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Off the Beaten Track in Myanmar

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As Myanmar continues to modernise, the trappings of globalisation are becoming more noticeable, especially in major cities such as Yangon and Mandalay. However, the countryside remains blissfully free of such distractions. Destinations like Rakhine and Chin States in the west and Kachin in the north see very little footfall and reward explorers with rugged scenery and unforgettable experiences.
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Mrauk-U, Myanmar (Burma)
This sunset photo was taken in late December 2011 while visiting the ruins of Mrauk U, ancient capital of the Arakan kingdom in modern day Rakhine State located in far western Myanmar. It was definitely worth the 6-hour boat trip up the Kaladan...
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Mindat, Myanmar (Burma)
After learning about the indigenous tattoo face women and the head hunters, we finally hiked to this region that is about 8 hour drive on an unpaved road from Bagan. We stopped by a school and this kids just mesmerized by us "white ghost"...
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These are fish carcasses that have been flayed into strips and dried at main market in Sittwe, located in the far western state of Arakhine in Myanmar --they look almost prehistoric! The smell is pretty overwhelming and pretty much exemplifies the...
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Kaladan River, Myanmar (Burma)
Cattle herders on the alluvial plains that make up the banks of the Kaladan River on the way to Mrauk U from Sittwe in Arakhine State, Myanmar. Scenes of local people engaging in the same activities they have for hundreds (if not thousands) of...
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Ngapali Beach, Myanmar (Burma)
I have been known to be the Goldilocks of the Beaches - never able to find the one that fits me perfectly. In Myanmar, I found the perfect beach for me. I almost don’t want to talk about it. I would prefer it to remain just as it is, with few...
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Gyeiktaw Main St, Myanmar (Burma)
The Laguna Lodge Eco Hotel Ngapali is the kind of place that let’s you track your own drinks and bar tab throughout your stay- it’s the perfect laid-back beach environment. The Lodge and it’s long-time Myanmar/German owners are an old-school...
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Katha, Myanmar (Burma)
The small riverside town on the Irrawaddy River was the model for Kyauktada in George Orwell's novel Burmese Days. Squint your eyes and you can imagine how things were in the era when Orwell resided here. There's not much in the town itself, but...
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Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar (Burma)
The Botanical Garden was one of my highlights during my month in Myanmar. And I almost didn't go to Pyinoolwin 2 hours from Mandalay. I had never heard of it and had not read anything about it but this is oftentimes the best way to discover a new...
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Myanmar (Burma)
One of the most accessible destinations in Chin State, Mt Victoria (Nat Ma Taung) is also one of the most alluring spots in the country. The mountain itself is, at 3053metres, Myanmar's second highest and it stands amid a beautiful national park...