Balloons adorn the sky as the sun rises over Bagan
Myanmar, or Burma as it is also known, is a country in Southeast Asia that has, until recently, slipped under the radar of tourism for a long time. In 2011 the borders were reopened to tourists and people are now discovering the true beauty that lay hidden behind a military dictatorship for so many years.
In November of 2014, I was lucky enough to spend my honeymoon traveling throughout this wonderful country. It wasn’t long before we fell in love with this magical place. The golden temples, the delicious street food and the warm and welcoming local people, Myanmar has it all!
Since 2011, tourism has been rising exponentially. In 2016, it is expected that 5 million tourists will visit Myanmar, so, if after browsing the following photos you are considering a trip, book it quickly!
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Nga Htat Gyi Pagoda, or the Seated Buddha, in the city of Yangon
A golden Buddha statue in one of the many temples around Bagan
Getting ready for our balloon ride in Bagan with Balloons Over Bagan
Fruit glorious fruit!
A boatload of tourists enjoying the sun setting over U Bein Bridge
The sunset at U bein Bridge is one of the most famous in the world
The highly decorated feet of the Reclining Buddha in Bago
A couple of young monks taking in the views from Mandalay Hill
A golden hallway at the Mahamuni Buddhist Temple in Mandalay
Buddha statues from different eras and countries at the Thidagu World Buddhist University
The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) is a famous pilgrimage site for buddhists who believe that the rock is balanced on a strand of Buddha’s hair.
The Chauk Htat Gyi Reclining Buddha image in Yangon
Paduang ladies weaving by hand at Inle Lake. It is customary for the local tribe’s women to wear brass coils around their necks. This starts from as early as five years old, adding additional rings until around twenty years old. It is seen as a sign of beauty but can be a painful process.
Mount Popa is located a short drive from Bagan. Here you will find a Buddhist monastery perched atop the Taung Kalat pedestal hill. You’ll need to trek up 777 stairs to reach the summit.
A local artist in the town of Mingun
Fishermen at Inle Lake. The art of one leg paddling is now more of a tourist attraction, and modern day fishermen are using outboard motors.
The Golden Rock appears to glow during sunset
Peering through an open door at the Shwenandaw Monastery, known for its teak carvings
Some of the 729 stupas that make up the World’s Largest Book on the grounds of the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Each stupa contains a large stone tablet inscribed with the teachings of Buddha.
Birds following one of the long boats on Inle Lake, hoping for tourists to throw them some food
Young nuns on their lunch break
The sun sets over the temples of Bagan
The Kambawzathardi Golden Palace in Bago
An old Burmese lady smokes on a cheroot (traditional cigar)
Farming takes on a new meaning at the floating gardens of Inle Lake
Decaying artwork on the walls of a temple in Bagan
Time to spice things up with these green chilis
Traffic jam. A line of horse and carts wait patiently for tourists outside one of the many temples
A group of Burmese kids. The yellow paste on their faces is called thanaka. It is made from ground up bark and used as a moisturizer and sun screen.