The Bajau people (sea gypsies) have no identity or passports. They spend so much time underwater that their eyes focus better when submerged. They get landsick when the occasional docking is required to refuel the boat.
The Celebes Sea, North of Sulawesi, is legendary in diving circles. Along with numerous other islands in the Indonesian archipelago, the region offers a great mix of wall-diving and shallow reefs. Indonesia is at the heart of the Coral Triangle, which encompasses most of the archipelago. Being the most biodiverse marine ecosystem on the planet, it is the WWF’s top priority for marine conservation.
Pathein served as a garrison town for the British after the First Anglo-Burmese War. Untouched by tourism, it is a beautiful port city on the west branch of the Irrawaddy River.
I woke up to peaceful traffic every morning - the sound of bicycle tyres, the clik-clak of horses, locals chatting, and nothing else. The streets were full of colourful outfits and countless happy smiles and greetings - with no strings attached. In fact, life goes by so slowly in Pathein that you forget about the atrocities of the Burmese Junta.