In just one week I took about 1,000 photos of Burma. While I finish working on some posts about the country here a few of the thousand that seemed to epitomize what I saw of the “Golden Land”. (You can see even more on my Instagram feed!)
As the most important Buddhist site in Burma, the Shwedagon Pagoda is impressive to say the least…
Glimpses of gold were found everywhere throughout the country.
Even popular tourist attractions had a slightly rough and simple edge to them.
More people wore simple, traditional clothing than most other places I’ve been.
While a Buddhist country like Thailand, Burma’s temples take the form of thousands of pagodas across the country. Some are brand new, some are decaying brick and some are glittering gold, but all are beautiful in their own way.
Of course Burma is home to a variety of climates, but the dusty central plains, where the famous temples of Bagan are found, stood out the most for being so hot and dry. It was hovering between 105-110 degrees (41-45 Celsius) while we were exploring…
Bagan was worth the high temperatures though.
I didn’t expect to be able to walk into some of the larger pagodas and find a winding maze of pathways and even stairs leading up to panoramic views.
While I’m used to seeing different hill tribe members dressed in their traditional wear around Chiang Mai, the different groups and clothing seemed more prominent in Burma.
Burma has a tea shop culture similar to that of India where simple shops will serve rich sweet tea and coffee along with little cakes or pastries. A couple cups and nibbles each for two people came out to be around $2.
As with Thailand, many historical handicrafts are alive and well with craftsmen still make a range of items, from furniture and jewelry, to weavings and gorgeous silver cups, by hand. (While these silver cups will set you back $250 or more, you can buy some everyday aluminum ones for much, much cheaper here.)
Have you been to Burma? Where did you go and what did you think?
Hey! I'm Alana and I've spent nearly the past decade living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working as a writer and photographer. I started Paper Planes as a place to share local insight, special places, and how to travel well through a range of experiences — from hostels to high-end hotels, street meat to multi-course meals.
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