One day in Myanmar, in photos

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We loved Myanmar. The food was great and the landscape incredible, but it was the local people and the wacky experiences that really made this an unforgettable adventure. After three months of slogging through over-trodden Southeast Asia, Myanmar gave us the rough charm and genuine warmth that we had been missing, tossing us head-first back into our travel groove. We’re glad we got to experience this place before the wheels of “progress” get spinning too fast and the country is filled with resort hotels and Starbucks (which will happen sooner thank you think).

Boiled down from a month’s worth of photos, here is one day all over Myanmar.

A traditional teahouse breakfast of samosas and meat-filled pastries, along with unlimited tea

A traditional teahouse breakfast of samosas and meat-filled pastries, along with unlimited tea

Kyay Oh, a light vermicelli soup with pork and/or chicken

Kyay Oh, a light vermicelli soup with pork and/or chicken

The bustling streets of Yangon's Chinatown

The bustling morning streets of Yangon’s Chinatown

Yangon railway station

Yangon railway station

A bus driver prepares to drive from Dawei to Mawlamyine by putting incense on the front of the bus and praying

A bus driver prepares to drive from Dawei to Mawlamyine by putting incense on the front of the bus and praying

Pilgrims chatting at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Pilgrims go about their business at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar’s most important religious site

Golden spires at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Golden spires at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

A little girl plays in front of the GG at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

A little girl plays in front of the Golden Pagoda in Yangon

Pilgrims having a rest in front of a psychedelic Buddha at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Pilgrims having a rest in front of a psychedelic Buddha at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Psychedelic Buddha with the power turned off at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Psychedelic Buddha with the power turned off at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

A gum tree plantation outside of Ye

A rubber tree plantation outside of Ye

Although palm oil is becoming a big industry in Myanmar, in many places rubber tree plantations are still the only sign of GG

Although palm oil farming is becoming big in Myanmar, in many places rubber tree plantations are still the main industry

Shopping for souvenirs outside of GG temple in Bagan

Shopping for souvenirs outside of Shwezigon Paya in Bagan

Beautiful mirror detailing at GG temple in Mandalay

Beautiful mirror detailing at a temple in Mandalay

Courriors shipping products at a market in Mandalay

Products on the move at a market in Mandalay

A parking attendant wrestles with motorbikes in Mandalay

A parking attendant wrestles with motorbikes in Mandalay

Selling fruit on the street in Ye

Selling fruit on the street in Ye

A picture of General Aung San hung on a betel nut stand

A picture of General Aung San hung on a betel nut stand in Mandalay

A neighbourhood shop in Ye that looks like something from another era

A neighbourhood shop in Ye that looks like something from another era

A woman carries large pots of food down an alley in Yangon

A woman carries large pots of food down an alley in Yangon

Fishermen show off their boat in a small village near Dawei

Fishermen show off their boat in a small village near Dawei

In its push for modernisation, helmets have become mandatory for motorbike drivers (not but passengers), though enforcement is lax

In its push for modernisation, helmets have become mandatory for motorbike drivers (not but passengers), though enforcement is lax

Portraits taken outside of GG temple in Mandalay

Portrait of an awkward friendship outside of Su Taung Pyi Pagoda in Mandalay

Free drinking water is placed in clay pots and made available to everyone on the street and in public places

Free drinking water is placed in clay pots and made available to everyone on the street and in public places

Myanmarese script on a bench at a temple in Mandalay

Myanmarese script on a bench at Su Taung Pyi Pagoda in Mandalay

Decorations featuring GGG for sale at a temple in Mandalay

Decorations featuring General Aung San and his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi for sale at a temple in Mandalay

Selling raw meat right next to raw vegetables at the Pyin Oo Lwin central market

Selling raw meat right next to raw vegetables at the Pyin Oo Lwin central market

An unattended police box in Bagan

An unattended police box in Bagan

Psychedelic Buddha at a temple in Mandalay

Psychedelic Buddha at a temple in Mandalay

Shoppers in the Pyin Oo Lwin central market

Shoppers in the Pyin Oo Lwin central market

One of the four GG at the GG palace in Mandalay

A corner bastion reflected in the moat at Mandalay Palace

GG temple in Ye

A pagoda reflected in the waters of Ye’s “holy” lake

Temple ruins in Bagan

Temple ruins in Bagan

Temple ruins in Bagan

Temple ruins in Bagan

The outskirts of the central market in Pyin Oo Lwin

The outskirts of the central market in Pyin Oo Lwin

Guys playing sepak takraw, or chin lone, on the street in Ye

Guys playing sepak takraw, or chin lone, on the street in Ye

A mototaxi driver in Ye

A mototaxi driver in Ye

Plot markers stand silently at an abandoned Christian cemetery in Pyin Oo Lwin

Plot markers stand silently at an abandoned Christian cemetery in Pyin Oo Lwin

An overgrown tombstone at an abandoned Christian cemetery in Pyin Oo Lwin

An overgrown tombstone at an abandoned Christian cemetery in Pyin Oo Lwin

The tombstone reads: gg

The tombstone reads: 1st Battalion The South Staffordshire Regiment; In Memory of Leonard Alcott; Died 27th April 1923; Aged 18 Years

Neglected tombstones in an abandoned Christian cemetery in Pyin Oo Lwin

Neglected tombstones dating back to 1902 at an abandoned Christian cemetery in Pyin Oo Lwin

Goats graze in an abandoned Christian cemetery in Pyin Oo Lwin

Goats graze in an abandoned Christian cemetery in Pyin Oo Lwin

A betel nut vendor adds some finishing touches at her stall in Ye

A betel nut vendor adds some finishing touches at her stall in Ye

Moto taxi and truck drivers hanging out in Ye

Moto taxi and truck drivers hanging out in Ye

Schoolboys play in a fountain at GG park in Yangon

Schoolboys play in a fountain at People’s Park in Yangon

Kids hanging out near the fountains at GG park in Yangon

Kids hanging out near the fountains at People’s Park in Yangon

Children put down their toys and get to work, setting up a restaurant for the evening in Ye

Children put down their toys and get to work, setting up a restaurant for the evening in Ye

Looking out over Mawlamyine from GG temple

Looking out over Mawlamyine from GG temple

The sun sinks down over a pineapple farm outside of Pyin Oo Lwin

The sun sinks down over a pineapple farm outside of Pyin Oo Lwin

Fishing boats on the beach near Dawei

Fishing boats on the beach near Dawei

A woman burns rubbish on the beach at a fishing village near Dawei

A woman burns rubbish on the beach at a fishing village near Dawei

Sunset in downtown Ye

Sunset in downtown Ye

Local vendors struggling to sell to tourists at GG temple in Bagan

Local vendors struggling to sell to tourists at Dhammayazika Pagoda in Bagan

The sun sets over Mawlamyine

The sun sets over Mawlamyine

Evening looking out onto the picturesque GG river in Ye

Evening looking out onto the picturesque Ye River

Feeding seagulls on the Yangon-to-Dala ferry

Feeding seagulls on the Yangon-to-Dala ferry

An alms-collecting procession drives through Ye. A common sight in the south of Myanmar, though we didn't see it anywhere else

A parade for children who have been accepted into monkhood at a temple in Ye

Women collecting alms for a temple in Ye

Women collecting alms for a temple in Ye

Vendors at Mawlamyine's riverside night market

Vendors at Mawlamyine’s riverside night market

Vendors selling meat skewers at Mawlamyine's night market

Vendors selling meat skewers at Mawlamyine’s night market

Finishing shopping for the night in Ye

Grabbing a takeaway dinner in Ye

The best barman in southern Myanmar, who spent five minutes trying to figure out what "peanuts" are then gave us an unlimited supply of every type of nut they had

The best barman in southern Myanmar, who spent five minutes trying to figure out what “peanuts” are then gave us an unlimited supply of every type of nut they had



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