The friendly and warm country of Myanmar, still largly untouched by tourism (although this is going through a rapid change) was a wonderful experience for us, and the people were a big reason for that. You may have read our posts already on ancient Bagan or colourful Yangon.
We were there in February of this year, and spent about three weeks traipsing throughout this wonderful country. If there is one thing that stood out most, it’s the huge happy grins we received and the laughter so often heard as we backpacked this unique country.
The Myanmar people are are incredibly friendly and welcoming, especially considering the multiple hardships they’ve been through with their tumultous government.
This is at Inle Lake, we were stopped by a group of young adults who wanted to take photo after photo with us. It was quite weird – but a very cool experience!
These guys asked us to take a photo of them, and then put on funny faces haha. This is in Yangon.
This was taken in a small town known as Taungoo. These are the kids of a family where I went to learn how he makes sitting chairs from bamboo.
This happy family laughs in the streets of Yangon.
Friendly taxi drivers gave us a smile in Yangon.
A women with a golden neck ring was relaxing around Inle Lake.
We brought some prayer beads from this man from a temple in Bagan.
These boys were having a great time playing around a bridge in Taungoo.
Pink robed nuns sit comfortable within the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
This friendly little girl gives us the peace sign. The kids here always seemed so happy.
This guy was having the time of his life rolling a wheel down the road in Mandalay, we thought it was great and he thought it was great that WE thought it was great.
Selling books and magazines around dusty Bagan.
A young man who spends his time hammering the “gold leaf” found in abundance throughout Myanmar shows off his muscles.
This farmer around Inle Lake area throws us a sly smile as he strolls past with his bull.
Now let’s finish with one of my favourite pictures from Myanmar – this little baby was found digging for gold around the markets of Mandalay! He couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw how white I was, and got so excited he removed his finger from his nose and pointed it at me in deight. He’s one cool little fella.