Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles

Tripoto
4th Jan 2013
Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh

Kalaw

Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh

Ngwe Saung

Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh

Bagan

Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh

Smiles everywhere

Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh

Shan

Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh

Bay of Bengal

Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh
Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh
Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh
Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh
Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh
Photo of Myanmar: In the Land of Smiles by Trisha Singh

Myanmar is a breath of fresh air, a perfect escape from the busy style of Thailand. I stepped on a short, cheap flight from Bangkok, and in 45 minutes I was in the land of longyis and sandalwood smiles. 

The smiles are ceaseless and ever-present, along with the feeling that you are in a special place. The people of Myanmar are lingering in simpler times. Shops are small and the air is fresh. The scenery is rustic and pagodas decorate the landscape, grand and unspoiled. The country attracts a certain kind of traveler, and I found it very easy to chat with other backpackers I met on my way as if we were all a part of a shared experience.

The memories of Myanmar will always be special to me. The current ethnic tension in the country is heartbreaking, and I hope the people of Myanmar find peace. I will definitely be back there soon.

A young vibrant city. Interesting street food and beautiful Pagodas.
Photo of Yangon, Yangon Region, Republic of the Union of Myanmar by Trisha Singh
Miles and miles of white sand and azure sea. Enchanting fishing villages. Rent a bike and explore.
Photo of Ngwe Saung, Ayeyarwady, Republic of the Union of Myanmar by Trisha Singh
Thousands of centuries-old temples. Unbelievably peaceful and spellbinding.
Photo of Bagan, Mandalay Region, Republic of the Union of Myanmar by Trisha Singh
A small valley town, surrounded by hills and tribe villages of Myanmar. Lovely, easy hikes to monasteries and surrounding villages.
Photo of Kalaw, Shan, Republic of the Union of Myanmar by Trisha Singh
The most touristy town in Myanmar and the gateway to the beautiful Inle Lake. Surrounded by floating villages and monasteries, the memories of floating on this mountain lake will always be special.
Photo of Nyaungshwe, Shan, Republic of the Union of Myanmar by Trisha Singh
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