Kapoors Year 9A: Paris/Sicily/Myanmar/Nepal travel blog

Now It Was Time To Get Out Of The Capital And Fly...

We Can Now Add Yangon Airways To Our List Of Different Airlines...

The Luggage Was Loaded Onto The Cart But It Had To Be...

We Drove For 45 Minutes To Visit A Temple On The Way...

Our Destination For The Night Was The Town Of Hsipaw, But We...

The Weather Was Much Less Humid Away From The Coast, High In...

Our Guide Came From The Mr. Charles Hotel To Meet Us At...

We Drove Another 45 Minutes To Tongsam And Pulled In Beside Some...

I Had A Laugh When Our Local Guide Took Off His Flip-Flop...

We Walked Through A Shady Grove Of Tall Bamboo As We Left...

I Wasn't Sure If This Was An Insect's Dinner, Or If The...

The Lowest Branch Of This Massive Fallen Tree Had Been Cut Off...

Eventually We Came To The Edge Of The Forest And The Gate...

We Passed This Simple Shelter, Built To Allow The Farmers To Escape...

I Don't Think I've Ever Seen The Long Asian-Style Eggplants Growing Before

At First I Thought This Was Papaya, But The Leaves Are Different,...

Near The Edge Of The Field We Saw This Old Woman On...

The Sun Was Getting Low Now, It Perfectly Lit Up The Face...

At Little Further Along, We Came Upon A Group Of Villagers Harvesting...

They Had Allowed The Corn To Dry On The Withering Stalks

And Then It Was Plucked And Tossed Into Large Hand-Woven Baskets

We Had Heard The Sound Of An Engine As We Approached But...

This Man Was Feeding The Cobs Into A Hopper At The Top...

And At The Bottom I Could See The Dry Cobs, Stripped Of...

I Walked Around To The Other Side, And This Woman Was Catching...

After Smiles Were Exchanged, We Carried On, As We Left I Noticed...

We Had Arrived At The Edge The Mytinge River And The Sun...

To Our Surprise, Derek, Our Smiling Albino Guide Had A Boat Waiting...

Along The Way We Saw A Few Very Well-Built And Neatly-Tended Farms

The Light Was Amazing And The Upper Cloud Made Me Think Of...

A Young Man Was Taking A Bath At The Bottom Of The...

Our Fellow Traveller Nick Kindly Took My Camera And Snapped A Photo...

The Sunset Just Kept Getting Better And Better, And Before Long We...

When We Walked Past Another Farm This Young Child Saw Us Coming...

But His Curiosity Could Not Be Contained When Our Local Guide Stopped...

We Followed The Train Tracks As The Skies Began To Darken, The...

We Passed By The Local Elementary School But The Day's Classes Were...

I Was Surprised, And Pleased To See This Sign Posted On The...

We Did Manage To See This Young Boy, Dressed In Novice Monk's...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Myanmar chapter on Northern Myanmar has to say about the Shan State and Hsipaw:

“The region formed by Kachin State and northern Shan State is only tenuously connected to the rest of Myanmar. Few roads cross this rugged and undeveloped area and the main conduit for freight and passenger transport is the mighty Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, which snakes south across the plain to Mandalay.

The most visited places in northern Myanmar are the towns strung out along the highway to Lashio though these are still sleepy backwaters, even by Myanmar standards. Hsipaw remains one of the most idyllic getaways in Southeast Asia.

The most important thing to remember is that travel in this region is time consuming – buses are infrequent, boats and trains move more slowly than Galapagos tortoises, and airlines fly only a few days each week.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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