About the only “sport” we saw being played along the Chindwin was Chinlon. It can be played two ways, each using a woven bamboo ball about 7 inches in diameter. The simpler form is a lot like hacky-sack — a single team stands in a circle and tries to keep the ball in the air, passing it around in sometimes elaborate ways.
The other form is sort of a hybrid of volleyball and soccer. The basic play and court look like volleyball with a shorter net and that smallish bamboo ball. Like soccer, you can’t use your hands: just your feet and your head. But like volleyball, the ball can’t hit the ground: it comes over the net from the opposing team at as fast as they’re able to deliver it. It looks very difficult.
Also impressive: Notice the guys in the picture just below — playing a very acrobatic game wearing those long skirt-like “longyis” that are the traditional attire of both men and women in Burma.