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Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
One of the most important things to know before traveling to Japan is that you will be expected to take off your shoes before entering a private home or a tea houseIt is perfectly acceptable to fall asleep on the shoulder of a complete stranger on the Metro in Japan, but don't dare talk on your cell phone while riding the Metro

Just the idea of traveling to Japan can be intimidating. It is a culture like no other around the globe, with a unique language, food, and cultural rules. Having just spent...

Viking River Mandalay Explorer boat on the Irrawaddy River near Mandalay

The sprite of a girl stood half hidden behind the bamboo gate leading to her family home. “Bye bye,” she said, waving and giggling. “Mingalaba,” I replied, using one of only...

The view from the ruins of Soe Min Gyi Monastery, every bit as good as the view from Shwesandaw Pagoda, but without the crowds

“There are only 54 steps to the top,” said my guide, Mu Mu. Easy-peasy, I thought. I can do that without even breathing hard. Halfway up the face of Shwesandaw Temple,...

Traditional fishermen on Inle Lake balance on one leg at the front of their boats, rowing with a paddle attached to the other leg. The elevated position allows them to navigate through dense vegetaion that grows in the shallow lake waters.

The sun was setting when our tour boat arrived at an area of Inle Lake frequented by the famous one-legged fishermen of Myanmar. We drifted up to a young man in...

Shwedagon Pagoda seems to glow from within as dusk falls

The soles of my feet were black as tar by the time I’d made a circuit of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Fortunately, the folks at Viking River Cruises were waiting for...

Huge bags are loaded onto the Circular Train at Yangon Central Station

Our guide, Mu Mu, wrinkled up her nose when she learned I planned to take the Circular Train in Yangon. “It is not very comfortable,” she said. “Hard to go to...