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Mandalay to Myitkyina by train: unadorned Myanmar at its beautiful best

By Connor Macdonald

I sat on the rickety Mandalay-Myitkyina train for almost two whole cycles of the sun, bumping over twisted tracks with the ever-present feeling that I would be involved in the slowest derailment in history. The 643-kilometre (400-mile) journey to the Kachin State

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Yangon Untravelled 3

Nagar Glass Factory (Yaw Gyi Kyang Street, off Insein Road, Hlaing Township) In 2008 Cyclone Nargis put the once ubiquitous factory of Nagar Glass out of commission, but the family has kept the compound open as a sort of flea market for fine blown glassware. Even if you aren’t in need of Champa

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Yangon Untravelled 2

In 1918, Chinese tycoon Lim Chin Tsong crowned his career with a magnificent mansion overlooking Inya Lake. Five years later, he died broken and penniless, only his distinctive tower behind. The Chin Tsong Palace (which turns 100 next year) features opulent Chinese architecture and embellishment a

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Yangon Untravelled 1

The Reclining Buddha (Corner of Shwegondaing Roadand Phaung Daw Oo Street, Bahan Township)
The Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda, home to a 65-metre long reclining Buddha image, is for some reason less visited among foreigners than the throngs of local tourists. But the cent

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