Hsi Paw Trek: An Alternative

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In planning a trip to Myanmar, you hear a few tales about the difficulties travellers have with transport… With accommodation… With money… Or, well, generally with everything. It’s this country that hasn’t been in the centre of tourism for all that long, and isn’t yet set up for handling the number of us making our way into the country. I …

A Day in the Gardens at Pyin Oo Lwin

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I’d arrived into Myanmar the day before to a whirlwind of hot, humid air, signs covered in little squiggles that didn’t seem to be a language, and confusion because I was finally in a place that was new and different. Then I went to the National Kandawgyi Gardens in Pyin Oo Lwin, and stepped into an the English countryside. Or …

Becoming a Celebrity in Myanmar

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As is only natural when getting into a new country, I became an instant celebrity… Leila (a friend I first met in Vietnam) and I heard some loud music playing as we first entered the National Kandawgyi Gardens at Pyin Oo Lwin, and to our surprise found the sound coming from a magic show. More surprisingly, an older man then …

Sunset Views from Mount Hpar Pu

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Heading out of the hostel, a wave of hot air washed over me. Walking past the small daily market and taking a left towards the river, I was searching for two “lions” that marked the spot where I should find the boat across to Mount Hpar Pu. I’d had a lazy day inside after a restless overnight bus journey that …

Above the Clouds on Mount Zwegabin

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Thinking about climbing Mount Zwegabin? The first thing you should know is that this is no easy trek. Unless, of course, you’re crazy fit. It’s over 700 metres of up, up, up. And if you don’t spend the night at the top (or find there isn’t space for you), then you’ve got another 700 metres to climb back down, down, …