A journey through the eastern states of Mon and Kayan, where the National League for Democracy party seems to have an office in every village. 37 minutes.
We visit Mawlamyine on the Bay of Bengal, where George Orwell served as a colonial police officer and Kipling wrote 'On the Road to Mandalay.' We voyage upriver to Pa An, where karst mountains, rising like dragons' teeth from the jungle, shelter amazing caves filled with Buddhas. There are tens of thousands of these images, some tiny, some large enough for crowds to walk around inside. The scant remains of the notorious Burma Railway's terminus and the cemetery where the allied prisoners who built it are buried provoke overpowering sadness.
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