A long way from Yangon, in the far west of Burma is a small town with an ancient past – Mrauk U. We’d heard about this place being well off the beaten track and after a long boat trip up the river from the already quite remote town of Sittwe, we arrived.

Whilst Burma might be developing at breakneck pace, life in rural areas is much slower and the people are very friendly. This was even more evident on a day-trip a few more hours north upstream to visit a number of Chin villages who traditionally tattooed their faces for village identification. These villages are remote and have some of the poorest people in all of Burma.

Mobbed by village children and covered in the endless fine dust, Mrauk U was a memorable experience…