Kalaw – Simple Pleasures in Life

Kalaw - Burma

Kalaw – Burma

The bus arrived in Kalaw at 3am it was freezing and dark. Lucky I hadn’t to walk around in the cold, dark and with my backpack to find accommodation, I met a very sweet young lady who worked on a guest house just in front of the bust station and they did have hot water. I was so happy to be indoors, I took a hot shower and went back to bed, there was an big blanket but the room felt so cold.

Kalaw is a hill town in the Shan State of Burma. Everyone who comes to Kalaw goes trekking in the hills. The town is surrounded by Buddhist pagodas, hilltop viewpoints and the peaceful villages of Palaung, Danu, Pa-O, Taung Yo and Danaw tribes. Most villagers depend primarily on farming, but some subsidise their income by making handcrafts and providing accommodation and meals for visiting trekkers.

I went to Sam’s family trekking to arrange a trekking to Inle Lake (50Km), they were very helpful and organized. I joined and group of other 4 travellers and we agreed to do the trekking for 3 day and 2 nights. We walked for about 6 hours a day through pine tree forest, villages and wheat, rice, potato, tea, sesame, potato and chilli plantations. We spent the night at a family house where they provided lots of blankets and amazing home cooked food. As the last night on of the trekking were Christmas night the family who hosted us made and very special meal lighten with candles as there wasn’t electricity in the village. The night was very cold but we went for a short walk after dinner and the sky were so impressing full of stars and no lights around made it one of those moments that one wonders of the beauty of simple pleasures in life.
The end of the trekking is in Inle Lake where we took and boat for about 45 min to our guest house.

(Portugese)
Kalaw – Simples Prazeres na Vida

O ônibus chegou em Kalaw às 3 da manhã e estava muito frio e escuro, sorte que eu tive que andar por aí no frio, escuro e com a minha mochila para encontrar acomodação.Conheci uma moça muito gentil, que trabalhava  em uma pousada em frente da estação de ônibus e que tinha água quente. Eu estava tão feliz por estar dentro de casa, tomei um banho quente e voltei para a cama, havia uma coberta bem quente mas o quarto ainda esta tão frio.

Kalaw é uma cidade montanhosa no estado de Shan da Birmânia. Todo mundo que vem para Kalaw faz trekking nas montanhas. A cidade é cercada por templos budistas , mirantes no alta das montanhas o e aldeias pacíficas de Palaung , Danu , Pa- O, Taung Yo e tribos Danaw. A maioria dos moradores dependem primáriamente da agricultura , mas alguns subsidiam sua renda fazendo artesanato e fornecendo acomodação e refeições para visitantes fazendo trekking.

Fui para Sam’s family trekking para organizar um trekking para Inle Lake ( 50 km ), eles foram muito úteis e organizados. Eu me juntei a um grupo de outros 4 viajantes e nós concordamos em fazer o trekking de 3 dias e 2 noites. Caminhamos por cerca de 6 horas por dia através da floresta de pinheiros, aldeias , plantações de trigo, arroz , batata, chá , gergelim, batata e pimenta . Passamos a noite em uma casa de família, onde eles forneceram muitos cobertores e uma deliciosa comida caseira . Como a última noite na do trekking era noite de Natal a família que nos hospedou fez refeição muito especial a luz de velas pois não havia energia elétrica na aldeia. A noite estava muito frio mas nós fomos para uma curta caminhada após o jantar e o céu estava maravilhoso cheio de estrelas e nenhuma luz ao redor fez desse um momento especial quando paramos para contemplar a beleza dos prazeres simples da vida .

O final do trekking é em inla Lake, onde pegamos um barco por cerca de 45 min para a nossa pousada.

Kalaw - Burma -Catching the Train

Kalaw – Burma -Catching the Train

Kalaw - Burma - Train Passengers

Kalaw – Burma – Train Passengers

Kalaw - Burma - Morning Mist

Kalaw – Burma – Morning Mist

Kalaw - Burma - Market Life

Kalaw – Burma – Market Life

Kalaw - Burma - Market Faces

Kalaw – Burma – Market Faces

Kalaw - Burma - Market Faces

Kalaw – Burma – Market Faces

Kalaw - Burma - Market Faces

Kalaw – Burma – Market Faces

Kalaw - Burma - Market Faces

Kalaw – Burma – Market Faces

Kalaw - Burma - Working Time

Kalaw – Burma – Working Time

Kalaw - Burma - Working Time

Kalaw – Burma – Working Time

Kalaw - Burma - Play Time

Kalaw – Burma – Play Time

Kalaw - Burma - Play time

Kalaw – Burma – Play time

Kalaw - Burma - Play time

Kalaw – Burma – Play time

Kalaw - Burma - Play time

Kalaw – Burma – Play time

Kalaw - Burma - Play time

Kalaw – Burma – Play time

Kalaw - Burma - Play time

Kalaw – Burma – Play time

Kalaw - Burma - Helping Mum

Kalaw – Burma – Helping Mum

Kalaw - Burma - On the Road

Kalaw – Burma – On the Road

Kalaw - Burma - Wheat Plantation

Kalaw – Burma – Wheat Plantation

Kalaw - Burma - Working Life

Kalaw – Burma – Working Life

 

 

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2 Responses to Kalaw – Simple Pleasures in Life

  1. Arpan says:

    Wow so jealous! Amazing photos, makes me want to take the next flight out to Burma. ‘Catching the train’ and ‘Train Passengers’ need to somehow be published or exhibited!

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