After spending a week or so in Thailand with Brian Peacock filming for the next DC China clip, I joined up with Patrik Wallner (VisualTraveling) and Tobias Ulbrich (TeamAquarius.biz) for a nine day adventure across Myanmar.
We flew into Yangon, where you can visit the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is over 2600 years old, apparently making it the oldest pagoda in the world and according to lengend; encased within it are 8 hairs from the Buddha!
A 10 hour bus ride later, and we’ve arrived in the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 3000 temples/pagodas according to a man we met who said he works for the archeological department of restoration.
We met these workers coming back from sunrise, as they were walking to the fields. Even though we couldn’t understand each other, they were very friendly and even offered us some of their lunch that they had packed! If you ever go to Bagan, the tomato salads there are the best in all of Myanmar…. if not the world!
A man and his cow. This was on the side of the road, at a home where the family was making candies, medicine and alcohol from toddy palm and peanuts. The cow is used to help grind up peanuts to produce peanut oil, which is used in a lot of Burmese cooking, especially so in the previously mentioned tomato salad.
This was taken in the lacquerware-making village of Mynkaba, located inbetween Old Bagan and New Bagan. Families live in bamboo huts as they produce lacquerware to sell in the markets. The lacquerware can be found all over Bagan at stores, but we met a very friendly family in this village that invited us into their home to purchase from directly.
Behind the village was a river with very little water due to the dry season they were experiencing. In the background you can see three field workers crossing to the otherside to go home, and further on a pagoda cuts through the landscape. Who needs a canoe?
Friendly postcard hawkers! They go to school during the week and sell postcards on the weekends to try and make money to help their family survive! Not surprisingly, their english is very good and when I asked them what they wanted to do when they grew up, the girls exclaimed they wanted to be an English speaking tour guide or a wife!