The Mon of Myanmar – Surviving Ogre Island

A hand made pipe made up of Ogre heads

A hand made pipe made up of Ogre heads

The Mon are one of the ethnic groups that make up the diverse nation that is Myanmar. Off the coast of Mawlaymine (formerly Moulmein) in Mon State is an island called Bule Kyin which apparently translates as Ogre Island. After a local ferry ride got us most of the way to the jetty (the tide was very low) we choose to jump on a long boat to get in instead of slop through the mud like most of the other passengers. Especially after one guy seemed to get a particularly sharp fish stuck in his foot…

Walking the plank

Walking the plank

A chance encounter on the long boat with a much more organised London based traveller helped us to set a path through the Island to see some traditional crafts and back out to a different jetty to get a boat home. The roads were not fantastic but our tuktuk driver took us to a few good places including a walking stick and smoking pipe house, a rubber band making family and a bamboo pen making place. Seeing how rubber bands are made was actually pretty interesting.

Rubber bands of Ogre Island

Rubber bands of Ogre Island

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