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Trucking the Old Pass

With recent highway upgrade, the road from Bago to the Thai border is a beautiful, historical hitchhiking journey.
In eastern Myanmar, winding like a grey thread through the Karen Hills, the notorious Kawkareik Pass guards the road from Yangon to Thailand. In 1942, tens of thousands of Ja

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Twante - A Day Trip

Day Trip #1: Twante

Twante is a small town located across the Hlaing River to the west of downtown Yangon. Though close to the city, the town feels like a world away with its relaxing, rural vibe. Twante is famous for its numerous pottery workshops. Many of clay pots used for storing

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Hitchhiking in Myanmar is safe, easy and full of adventure

It was easy enough to find a freight truck rolling out of Hsipaw in Shan State on the way to Mandalay—a simple matter of standing by the road and waving.

A truck stopped, the co-driver rolled down his window, I said “Mandalay! Mandalay!” and just like that we were off, rolling through

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Day Trips: Wingabaw Elephant Conservation Camp and hidden gems of Bago

When fresh restrictions were imposed on the logging industry in 2016, scores of elephants found themselves out of a job. Threatened by poachers in the wilds of the Bago Yoma Ranges, and with their previous owners unable to support them, a lucky few were given refuge at the Wingabaw Elephant Conserva

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