Penny's Travels

“Balloons Over Bagan” – Myanmar (Burma)

“Balloons Over Bagan” – Myanmar (Burma)
There is a well-known saying, "Bagan is (the) spirit of (the) history of Myanmar" and to fully understand the importance and complexity of the Buddhist influence over Myanmar then you really should treat yourself to a hot air balloon flight over the ancient city of Bagan. Although not yet awarded a UNESCIO World Heritage listing, this area is home to the highest density of Buddhist architecture…

“Shh! If the Rhino Charges, We Climb a Tree” – Hiking In Nepal

“Shh! If  the  Rhino  Charges, We Climb a Tree” – Hiking In Nepal
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal, offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia. The park, which is situated approximately 150km southwest of Kathmandu, is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Clouded Leopard, Striped Hyena, One-Horned Indian Rhino, wild boar, deer, monkey, Gharial (crocodile), over 450 species of birdlife and…

Nepal – Mountains, Monasteries and Marriages

Nepal – Mountains, Monasteries and Marriages
Dear Penny  My sister and I have been invited to our friend's Hindu wedding in Kathmandu, Nepal, in September. We have been told that Nepal can be quite confronting and want to be well prepared. We are considering booking an “adventure tour,” as we both like hiking and photography. We are also interested in helping or volunteering at an orphanage. Do you have suggestions? We have only 2 weeks’ vacation…