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Making Unlikely Friendships in Mawlamyine

Stumbling off the train in Mawlamyine, I took a look around. The two women I’d spent practically the whole night with bid me goodbye just a few moments before and, as I stared off into the distance, I watched them walk away with pangs of separation sadness. Taking a deep breath, I noticed the air was […]

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Taking the Boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa An

In my research, I found that many sources on the Internet have conflicting information about the boat from Mawlamyine to Hpa An in Myanmar. It was confusing for me when I was planning my trip so I decided to provide an update for all those who are interested in taking the boat. Here’s my latest and […]

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Overnight on the Ordinary Class Train in Myanmar

Grasping my thin, paper ticket, I walked up to my seat, took one look at it, and had a mini panic attack. You’ve really outdone yourself this time, Kay. What on Earth were you thinking? Three days into my solo trip through Southeast Asia, I found myself boarding the ordinary class car of a rickety, […]