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Daily Photo • MYANMAR

In this mythical land, still mostly unknown by outsiders, ancient cities surrounded by legendary history and rich, lush nature lays on display. It’s like you turn back time here, authentic Asian country where no ATM’s, 7-Eleven’s or McDonalds still exists and where holly men are more respected than movie stars. Even in major city’s random hours of electrical power, you will rarely see person with cell phone and that what makes it one of my favorite asian destinations. Collection of images you see is an outcome of 40 days traveling through an amazing country now called – Myanmar.

Short movie how people celebrate new year. My ride on the motorbike to the city of Mandalay. After 4 days of constantly getting wet you still can’t stop smiling. You have no chance to escape buckets of (sometimes iced) water. Brrrrr

The pictures below of Hpa-an Town and the journey by riverboat from Mawlamyine.

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Myanmar - Hpa-an

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The ruins of Bagan cover an area of 16 square miles. The majority of its buildings were built in the 11th century to 13th century, during the time Bagan was the capital of the First Burmese Empire.

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Myanmar - Bagan

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One of the most difficult climbs I ever had, going up the hill with all my camera gear in 40C heat. Kyaiktiyo Pagoda also known as Golden Rock is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Myanmar. It is a small pagoda built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha’s hair. The rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Mahamuni Pagoda.

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Myanmar - Golden Rock

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A wonderful watery world of floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas, Inle Lake is a place definitely worth a visit. Mountains tumble down towards the lake-shore, Inle is like Venice of asia, perfect place for leisure boat ride, possibly some cycling around the countryside or even tasting some vine at local vineyard.

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Myanmar - Inle Lake

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Mandalay is the economic hub of Upper Burma and considered the center of Burmese culture. City itself did not have much to show but around Mandalay is many old and interesting places to visit. I also happened to be there when water festival (Asian new year) happens. During the Water Festival, the Myanmar government relaxes the usual restrictions on gatherings are allowed. Temporary water-spraying stations, known as pandals are set up, and double as dance floors. Many of these pavilions are sponsored by rich and powerful families and businesses. Four days you are soaked with water no matter where you go. Streets are flooded, music on every corner and everybody enjoys this holly day by pouring water on each other.

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Myanmar - Mandalay

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Mawlamyine offers glimpses of old Burma and is the launching pad for the beautiful boat ride upriver to Hpa-an. Much of the colonial architecture has gone in recent years, replaced by bland Chinese blocks overlooking the Thanlwin  River. My favorite spot was night market where you feel real asia with wooden houses and narrow streets full of life.

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Myanmar - Mawlamyine

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Yangon is a gateway for most international visitors. The stunning Shwedagon Paya is the centrepiece of the city, a gleaming golden stupa visible from all over town. Closer to the waterfront, downtown Yangon is a warren of historic streets concealing some of the best British colonial-era architecture in the region.

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Myanmar - Yangon


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