Myanmar (Burma) is a country that attracts the visitors in many unique ways. From the incredible number of temples and stupas to the unique rowing technique on Inle Lake or from the lush mountain forests to the pristine beaches. Unique are also the people of Myanmar: women put a thick layer of yellow paint on their faces, men dressed in skirts are throwing red spit everywhere (from chewing a combination of betel nut and tobacco). Where else have you seen that in the world? Continue Reading…
Built more than 150 years ago, U-Bein bridge is considered to be the oldest and longest teak wood bridge in the world. For tourists, the bridge is just a spectacular photo opportunity, but for the monks and local people it’s an important part of their daily life. Being so old and getting an enormous amount of traffic, it’s amazing is still standing. Although, it feels a bit wobbly at times.
The boats full with tourists line up to face the sunset, trying to get the best position.
I had to use the tripod for this shot, so taking a boat was not an option. Instead, i took my shoes off and walked through the sticky mud until I found the perfect spot.
Don’t miss a trip to Amarapura to see this one of a kind bridge, less than half an hour drive from Mandalay. Go earlier in the afternoon and visit the nearby villages for a genuine Myanmar experience.
We were riding our e-bike somewhere near Bagan, when we realized we were completely lost. Just before stopping to ask someone for directions, we saw this caravan of decorated carts.
We found out they were participating to a religious ceremony. How lucky we were to see such a genuine display of traditions.
While in Bagan, we wanted to visit a local market. It’s on top of our places to visit in any city. I think a market is giving you a real feel of the local atmosphere and vibe. Not to mention the colors and the people you see in any market. This lady was smoking her cigar while trying to sell some vegetables.
Myanmar was our first destination of this trip and one of the first things the search engines are showing you when you try to see how the field of temples look like, are the balloons over Bagan.
We had never been on a balloon ride before, so this was kind of special.
The first thing you need to know: it is expensive. When we saw the price of 380usd for a 50min ride, we were very hesitant to splurge on this activity. We were on the beginning of a 3 month trip which will include Australia and New Zealand (not exactly cheap destinations), so we had to be careful with our budget. After some reflection though, we decided to take it and were so glad we did it.
Myanmar is the most unspoiled country we visited so far.
Inle Lake is a fascinating place, in perfect contrast with the very hot and dusty rest of the country. After Bagan, it was the highlight of our 10 days trip to Myanmar.
These are the famous leg rower fishermen working from their boats. It’s amazing how they can keep their balance standing on just one leg, rowing and throwing the nets in the same time.
Framed by the distant mountains, with nice reflections in the warm afternoon light, it was a photo begging to be taken.