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Mar 22, 2018 - Pyin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw

Off to the train station in the morning to catch the train to Naung Pain. Local train travel is always interesting with plenty of vendors walking through the carriages selling snacks, noodles, and drinks. They all seemed to think I was a likely person to buy beer. Passing scenery was also interesting, but the main reason for travelling on this section of rail was so we could cross the Goteik viaduct, the second highest railway bridge in the world (highest when it was built in 1900). The train crept across the bridge, and we could see armed...

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Nov 18, 2014 - Day 3 (Around Hsipaw)

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Smiling Albino’s – Myanmar – All That Glitters, Asia’s Golden Land Brochure – 2014 has to say about Hsipaw: “After settling into our comfortable guesthouse we’ll go walkabout in the town of Hsipaw and the fascinating Shan and Palaung villages. With its surrounding villages, natural beauty, historic stupas and cottage-industry factories, this region is a rare unspoiled gem. Today is a genuine discovery of simple village life, we’ll learn in detail about the Shan culture as well as the history of...

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Nov 18, 2014 - Day 3 (Lashio To Hsipaw)

@@@@@@@ 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...

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Oct 26, 2014 - Magical Myanmar

I remember being at the office late one night and screaming over the wall to a friend and now former co-worker, “AGGHHH I HATE PEOPLE!!!!” While this was never completely true, it wasn’t too far off. I kept those select few I trusted close and a watchful eye on those who hadn’t penetrated that inner circle. This second group was large, larger than most realize. Because while on the surface I’m pretty open and friendly, just because I like or even love someone doesn't mean I trust them. I was constantly on the lookout for any sign of being...

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Sep 10, 2012 - Hsipaw****************

Wiki Info Hsipaw Building and Americn Bridge in Burma Wiki Info Goteik Viaduct

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Dec 2, 2006 - MYANMAR: Hsipaw

Max, Chris and I took an 8 hour train rode to Hsipaw. We found ways to amuse ourselves. I had decided that I was going to take up knitting! Yes knitting.....at 27 yrs old it's about time I know how to knit....and properly (That's the difficult bit I've now decided!!!). I spend so much time on buses, boats, trains and waiting around for all three that what better way to pass the time. In Taungyi I took the time to carefully choose my wool and needles ready for the great scarf that Max will be the lucky owner of! Mainly because he doesn't...

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Nov 5, 2006 - Pan Phat Village to Kyaukme

We got to sleep in until 5am. We headed to the monastery. The sun was already up, but the light was that of an early morning. We sat at the edge, overlooking the misty valley below. A number of women were sweeping the grounds. They worked quickly and efficiently. Despite there being no audience, the band played on, and several people were still dancing on stage. At 6am, the generator stopped producing electricity, and a much-anticipated silence fell upon the monastery. Little novice monks were kicking bottles and balloons along with other,...

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Nov 3, 2006 - Kyaukme to Pan Phat village

We left Kyaukme after some breakfast and a quick visit to the market. We were heading towards Hoo Kwat village. Thura was up front on his scooter, and we followed on our bikes. We brought with us the bare essentials, so as to make our panniers as light as possible. It was already hot outside by 8am. We stopped on the way to admire a massive Buddha monument, and a smaller one depicting the fasting Buddha. There were many other statues depicting various stages of Buddha's journey towards enlightenment on the grounds. Apparently, after failing...

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Nov 1, 2006 - Kyaukme

While having breakfast outside we were joined by Thura Naing, a local young guide, who spoke very good English. He chatted with us and wanted to guide us through the area. He had a lot of energy and was keen. He suggested that we take our bikes, while he would follow us on his scooter. The scooter part didn't really appeal to us, but we agreed to meet him for lunch later that day to discuss other possibilities. We went to check out the town street market. Judging by people's reaction to us, they see very few foreigners. The town wasn't...

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Oct 31, 2006 - Pyin Oo Lwin to Kyaukme

When we rode into town for some food, early in the morning, we found it rather empty. Very few places were open for business. We finally settled on a place that served a variety of food. It was ok. We watched a couple of kids in pajamas play badminton across the street, as well as a number of people heading some place on their single-speeds. It was really quiet. We wondered about Myanmar, and what changes would take place in the mindsets of it's people if there was a sudden change in government. Would there be a sufficient number of trained...

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