Category: Myanmar

Kalaw to Inle Trek, Myanmar

Finding Our Stride at Inle Lake

We arrived in the hilltown of Kalaw after a long drive — six hours on dusty, winding roads —  from the plains of Bagan. The air was cooler,  and the flat dusty landscape gave way to rolling hills… Read More

Gokteik Viaduct, Myanmar

Bumpy Train Rides–Bumpy Politics

Bang, crash, slam, ow. We had just set off on a seven-hour train ride which would take us from the small hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin to the even smaller town of Hsipaw, in the Shan province… Read More

Noodle Seller on Train in Northern Shan State, Myanmar

Thanaka: The Light of Myanmar

If you go to Myanmar, you will see people with a paste that looks like face paint on their faces. It is actually called “thanaka,” and it is much more than face paint. People have used thanaka in Myanmar for… Read More

Sunset in Bagan

Golden Sunsets in Bagan

For years, I have dreamed of Burma.  In my imaginings, it was a land outside of time: golden temples, untouched hillsides, mysterious histories, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner under house arrest.  But there were always reasons not to… Read More