Visual Adventure: Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Bagan

Jodi Ettenberg August 9, 2013 3

We’ve written about some tips to keep in mind when visiting Myanmar, mostly around respect for local customs and informing yourself about the ethnic and sectarian violence ongoing in the country. We thought we’d lighten things up with a photoessay from some of the main tourism spots in the country: Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Myanmar.

Yangon's buildings in the afternoon light.

Yangon’s buildings in the afternoon light.

A monk reads at Shwedagon pagoda.

A monk reads at Shwedagon pagoda.

Praying at dusk at Shwedagon pagoda.

Praying at dusk at Shwedagon pagoda.

Gold flakes from one of Mandalay's many gold vendors.

Gold flakes from one of Mandalay’s many gold vendors.

 Dusk on the ride back from U Bein Bridge to downtown Mandalay.

Dusk on the ride back from U Bein Bridge to downtown Mandalay.

The palace in Mandalay.

The palace in Mandalay.

Boats at dawn at one on Inle Lake's rotating markets.

Boats at dawn at one on Inle Lake’s rotating markets.

Woman weaving with lotus thread on Inle Lake.

Woman weaving with lotus thread on Inle Lake.

One of the many smaller canals off of Inle Lake.

One of the many smaller canals off of Inle Lake.

Lone monk watching the sunset.

Lone monk watching the sunset.

 

3 Comments »

  1. Serene Yeo November 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Can you recommend some cool places to eat in Yangon and Bagan? I’m looking to try good local food, BBQ etc. No western food please

  2. Gianni March 1, 2014 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Hey Girls,
    Don’t you believe that it is much more exciting to go on the spot and just discover on site according to your feeling? I was in Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake, Bago and Yangon just few weeks ago, travelling there for more than a month. Personally I like tipical and traditional. Useless to make a list here. My appreciation is my own personal feeling and for sure I will not follow the the one of another individual. Take care. Gianni

    • Jodi March 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      Hey Gianni — no “girls” here, just a one-person solo traveler.

      I’m not sure what you’re asking since that’s exactly what I did — my 7 weeks in Myanmar were dictated by whim and what I discovered on the ground. The photos I’ve shared here are from that trip, which was unplanned except for a trip in and out of the country.

      However, I think as a traveler you’d agree that it’s important to be sensitive to the needs of others and their fears, and not everyone wants to just plan nothing and jump into a new place, especially when it is somewhere they have never been. While it might work for you, others could want more structure / advice, and do more research, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.

      My important, I think, is maintaining a desire to learn about a place and its people, to respect the country you visit and the fellow travelers you meet, and try new things. The rest can be organized according to personal preference, with no judgement from me.

      -Jodi

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