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!