Travel Photo Thursday — September 20, 2012 — Myanmar Photo Essay

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Destinations, Featured, Myanmar, Travel Photo Thursday | 35 comments


Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday.  Our third typhoon, in as many weeks, roared across the peninsula this week. We saw a lot of wind and rain here in Daejeon, but thankfully, not a whole lot of damage.  The summer has definitely left us, and fall is in the air. The semester is keeping me busy, and I finally had time tonight to think about Travel Photo Thursday. I was browsing through my Flickr account, and came across some of my favorite Myanmar shots. I don’t think I’ve shared any (or many) of them here before.


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Shwezigon Zedi Temple, Bagan

Taken from a hot air balloon just after sunrise.

Shwezigon Zedi, Bagan, Myanmar


Morning Alms (taken just outside of Mandalay)

Morning Alms, Myanmar


Ladies selling flowers at the outdoor market in Bagan. To protect their skin from the sun they coat their faces with Thanaka; a paste made from ground bark.

Passing time.....Market, Bagan, Myanmar


Young monks at a temple just outside of Mandalay.

Young Monks, Myanmar


Ancient Bagan just after sunrise. (Another shot from the balloon.)

Ancient Bagan, Myanmar


Rural Myanmar (Just outside of Mandalay)

Rural Myanmar


Thambula Guphya Temple, Bagan

Ancient Bagan, Myanmar, Thambula Guphaya


At home on Inle Lake. There are no roads. The locals get around by boat. Some communities are connected by footbridges. In the rainy season the water rises to the top of the stilts.

Inle Lake, Myanmar


A fisherman working for his daily catch on Inle Lake.

All in a Days Work


Female monks beginning their day.

Female Monks, Myanmar


Hitching a ride; a common sight all over SEA.

On the Road Again


Reclining Buddha, Bago Myanmar. This was one of at least 3 VERY LARGE reclining Buddhas I found in this small town, a short bus ride from Yangon.

Reclining Buddha, Bago, Myanmar


If you go…

You must apply for a Visa, which is good for 28 days.

You must fly into Yangon. I used Air Asia.

Distances are long between towns and regions. You can fly with a government owned airline or take the bus.

Lots of good, cheap accommodation available.

Food is also inexpensive.

You can use U.S. Dollars. The exchange rate probably will not be in your favor. Make sure you have lots of cash. ATM machines are few and far between, and most businesses do not take credit cards.

Most towns and cities lose power for a part of each day. Some hotels have generators, others do not. Bring a flashlight.

The balloon ride was awesome. You can find out more at Balloons Over Bagan.

This is also my contribution to Fridaydaydreamin, where you can find more great travel photos.


  1. I love your pictures of the temples from the hot air balloon. What a wonderful way to see these beautiful buildings from above. I don’t know that much about Myanmar but these pictures have kept me interested in looking up more of those temples.
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  2. The shots from the hot air balloon are incredible. Well they all are stunning, but the vantage point you got from the air is stunning. Thank you!
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  3. All the photos are so beautiful, Nancie! The hot air balloon views are particularly stunning – I have always wanted to go on a balloon ride but I’m just a wee bit afraid so I haven’t got the nerve up just yet.

  4. Stunning photos. I love the mix of people and locations you’ve presented. I almost booked flights this morning on Air Asia to Myanmar. I think I’m convinced now!
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  5. Fabulous photos of a country that has always fascinated me. I particularly like the shots of rural Myanmar and the fisherman. They are scenes different to what I would have expected of a busy Asian country
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  6. BURMA! I just can’t wait, can’t wait to experience this fascinating land. Loved your photos, particularly the one of the female monks — I didn’t know there were such?! Interesting!

    – Maria Alexandra
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  7. That balloon ride must have been amazing! All the pictures are fantastic, but I love the lines in the reclining Buddha the most!

  8. I particularly like the human shots in this series, your flower ladies and young monks are gripping images, Nancie. Glad the nasty weather was in the form of heavy rain and wind, and not worse.
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  9. Such beautiful and interesting photos, Nancie. I’ve been fascinated by the images of the golden pagodas of Burma ever since I was a child. Oddly, I still haven’t made it there.
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  10. You got one of the best times of day to take a balloon ride. Love the photos. They are amazing. Ancient Bagan photo is my favorite.
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  11. These shots are even more amazing than usual. I’m glad you made it through the typhoons okay.

    Oh, and sorry that my TPThursday post is not very budget travel this week…..
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  12. Great place!Awesome photo’s and awesome location. really a very good article thank you for sharing this with us.

  13. I love the aerial photos, you had a perfect light and the colors look great!
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  14. I think these are my favorite photos of yours yet. I love the images of people, going through their daily routines and the details that you provided with each picture. The hot air balloon ride provided you beautiful aerial views- what a great way to see the city.
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  15. Is Bagan still amazing even if you don’t do the balloon ride? It seems that all the great pictures (yours included) of Bagan are taken from up in the sky, but I’m terribly frightened of heading up in a hot air balloon. Myanmar is one of the places on my ever growing list of places to see in the next year. It’s a pure coincidence that I mention Myanmar in my Capture the Seasons post that I linked to. Didn’t know you’d be covering it.
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  16. Your photos are lovely! We are thinking about a trip to Myanmar next fall – if you don’t mind, I’ll send you a note when I have a bit more time and ask a few more questions about your trip and arrangements.
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  17. These are truly breathtaking. I kept thinking “Oh, that’s my favorite!” and then I would see the next one. There are at least four that made me gasp. Good job!
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  18. Nancie – those are an incredible selection of shots. Bagan looks like an otherworldly place. I’m with Vera – hard to pick a favourite and although I know it’s hot and humid there your photos still inspire me to go.
    We also have fall in the air – though it’s still warming up nicely during the day.

  19. Great photos Nancie – all of them. I can’t believe how otherworldly Bagan looks. Your photos inspire me to visit.
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  20. I’ve always had Lake Inle on my list of places to go. After seeing you photos, it’s just moved up several notches.
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  21. While I enjoyed all of the pictures you includes, I think my favorite is of Ancient Bagan after sunrise. It is really stunning!
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  22. I love getting to see all these unique places across the globe thanks to you. You take some gorgeous photos – the one of the house over the water doesn’t even look real. Happy to hear the typhoons are not leaving much damage – stay safe!
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  23. A beautiful series of shots on an exotic looking destination. Thanks for the travel hints, too. (I don’t think I’m game for the balloon ride, though!)
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    • Thanks, Andrew! I was a little nervous of the balloon ride too. However, once I was in the basket and up in the air all my fears left me. The pilots are well-trained and very safety conscious. I would go again in a minute.

  24. Those photos are amazing!! Glad to have discovered your photo features; look forward to seeing more in coming weeks.
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  25. Beautiful photos!
    I couldn’t take a “morning alms” photo when i was in Laos this year. It was raining 5 of 5 mornings…
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  26. I did not get to Myanmar when I was in SE Asia. Definitely a must for next time. Beautiful photos!
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