“Myanmar will be the adventure”, my friend said. It seemed like it would be when the first image I saw of it was a map showing all the red areas off limits to foreigners. But it didn’t seem off limits at all.
The hike from Kalaw to Inle Lake passes through highland farmland and villages. It’s a nice way to see the way of life here and being higher up the temperatures are much milder. A refreshing change to the hot dry season weather we’ve experienced down south. Read More
As you approach Hpa-an, mountains of rock rise up from the plains. It makes me think a little of Ha Long Bay but with rice paddies instead of water. However these mountains also host a hoard of caves filled with shrines as well as statues and carvings of thousands of tiny buddhas. Read More
For thousands of years monks applied gold leaf to a rock at Kyaikhteeyoe that teeters on the cliff. Legend has it that the rock is held in place by one of Buddha’s hairs. It seems to be a pretty popular pilgrimage and many come to make offerings and stay at the Golden Rock. Read More
So in Yangon I have had very limited success with my Burmese, but I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of saying a simple “hello” and a “thank you”. I gave up on the phrases given to me by Google and instead just reverted to gestures, maybe a little bit of charades, but it doesn’t really matter most of the time. Unless of course your taxi driver has no idea where you want to go. Read More