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Oct 17, 2016 - Elephants!

Monday, Oct. 17 Finally, a day to sleep in a bit. We were to meet in the lobby at 8am for a short city tour and then elise and I would go to the elephant sanctuary while most of the others went for a trek thru the countryside to a village for lunch. Our guide, Mr. Michele, met us at the hotel with his motorbike. We were all crammed into a small van which was pretty uncomfortable. The whole thing was a bit odd; Mr. Michele didn't give us much info about what we were seeing and we were a bit confused as to why we were doing this. He was on...

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Oct 16, 2016 - On to cooler, mountainous Kalaw!

Sun, October 16 After a nice breakfast at the hotel, we began our long bus ride to Kalaw, a former British hill station in the mountains. It will take about 5-6 hours but we'll have a couple of stops along the way. We first stopped at a palm sugar making place. They not only made palm sugar but also grew peanuts, which they ground for a dip and sesame, which they harvested for the seeds. Long showed us the plants growing for both the peanuts and sesame. Then a man demonstrated how he climbed the palm tree using a skinny bamboo ladder. He...

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E&e's Burma Campaign

Mar 1, 2015 - Kalaw

This morning we flew to Hehoand drove to Kalaw. We encountered road construction. They were widening the road. Work is done byhand and most of the workers are girls. There are piles of gravel along the roadside from which baskets are filled and dropped along the roadside. tar s boiling in drums on the side of the road which is then hand poured over the gravel! There are interesting vehicles here. The truck/bus has what looks like a tractor engine attached to the front of the vehicle and others are attached to the front of a...

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Apr 9, 2008 - April 6-9, 2008 - Kalaw

So after arriving in Metila at 4:30am (our bus dropped us in the middle of nowhere) we had an AWEFUL time trying to get a bus to Kalaw. Knowing how much it really was we refused to pay quadruple and ended up just walking the streets trying to rid ourselves of the touts. Finally we got some pointers from a local at a tea shop and got a pickup to Thazi - where we were again stranded. Had lunch with the first tourists we've seen thus far (French Canadian Couple), re-energised and started hitching. We successfully found a seat atop a pickup...

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Jun 7, 2007 - Inle Lake

Our bus journey to Inle Lake started at 4.30am from Bagan and was due to end no less than 12 hours later. The distance is probably not much more than 300kms but Burmese roads are not what they could be and I think the bus may have been left behind by the Japanese at the end of the war. I was expecting it to be long, hot, boring and uncomfortable. It was long, hot and uncomfortable but, it also turned out to be perhaps one of my highlights of our trip. If it was not for my dead-bum I could quite happily still be on that bus watching everyday...

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Takeaway Tales

Nov 21, 2006 - MYANMAR: Kalaw & The beautiful trek to Inle Lake

After a cramped 16 hour bus ride, Max and I arrived in Kalaw at 4.30 am. I felt like a zombie all day....however the chocolate pancakes at Sam's Restaurant certainly perked me up! Yummmmmmm..still dream about them now!! Our stay in the town was only short. The main reason for our visit was to begin the 3 day trek to Inle Lake which had been recommended. Kalaw is a small but lovely hillside town with not much to do but relax or venture off into the gorgeous countryside surrounding the area. Mr Khai was our guide to Inle at the bargain price...

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Oct 25, 2006 - Kalaw to Ywa Ngan

We were the first guests to have breakfast downstairs. We got the usual, fruit, tang juice, coffee, and fried rice with beans and egg. It was all quite tasty. They were very nice at the guesthouse, as we were leaving they gave us each an orange and saw us off. The sun was already up as we were leaving. We passed a row of monks collecting donations in the alley before we got on the major road out of town. We had to backtrack to Aungban before heading onto Ywa Ngan, adding about 6 miles to our distance. There were no cars on the road out of...

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Somewhere in Asia

Feb 15, 2006 - The hilltribes of Kalaw

Walking through the villages in the hills of Kalaw was like walking backwards in time. The men plowed their fields using oxen or good old-fashioned elbow grease. The women and children pounded the husks off of rice to prepare it for eating. Children gathered firewood or followed us around. In all, everyone was busy from sun up to sun down. When we descended to one of the villages, we ran into a 70 year-old woman carrying a basket of heavy firewood supported by a strap that fit over her forehead. Mark, tried to lift this same load, and...

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