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Exploring Hpa-an Beyond the Caves

It’s true, in recent years there has been something of a tourism boom in Hpa-an, the capital town of Karen State. This can be attributed to its location along the road between Yangon and the Myaywaddy-Maesot border crossing. It’s also popular with all kinds of Yangonites looking for a breath of

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Weekend Gateway to A Forgotten Hill Town

HOLIDAYS or vacations are words that bring joy to everyone. As my office was closed four days for Tazaungdaing lighting festival, I decided to go somewhere in a hilly region for holidays.

When we think of visiting hilly regions, well-known destinations such as Pyin Oo Lwin, Kalaw, Taunggyi an

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A thousand Buddha images on the Irrawaddy cliffs of Akauk Thaung Mountain near Pyay

When the idea of a trip to Pyay was first articulated, it came from two Burmese housekeepers in collusion — eager to show this foreigner something beautiful about Myanmar.

A van was arranged and we rolled out of town up Pyay Road in the Yangon darkness at 3:30 am.

Once we got

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Yangon Untravelled - 6

The Rangoon War Cemetery
(Kyun Taw Road, San Chaung
Township)

On the topic of graves, the Rangoon War Cemetery (lesser-known that the Taukkyan War Cemetery north of the city) contains the graves or memorials honouring the memory of 1,381 soldiers who died in the Second World War and 5

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