As a child of the Facebook generation who only let Twitter into her life reluctantly, I resisted Instagram for a long time…and immediately got hooked as soon as I gave in to the photo-sharing app! The travel pictures I see on it every day are like porn to my wanderlust and a constant source of inspiration, so I’ve decided to share the best of them with you!
With each installment, the Wanderlust Instagrammy Awards will showcase the best of a different country through my choice of photos submitted to Instagram #inwonderlands.
This week, I am taking you to MYANMAR, a country I spent one month touring this February. Myanmar (ex-Burma) was only reopened to tourism a couple years ago. As a result, it offers the audacious traveler a different experience from its South-East Asian neighbours: travel in this mysterious land is rawer, more challenging, but also perhaps more authentic.
If you don’t mind long bus rides, wifi black holes, and basic curries, you will be rewarded with largely untouched scenery, majestic pagodas, colonial architecture, a lot of boat trips, and the smiles of some of the world’s friendliest people.
But a picture speaks a thousand words, so here’s the visual evidence!
Yangon city life
1. The streets of Yangon: a happy mess of cables, signs, cars, and people!
2. Quieter by night…
3. The majestic colonial architecture vies with colourful dilapidated buildings
4. Bang in the centre: Sule Pagoda
5. The star of Myanmar: all-round golden Shwedagon Pagoda
6. The magically-balanced, sacred Golden Rock
7. U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak wood bridge, in Amarapura (near Mandalay)
Temples of Bagan
8. Sunrise over the plain of temples, overseen by hot-air balloons
9. Just one of over 2,200 temples and pagodas
10. Close-up in the morning light
11. Trekking encounters, part 1: locals enjoying the sunset
12. Trekking encounters, part 2: follow the tracks!
13. Trekking encounters, part 3: returning from work in the fields of Kalaw
14. Ox carts are still in use in Bagan
15. Kayan tribe ‘long-neck’ woman weaving Burmese cloth
16. Monk graduation ceremony in Nyaungshwe
17. At 10am, the monks of Amarapura line up for their only meal of the day
18. Cool man!
19. Not so proud: punished in the corner!
20. Greens or greens?
21. Nice colour coordination! The ladies wear thanaka on their faces, a natural cosmetic serving both as make-up and sunscreen
22. Chatting away at one of the five floating markets around Inle Lake
23. Bagfuls of dried fish: just imagine the smell!
Lake life on Inle Lake
24. Fisherman at sunrise…
25. …and running child at sunset
26. Fishing scene 1
27. Fishing scene 2
28. Fishing scene 3
29. Children boating home
30. A parking jam!
Bonus photo: favourite shot of mine!
Someone’s home on Inle Lake
Thank you to @keenantravels, @juneangel, @globetrotteramz, @little_nikki43, @breathingtravel of Breathing Travel, @stokistokhorst, @naqvisaify of Saify Naqvi, @actoftraveling of Act of Traveling, @joe_cox, @seintheworld of Photos of S&E, @por_el_mundo_adelante of Por El Mundo Adelante, @maryaway, and @photoamz96 for sharing their pictures! If you like their work, check out their accounts on Instagram and follow their adventures on their websites.
The next Wanderlust Instagrammy Awards will mix things up a bit with a change of continent by taking us to Bolivia. Tag your best Instagram pictures #inwonderlands for a chance to be featured!
Do these pictures make you want to go to Myanmar? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!
Are you on Instagram? Find me at @camwonderlands.
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