MRAUK U lies 750 bumpy kilometres north-west of Yangon. Poor timings on flights ruled that option out. With the historic city of Pyay on the way, self-drive became the best choice.
Burma switched from driving on the left to the right, on the advice of soothsayers, leaving a mix of left- and right-handed cars, fighting it out with chickens, bullocks, kids on motorcycles, grandpas on bicycles, dogs, wagons, food carts, prehistoric trucks and untuchables in Mercedes.
Luckily the sights and stops on the way justified the scary traffic conditions.