The small town of Aung Ban might not be on every visitor’s Shan State itinerary. Nyaung Shwe, with its budding guesthouse and cafe scene, this is not, nor does Aung Ban have the trekking cachet of Hsipaw or Kalaw. But every five days, the town comes alive with a fantastic ... Read more about Aung Ban market .
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 was already packed, so it was straight up onto the roof where I settled in for the five-hour run up ... Read more about Meiktila to Kalaw, the scenic way .
About one hour, says our guide, navigator and companion over the last three days, Aung Myu Htoo. This time, he blurts it out with a half-cocked smile, knowing that his rubbery time estimates have become a bit of a running joke for our group of seven as we walk from Kalaw to to the base of Inle Lake in Shan State, Northern Burma ... Read more about The Kalaw to Inle Lake trek .