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Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)
I visited the U Bein Bridge on a rainy day in Burma (Myanmar), and took a boat ride out even though it was pouring. The bridge is supposedly the longest teak-wood bridge in the world (1.2 km), and you can buy trinkets and jewelry from sellers that...
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Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)
This was taken during sunrise over the plains of Bagan from a hot air balloon organized by Balloons Over Bagan, a first-rate ballooning outfit--while 300 bucks US might sound expensive, especially for Myanmar, let me assure you that it was worth...
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Women planting peanuts by hand on the banks of Taungthaman Lake near the U Bein Bridge in Mandalay, Myanmar.
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Kyaukse, Myanmar (Burma)
Located in the ancient city of Inwa, the Bagaya Kyaung Monastery is constructed entirely of teak wood and is a representation of the Wayzayanta Palace, which is the highest level of heaven in Buddhism. Built in 1838 A.D., the entire monastery is...
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These are fish carcasses that have been flayed into strips and dried at main market in Sittwe, located in the far western state of Arakhine in Myanmar --they look almost prehistoric! The smell is pretty overwhelming and pretty much exemplifies the...
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Indochina
Walking through a local market in Bagan, Myanmar and came across a little girl and her mother sitting waiting for customers. The girl had thanaka covering her face as did many local people. It sort of looked like a mask, but as they say, the eyes...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
While visiting Burma’s most sacred temple, Shwedagon Pagoda in the center of the capital Yangon we came upon this broom brigade – a line of over twenty women all sweeping away the dust from the marble floor circling the glittering temple.
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27th St, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Walking through the local markets anywhere in Myanmar is an interesting experience. One morinng our in country tour leader took us for a walk through a vegetable market in Mandalay. The people were happy to let us take their pictures. It is a good...
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Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma)
This gentleman was planting rice seedlings in a rice paddy near Ava village on the Irrawaddy River near Mandalay, Myanmar.
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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
It’s hard to comprehend the sheer will that went into building the temples of Bagan over a 200-year period starting in the 11th century. Bagan is the apex of the Myanmar temple aesthetic that values quantity—without forsaking quality—which can...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Sule Paya, located in Yangon's primary traffic circle makes a stunning centerpiece to downtown.
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Hsipaw, Myanmar (Burma)
We boarded the train in the old Shan capital of Hsipaw, Myanmar, finding our wooden bench seats from which we watched the countryside slip by. The train tracks were laid over a hundred years ago and the train seems not much younger, with peeling...
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Pabedan, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Sunset from the plaza of the Schwedegon Pagoda, Rangoon, Burma.
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Pindale, Myanmar (Burma)
One of the "long-tail" boats that the fishermen use in the shallows of the Irrawaddy River. The red sunsets are caused by the burning of wood for cooking.
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Strand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
If you're looking for an authentic shopping experience, you can do worse than the Night Market at the Botataung Paya. The Paya, located near the river in Southern Rangoon, is one of the city's grandest sights lit up at night. On the Paya grounds...
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Intha, Myanmar (Burma)
In a country with very rough travel if you’re taking local buses, Inle Lake is a welcome respite. Like much of Myanmar, life in the main lakeside town of Nyaungshwe hasn’t changed much in 100 years. The horse and buggy is still a viable,...
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Do yourself a favor and visit Shwedagon Pagoda when it's nearing dusk. The character of the gold (and the huge diamond at the top) changes every minute in the melting sunlight and the temple comes alive with candles at night.
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Pabedan, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
This year marks the 2,600 year anniversary of the Schwedegon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, aka, Rangoon, Burma. The home of 8 hairs of the Buddha, it is the most revered pagoda in Burma. Completely covered in gold leaf and crowned with over 7,000...
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Take a side trip from the much-traveled Bagan and take a quiet afternoon to dodge the monkeys and relax at the temple atop Mount Popa.
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Old Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
There are several excellent viewing pagodas to climb and watch the bloodred sunsets. It's very quiet and peaceful.
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Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)
I'm sorry I'm not sure which temple this is. There are so many and I wasn't taking notes. Next time, I will! They are all clustered and visible on the flat plains. It's not hard to find them.
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Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
The secret to having a good time in Bagan has nothing to do with getting there - all that takes is faith in a Burmese pilot and his ancient aircraft, or an unwavering belief that your 13-hour bus ride from Yangon will actually deliver you to the...
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Myitnge, Myanmar (Burma)
This is the longest wooden footbridge in the world built by the mayor U Bein salvaging the unwanted teak columns from the old palace during the move to Mandalay. It is a lovely place to come for sunset. Either walk over the bridge, or be rowed...
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35 Taw Win Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Wooden gangway leading from the entrance to the reception area of the fantastic Governor's Residence hotel in Yangon, Myanmar. Once the official home of the governors of the British Crown Colony of Burma, this is one of the only 5-star hotels in...
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Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
This is a special monastery where the young Burmese nuns live and worship. Their simple lives consist of learning, meditation and work. Each girl has complete say on how long she would like to stay. Some do for years, while others just a few...
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Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Orient Express run's this stunning 1964 German river cruiser that had an original home on the Rhine. She has been completely refurbished and updated with contemporary luxuries. Even a pool! It's the most luxurious way to travel along the Irrawaddy...
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No 417, Corner of 63rd & 22nd Street, Aung Myay Tha Zan Township, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
This monastery was built by King Mindon in the 19th century. It is known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths, which adorn its walls and roofs and is the single remaining major structure of the original wooden Royal Palace today.
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Bagan is a must do on any trip to Burma. There are over 2500 temples and pagoda's to explore. I would rent a bike and spend an entire afternoon exploring the ruins at your leisure.