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April 6, 2011


by swebackpacker
Young monks in Bagan

I visited Burma / Myanmar during the monsoon season 2007, started travelling in Yangon the capital of Burma, flew to the northwest coast to Sittwe. Continued by boat in heavy monsoon rain on the river of Kanadan upriver into the Chin state to Mrauk U. I looped back to Yangon again for a flight up to Heho in the Shan state there a taxi waited for a drive to Inle lake.

A twelve-hour bumpy  long ride on a night bus took me to Mandalay Burma’s second city. A shared taxi with five other passengers brought us on the serpentine roads up into the hills of Pyin U-Lwin in a furious speed.  Changed for a train ride over the famous Gokteik Viaduct which is a magnificent steel bridge spanning a 300 meter (990 ft) deep river gorge ended up in the nice village of Hsipaw. A shared taxi with me and four other people drove calmly down hill to Mandalay again. A bicycle trishaw driver brought me the twelve km ride the famous U Bein teak bridge just outside Amarapura and back again to local people’s amusement. However the trishaw driver earned some money and saved his family from starvation. An overloaded bus with at least ten people on the roof drove in heavy monsoon rains the twelve-hour drive down to Bagan. A horse and a cart brought me to the airport there a plane Waited for the final flight down to Yangon. On this page you will find pictures and short  travel stories from the places and the people a met i Burma. If you are interested in visiting a country completely different from the western culture and about fifty years behind our standard go to Burma. You will meet fantastic people and see unusual places very far from normal charter trips. A few days with a bicycle trishaw driver can give a poor family an income for a month. A successful western blockade will send all these poor people into starvation the military do business with China, Thailand and other asian countries and continue business as usual. The choice is yours do you dare to go? I hope my short travel stories will tempt you choose Burma as a travel destination after all.

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