Come along for the journey!

Come along for the journey!

Monday, 18 May 2015

TRAIN JOURNEY (Pyin-oo-lwin to Hsipaw, Myanmar)

As a rule, I like to do something different for my birthday each year. For my birthday this year, my lovely wife has obliged and treated me to one of the 'great train journeys of the world', a journey back into the jungle, and back in time, and scary as hell! Built by the British by jove, the journey is now a rickety ride in the original carriages, through the densely vegetated hills, hugging cliff edges, and over a terrifyingly huge part-timber bridge. I've been thinking about my little brother's Dad, Roy, who served in the Malay War, and what a crazy time that must've been. I'll have to find out from my comrade Richo who also served here with the Gurkhas.

It has been a bit of a surprise with the current military coup, not to have seen more of them. We’d expected to see more guns on the streets, curfews, and alike. But finally here, in this old hill station outpost, where the British themselves had struggled to tame the local Shan tribes back in the Burmese War, the current day army also struggle to have power over independent militia groups. Hence the reinforcements I suppose. I heard you can get into a tonne of trouble taking photos of the police or army. I’ve never been a big one for rules. I’ve also never been to prison on my birthday yet.



Arriving at the collonial hill station Pyin-Oo-Lwin at 2am with no hotel!

Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got...It's just Beryl from the trek?? An 'all time low' caption. Small world in travelling circles.

This kid was deliriously excited at the passing of the train - you'd think it'd get old right?

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