Archive for the 'Shan State' Category

May 08 2014

Ethnic minorities of Burma: The Akhu

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The famous bamboo pipes

A proposed visit to a village of the Akhu minority near Kengtung caused a bit of confusion to begin with. “Yes, we know the Akha, we’ve seen lots of their villages in Thailand and Laos. They’re famous for selling wooden frogs on Khao San Road.” Guide: “No, no — Akhu not Akha. The ‘bamboo pipe people’.” We … read the full post

Dec 23 2013

Ethnic minorities of Burma: The Enn

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Fashion conscious Enn lad on his way to Kengtung market

The Enn highlanders are one of Burma and Shan State’s most fascinating ethnic groups. Many other minorities of southern Shan State may well have been encountered by visitors in Laos or Northern Thailand, but the Enn – sometimes written Ann or Eng – are unique to Burma and indeed to the Kengtung region. The Enn are also one … read the full post

Nov 18 2013

The Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival

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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

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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

Oct 18 2013

Portraits of Kengtung

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Woman from the Enn ethnic group

Now that land border crossing regulations have been relaxed, it’s easy to travel to Kengtung from the Mae Sai-Tachilek crossing. Kengtung is an old British administrative post, the largest town of eastern Shan State and the former “capital” of the Golden Triangle; it’s just a short drive north of the crossing on a decent and … read the full post