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In Burma: Visiting Mandalay and Inle Lake

“For the wind is in the palm trees, an’ the temple-bells they say: ‘Come back you British soldier, come you back to Mandalay!’” Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘Mandalay’ is probably one of the most famous things ever written about Burma, but some will be disappointed to know that he […]

In Burma: Independence and the challenge of pluralism

At first glance Burma seems a multicultural place. There are numerous Christian churches in the country’s biggest city, Yangon, dating back to colonial times when missionaries came to predominantly Budhist-Burma to build new congregations. In the Indian quarter there are mosques, but also the Jewish Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue […]

In the shadow of rivals: Visiting Melaka

In contrast to the glitz and modernity of Singapore, visiting Melaka is like stepping back in time. There is heaps of interesting history to this Malaysian port city, but it strikes of a place that invested in tourism several decades ago and hasn’t yet truly reaped the rewards. […]