Myanmar – Part 6  – Train & Road to Mandalay Through Pyin Oo Lwin

Myanmar – Part 6 – Train & Road to Mandalay Through Pyin Oo Lwin

Overview In our collective consciousness, there is an awareness of the “road to Mandalay”. Those who kept awake during the poetry section of English literature, know it's a repeating line of “Mandalay”, a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Published in 1892, the poem expresses the longing of a Cockney working-class soldier, back in London after serving in Burma (Myanmar’s former name), for his now unattainable Burmese girlfriend. The last stanza is:   Ship me somewheres east of Suez, where the best is like the worst, Where there aren't no Ten Commandments an' a man…continue reading →
Myanmar – Part 5 – Trekking By Hsipaw

Myanmar – Part 5 – Trekking By Hsipaw

Overview During a day of walking around Hispaw (pronounced See-Paw), we stopped to take a quick video where I speculated what our trek in the nearby mountains would be like. It turned out my prediction was accurate but didn't do justice to the richness of the people and the landscape we encountered. In the mountains around Hsipaw lie many villages and tribes, most of which have their own languages, dialects, and customs. Myanmar is known as the “real land of smiles” and that was shown through the hospitality and kindness of the people…continue reading →
Myanmar – Part 4 – Hsipaw

Myanmar – Part 4 – Hsipaw

Overview Our next stop was Hsipaw (the pronunciation we used was See-Paw), a charming and laid-back town in the hills of the Shan State. Except for trekkers, Hsipaw is not on most tourist routes. We also came to trek, but I really liked this place because of its authentic feel. For an overview on Myanmar, see http://exploringed.com/myanmar-part-1-overview-yangon/ http://exploringed.com/myanmar-part-1-overview-yangon/. We flew from Heho to Lashio, a fifty-minute flight costing $95/person. When we landed, a high-ranking military officer was escorted from our plane by several armed soldiers. Outside the road, we saw a school and…continue reading →
Myanmar – Part 3 – Inle Lake

Myanmar – Part 3 – Inle Lake

Overview Inle Lake is one of the two major tourist attractions in Myanmar (the other is Bagan) and it's the second largest lake in Myanmar as well as one of the highest. On its southern end, the freshwater lake drains through the Nam Pilu or Balu Chaung rivers while to the northwestern shores are many hot springs. For an overview on Myanmar, see http://exploringed.com/myanmar-part-1-overview-yangon/. There are around 70,000 Intha people living in the four cities and many villages bordering the lake, some in homes raised on stilts in the water and others with…continue reading →