Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. Our third typhoon, in as many weeks, roared across the peninsula this week. We saw a lot of wind and rain here in Daejeon, but thankfully, not a whole lot of damage. The summer has definitely left us, and fall is in the air. The semester is keeping me busy, and I finally had time tonight to think about Travel Photo Thursday. I was browsing through my Flickr account, and came across some of my favorite Myanmar shots. I don’t think I’ve shared any (or many) of them here before.
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Shwezigon Zedi Temple, Bagan
Taken from a hot air balloon just after sunrise.
Morning Alms (taken just outside of Mandalay)
Ladies selling flowers at the outdoor market in Bagan. To protect their skin from the sun they coat their faces with Thanaka; a paste made from ground bark.
Young monks at a temple just outside of Mandalay.
Ancient Bagan just after sunrise. (Another shot from the balloon.)
Rural Myanmar (Just outside of Mandalay)
Thambula Guphya Temple, Bagan
At home on Inle Lake. There are no roads. The locals get around by boat. Some communities are connected by footbridges. In the rainy season the water rises to the top of the stilts.
A fisherman working for his daily catch on Inle Lake.
Female monks beginning their day.
Hitching a ride; a common sight all over SEA.
Reclining Buddha, Bago Myanmar. This was one of at least 3 VERY LARGE reclining Buddhas I found in this small town, a short bus ride from Yangon.
If you go…
You must apply for a Visa, which is good for 28 days.
You must fly into Yangon. I used Air Asia.
Distances are long between towns and regions. You can fly with a government owned airline or take the bus.
Lots of good, cheap accommodation available.
Food is also inexpensive.
You can use U.S. Dollars. The exchange rate probably will not be in your favor. Make sure you have lots of cash. ATM machines are few and far between, and most businesses do not take credit cards.
Most towns and cities lose power for a part of each day. Some hotels have generators, others do not. Bring a flashlight.
The balloon ride was awesome. You can find out more at Balloons Over Bagan.
This is also my contribution to Fridaydaydreamin, where you can find more great travel photos.