Mu Aye Pu village, where I am a volunteer, is surrounded by wonderful views of an untouched Myanmar paradise. The view from the guesthouse is just like a living painting, with the river just in front. Walking around the village is also very interesting as the landscape is changing with the several mountains that surround us. The sunset from the village itself is not that special because the high mountains just behind us don’t allow us to see the sun until late hours. The same doesn’t happen when it is sunrise time.
Sunrise in Mu Aye Pu
I usually don’t like waking to watch the sunrise, but sometimes I do the effort to wake up early to watch the first rays of light hitting our earth. In some places, it is definitely worth an early morning wake up, like in Mrauk-U or Bagan for instance. If the village is not so great for sunset watching, it must be a great spot for sunrise watching, I thought. And I thought it just about time, as during my 3 weeks volunteer, I only woke up to watch the sunrise once, and it was on the last day I could do so. I spotted the highest place where I could go. That should be the best place to watch the sunrise, looking straight to the river. The view is wonderful and I’m expecting a truly beautiful moment. And it was. The sun rises behind the mountains and reflects its light in the water. As the landscape is beautiful, the moment couldn’t avoid being it either. It was more than worth the early wake and I only needed to walk for 5 minutes from the guesthouse. So after 30 minutes at the top watching the sun rising, I went back to bed again. Unfortunately, my camera ran out of battery, but I still could record it with my phone.
Exploring along the river
The landscape along the river turns the place beautiful, so I and the volunteer decided to explore both margins, the Myanmar one and the Thai one. I went back to the place where I first got stuck waiting for a boat to reach the village because it looked like a good spot to watch the sunset. It was definitely better than watching it from the village and we discovered a different landscape. Huge rocks were standing there with wonderful and mysterious shapes drawn by the water. We can see that the water goes up that high during the rainy season because there are plastics hanging on the trees. It was another more than worthy walk also not that far from the village. Things here are really untouched and that is what makes this landscape so naturally beautiful.
Visiting unmapped places
We also visited another place, this time with my hoster and her son. We went to a village that I don’t know the name, and visited the Forestry Department to get more information about the moon bears and if there are many other bears living nearby. There, people are trying to protect wildlife and installing cameras in the forest to check if something is spotted. Unfortunately this day the right person wasn’t there, but the more than 30 minutes trek to get there was worthy. It is a trek that is not traced on the map. There is a checkpoint, so you could never go there alone anyway. This way, I was very happy to walk there and being surely one of the few foreigners that did so. This street might connect this area to the rest of Myanmar but I’m not sure and can’t tell. We walk with a wonderful mountain view and the sounds of nature around us. To get here we crossed by boat from the Thai side, and I would never know how to do it without the company of my hoster. Plus there are military safeguarding the area, so this is a place you couldn’t go on your own unless you speak Karen language…
Review of this volunteer in Myanmar
Thus, besides having fun with the bears, helping my hoster, and being surrounded by pure nature, Mu Aye Pu has so many other interesting places to explore around it. It is a true unexplored Myanmar gem and I loved to stay there for 3 weeks and I would stay longer without a doubt.
I will never forget the daily ravishing smile on my hoster’s face. She looked like the happiest person on earth living there with her bears, dogs, cats, geese, chickens, snakes in the middle of such a peaceful and beautiful place. And that made me realize that you don’t need anything you think you do to be truly happy. I can’t stop comparing her to my next hoster that had way better life conditions and not so many difficulties and still couldn’t smile the same way. And that was the biggest lesson I learned in this volunteer. It was her smile that taught me that.
I left without really wanting to leave but thinking that I want to come back one day. I loved this volunteer and I totally recommend this place. I must say it was the toughest but my favorite volunteer so far. (I have done 4)
I can take you there as a non-volunteer. You can enjoy all these wonderful sights, interact with the bears, but not having to volunteer. Just explore the area. If you are interested, follow the link below:
Here is a video of this place: