Rudyard Kipling once described Burma (Myanmar) as: “quite unlike any land you know about” and now, in 2013 it is still the least discovered country in Southeast Asia. But Myanmar is changing rapidly and it’s a good idea to get here soon, to be ahead of what will likely be an ever increasing tourist influx.
We just completed day 1 of the February Amazing Myanmar Photo Tour here in the Yangon, a vibrant and modernizing city, and home to the famous Shwedegon Pagoda. Our Myanmar itinerary also includes the ancient city of Bagan where the landscape is dotted with more than one thousand temples, Inle Lake, where we photograph local fishermen, bustling local markets and lakeside life seemingly unchanged for centuries and Mandalay, where we photograph monks crossing U Bien’s bridge, a 1.2 Km teak footbridge.
Burma is truly one of the few “authentic” destinations remaining in this modern, ever-homogenizing world. It’s a land full of incredible landscapes, beautiful pagodas and photogenic marketplaces, but perhaps the thing that makes Myanmar so extra-special is the warm friendly people who are so eager to befriend all who come to visit.
Enjoy these 16 images from our first day, and I’ll try to blog again from our second stop; Mandalay.