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Shan State/Thailand Border: Exploding Monk

Little Minx had just got off the phone. “Bai leo. Sanook mac.” [Let’s go, it’ll be fun]. “What?” “The funeral.” It didn’t sound all that promising. But what did I know? I’d never been to a top monk’s funeral, and Little Minx seemed certain that it would be a great day out. We crammed ourselves […]

Myanmar: A Slowly Awakening Country

If there is one place still relatively ‘untouched’ by the chaos of the world, that would be Myanmar, the land of faith. A Buddhist country, Myanmar has managed to keep its serenity and peace with charming sights and friendly, happy locals. If you need a place to snap photos without a worry, Myanmar will be […]

Inle Lake, Myanmar: A Life Aviatic

Check out the prequel on Inle Lake here. I count myself lucky. Having lived in nearby Taunggyi for six months, Inle Lake was my weekend getaway (50 minutes of white-knuckle action by local bus down the scarp of the Shan Plateau). I always felt a frisson on arriving at Nyaung Shwe, the biggest town on the […]

Inle Lake, Myanmar: A Fragile Resource

What are we to conclude from the fact that Inle Lake was enlisted into the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves as recently as June 2015, a full five years after the Network had been established at the UN’s cultural HQ in Paris? The country was opening, but this was before Aung San Suu Kyi’s […]

Bagan, Myanmar: A Feeling of Freedom

We arrived in Bagan, Myanmar in the dead of night. My friends and I got off the bus, groggy from the 8-hour ride that started in Yangon. It wasn’t the most eventful ride in that backpacking adventure, but it was certainly the most colorful – literally. Neon green lights inside the bus bounced a little […]

Kakku, Myanmar: The Slow Train

So it turns out that you need nerves of steel, and a beach-load of sand, to ride the local trains in Myanmar – especially the one to Kakku. But it’s a trip not to be missed. I love riding trains because the experience beats bus travel into a cocked hat. Highways are busy; in Asia […]

Yangon, Myanmar: The Little Details

Having lived on three of the seven continents, people often ask me about my favorite place. For years, I did not have an answer. I would always say that every place has it merits and that it’s hard to pick just one. But everything changed after I visited Yangon. Now, I definitely do not want […]