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Introducing Eastern Myanmar

Slicing the crystal-placid waters of Inle Lake in a boat; trekking among Pa-O and Danu villages outside Kalaw; feeling like you've travelled back in time at a remote hill-tribe market in the back hills of Shan State. What do some of Myanmar's most emblematic experiences have in common? They can all be tackled in the country's east.

Eastern Myanmar is the country's most generous crossroads of the cultural and the adventurous. Unlike elsewhere in Myanmar, taking part in activities such as caving, trekking, hiking and boating involves little or no red tape. And for those who would rather establish their own trail altogether, the ethnic Tai and hill-tribe areas surrounding Kyaingtong are harder to reach, but as a result have remained distinctly untouristed, while tiny Kayah State only recently became open to independent travellers.