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Welcome to Get Out, a podcast that covers and shares inspirational stories in travel, culture, and society from around us! Listen to new episodes every Monday!
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Rupali Prakash is the founder of Classic Chase and Delali. As an independent illustrator, she creates lifestyle accessories, and also designs custom artworks for car clubs and enthusiasts. She's also the Youth Advisor for the Federation of Historic Vehicles of India (FHVI). See her website Follow her on Instagram Listen to her story from growing up in a farm surrounded by vintage and classic cars, and a stint in creating board games, to now offering unique experiences in vintage and classic cars, and encouraging the youth to appreciate historic vehicles. Classic Chase offers niche experiences with a stunning collection of vintage and classic cars in India. See the website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their YouTube channel Get up close with these restored and well-preserved beauties as you make them part of your celebrations and special occasions. Delali is a boutique brand under which Rupali creates vintage and classic car themed silk scarves and pocket squares. See their website Follow them on Instagram You can also commission bespoke orders for your cars and car clubs. The Federation of Historic Vehicles of India (FHVI) was created to protect, preserve, and promote the rich heritage of historic vehicles of India.  See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their YouTube channel As a member of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA), it brings together member clubs through events and infrastructure that motivates the culture of historic vehicles movement in India. Also, mentioned in this episode 1900 De Dion-Bouton 1907 Locomobile Model E 1930 Delage 1955 Triumph TR3 1960 Austin Healey Sprite Aditya Subramanian Alfa Romeo Spider Ambassador Arvind Krishnan Bali Bangalore Palace Car Girls India Cartier Concours d'elegance Charminar Challenge Classic cars Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee Dasara Ford Ford vs Ferrari Ford Mustang Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) Frank, the snake Gabriel Iglesias Gabriel Iglesias - VW bus collection Goodwood Graham Jaguar E-Type Jaguar XK 140 Jay Leno Jay Leno's Garage Jerry Seinfeld K-1000 Kobe, the cobra Lamborghini Lanchaster Straight-Eight Land Rover Lingaa movie Lord Mountbatten Luby Maharaja of Rajkot Maybach Vision Mercedes Nurburg MG GT Motilal Nehru Mysore Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Pebble Beach Rajasthan Rann of Kutch SS Rajmouli Sunbeam Talbot Rajinikanth Ravi Prakash Rolls Royce RRR Russell 1, 2, 3, the russell viper Soul Sante Studebaker Tesla Cyber Truck The Fuller Life The Grand Tour The Irishman Top Gear Tour of Paris Triumph TR3 UB City Ugadi UNESCO University of Warwick Valley School Vidya Ganapathy Vivek Ganapathy Vivek Goenka Volkswagen Beetle Wasabi Productions ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryLove Or Lust by Quincas Moreira Mix It Up by RalpRealAll photographs by Classic Chase, Delali, and Rupali Prakash, unless otherwise stated
Stewart Went is a co-owner of Simba Sea Trips in Phuket. Apart from offering boat tours, he's craft beer and boutique wine enthusiast. You might also bump into him on cycling trails in Southern Thailand. Listen to his journey from a banking career, and starting an online craft beer and wine business in Melbourne, to moving to Thailand and now operating small groups boat trips in the waters around Phuket. Simba Sea Trips is a boutique boat tour operator in Phuket, Southern Thailand. Enjoy small group excursions across Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea, visiting famous spots including Phi Phi Islands, and more. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their YouTube channel Expect canoe trips, cave explorations, mangrove walks, and beach picnics during your themed tours. Also mentioned in this episode: Amsterdam Andrea Chappell Bali Bang Tao beach Bass Strait Bogans Cathay Pacific Chang Chavs Chicken Island Christian Louboutin Crafts & Co Disneyland Fast & the Furious Fosters French Riviera Garmin Great Ocean Road Gulf of Thailand Halong Bay Hanoi Hunter Valley Harry James Bond Island Kangaroo Island Karst Khao Sok Koh Yao Yoi Koh Yao Yai Krabi Louis Vuitton Margarita McLaren Vale Monkey Cave Maya Bay Melbourne Pacific Coast Highway Paul Phang Nga Bay Phi Phi Phuket Promthep Cape Rwanda Saigon Tasmania Thailand The Hangover Series The Yacht Week Tooheys New Top Gear Vietnam Special Victoria Bitter Vietnam Zero-dollar tourism ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryHindsight by Density & Time I Feel Like Partying Right Now by Nat Keefe & BeatMoverAll photographs by Nikhil Shankar, Simba Sea Trips, and Stewart Went, unless otherwise stated
Dang Khemachart is the owner of Thaweesuk Boutique Homestay at PhangNga town in Southern Thailand. Listen to his journey from working at star hotels in Bangkok to now offering hospitality and travel experiences in the Phang Nga region. Thaweesuk Boutique Homestay is a charming accommodation that occupies a renovated heritage property in PhangNga. See their website Like their Facebook page Admire the Sino-European architecture, and the antique artifacts that adorn the interiors.  Relax in the many lounge areas, browse their library, and try out local costumes from their collections. Watch the Thai daily life go by over breakfast and beer at their streetside cafe. Head over to the terrace to enjoy 360 degree views of the neighbourhood and the lush karst scenery around. Ayutthaya Bangkok Chiang Mai Chinese New Year Chedi Khao Lang Bart Hpa-An Hua Hin Jakrapob Thaotad (Jake) Kalai Kapong King Rama V Koh Lanta Koh Panyee Koh Pha-Ngan Mae Sot Nyonya clothing Penang PhangNga town Phang Nga Phang Nga Elephant Park Phang Nga river Phi Phi islands Phuket Phuket Vegetarian Festival (Nine Emperor Gods Festival) Red Cross Festival Sa Nang Manora waterfalls Singapore Sino-Portuguese architecture Songkhla Surat Thani Takua Pa Thai Mueang Beach The Memory at On On Hotel Trang Udon Thani ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library Long Walks by Emily A SpragueAll photographs by Nikhil Shankar, unless otherwise stated
Khao Sok National Park is one of the world's oldest tropical (rain)forests with amazing biodiversity of native flora and fauna. Hop on long tail boats, and explore the pristine waters of Cheow Larn Lake where lush karst scenery welcomes you.  Camp on your own and soak in the lush surrounds of the park, which also offers night walks to spot nocturnal widlife. During the season between December and March, check with local guides to hike and witness the gigantic Rafflesis kerii flower in full bloom. Take time to enjoy the loop trails that lead to natural  pools, waterfalls, and streams. Reference of ambient sounds Oriental Hornbill Longtail boat ride on Cheow Larn Lake Sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf Snake in the water Sudden downpour in Cheow Larn Lake Bison by the banks Night at a floating rafthouse Sunrise over karsts Spotting gibbons in the canopy Sok River Primates wandering about Loop walk in Khao Sok National Park Sunset on the Highway Other things to do when in Khao Sok National Park500 Rai Elephant Hills Hike to see the giant Rafflesia kerrii flower (seasonal between December and March) Jungle meals Khao Sok Riverside Cottages Our Jungle House & Our Jungle Camp Panvaree The Greenery ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Voices of our guide and fellow travellers, and photographs by Nikhil Shankar
Bodhi Garrett is the Founder of multiple projects including North Andaman Tsunami Relief and Andaman Discoveries among others, and an eco-entrepreneur of several community-based tourism initiatives in the Khao Sok National Park region. Listen to his journey from growing up amid myriad cultures across the world, to helping with relief work during the tsunami in Thailand (2004) and the earthquake in Nepal (2015). Learn about his community projects, and tourism development initiatives, while finding a home and empowering native folks in Southern Thailand. North Andaman Tsunami Relief was set up to empower people in several tsunami-affected villages, by using education, conservation, and development, so these communities can build independent livelihoods. Andaman Discoveries is a social enterprise that serves the needs of local communities through education, conservation, and cultural empowerment in Southern Thailand. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Sign up for themed tours to villages and islands, or give back through volunteer programs in schools and orphanages. Khao Sok Riverside Cottages and Coco Hostel are family-owned boutique accommodations in close proximity to Khao Sok National Park, which offer immersive experiences in the region. Explore the wonderful flora and fauna of this tropical rainforest surrounds highlighted by the picturesque Cheow Larn Lake and the Ratchaprapha Dam. Enjoy a bunch of activities here that include canoe trips, cave explorations, lake cruises, raft house stayovers, waterfall hikes, wildlife excursions, rafflesia hunting, night walks, village encounters, jungle cooking, and more. Also mentioned in this episode: 7/11 Animist traditions Ban Talae Nok Batik Carry Your Bottle Cheow Larn Lake Cicadas Coconut beetles Community based tourism Crickets Durian Dusit FED Ferns in Southern Thailand Gaur Gems Elephant Farm Glowing fungus Khao Lak Khao Sok Lake Khao Sok National Park Khlong Phanom National Park Klong Koh Surin Lindsey Reding Mangosteen Mangosteen Cosmopolitan Marriott Moken people Mondop “Bee” Sreshthabutra Mount Kailash Nam Kra Jieb Nam Prik Kapi Nattaya “Nat” Sektheera Nubri Our Jungle Camp Our Jungle House Pandan juice Phang Nga Rafflesia Kerrii Rainforest Ranong Riang beans Rohingya refugee crisis Rhinoceros beetles Sataw Sambar deer Sakai people Sheraton Sonchana Farm Tapir Thamrong “Tui” Chomphusri The Hippie Trail The Hillside Retreat The Red Cross United Nations Yondr ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library A Trip Around The Moon by Unicorn Heads Crater Laker by The Mini Vandals All photographs courtesy of Andaman Discoveries, Bodhi Garrett, and Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, unless otherwise stated
Taunggyi is the 'cool' capital of Shan state in eastern Myanmar. Perched on a lush mountain ridge, it's home to Intha, Pa-O, and Shan ethnic tribes. Interact with its beautiful people, and natural scenery; the large city also has colorful markets and an assortment of Shan dishes to enjoy. The showstopper attraction here is the fire balloon festival that Taunggyi hosts at the Awayyar field, where thousands of enthusiasts from across the country gather to witness this unique event. The Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival is an annual celebration and local competition during the Tazaungdaing 'Festival of Lights' month in Myanmar. Join in for this extravaganza that lasts anywhere from a week to ten days, where locals compete, showcasing their handcrafted fire balloons decorated with paintings and lanterns, and some of them paired with homemade pyrotechnics. Apart from makeshift rooftop lounges, karaoke bars, and street foods, there are human-powered amusement rides, and stalls selling a variety of produce to keep the vibe going. When you travel here, check the Myanmar local calendar for details about the opening and closing ceremony dates. Things to do when in Taunggyi: - Explore the Pa-O villages in the hills around - Visit Kakku - Wine tasting at Aythaya Vineyard ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Incidental music and background tunes include Myanmar songs and live chants at the festival, and photographs by Nikhil Shankar
Swe Yi Myat is the owner of Loikaw Lodge, and the founder of Ancient Geographic Travel & Tours, Myanmar. Listen to her journey from growing up in Yangon to co-creating a lakeside lodge and now putting together customised travel experiences across Myanmar. Loikaw Lodge is a family-run boutique hotel that sits on the edge of a tranquil lake in the heart of Loikaw, the capital of Kayah state, Myanmar. See the website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page You can enjoy Burmese hospitality, ethnic experiences, and nature excursions while being based in a stylish accommodation built using local materials. Ancient Geographic is a boutique agency that offers customised travel experiences across Myanmar, particularly Loikaw. See the website Like their Facebook page Interact with ethnic tribes via community based tourism projects, embark on hiking excursions with local guides, practice your skills on photography tours, and enjoy short transfers on vintage land rovers! ******* Also mentioned in this episode: Air KBZ Aqua Hotel Group Bagan CBT - Community Based Tourism Chiang Mai Chin state Dawdama Gyi Demoso market Hoya Biya Hpa-An Hta Nee La Le Htay Kho Htekho Inle Lake International Trade Center Jens Uwe Parkitny Kaloe - Kayah bamboo guitars Kayah Kayan Loikaw Mandalay Khaung - Kayah millet wine / rice wine Land Rover Latah Lisu Mingalar Traditional Food Mrauk-U Myanmar National Airlines Nathalie Johnston Padaung women Pan Phet Pa-O Polaroid camera Rakhine state Sittwe Songkran Thingyan Yintale Yar A Pyare Yinbaw ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library1940's Slow Dance (Sting) by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions Jazz Mango by Joey Pecoraro Melting Sands by ELPHNT All photographs courtesy of Ancient Geographic, Jens Uwe Parkitny, Loikaw Lodge, and Swe Yi Myat, unless otherwise stated
Emilie Röell is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Doh Eain. When not helping locals renovate their historical homes and shops, you might find her hiking and motorbiking in scenic destinations across the world. Know more about her on LinkedIn Listen to her journey from growing up in The Netherlands and studying cultural anthropology and philosophy, to working with international developmental organizations, and now breathing new life into several urban spaces of Yangon. Doh Eain is a not-for-profit social enterprise that undertakes heritage conservation and placemaking. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their YouTube channel Know more on their LinkedIn profile A passionate group of architects, designers, and planners, Doh Eain aims to bring people closer to the places they live by facilitating pleasant surroundings. Explore their diverse projects that range from beautifying back alleys, creating public playgrounds, restoring heritage buildings to empowering locals via managing their colonial properties. Also mentioned on this episode: 19th street ADB Anorexia Anthropology Asian Venture Philanthropy Network - AVPN Aung San Suu Kyi Buddhism Confucianism Dawei European Union Gulam Indian Himalayas Kawthaung Kayah state Lashio Little India, Yangon Nepal Organic farming Palm Islands Permaculture Pushing Myanmar San Francisco Shan state Shwedagon pagoda Singapore shophouses SOCAP Social entrepreneurship Southern China The Netherlands Theravada Buddhism United Nations Vipassana meditation World Bank Yangon Yangon City Development Committee ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of Icons8 and YouTube Audio Library Hang - Music by Max Sergeev from FugueIschia by The Mini Vandals Mix It Up by RalphReal Sunshine on Sand by Unicorn Heads All photographs courtesy of Doh Eain, and Emilie Röell, unless otherwise stated
André Schnegaaß is a motorbiking adventurer, and the founder of Life Seeing Tours. Between getting deeper into the culture of Southern Myanmar, you might meet him on motorbike adventures somewhere in the world. Listen to his journey from growing up in Germany and networking as an events manager, to pioneering diverse tours in Southern Myanmar. Life Seeing Tours offers curated travel experiences so you can explore and understand daily life in Southern Myanmar. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their Vimeo feed Apart from hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking, you can sign up for village excursions, walks in colonial neighborhoods, and visits to local boutique industries. From pristine beaches, protected mangroves, lush forests, and remote islands, to pilgrimage sites, pearl farms, and fresh catch at local beer gardens, there's plenty to keep you occupied. Embark on one day snorkelling trips and multi-day sailing cruises across the Mergui Archipelago, to marvel at the exotic marine life here. Also mentioned in this episode Andaman & Nicobar Islands Archipelago Brewing Company Awei Pila Boulder Bay Eco Resort Burma Boating Ceviche Dawei Grand Andaman Hpa-An Inner Line Permit Jade Flower Travel Kawthaung King of Siam Kyaktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) Mawlamyine Mergui Archipelago Mergui Princess Moby Dick Tours Moken people Mon Myanmar Paradise Beach Bungalow Myeik Sea Cucumbers Sea Urchins Seven Sister States Southern Myanmar Tanintharyi Region Thanlyin River The Strand, Yangon Wa Ale Ye ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of Icons8 and YouTube Audio Library Back To Earth (ft Danny Layne) - Music by Backspace from Fugue Man by Rondo Brothers All photographs courtesy of André Schneegaß and Life Seeing Tours, unless otherwise stated
Myeik (pronounced Beik) is a quaint fishing town in Southern Myanmar. As a gateway to the Mergui Archipelago, Myeik offers a host of experiences both on land as well as out in the pristine waters of the Andaman Sea. In this episode, listen to the ambient sounds of long tail boats on their excursions around Seik Nge Jetty in Myeik. Things to do when in Myeik Life Seeing Tours Mergui Archipelago Shwe Yar Su ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue
Nathalie Johnston is the founder and curator of Myanm/art. She's also the member of a Yangon based art collective called Pyinsa Rasa. She has created other art projects such as 7000 Padauk, and Myanmar Art Resource Center & Archive (MARCA). Listen to her journey from growing up around Asian influences and studying art, to now offering a platform for contemporary art and encouraging avant-garde artists in Myanmar. When not researching happenings in the arts and crafts, you can find her savoring craft beers while working on her book on Southeast Asian art. Myanm/art is an art gallery and exhibition space in downtown Yangon that showcases and promotes contemporary art of Myanmar. It also hosts art exhibits and performances across various mediums including poetry readings, music concerts, installations and more. See the website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page MARCA – Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive is an online and physical resource that serves the artist and creative community by providing an expansive collection of documented material across Myanmar. See their website Like their Facebook page Pyinsa Rasa is a diverse arts collective based in Yangon. Founded and curated by art enthusiasts and organisations, it promotes and develops local artists in Myanmar through various events. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Also mentioned in this episode: 7000 Padauk And Proud Festival Asia Art Archive Ashin Wirathu Asia Pacific Triennale Aung San Aung San Suu Kyi Bart Was Not Here Beijing Beyond Pressure Burmese art history Burmese lacquerware Dawei European Film Festival Fire Balloon Festival Full moon festival Goethe Institute Great Leap Brewing Hongkong Handover Indian art scene Ivan Pun Jam It! Jogja Biennale M Interiors Memory Film Festival MOMA Mrauk-U My Yangon My Home Myanmar Deitta Naga New Year Festival National Air & Space Museum National Gallery of Art National Museum of Natural History Naypyidaw Ne Win Ngapali Beach Peik Chin Myaung Cave Phyo Min Thein Pyin Oo Lwin Radio Free Asia Rakhine Rockefellers Rohingya RuPaul's Drag Race Sand Painting Singapore Singapore Biennale Smithsonian Institute Southeast Asian art history Sri Lankan art history Taung Byone Nat Festival Taunggyi Than Shwe The Rough Cut The Secretariat, Yangon Tibetan Tim TS1 Uyghurs Vanderbilts Wathann Film Festival Yangon University of Foreign Languages ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryOne Last Time by South London HiFi Sunrise Drive by South London HiFi Timeless Tides by Asher FuleroAll photographs courtesy of Myanm/art, Nathalie Johnston, and Pyinsa Rasa, unless otherwise stated
Marc Shortt is a chef and the founder of Sa Ba Street Food Tours. Apart from wandering about Yangon's streets and discovering lesser known dishes from the remote corners of the country, you might bump into him at food markets and adventure destinations somewhere in the world. Listen to his journey growing up in rural England being part of many family gathering around food, and travelling across the world as a chef, to now offering street food tours while empowering local communities and their small family businesses in Myanmar. Sa Ba Street Food Tours is a culinary experience and social enterprise that offers small group and personalised excursions to explore the exotic dishes of Myanmar. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Browse their Pinterest boards Let these local guides take you on a journey through Yangon's historical neighborhoods while sharing influences of food culture here. Relish a lip-smacking assortment of Myanmar dishes as you traverse bustling lanes filled with complex aromas. Hopping between a curated bunch of trusty street vendors, treat yourselves to the diverse flavors of Burmese home-style food. Sign up for their cooking classes run by a team of food enthusiasts at YWCA Yangon, mentored and trained by Sa Ba Street Food Tours. If you're ready to dig deeper into the culinary offerings of Myanmar, join in for their various themed tours either in and around Yangon, or out in the Burese countryside. ******* 19th street, Yangon Anthony Bourdain Asian street food Bamboo jungle cooking Barack Obama Chamonix Chin cuisine French Alps Hard Rock Cafe Hsipaw Inle Lake postoffice Kachin cuisine Kitchen Confidential Khao San Road Lahpet Lahpet, London Longyi Mandalay Michelin Guide Mohinga Mont Blanc Netflix Norfolk Sagaing Shan coffee Shan state Onho Khow Suey Parts Unknown Singapore street food Taungyyi Tazaungdaing Fire Balloon Festival Thingyan water festival Toddy Yangon downtown YWCA Yuwaddy Center Zomi ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryFairy Meeting by Emily A Sprague Echo Sclavi by The Mini Vandals All photographs courtesy of Sa Ba Street Food Tours, unless otherwise stated
Three Treasures is a social enterprise that offers private and customised tours in Myanmar to showcase the unique culture and the raw beauty of the region, for discerning travellers. Enjoy the simple and traditional way of life here as you take in the sights and sounds of Myanmar. See their website Follow them on Instagram Like Their Facebook page Enjoy a deeper connection with destinations and people across Myanmar by exploring famous landmarks and lesser known sites. Ian Hayes is the founder of Myanmar SEEDS, and the co-founder of Three Treasures. He's a photography enthusiast and an expert guide who uses his collection of both digital and vintage analog cameras to tell visual stories. He's also regularly ordained as a monk in Bagan. Listen to his journey from growing up in California and moving to Switzerland, to studying sustainability and initiating diverse non-profit projects at destinations close to his heart! Thandar Oo is the co-founder of Three Treasures, and the Project manager at Myanmar SEEDS. She's a photo tour guide and also a supporter of LGBTQ movement in Myanmar. Listen to her journey from growing up in the Ayeyarwady Division and working with Japanese fine dining, hospitality, and community-based tourism pilot projects in Myanmar, to now showcasing the hidden gems of the country, and managing permaculture farms. Embark on your off-the-beaten-path photography adventures individually-designed by Myanmar Photo Tours. Swiss Analog is a non-profit photo association based in Zurich, dedicated to the art of analog film photography and related visual arts. Myanmar SEEDS is a non-profit organisation that promotes environmental sustainability and economic development using education and responsible tourism practices. See their websiteFollow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Experience specially curated walking tours, bamboo craft workshops, sand painting classes, Burmese slow food cooking classes, and Buddhist meditation sessions, while supporting local communities in Bagan. Mi Ta Zu is a boutique farm in Bagan that follows sustainable agriculture methods as a permaculture training center. Sign up for private tours and workshops to learn more about native crops and farming techniques. Also mentioned in this episode: Analog photography Angkor Wat Aung San Suu Kyi Bagan Buddhism Byron Hartzler Community Based Tourism Desmond Tutu Eat Pray Love Fujifilm Hasselblad Irawaddy Japanese International Corporation Agency Leica III f LGBTQ Myanmar Mahayana Buddhism Mandalay MSG National Geographic Nelson Mandela Ooredo Permaculture Rolleiflex™ Shan coffee Shan state Siem Reap Sinon Loresca South Africa Summicron-M 50 Switzerland Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival Thích Nhất Hạnh UK Aid UNESCO United Nations WeChat Wikipedia World War II ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library1940's Slow Dance (Sting) by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions Ischia by The Mini Vandals Mind and Eye Journey by Emily A Sprague Sunrise Drive by South London HiFi All photographs courtesy of Three Treasures, Myanmar SEEDS, Ian Hayes,and Thadar Oo, unless otherwise stated
Shwezigon Pagoda is a 11th century shrine home to Buddha's relics, situated in Nyaung U near Bagan in Myanmar. Explore this expansive complex adorned with gilded features, statues of mythical creatures, and several artifacts. An important religious site in the Bagan region, this is ideal for people-watching, especially during festivals and celebrations. Thadingyut Festival aka Lighting Festival of Myanmar is celebrated on the full moon day of the seventh month in the Burmese lunar calendar. Spread across three days, you can see locals decked up in festive attire and light thousands of lamps to illuminate houses, shops, and pagodas all over Bagan. Other things to do when in Bagan:Balloons Over Bagan Goat Herding Tour Sanon Shwe Pyi Nann Thanaka Museum Three Treasures ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue
Myo Min Zaw is a seasoned tour guide in Myanmar, and the founder of Inle Canoe Lady. Listen to his journey from gaining tourism scholarships in Italy to now initiating various responsible tourism and community development projects across Myanmar.  Inle Canoe Lady is a slow travel experience in Pauck Par village on Inle Lake, Myanmar. See their website Like their Facebook page Hop onto specially designed and decorated canoes and explore Puack Par at a leisurely pace as local women show you around their neighborhoods. Within the clusters of stilted bamboo structures, you can see houses, workshops, kindergartens, and even a floating post office! Also mentioned in this episode: Bagan Plastic Campaign Bertinoro Do Not Harm principle Green Microphone Award Inle Lake Intha architecture Kayah state Kuchomun Maing Thauk Mandalay Monywa Myanmar Responsible Tourism Award National Conference on Communities & Tourism Padaung people Pathein umbrella Pindaya Tourism For All Myanmar UKAID University of Bologna ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryCast of Pods by Doug Maxwell All photographs courtesy of Inle Canoe Lady & Myo Min Zaw, unless otherwise stated
Visit the myriad homegrown and family-run workshops set up in floating villages across Inle Lake. From boat building and silver jewellery to umbrellas, cheroots, and lotus silks, learn about Burmese arts and crafts while soaking in the picturesque surrounds of Inle Lake. Burmese Cheroot Enjoy a cheroot that is emblematic of Myanmar's portrait postcards, and is also immortalised in Rudyard Kipling's poem Mandalay. Handrolled in various sizes, they contain tobacco and fragrant wood chips wrapped in dried thanat leaves. Expect a lingering taste and freshness in your mouth, thanks to various flavors including tamarind, banana, sugarcane, pineapple, vanilla, and rice wine among others. Part of daily life in Myanmar, you can find cheroots in stacks at local markets and shops. Lotus 'silk' Scarves and robes made out of lotus fibre have been used by head monks and in monasteries, for centuries. Lotus, a highly regarded flower and spiritually significant symbol in Buddhist culture, takes pride of place in Myanmar. Innpawkhon village happens to one of the very few places in the world to produce lotus fibre and create exquisite handwoven garments. Employing a painstaking and labor intensive process, the floating factories, studios and boutiques of Inn Paw Khon have caught the attention of high fashion labels and designers. Since I spent a couple of days at Inn Paw Khon, I visited Khit Sunn Yin, a Lotus, Silk & Cotton Hand Weaving Center, famous for its lotus 'silk' fibre fabrics. ******* Also mentioned in this episode: Burmese cherootInn Paw Khon Khit Sunn Yin Lotus, Silk & Cotton Handweaving Centre Lotus fibre Rose cheroot factory ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue
Yoke Thé is the traditional art of marionette puppetry in Myanmar. Watch a puppet theatre where intricately designed wooden puppets dressed in exquisite costumes put up a show that shares stories of the past called jatakas. Enjoy various segments that may Originally boasting a cast of twenty eight characters and a band of musicians, singers, and puppeteers who performed all night, contemporary versions still have about a dozen segments with lesser number of characters. Once under the patronage of Burmese royalty, Yoke Thé unfortunately in recent years finds itself in a tourist trap as an act rather than art!  Listen to the sounds of Yoke Thé at Aung Puppet Show, in Nyaungshwe, a lively town on the fringes of Inle Lake. See their location here Mr Aung  is a fourth generation puppet master who has learnt this art from his ancestors and desires to pass on the skills to his children and grand children. Drop by for the twice-daily shows and support their family-run business in keeping this rich cultural heritage of Myanmar alive.  Nearby: Red Mountain Estate Vineyard & Winery Song of Travel ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue
Stephen Traina-Dorge is a social documentarian, and the founder of Face of Indawgyi. Between skateboarding sessions and his interest in musical instruments, chat with him about the history of jazz or the mystery of Thanaka! Listen to his journey from growing up in New Orleans and graduating in sociology to documenting cultural heritage in Myanmar and creating a social impact organisation at Indawgyi Lake, in the far north of Myanmar. Expect to find him empowering more local communities in the country. Face of Indawgyi is a community-focussed social enterprise set up in the remote hinterland of Kachin state in northern Myanmar. It's working towards bringing about significant change in the myriad communities in and around Indawgyi Lake - the largest freshwater lake in Myanmar and an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Visit their website Follow them on Instagram Like their Facebook page Watch their Vimeo feed Witness their work on educational opportunities, cultural preservation, environmental conservation, and local business development. Soak in the tranquility while sipping on local beers and slurping noodle soups. Visit and explore the region with their thoughtfully designed excursions that will benefit the local families directly. Enjoy an array of activities that include hiking, shrimping, mountain biking, kayaking, jungle cooking, and bird watching. You can also visit the village distillery for homegrown spirits, and admire Kachin textiles at the weaving workshops. Face of Myanmar is a photo documentary project that showcases the life and style of the diverse populace of Myanmar from the remote villages to the bustling cities. Learn about the use of Thanaka, which is emblematic of the contemporary fabric of Myanmar society. Visit the website Follow the project on Instagram Like their Facebook page Also mentioned in this episode:American Center, Yangon Bamar Blue Temple Bureo Burma Bike Partnership Byron Hartzler Calvin Wang Chile Fine Art Institute, Chicago Flora and Fauna International Holystoked Hopin Ian Hayes Inle Lake Indawgyi Lake Indawgyi Wetland Education Center Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary Indonesia Inn Chit Thu Irawaddy river Jingpo Kachin Independence Army Kachin liquor Kachin state Katha Katrina Loktak Lake Lon Ton Mark Shortt Mohnyin Myanmar Skate Association Myitkyina Nagaland Naypyitaw Nam Mun New Orleans Noreban Pa'O Patrick Compton Pinnya Tagar Academy Pushing Myanmar Raphaël Monnier Sa Ba Street Food Tours Shan state Shan Ni Shar Lae Phyu Shwedagon Pagoda Sicily Sule Pagoda Sut Mai Aung Thanaka Thanaka Museum, Bagan Thanyanthiri region Tura UC Berkeley USAID US Embassy Yangon Yunnan ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryMiles Beyond by Quincas Moreira Bonos by Coyote Hearing All photographs courtesy of Face of Indawgyi, unless otherwise stated
Byron Hartzler is a seasoned outdoorsman and a co-creator of Myanmar Adventure Outfitters. Listen to his journey from growing up in a picturesque farm in Canada and working with non-profit organizations while living around the world, to now using adventure sports and cultural encounters to offer development opportunities for local communities in and around Lashio, northeastern Myanmar. Between homeschooling his kids along with wife Eileen and catching up with village chiefs, expect to find him exploring new routes and trails across the Shan wilderness. Myanmar Adventure Outfitters is a passion project of Byron & Eileen Hartzler, who encourage you to explore remote reaches of the Shan state through their custom-designed small group excursions. Visit their website Like their Facebook page Binge their YouTube channel Watch their Vimeo feed Photo by Josiah William Gordon Photo by Josiah William Gordon Sign up to admire the pristine natural beauty and immerse yourselves in the diverse cultural experiences of the region. Go hiking amid rice paddies, plantations, and woodlands, cool off in waterfalls and rivers, try stand up paddleboarding on tranquil lakes, and navigate dirt trails on mountain bikes and dirt bikes.  Gazing at the starlit sky, rest for the night in traditional houses at quaint Shan villages. Also mentioned in the episode: Adventure Travel & Trade Association Alex Annie Andrina Anja Around the bend - itis Bagan Banko Behind The Leaf Bike World, Yangon Canadian Rockies Carstairs Dark Horse Falls Dinadi Eden Gothet Hsipaw Inle Japme Jochen Meissner Kaemp 8848 Kalaw Kunming LSO Local Lashio Linh Mae Mandalay Freeriders Myanmar Responsible Tourism Award Myanmar Tea Leaf Salad NayPyiTaw Nene One Child Policy Paddleboarding Preston Thiessen Pu'erh Purnaa Pyin Oo Lwin Run BKK Run DMC Sherpa Adventure Gear Sonne International The Local Project Train from Mandalay to Lashio Tyler Uncharted Horizons Yunnan ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibrarySearching in the Mountains by Au.RaSunrise Drive by South London HiFi
Sao Sarm Hpong 'Fern' is a royal family guardian of the Shan Palace in Hsipaw. Together with her husband Sao Oo Kya 'Donald', she hosts tourists for limited hours most evenings, to share about the former princely Shan states and more. Shan Palace is the last vestige of the last living prince of Hsipaw. Drop by for a guided tour that showcases a significant piece of Myanmar history, and do your bit in preserving its heritage. Inge Sargent (Eberhard) is the wife of prince Sao Kya Seng, and Madadevi of Hsipaw. Their tragic story is immortalized in her book Twilight Over Burma: My Life as a Shan Princess. It also made it to film in Twilight Over Burma directed by Sabine Derflinger. ******* Also mentioned in the episode: Aung San Suu Kyi British rule in Burma Colorado School of Mines Ethnic groups of Myanmar Fullbright Scholarship Mr Charles Hotel Oxford University Taunggyi Twilight Over Burma Twilight Over Burma: My Life as a Shan Princess World War II ******* Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8 Music by Nordgroove from Fugue Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio LibraryA Whisper by Ann Annie
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