Archive for November, 2013

Nov 18 2013

The Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival

Published by under Shan State

Below the fire lattice, ready to go.

Set by the Shan State capital of Taunggyi, the annual Fire Balloon festival is quite the event, drawing hordes of people from the surrounds and a trickle of foreign travellers. This is not a sleepy meditative religious event but more akin to an international music festival with tens of thousands of people enjoying a carnival-like … read the full post

Nov 15 2013

Meiktila to Kalaw, the scenic way

Published by under Shan State

They're on the roof too.

After a quick early morning runaround Meiktila (giant duck thing √ water pagoda √ lake √ noodles √) it was time to bail and head to Kalaw. I grabbed a motorcycle taxi for the kilometre-ish run up to near the bus station where my moto delivered me to the next minibus heading to Kalaw. Downstairs … read the full post