Our Burmese Days

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An evening at the pagoda

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Light Truck on service

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Mt. Kennedy

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Our Homestay at Satawm, Tahan

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View of our homestay from the backyard

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A Visit to the Methodist Church

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Shopping at Tahan Bazaar

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Meal time

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Re-engineered truck

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The Indo-Myanmar Friendship Road

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The road to Khampat

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The historic Khampat Bung

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By the historic Run river

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"Lawi that zan": bride's families bidding farewell

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The main reaon of our Tahan trip

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Shopping at Kalewa port

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We entered into Myanmar border from Zokhawthar, Champhai after a night-long ride from Aizawl. After a two-hour wait at the border for our permits, we were off on a light truck along a very dusty and bumpy yet exciting ride. We reached our homestay at Satawm, Tahan of Kachin state by sunset the same day.

During our stay, we met relatives and friends and visited many important places crucial to the history of our people. Everyone we met were warm and loving, the food was simply marvellous, shopping was fun, and eating from the roadside stalls were deliciously adventurous. There's everything for the foodie, the culturalist, the historian, the explorer, the shopper.

The development of the country has affected the lives of many; there are traces of developments to be seen everywhere- the arrival of international banks, construction of modern concrete buildings, cellular phones, and places of amusements for youths at night. Although the lives of many older generation are still compounded by the military-regime hangover, the youths are taking full advantages of the changing environment by looking for and setting up their own means of livelihood. Kachin state is multicultural, with different tribes inhabiting it and that has brought about the richness of the culture of the region.

Shopping at Kalewa port

Photo of Kalewa, Kalewa, Myanmar (Burma) by Somte Ralte

The historic Khampat Bung

Photo of Khampat Bungpui Hall, Khampat, Sagaing Region, Myanmar (Burma) by Somte Ralte

The road to Khampat

Photo of Khampat, Khampat, Myanmar (Burma) by Somte Ralte

Light Truck on service

Photo of Khawmawi, Khawmawi, Myanmar (Burma) by Somte Ralte

Mt. Kennedy

Photo of Mount Kennedy, Mt Kennedy, Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines by Somte Ralte

Our Homestay at Satawm, Tahan

Photo of Satawm, Chin State, Myanmar (Burma) by Somte Ralte
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