I don’t know how this was discovered, but apparently coffee beans shit out by a civet (a weasel-like animal) makes for a damn good cup of coffee. Civet coffee, or weasel coffee, is an expensive delicacy that started in Indonesia where it’s known as kopi luwak. In the past few years this delicacy has been rising in popularity in Vietnam. I tried the coffee for myself in the city of Dalat, where the Weasel Coffee farm produces and brews the coffee on site. Here’s how it went.
As I leaned back over the edge of a 60-foot waterfall, the last thing I wanted to do was let go of the rope that prevented me from falling down. “Let go,” is exactly what Dragon, the tour guide, told me to do. I shook my head no and held on in total fear. He eventually coaxed me into it and I held up my hands awkwardly for Dragon to take a photo. Of course, the backup rope held up and I didn’t fall.
I usually motorbike when traveling and see all the sights on a DIY tour. This is mostly because I like the freedom of riding around and doing exploring on the cheap. At the Soe Brothers Guesthouse in Hpa-An, Myanmar, I bucked the trend and joined a tour. Here’s how it went.
Mrauk U in eastern Myanmar is a fascinating place to visit due to its remoteness and 15-th century ruins. It is, however, a pain in the ass to get to from most places in the country. There is, however, a reliable overland route to get from Bagan to Mrauk U that’s been making the rounds on the Internet. All it takes is $37, one transfer and a lot of patience for the overnight journey.