Dawn near the Kyauk Kalap Pagoda a few miles from Hpa An, Myanmar (Burma). It was important to get here early, not just to see this golden-red scenery, but to pack in a lot of activities such as exploring caves and trekking across the fields. Photo taken in December 2014.
It needed a small truck to get here but, up here in the hills of Kayah State (Myanmar), there was plenty to like as we experienced a wonderfully foliaged landscape interspaced with small villages. In what seemed to be the most substantial local village, we were warmly welcomed by the Padaung, and we had the chance to explore the area by foot. Outside the village, we came across some children who were clearly enjoying each other’s company! Afterwards, we decided to forgo the truck and return to base by hiking down through the hills, which added magnificently to the experience.