Myanmar is an old country with an old way of doing things.
Only immaculate US dollars are accepted for exchange, a policy intended to combat counterfeiting (though likely ineffective). Movie stars are treated as royalty, for the words are synonymous (mintha means both ‘prince’ and ‘movie star’ in Burmese). Thousand-year-old temples are close enough to touch, and a growing wave of tourists actually do.
My first visit to Bagan and Mandaly confirmed this old world notion. With this, I realized, there is an almost virgin innocence of the people and places I saw, the kind bred out of prolonged isolation from the rest of humanity’s successes and problems. Often, it is this quality that travelers find most alluring.
Below are a few of my favorite images from this quick five-day tour, where guesthouses in both cities went for $25 during high season. The inflated prices that have been reported concern largely 4-star hotels, which can begin around $150/per night.
3 thoughts on “Glimpse of Innocence (Myanmar photo essay)”
Your pictures are stunning! I am currently based in Shanghai, and after seeing these shots, I want to make a trip to Myanmar. Thanks for posting.
Thanks for commenting. Feel free to contact me if you pass through Yangon. I lived in Shanghai for two years previously.
I really enjoyed my time in Bagan back in 2012. Such a beautiful and tranquil place. I hope it will stay that way a little longer!