6 must-see places you should visit in Burma (Myanmar) | TerrificShot Photography

February 14, 2017  •  2 Comments

If you come to TerrificShot Photography studio located in Sunnyvale, you will notice our Myanmar trip photos displayed on our wall.  

As Rudyard Kipling once said about Myanmar: “It is quite unlike any place you know.”  He could not have been more accurate.

Burma (the military government junta officially renamed it to Myanmar) opened to tourism in 1996. Burma is now the fastest growing country in Asia.  

Myanmar is a country a bit larger than France in Southeast Asia.

We visited Myanmar recently and among the different places in Asia,  we fell in love with it. 

Here are our 6 must-see places you should visit in Burma.

1.YANGON

Yangon is the largest Burmese city and for sure a photographer’s dreams; the city offers all sorts of interesting things:  shimmering pagodas/temple, lakes, parks, british colonial architecture, fascinating markets filled of merchants selling food, fruits and unique night life. Don’t miss out this exotic city. 

Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar

 

Shwedagon Pagoda is the biggest Pagoda in Myanmar. Built with gold-plated, it shimmers in the day light and sparkles at night.

Nearby is Kandawgyi Lake, We recommend to go to because this park provides stunning views of the Shwedagon Pagoda which it is not too far from walking distance. 

Kandawgyi Lake near sunset

2.INLE LAKE

Expect a lot of tourism in this area.  

Hotel prices have increased over the past 2 years.

But this place possesses lot of charm by the unique leg-rowing techniques of the local fishermen.

Immerse yourself in Intha's way and visit Nga Phe Kyaung, where monks have taught cats to jump two feet from the ground! 

 

 

3.BAGAN

It is without a doubt one of the most greatest archaeological sites on earth with its thousands of pagodas that you can explore simply by grabbing a bike.

Bagan Plains, Myanmar

The size of Bagan is closed to Manhattan. It is truly a "must-see" on any adventure to Myanmar. 

If you are into Art photography, we recommend with the help of a local to borrow young model monks from monastery (in exchange of donation). 

Be in the countryside or a city, Buddhist monks are present in almost everywhere across the country. The country has suffered from dictatorial government for years, and you can feel they enjoyed asking questions about the western world.

Buddhist monastic schools play a great part in education. Many of these boys would receive no education without these schools since they cannot afford the fees required to attend state supported schools. Many of these boys are homeless.

This is truly the best adventure you can experiment in Bagan.  Behind the purpose of an Art photo, you will spend time with locals, learning about their way of life. They are always happy to talk and spend time with you despise few of them speaks English. 

4.U-BEIN BRIDGE

This is the  world's longest teak bridge and one of the most photographed.

It offers a perfect silhouette at sunrise/sunset. 

U-bein Bridge

We recommend to rent a boat to get a better panoramic view of the entire bridge.

Don’t forget to observe the Burmese everyday life taking place along U Bein Bridge.

 

Not too far from it is the famous Maha Gandhayon Kyaung monastery. Lots of tourists go there.

This is not the most awesome spot to shoot and it makes you feel uncomfortable.  

Around 10am, the monks get out to receive their daily food and they line up in front of the communal hall.

Horde of tourists are pointing their cameras into the face of the monks.

 

 
 

5.GOLDEN ROCK PAGODA

This is the most Buddhist site in Myanmar.

Best time for photograph is near sunset.

It is surprisingly a small pagoda built covered with gold leaves pasted on by people. 

To get to the Golden Rock you have to take a dump truck redesigned with seats to fit passengers. 

This is not the most comfortable transportation. You will end up sitting on each other, and won't leave until they are full. 

Sunset at Golden rock, Burma

6.KALAW and TREKKING 

Since Myanmar has opened up to tourism, the trek from Kalaw to Inle Lake has grown in popularity.

Kalaw is a small town in Shan State, Northern Burma.

Kalaw Monastery, Burma
 

Few tourist ever visits the Buddhist monastery which is located a little bit outside of the town.

It has great views of Kalaw and the surrounding hills. You could see the monks studying and how they live, quite impressive. 

The trek will take you through Shan villages. People living in these areas will run out from behind their bamboo houses to welcome and gaze at you. You will sleep at the habitants on thin, yet comfortable, mattresses in the stilted homes of village elders.

Putting thanaka on my face to protect against the powerful sun. it is natural yellow-white sunscreen made from ground bark

You will enjoy the traditional food.

Impossible to get shortage of dishes to eat.

In the villages we stayed, we were always welcomed into neighbors’ houses to drink fresh green tea with them.

They never asked for money and were always up for a laugh.

 

 


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