The Faces of Burma

December 18, 2011

Asia, Destinations, Travel Photos

Only a few short years ago, if you told someone you were planning on visiting the South East Asian country of Burma (also known as Myanmar), you’d likely be met with a raised eyebrow and a look that said ‘are you crazy?!’ Things are quickly changing though, as Burma is turning into an off the beaten path travel hot-spot.

Recently, Hillary Clinton paid a highly publicized, historic visit to the country. Clinton was the first US senior official to visit Burma in half a century and her trip made headlines around the world. During her visit, she met with Aung San Suu Kyi, or as she’s commonly known ‘the lady’. The leader of Burma’s democratic party, she had spent a good portion of the last 20 years under house arrest.

Ruled by a military dictatorship, Burma, a predominantly Buddhist country of just over 50 million, has esentially been shut-off from the rest of the world. Suddenly, it now seems to be opening up. One can only hope that this impacts the Burmese people for the better, as many live in extreme poverty.

What stands out the most from my visit to Burma is without question, the people. They are hands down, some of the friendliest I’ve met anywhere in the entire world. So few tourists visit, that everywhere you go, someone stops you to say hello and practice their English. The majority of people have likely never used a camera and many locals are eager to see what they look like on film.

The pictures I’ve chosen to included are from a one week stay in the city of Rangoon (also Yangon). Burma’s largest city, Rangoon is big, bustling and beautiful, despite the fact that many of the buildings are in a sad state of disrepair. Rangoon is also home to some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet. There’s something about it that makes you wish you could stay just a little while longer.

Monks out receiving their daily alms

Having fun with the camera

Watching the train go by

A local monk’s birthday

He didn’t quite know what to make of us

Visiting Ethel’s house – home to the one tv in the entire neighbourhood

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2 Comments on “The Faces of Burma”

  1. Jarmo Says:

    Burma looks and sounds very nice. I’m disappointed that I had to skip Burma when I was in Asia this year; well, I went twice to Burma for a visa run from Chiang Mai, but that’s not proper Burma.


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