From the moment I stepped off the airplane in Mandalay, I knew this country would be special. There were no sidewalks to walk on, the palace looked like it was falling apart, and the bus, didn’t drop us where it was supposed to (of course). Nevertheless, the long walk to our hotel was met with dozens of friendly smiles as I was taught my first Burmese word, “mingalaba” (hello). The warmth of the Burmese people is in every corner of the country from the ultra popular Bagan to the seldom traveled Kayah State.
I could go on and on about how much I love Myanmar, but thought it would be best to let pictures tell the story. This is a compilation of my 50 favorite pics of the trip to make up for the terribly inconsistency of this blog as of late (sorry guys). As a sign of my apologies, there is a small giveaway at the bottom of this post too so keep reading.
Yangon / Rangoon
I’m sure some people just scrolled down for the giveaway, which was a big mistake as the pictures are tied to it.
One of the things I dislike about my own blog the most is that my ability to share photos is limited by bandwidth considerations. The more pics I load (and of better quality), the slower the website loads. It is quite a shame as some of the photos above look much much better in full resolution. For that reason and as a thank you for your continuous support, you can have them if you want them. Just email me at email@example.com and I can email you back any pic you’d like in hi-res. I am currently figuring out how to make a button to just download them all in one go, but I haven’t figured that out yet.
Julio is a California native who has lived abroad since 2009 as an expat in South Korea and New Zealand. He is especially passionate about experiencing other cultures and visiting as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible.