The high life: Ballooning over Inle Lake

The stilted villages and Intha leg-rowers of Inle Lake are used to sell Myanmar all over the world. But Inle is fast becoming a victim of its own celebrity, with hordes of tourists motoring up and down the lake in noisy longboats, pushy souvenir touts and unrelenting calls of “You want boat trip?” turning the…

Off the beaten track on two wheels

As we haul our bikes out of the boat and scramble up the riverbank, I suddenly become aware of a sound I’ve never heard before in Yangon. Silence. I stand, entranced by the stillness for a few seconds, my reverie interrupted only by the sound of the breeze whispering through the rice paddies. We’re less…