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Road Trip To Kakku, Myanmar (Burma)

by wired2theworld on May 3, 2016

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

After the market we had a 2 hour drive to the town of Taunggyi, in Shan State, where we had to stop at local Pa’ O people’s collective center. There, we had to pay an entrance fee to the area and hire a local guide (which makes sure that some tourist dollars make it back into the local community). Our guide changed from a modern young woman’s t-shirt and jeans into a traditional outfit before getting into the car with us. From there, we drove another hour or so to Kakku.

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

On the road to Kakku Myanmar (Burma)

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At the gates to Kakku.

While Kakku has been here for hundreds of years, the area has only relatively recently opened to tourists. In fact, my guide book didn’t even cover it. There are supposed to be over 2400 stupas at Kakku and I certainly wouldn’t want to try and count them to confirm. I’ll just take their word for it.

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While there were a few cars out front, we pretty much had the complex to ourselves. Bonus to being there in the low season.

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There were Buddhas everywhere.

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Like all temples and pagodas in Burma, you have to leave your shoes at the entrance. This made for some slippery stones in the rain.

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Our lovely guide.

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Beautiful views from the back of the temple.

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After walking around the complex, we went across from the entrance to a large, but empty restaurant (no surprise because there were virtually no other tourists there). The food was affordable and very good.

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We ordered the traditional tea leaf salad which was yet a completely different version, but still enjoyable.

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Obligatory “stand in front of monument” shot.

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Anything can be carried on the back of a moto.

On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which is well known for it’s circular windows.

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Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

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Inle Lake Local Market Myanmar (Burma)

April 29, 2016
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On our last full day at Inle Lake, we hired a car and driver for a long day of exploration, eventually ending up at the pagoda complex of Kakku, several hours away. But first, the driver took us to a nearby local market on our way out of the area. It was quite busy and […]

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March 12, 2016
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  For our first full day on the lake we decided we wanted to be on the lake. This is not something we booked in advance so we spoke to the hotel, because basically there were no other options. They had a package boat tour for 30,000 kyat (about $30 at the time) for the day but it […]

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Inle Lake Resort, Myanmar (Burma)

February 21, 2016
Inle Resort view

After a couple of days exploring the temples of Bagan, we flew to Heho, the closest airport to our destination, Inle Lake. When researching Inle, the biggest decision seemed to be “where to stay?” There are dozens of lovely looking resorts around the lake, but did we want one closer to a town to have […]

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Visiting the Temples of Bagan Myanmar-Part 2

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You thought we were done with temples with the last post? Oh noooo…not yet. Not with over 2000 temples in Bagan. Don’t worry, we didn’t see all of them in our 2 days there, but here are a few more we visited and enjoyed. At the end of the first day, we walked over Shwesandaw […]

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Visiting the Temples in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)- Part 1

January 26, 2016
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Nobody warned me about the bats… All temples in Myanmar must be visited barefoot. It doesn’t matter how hot it is outside or how wet and slippery the marble tiles are, you are to leave your shoes at the entrance (or bottom of a temple you climb) or carry them with you. It also doesn’t […]

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Hotel Tharabar Gate and Dining out in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

January 9, 2016
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Because we arrived so early (7:30 am) in Bagan, we had two full days and two nights there. We’d hired a driver for our first day there ($35 for the day) and he picked us up at the airport and brought us first to our hotel, the Hotel Tharabar Gate. We were able to check […]

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Getting from Siem Reap to Burma, an Airport Hotel, and Yangon Airways

December 7, 2015
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As I mentioned in my intro post, getting from Siem Reap to Burma, and specifically Bagan where we wanted to go first, was a chore. When I was planning, there were no non stop flights between Siem Reap and anywhere in Burma. The only option was for us to fly from Siem Reap to Bangkok […]

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