mai to Yangon in Burma (or officially Myanmar).
We will have very limited internet access for the next three weeks so we are looking forward to a much needed internet detox. Instead we’ll be fully focused on exploring Burma, a country that fascinates us. Until recently it has seen very few visitors but since the tourism boycott was lifted in 2010 more people are visiting the country. Right now seems the perfect time to go as from what we hear there are some real changes being made by the regime and a sense of hope in the country.
We have stocked up on crisp US dollar bills (there are no ATMs in the country and they are very strict about the quality of the bills) and are looking forward to visiting popular sites such as Inle Lake and the temples of Bagan, as well as some smaller hill towns in Shan state. We’ve got a taste of Burmese food in Chiang Mai (we love tea leaf salad) and can’t wait to try more.
What Have We Been Up To?
In the last month or so we’ve been doing what we’ve spent most of our time in Chiang Mai doing – working! In January we made the decision not to continue with the premium WordPress theme Simon had been working so hard on for the previous three months. It was just too big a project and we realised that the support needs wouldn’t suit our travel lifestyle. It was a difficult decision but the right one. All the work didn’t go to waste though as he can now use the responsive framework for client sites and he has also updated Never Ending Voyage.
Instead Simon has decided to go into iPhone and iPad app development. He has completed a Stanford course to update his skills (free on iTunes University!) and has finished his first app. We’ll be brainstorming ideas to start work on when we get back from Burma.
It hasn’t all been work though. In our last few weeks in Chiang Mai we’ve been meeting up with friends, revisiting all our favourite restaurants, and trying to visit as many of the city’s wats as we can. We also paid a visit to the enormous Royal Flora flower show on the edge of the city.
Oh, and we celebrated our two year nomadiversary! We’ve now been digital nomads for two years and have no plans to stop.
Never Ending Voyage Around The Web
Our exciting news this month was being featured in the major British newspaper The Times. Here’s our little article:
- Our guest post 10 Unusual Things To Do In Buenos Aires was published on 2 Backpackers and chosen by Landing Standing as one of their best of the week posts.
- Nomadic Samuel interviewed us about what it’s like to live in Chiang Mai.
- We told our couple travel story for Gadling’s Valentine’s Day travel inspiration post.
- Our 72 Random Observations About Japan post was chosen by Hostelbookers as one of the best travel blog posts of February and as one of Wanderplex’s favourite posts of the week.
- Our White Temple Photo Essay was nominated for the Best Photo Essay award in Skyscanner’s Bloscar Awards.
- Busbud, a new and helpful site that lists bus routes around the world, has linked to a number of our posts in their destination guides, for example Cusco.
We’ll be quiet for the next three weeks and won’t be responding to comments, emails or tweets. We have scheduled in some posts about Chiang Mai though and look forward to telling you all about Burma when we get back to Thailand. On our return we plan to spend a week in Bangkok catching up before heading to the islands for some beach time.
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