Hill Tribes of Shan State

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Joe Bindloss goes trekking in remote Burma to meet the Shan State hill tribes. Every country likes to describe itself as a melting pot, but in the hills around Kengtung (Kyaing Tong), in Burma’s rugged Shan state, the tag fits. The tiny villages scattered around this sleepy Buddhist outpost are home to an extraordinary mix of hill tribes, from… Read more »

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Padaung tribeswomen

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Residing in the Chin State and Mae Hong Son Province in Northern Thailand are a sub-group of the Kayan tribe called the Padaung. The reason for this group, indigenous to Myanmar, seeking refuge in Thailand during the 60s can be attributed to one of their most significant cultural symbols – the brass neck ring.   When the… Read more »

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Shwedagon Paya, Myanmar

Myanmar: Yangon, Bangan & Lake Inle

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From touching down in Yangon, this travel diary explores the cultural wonders and experiences of a tour of Myanmar; the beautiful untouched Southeast Asian country. Arrival in Yangon Rain lashed against the window as the plane touched down at Yangon airport. It was monsoon season and it all added to the surreal feeling of arriving… Read more »

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Mrauk u temples

Myanmar: Tour of Mrauk U

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Mrauk U is a magical town in Rakhine State, Myanmar; this first hand look of the ancient, mystical and undiscovered destination will give you an idea of what to expect from a tour of Mrauk U. I boarded the early morning Air Mandalay flight from Yangon to Sittwe in Western Myanmar, from where I made… Read more »

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Baganm Myanmar Temple

Visiting Myanmar: The Ethical Dilemma

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Visiting Myanmar does raise some ethical questions as the country has lived under a dictatorship for the past 40 years, however recent reforms are seeing huge improvements in living. Upon travelling to Myanmar, Rahul Aggarwal (Director of Travel The Unknown) looks at the arguments for and against tourism in this underdeveloped country and discusses why it… Read more »

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