Want a summer getaway? Why not SE Asia!?

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Travelers are sometimes hesitant to book a trip to Southeast Asia between April and September, as it is monsoon/rainy season. It is believed that the rain might spoil the holiday. Not so! For those seeking travel without the crowds the ' green season ', as some locals call it, is the time when many SE Asia destinations are at their best.  We h...
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My Long Distance Love Affair With Burma

Burma (or Myanmar) and I have had a passionate, long-distance love affair since I first set foot in the country in 2005 . At the time I was a travel neophyte, but quickly getting a heady dose of the globe while sailing around the world with Semester at Sea. Ours was the first sailing to visit Yangon since the 1997 US embargo and it felt rebellious and a little dangerous to step off that boat and onto the marshy banks of the Irrawaddy River. Men on mopeds wearing long, tube skirts that I didn’t yet know were longyis and drivers of rusted WWII era freight trucks hauling enormous trunks of teak trees pulled over to gaze curiously at the large ship. Our vessel was alone and seemingly out of place at the small antiquated river jetty. Tourism wasn’t happening in Burma at the time. Unlike the ports we had embarked...
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