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  • Mr & Mrs in Hsipaw: bizarre Burmese formalities

    Mr & Mrs in Hsipaw: bizarre Burmese formalities

    September 4th, 2013John Oates
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    Writing for the new Rough Guide Snapshot Myanmar (Burma), John Oates travelled to the town of Hsipaw – a small settlement, once unfamiliar to the Burmese tourist trail – to discover bizarre traditions in the formalities of names, in which Mr and Mrs are a prefix for everyone. So that’s “Mr John” to you. It…

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  • Exploring Burma’s beaches on a budget

    Exploring Burma’s beaches on a budget

    July 19th, 2013John Oates
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    As the tourism boycott has ended, Myanmar (Burma) is becoming a popular destination on the Southeast Asia trail. John Oates has been travelling across this untouched country for the upcoming Rough Guide Snapshot to Myanmar (Burma). Here he escapes the fast paced city of Yangon to relax on the sandy beaches of Myanmar. After several…

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  • Exploring the bewitching island of Siquijor

    Exploring the bewitching island of Siquijor

    February 25th, 2013John Oates
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    John Oates has just returned from a research trip to the Philippines. While he was there he fell in love with the island of Siquijor, a place of pristine beaches, great diving, and a healthy dollop of black magic mystery. Tell a Filipino that you plan to visit Siquijor and there is a fair chance…

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