Morning welcome in Shan State after the most interesting of coach trips!

Morning welcome in Shan State after the most interesting of coach trips!

From Hpa-An we took a night bus to Kalaw in Shan state. It took about eight hours including a stop half way. As we left Hpa-An the coach stopped numerous times taking more and more people and packages on board so much so we had…

The Sadan Caves – the boat trip back

The Sadan Caves – the boat trip back

Once out the other side of the cave its worth hanging around for a bit and soaking up the warm air and delightful scenery. When you’re ready there is a little group of boats and men ready to ferry you under the cave and back…

The Sadan Caves

The Sadan Caves

If you are in the area one thing that is an absolute must is the Sadan Caves. There are lots of caves around with any number of buddhas in them but this one is on another level. The Sadan Cave are seventeen miles from Hpa-An…

Out and about in Kayin State

Out and about in Kayin State

We were based in Hpa-An for our few days in this area as most things you might want to see are within about an hours (or much less) drive in any direction. The town is not huge but has everything you need. It has a…

Beautiful sunrise over Hpa-An

Beautiful sunrise over Hpa-An

One thing about travelling is that your body clock gets a bit messed up. On this particular day I was wide awake very early which turned out to be a good thing as the sunrise was so very beautiful. I first noticed it through the…

Buddhist disney land?

Buddhist disney land?

After climbing the mountain in the morning (before it got too hot) we went onto Kan Ka Thawng Cave which is about seven miles from Hpa-An. It is a stunning area with a big cave full of buddhas overlooking beautiful rice paddy fields that are…

Taking on a challenge – climbing a mountain

Taking on a challenge – climbing a mountain

From Yangon we took a night coach to Hpa-An which is about a nine or ten hour drive to the east. That in itself was an interesting experience. Even though it was a night bus which one would assume means that some sleeping is expected…

Taking a wander in Downtown Yangon

Taking a wander in Downtown Yangon

Downtown Yangon is an affordable area to stay with plenty of choice. The area is very interesting for a wander and accidentally discover markets and little industries almost on every road. The buildings are a mix of colonial styles which are looking very worn and…

Patterns and colours at Shwedagon

Patterns and colours at Shwedagon

On to the final post from Shwedagon Pagoda. So far we have looked at people and architecture for this one I will focus on the detail and show you some of the wonderful patterns and colours that cover every available surface. Each space has a…

Shwedagon Pagoda Architecture

Shwedagon Pagoda Architecture

There has been a pagoda on this site for at least 2500 years. The first one apparently was 8.2 meters tall whereas today it stands very tall and proud at nearer to 110 meters. It is a clear landmark on the Yangon skyline and very…