Myanmar in 6 Photos

Continuing on from Singapore, my 5 month journey around South East Asia next went to Myanmar, a country often shrouded in controversy and mystery. Politics aside, it’s a beautiful place with friendly people who are pleased to see you (expect lots of requests to be in photos and selfie’s!) and always make you feel welcome.

In the one month that my travel visa allowed I explored the central and southern parts of the country, starting in Mandalay and ending in Yangon. Highlights included exploring the vast temple complex of Bagan on an electric motorbike, flying over those same temples at dawn in a hot air balloon, hiking through the mountains from Kalaw to Inle Lake (apart from the 5 days of food poisoning latter suffered from Inle!) and much more!

My journey had to include the curious “new” capital, Nay Pyi Taw. A city spread over a vast area, which was constructed in secret by the army, opened in 2005 (public servants were given just a few months notice they had to move north from Yangon) and only made accessible (with limited access) to foreign tourists in 2011! It has grand buildings, few people and massive 12-18 lane highways with hardly any cars on them that really don’t go very far! It is divided into various zones which include the government, tourist, residential and hotel zones. A fascinating place!

So here is my attempt at summing up that journey in just 6 photos, whilst barely scratching the surface of my experiences there. My planned 5 photos just wouldn’t cut it!

The 1.2km teakwood U Bein Bridge in Amarapura near Mandalay was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest teakwood bridge in the world and was once also the longest (it crosses Taungthaman Lake) Myanmar
The 1.2km teakwood U Bein Bridge in Amarapura near Mandalay was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest teakwood bridge in the world and was once also the longest (it crosses Taungthaman Lake) – February 2018
Bagan Temples E-Bike Myanmar
Exploring the temples of Bagan, an ancient city that was active in the Mandalay region of Myanmar from the 9th to 13th Centuries – February 2018
Balloons Over Bagan Myanmar
Balloons Over Bagan – lift off at dawn. An expensive but fantastic experience! February 2018
Hiking through mountain villages, farms and countryside over two days from Kalaw to Inle Lake Myanmar
Hiking through mountain villages, farms and countryside over two days from Kalaw to Inle Lake – February 2018
Myanmar vast and near empty Nay Pyi Taw highway
One side of a vast and near empty Nay Pyi Taw highway – they are wide but don’t really go that far! Myanmar February 2018
The 99 metre (326 foot) tall pagoda of the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon dates back to around the 6th Century
The 99 metre (326 foot) tall pagoda of the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon dates back to around the 6th Century and is a bustling destination for tourists and locals alike! February 2018
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