Driving helter-skelter through the Rakhine Yoma towards the Bay of Bengal, aiming for the coast somewhere between beach towns Ngwesaung and Ngapali, we kept hoping for this mountain to be the last only to be surprised with another crest between us and the sea. The sun had dropped low. After about seRead More
Located in a valley surrounded by mountains, Mogok looks like an upturned bamboo hat. A variety of ethic people live in this place known as Ruby Land – a name it earned as the world’s highest quality rubies can be found there. Mogok is a town representing the diversity of Myanmar where manyRead More
It had been ten years since I last came here to Bagan. As soon as I arrived after taking the coach from Yangon, I remembered how peaceful this place is: open fields, no cars and little noise.
My train from Pyin Oo Lwin took seven hours, passed over the famous Goteik Viaduct, and arrived in Hsipaw at 5pm. I was ta ken to my hotel by tuk-tuk.
That night I stayed at Tai House Resort. The hotel was quite clean and quiet with bungalow rooms. I had originally planned just to go around the c