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Shan State: Trekking, Hill Tribes and Mr Shake

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Hsipaw is a strange little town in the Northern Shan State. Most people visit for the trekking and hill tribe villages. This was on our agenda too but first we wanted to pay a visit to a man we’d read a lot about online, Mr Shake.

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A Taste of Colonial Burma

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Back in Mandalay and a 4am train took us to Pyin Oo Lwin, a former British hill station during the colonial era, then named Maymyo after Colonel May. For anyone who has read George Orwell’s Burmese Days, it’s probably the closest you’ll get to Kyauktada, the fictional town in the book based on real-life Katha (where tourists aren’t allowed to…

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This is Burma…

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…and it will be quite unlike any land you know about – Rudyard Kipling once wrote. And he was right. After nearly 3 months already in Asia we thought we’d seen it all. A quick flight from Bangkok and our romantic hopes of Kipling’s Mandalay were all but dashed – it was dirty, it was manic and it felt slightly…

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