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Our journey through the Naga Hills

For two hours, we drove through the winding road up and down the mountain ranges, past endless rice fields and small settlements, until we reached the first houses of Kuki. It was mid-April, hot, dusty and not a soul to be seen. No matter where we looked, there was a striking amount of firewood piled …

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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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