I could’ve spent more time up there in Chin State. I mean, I really liked it there. The people, the towns, and most of all, the weather were wonderful. Remember, April is the hottest month of the year in Myanmar, and down in the valleys, the 100-degree, 60% humildity days were sweltering. The clean, crisp air of Chin was quite a relief.
|Sunrise in Chin State|
As a place to ride a motorcycle, providing you have an enduro-bike with a good suspension, Chin State had been like a dream. The mountain vistas mesmerized me and the roads were in decent condition. The dream soured a bit on the road from Rihkandar to Tedim. On a lesser bike, it would have been a nightmare.Fortunately, the CRF250 I’d rented from mandalaymotorbike.com handled to rocky, bumpy roads without much trouble. After Tedim, the road to Kalaymyo was quite smooth.
Down from the hills into a valley, the heat was back. However, instant relief was available in the form of Thingyan, the water festival. Just outside my hotel door, a stage had been set up.
Hoses busily sprayed truckload after truckload of people out
celebrating. A few dozen local youth danced up a storm in front of loudspeakers.
I joined in, recording it with my waterproof camera. When the organizers noticed me, they asked if
I would like to record a traditional Thingyan dance. Of course! I’m sure the dance was planned for later, but
they moved it up just for me.
|They let me run the hose for a bit.|
This first video shows the trip out of Chin to Kalymyo.
The second video is just the Thingyan dance and the goings on around it.