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Through the Chin Mountains to the ancient royal city of Mrauk Oo

In the summer of 2015, I stumbled across a piece of writing entitled ‘From Mt. Victoria to Mrauk Oo’. My first thought was ‘Wow!’, and then I started reading. The introduction was promising – it described a journey that I would love to take myself. But the itinerary was somewhat confusing: Why did they choose …

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The Minister’s Office (Secretariat) opens its doors

On the first Sunday of January 2018, I was once again strolling through Yangon’s city centre and marvelling over the remnants of the colonial era when I spotted a sign reading “Yangon Book Street” at the corner of Mahabandoola Road and Theinbyu Road. Although I had never heard of it before, I quickly learned that …

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Taking new paths to the southern Inle Lake (Samkar Lake)

Together with our trekking guide in Kalaw, we had come up with a new hiking tour over the previous few weeks. Rather than lead to the northern part of Inle Lake as usual, the two-day hike would take us off the beaten path to the southern part of the lake, also known as Samkar Lake. …

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