Bilu Kyun Island MyanmarMyanmar Bilu Kyun Island
Within this brief period of timeframe, it is these latter cars that now welcome the travellers leaving the boat in the Nut-Maw town. Mister Anthony said the wheelbarrows are almost gone. As foreign nationals are not allowed to spend the night on the island (also known as "Ogre Island"), it is more comfortable to guide visitors through the 64 towns by motorized traffic.
As in many other parts of the countryside of Myanmar, the disadvantage is that the nostalgia of the modern age has been taken over. But in Kalwi town, where tuk-tuks are forbidden, it seems that horse-drawn vehicles exceed the number of motorcycles - although it could only be a question of getting there in a while.
Vehicles are banned all over the island and tuk-tuks are only allowed in Nut-Maw, where the boat from Mawlamyine is arriving. Usoue-min-tun has lived in Kalwi and has been in the bogie carts industry for a decennium. Immigrating to Thailand to find a career, U Soe Min Tun and his older brothers founded the company to support their families.
The first two of them were a pony and a wagon, which they purchased in Mawlamyine, the Mon State city. "In the beginning it was very difficult because we had no clue how to run a shop or educate them. Explaining that he had no clue how difficult it would be to exercise the horses, he said that the first few mornings with the riders were "terrible" because neither he nor the riders knew how to transmit and recieve orders, such as to stop pulling the Rein.
Now U Soe Min Tun is an authority and has even made his own cars. There were only four other rivals in his town when the Brotherhood was born. Over the years, the bogie carts industry grew as more and more visitors visited the island and the local people wanted to go into commerce after they lost their positions in the island's workspaces.
Mr. U Soe Min Tun said he is leading about five trips a days and the number of horse-drawn carriages is now 25. They also relied on the funds of the U Soe Min Tun nurses in Singapore, one of whom had abandoned a baby on the island of Bilu Kyun.
"I' d rather go with the horses. That' partially because I can take more people, but also because I'm connected to the ponies," he commented. USoe-min-Tun does not believe that there will be more vehicles on the island soon. "We' ve got enough transportation on this island.
He added firmly: "But no matter what happens, we will definitely keep our horses because they have somehow become part of the family," he added.