Think You Know Myanmar? Think Again – 9 Essential Facts & 6 Tips Before You Go

My trip to Yangon, the financial capital, sprang out of a chance encounter before I left Hong Kong, and was only confirmed after I had started travelling in Thailand. I relied heavily on their tips, and hopefully this will be helpful for other backpackers going through the country. This review is specific to Yangon. Section 1: What Happens in Yangon Stays in Yangon Actually, it never leaves Yangon mostly because the country has only been recently connected and even the most digitally addicted people quickly decide that there’s more to do in than pray a dropped connection comes back. So here’s…

In Conversation With: Annie from Helping Hands

In the sultry heat of Yangon’s afternoon, I walked down windy streets flanked with food stalls, garbage collection carts, and leafy palms. I was on my way to meet Annie. She’s been key to several social businesses such as Helping Hands Yangon and the first local artisan-goods shop, Pomelo. I walk through the wide open gates into a mansion with a portico, pool, and well-kept garden palms and flowers. The lanky boys in t-shirts too big for them are busy kicking around a football. The carpenter is sprawled over the table he is finishing and young lads here and there march purposefully through the lawn. I invite…

In conversation with: Kay Strasser

It was still a numbingly hot afternoon by the time we wandered out around 2pm to find food around Kandawgyi Lake. Right inside the entrance gate of a posh German institute is a roadside food stall, run by a family that is / used to be guards for the mansion. Kay, German-Burmese by heritage, had just returned a few days prior from a trip to the conflict-ridden, hilly, and isolated northern Chin state, where he had gone to discover local education innovators. Apart from riding broken and muddy paths (no roads), and sleeping in huts, he tells the stories of…