Journey to the North 2009 November Day-2 25-Nov Part-6 Nalankha falls Sidone cont’d

dear all

after crossing the bridge, we had to climb up the opposite mountain to reach the falls

the road was natural mountain terrain with minimal manmade improvements

those who like nature travel will like it very much

I heard that tourists take a 3 day tour around Myitkyina

maybe 1 day each for the MyitHsone, NaLanKha and then to LaiZar or go to Bhamo to make the boat trip

however, we did not meet any tourists during our visit to the NaLanKha falls

we met only a group of girls from Myitkyina who came on motorcycle

a 30 mile motorcycle ride

on good road of course

it would be great motorcycling if the road is dirt road and one has to ride on a DT

(as I did once, during my stay in the NanSiBum Jade Mines, Khamti)

the DTs are made for such terrain

but the girls came on Chinese 125s

it will be harsh on these motorbikes to make such climb, even on good road

but they made it

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Pyone was the first on the way up to the water falls

I had to call out to her to stop so that I can take photos of the climb

the first part of the climb was natural as you see

I remember my first visit to the KyaikHtiYoe pagoda back in the 1960s

when I was maybe in the 6th Standard

it was still natural

unlike the concrete pavements and steps of the recent years

I was about 11 years old

did not even have a pair of trousers

had only shorts

it was during the Cold season

and very cold during the night

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next came aung ko oo

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and then myself

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Zaw Tuu, our driver, grandson of Sama Duwa HsinWar Naung’s elder brother, another Duwa

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ako was waiting for me

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as I was making a difficult crossing

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and reached ako safely

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it was my turn to take photos of them

P had gone ahead

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there were some huts for rest and recreation

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Pyone looks less happy now

maybe she is tired after the climb

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the lower part of the water falls in the background

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the lower part of the water falls

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Pyone has gone ahead again

it was a descent for a while

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this is the place where the falls joins the NaLanKha

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while I was taking photos, ako and zaw tuu has gone up and beyond them is the falls (middle part)

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Pyone looks tired

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and the rocks beautiful

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the falls again

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ako resting

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but ready to have his photo taken

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the falls again

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P was a little afraid on the bamboo bridge

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but was sure of her foot

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it was easy barefoot

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we had a photo session

and the photos are unbelievable

even looks like photoshopped

but they are not

of course, it is the effect of cameras

being more beautiful than when seen

even then, the falls is a wonder to us

I have never experienced such a beautiful waterfall in my life before

I have witnessed several waterfalls:

BE falls near Pyin-Oo-Lwin

DatTaw Jyaint near AhNee SaKhann

a fall seen from the rail track to Lashio

waterfall at KyaikHtiYoe

one near Beik (a mere trickle during April 2007)

none as beautiful as the NaLanKha falls

maybe the KyaingTawn falls will be more breathtaking than the NaLanKha

but until then, the NaLanKha falls will be the best I have been to

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they pushed on to the next level

while I waited to take photos

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ako reached midway to the next level

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there was a steep climb ahead

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they waited for a person to come down the steep part

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I took photos while they were waiting

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and then pushed ahead

this photo is not clear

but there is no alternative

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ako prepared for the climb

rolling up his trousers

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but they get unrolled

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Pyone had a bad moment with no one nearby

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but there was no danger

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she tried to get up

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and there was no problem

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as you can see

she had taken off her slippers to have a sure footing

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was she relieved? or tired?

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P could smile now

there are others in the background

another photosession

from below

with zoom

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they were quite far up from where I was

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I hand-signaled to Pyone to call ako for a photosession

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and she called ako

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ako had photos taken

the upper part of the falls as background

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both the upper and middle parts of the fall

taken from below

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I had ako move more towards the rock end

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while Pyone was waiting in the background, out of the way of the camera

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ako returned back from the rock edge near the falls

while I took photos of the path we had to take

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they made it up to another level

with the top fall in the background

while I reached their former level

where P had a near fall

Pyone had a talk with the group of girls from Myitkyina

or at least one of them

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the top step of the falls

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the 2 top steps of the NaLanKha

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it was a long long talk

unlike her usual self

Pyone usually does not inquire about others

does not want to know about others

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both of them seems happy

or maybe they were having a joke

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the topmost fall in the rear

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I got there too to take close up photos

no one is allowed further up anymore

after someone fell down

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the way back (down)

the place we got to is the highest level visitors are allowed to go

there was no limit and one could go to the top once

but there was an accident with fall

and visitors are not allowed higher anymore

we had to go back

however much we wanted to stay there

Thu Do. Pyan Jya. Lae Pye…….

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the way back (down)

another difficulty

going down

although there is a saying:

Hlay Ah.Hsin…

Myinn Ah.Tet.

going down a hill is also dangerous

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nearly at the bottom

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but still more difficulty

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finally on the bridge again

Pyone was waiting for me

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Pyone seems to be in a hurry

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while I took time to take the last photos of the place

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the last photos of the NaLan Kha

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the last photos of the NaLan Kha

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the last view of the NaLanKha falls from the bottom

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I caught up with Pyone near the top

she was waiting for me

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the last view of the NaLanKha falls from the top of the opposite hill

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and the rapids (shinn)

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the last photosession at NaLan Kha falls

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the chicken of the Htamin Hsaing there

before being in the pot

for customers

it was past time for lunch

but Pyone does not want to eat there

and we went on to Sidone

for late lunch

and to visit the remains of the British fort at Sidone

which ako had heard of from those who had been there

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the chicken at the food shop at NaLan Kha, before being in the pot

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the lively black puppy

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the sleeping siblings

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