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5 Things You Need To Know Before You Cycle Around Bagan, Myanmar
26th June 2017

Cycling around Bagan, Myanmar is like pedalling back in time.Bagan was founded in the first century and it was during the 9th and 10th centuries that it flourished and the temples we see today were constructed. These days they still stand, although...

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  • 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Cycle Around Bagan, Myanmar

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 26th June 2017

    Cycling around Bagan, Myanmar is like pedalling back in time.

    Bagan was founded in the first century and it was during the 9th and 10th centuries that it flourished and the temples we see today were constructed. These days they still stand, although crumbling, and retain their silent elegance.

    Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it is the largest and most concentrated collection of Buddhist religious structures in the world. Although tourism in Myanmar is currently growing, it still has a lot of historic charm and remains largely unchanged.

    It is possible to get around Bagan via horse and cart or even mini-van if you are craving modern comfort – but what’s the fun in that? If you are a true adventurer, biking between each of the temples is the most exciting way to explore.

    The area is mainly flat, so the only challenge is dealing with the heat. A cycling trip around the temples will keep you fit and healthy and will also allow you to take much more in. Here are some tips that you should know before you begin your journey:

    1. Get Up Early

    If you can drag yourself out of bed earlier, you’ll not only enjoy riding around in cooler temperatures before the sun begins to bake the plains – but you will also have the chance to see the temples against the beautiful backdrop of the sunrise. It is a good idea to rent your bike the night before, as the bike rental place may not be open early enough.

    2. Drink More Water Than You Think You Need

    The heat can reach incredible highs, especially during the summer months, so make sure that you are drinking water throughout the day. Drink more than you think you need, because it is sometimes difficult to realise when you are dehydrated. Also, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.

    3. A Sarong is Essential

    A sarong is one of the best items you can bring with on your Bagan trip, as it is lightweight and serves so many purposes. You can wear it as a headscarf to keep you cool and shield your scalp and face from the sun. You can wrap it around your shoulders or legs in order to be respectful and not show too much skin when visiting a temple. You could even use it as a picnic blanket if you stop to have some lunch.

    4. Test Your Bike First

    There are several bike rental places around Bagan where you can rent bikes cheaply – but make sure you give your bike a short test ride and an inspection before you pay for it. Some of the bikes are old and may be in poor repair, which is not something you want to notice when you’ve already paid and started pedalling and it’s too late.

    5. Relax, It’s Not Possible to See All of the Pagodas

    At its zenith Bagan had around 13,000 temples and these days you’ll see around 2,200 left standing. You’d have to be able to cycle at light speed to be able to see all of them on your trip, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself and rush between them.

    It’s better to choose a few temples you are really interested and explore them in detail, noting the exquisite carvings and statuary. These really are gorgeous buildings and a lot of time and effort went into making them as beautiful as possible.

    Have you cycled around Bagan? Let us know about your travel tips in the comments below. 

    Kelly Dunning is a Canadian freelance travel writer. She lives a nomadic lifestyle with no fixed address – working from the road for the last 5 years with her partner Lee, a web-designer from England. They have traveled to over 40 countries and they offer travel tips, stories and inspiration on Global-Goose.com.

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  • Island Escape: A Guide To Mykonos, Greece

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 14th June 2017

    By Emma Cunningham

    Out in the Aegean Sea, lies the sun-drenched, elegant, Cycladic island, of Mykonos. Arriving to the island will be a treat in itself, as you dance across the sapphire Greek waters via ferry, welcomed by a shoreline so psychedelic, your eyes pop.

    “Unreal,” you will say to yourself as you step foot to land, far too mesmerized at the view to notice you’ve been waiting for a taxi for 20 minutes to take you to your hotel. Later you will learn how Greeks do not hold any sort of conventional time scheme for life.

    “I thought the club closed at 4am?” You will shout to your new found friend somewhere along Paradise Beach. “It’s already 7! How are we still here?” You laugh about it over souvlaki for breakfast.

    Oh, Mykonos…

    And with so much zen, views, food and fun to indulge in, you might begin to feel a tad overwhelmed by the tiny island.

    Worry not though. By all means, continue to stroll down those angelic white streets, (but don’t forget snag a spot near the town windmills for sunset) because I took it upon myself to provide you with some secrets of the stunningly picturesque, Mykonos.


    WHERE TO STAY

    Chances are you came to Mykonos for the party and scenery. Paradise Beach is where you’ll get both.

    There are two main accommodations spots near Paradise Beach where all the party dwellers and budget travelers post up.

    1.Paraga Beach Hostel

    HIGHTLIGHTS -

    - Outdoor pool and bar

    - Mini-market on hostel grounds

    - Free shuttle bus to town and ports

    - Ocean side restaurant

    - 250km walk to clubs/bars on Paradise Beach

    - 24/7 reception

    - Great sunset views

    - Rates starting at 16€/night

    2. Paradise Beach - CAMPING

    HIGHTLIGHTS -

    - Cabins and bungalows available sleeping 2-3 people

    - Free breakfast

    - Steps away from the infamous Paradise Beach

    - Located near endless shops, restaurants, and water sport centers

    - Located near bus station for Mykonos Town

    - 24/7 reception

    - Over looks ocean and Paradise Beach

    - Rates starting at 45€/night

    Looking to splurge a bit or not interested in staying in a camp ground or hostel? Click here to search for your ideal spot in Mykonos!


    WHERE TO EAT

    SAVE: Sakis Grill House - Mykonos Town

    For Mykonos Town, this place is a steal. Delicious gyros and pitas starting at 3€!

    The perfect spot for a quick and cheap bite before losing yourself around the mystic white streets.

    SPLURGE: Kastro’s Restaurant & Bar - Little Venice

    Every meal, no matter where you are, should make you feel the way Kastro’s makes you feel. Sit for a cocktail, listen to some chill-out tunes and try and wrap your head around the sensational Greek sunset before your eyes. The vibe is so euphoric, you won’t know what to do with yourself. Especially when you eye up the waiters! Most thing can/should be ordered to share here, due to prices. I highly recommend anything with black olives or feta cheese, because GREECE.


    BEACHES & NIGHTLIFE

    The beaches on the south shore of the island (Paraga, Paradise Beach and Mykonos Town) have the best sand, views, and wind protection, but are pretty crowded at the height of the season. Like mentioned before, Paradise Beach is where the party is at. But if you’re looking for a beautiful beach without the chaos then head to Agios Sostis. There are zero lounge chairs or umbrellas in sight, so you truly feel as if you’re at a secret beach. So secret, some people may even go nude. Platis Gialos and Ornos, are quieter, less crowded and more popular with families.

    If you’re looking to drink and dance until the wee hours of the morning, Cavo Paradiso is your spot. Everything is outdoors and built into a dramatic cliff top just east of Paradise Beach. There are international DJs there practically everyday throughout the summer, from DJ Snake to Steve Aoki, you’re bound for an epic night. If you are feeling something a little lower key, then Paradise Club is the place for you. A smaller spot sitting right on the water, with fun music and a very fun crowd.


    GETTING AROUND MYKONOS

    Don’t you DARE sit around the beach nursing your hangover all day. Mykonos is too extravagant to not see every inch of. March yourself up to your hotel/hostel’s information desk and ask where the nearest ATV rental is. It’s easily the best way to round up a few new friends for some exploring and you’re able cover the entire island from coast to coast.

    They’re incredibly easy to operate (and much safer than scooters/mopeds). And side streets in Mykonos are incredibly narrow, meaning not many cars are able to fit! So you can get by very easily without worrying too much about traffic. Be sure to bring a map with you so you can hit all the secret beaches!

    Prices start at about 20€/day and you must have a valid driver’s license.


    GETTING TO MYKONOS

    BY AIR

    If you’re on a time crunch or just extremely anxious to get to Mykonos, there are daily direct flights from Athens to Mykonos airport.

    Check out Skyscanner.com or kiwi.com for your cheapest and best rates.

    BY FERRY

    Depending on the route and vessel, you can reach Mykonos from Athens within 4-6 hours. Piraeus and Rafina are the two main ports in Athens.

    You can book a ferry online to Mykonos (as well as other Greek Islands) via Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways or Sea Jets.

    A true European playground, Mykonos is a flawless mix of luxury fantasy and a wild ride of an island, offering something for everyone. It’s everything that it’s hyped up to be, and more. So go grab your suitcase and passport, because the psychedelic shores are calling…

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  • 5 Pictures You Must Get In Venice

    Author: Adventurelogue Team | Date: 14th February 2017

    Venice is one of the most romantic, photogenic and popular cities in the world. Here are 5 of the must have pictures during your visit:

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    San Marco square from above


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    The Grand Canal


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    The water and islands surrounding the main city of Venice


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    Gondalas 


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    Canals which aren't the Grand Canal


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