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Introducing the Dokhtawady River

Gliding along the Dokhtawady River, we pass blissful, bathing water buffalo, only their heads and twitching ears visible above the water. We chug past sprawling banyan trees, their exposed roots creeping along the muddy richness of the river bank soil, their lofty branches offering brief respites of

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A bread lover finds heavenly joy in Myitkyina

It is late July. I am on a turbulent flight from Yangon to Myitkyina in the depths of the monsoon, praying that my flight will land safely; and what better destination to turn to prayer than this city of churches in the far-flung reaches of Kachin State, home to 90 percent of the country’s Christi

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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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