Thiha Lu Lin
Let’s sleep in tent on Shan mountain range to enjoy scene of cloud stream
At a time when cloud seas were popular, I have experienced enjoying of a cloud stream in Shan State (South). The scene dubbed as cloud stream was seen with moves of spongy and flaky clouds in the sky. Sometimes, cloud sea emerges there. But, I was satisfied with enjoying the scene streaming of flaky clouds.
When I arrived in Kalaw, Ko Ye (U U Ye Kalawthar - a local guide of Kalaw) asked me: Let’s build a tent on the hill to enjoy scenic beauties of a cloud sea in the morning. So, I actively agreed it and proceeded to the hill with keenness for taking photos and enjoy natural beauties.
"Myin Muu" Hillock, the dream of every photographer
Photographers who dreamt dreams to stand on the apex of Myin Muu Hillock are very interested in taking photos on scenic beauties in Kalaw-Aungpan environs. Roughly, let me tell you all that Ko Ye took me to a better site. I saw thriving niger, oil mustard and wheat plantations and harrowing lines in varied colours with green mountain ranges in the background. These scenes looked a poem or a painting. So, photographers and view lovers preferred such natural scene. But, such scene cannot be beautiful for ever. If you go there from November to January, you can see them.
We’ll sleep in tent on Shan mountain range
Backpacking rucksack each carrying snacks, coffee cup, purified drinking water, tissue, bed and tent, we walked to the foot of the hill. Suppose, we took soft trekking experiences. We took about 20 minutes in climbing the hill along a slope route but we were not tired. Despite being busy, we carried rucksack for ensuring convenience on the hill. It is sure that such event would be remembrance for life.
As soon as we arrived on the hill, we prepared building of a waterproof tent with straw as floor on an even area. Four edges of the tents were kept in the ground so as to prevent winds. After completion of all tasks, our tent was seen as lovely one. So, I remembered my childhood when we built a tent with the use of blankets on chairs.
Let’s move into bushes
The hill bears a plain on its apex. So, it would be difficult to solve the problem of latrine. But, it was not so bad. Ko Ye said if the flock comprises women, he will change the plan of climbing on other hill. It was a remembrance that we all solved our latrine problems in the bushes naturally.
Singing beside fire by playing guitar
At night, we sprayed ourselves to prevent mosquitos and other insects. Then, we set a fire with firewoods and treated all with coffee, snacks and sunflower seeds. But, if we took a guitar, we could pass a rhythmic night with a fire, coffee cups and sounds of guitar.
Streaming of clouds in the morning
I took photos on stars in the sky at midnight and then fell asleep. Ko Ye woke up at about 5 am. He told me clouds came. So, I immediately woke up to see. OMG! How beautiful cloudy stream! How beautiful cloudy sea!
Clouds could be seen around the top of the hill. I run round the top of the hill as a child to enjoy clouds. Clouds were under my feet. I started 360 live with the use of Insta360 nano camera on tripod. I was satisfied with other friends who were also enjoying scenes of clouds. The morning created me as a prince of clouds. I could not adquately express my feeling while tasting coffee in enjoying cloudy stream. But you should take a notice for the time of enjoying scenes of the cloud sea.
It is not shameful in collecting litters
Don’t accept it is a shameful for the collection of own garbage. If the garbage may be fertilizer easily, you may leave it without worries. But, empty drinking water bottles, plastic bags, packets of snacks and polyethylene bags should be brought back and littered into the bins carefully. You must carefully put out the fire. Your moves should not be destroying plantations and housings. You should give a helping hand to others for enjoying natural scene.
Can I build tent for sleeping on own plan without local guide?
Local guide will take the best care of you. He will give easier arrangements to you for solving the problems. He can negotiate with local people for you. You cannot know what dangers you could see. You cannot know the attitude of locals. If you don’t seek help of local guide, anyone cannot solve your possible problems. So, you should make a journey under better arrangements of local guide.
How can I arrange similar itinerary?
U U Ye Kalawthar arranges all process for the trip. It will provide necessary assistance such as tents and personal beds to visitors. You can bring your owns. You may dial 09-258310379 of U U Ye Kalawthar or contact personal account and Kalaw Trekking with U U Ye Kalawthar for further information. But, you may face some dialing problems when U U Ye is on the trekking route. Otherwise, his phone may be busy for calls of many others.
Some noticeable points
You should think to bring light clothes along with you as much as possible. But don’t forget to take sweaters. You may be hot in the tent. You arrange yourselves by wearing sport shoes for having comfortability. You take care of fire not to be spread there. You should seek suggestions of local guide whether it should bringing liquor, beef and fish to new area or not. But you must take bottles of purified drinking water as much as you can. It is because you would rely on drinking water for washing your face.
Power banks must be charged fully. It is necessary to bring insect killers and lotions for prevention of mosquitos and muscle pains.
What do you have wonderful experiences in sleeping in tent on the hill?
Mainly, such move will give confidence to you. You will have habit of loving nature. You will have higher critical thinking to solve problems. As it is a sport movement on one hand, you will be fresh and active with contributing to your health. As I am trying to do things I wish in my life, I accept the experiences of sleeping in tent on the hill to enjoy natural scene as watching a film. I am satisfied with doing so. It is sure I would make more and more trips to enjoy natural scenes by spending night.
May you all have a safe, healthy and happy trip.
Thiha Lu Lin (Thiha, the Traveller)
Photo :: U U Ye Kalawthar, Thiha Lu Lin
Camera :: SONY Alpha 7II with 85mm Lens
Photos are modified in Lightroom by Thiha Lu Lin.
Translated by Than Tun Aung
We all travellers to enjoy beautiful scenes of Myanmar in the long run-
- let’s take responsibilities for systematic disposing of own garbage.
- let’s value natural beauty of flowers and thriving trees without plucking and breaking.
- let’s preserve cultural heritages and invaluable, historic buildings without scratching and destroying for a moment personal pleasure.