Street scene: Old colonial building in Yangon, Myanmar. (Rangoon, Burma)Portrait of a Burmese riding a busTattooed guy at the streets of Yangon, MyanmarYoung kid plays hide and seek with camera at Yangon, MyanmarBuddhist statues in Yangon Myanmar at Shwedagon PagodaYoung buddhist monk at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, MyanmarYoung guy at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, MyanmarPortrait of young monk at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, MyanmarGolden roof of the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, MyanmarYoung monks at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, MyanmarGolden roofs at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, MyanmarPortrait of street seller laughing at the camera in Yangon, MyanmarPoor worker proudly presenting his rooster to the camera, Yangon, MyanmarOld, funny cab driver smoking and smiling in Yangon, MyanmarGolden pagoda at Bagan, MyanmarKids fishing at Bagan, MyanmarPanorama of endless pagodas at Bagan, MyanmarJungle book like scenery at Bagan, MyanmarPortrait of young guy at Bagan wearing a shirt of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Aung San Suu KyiKid having fun playing football at rural Bagan, MyanmarYoung female peasant worker at the fields of Bagan, MyanmarVery old grand mother smoking their hand rolled cigarette at Bagan, MyanmarYoung school kids at Bagan, MyanmarYoung school kids at Bagan, MyanmarHotel manager wearing old Wehrmacht Nazi helmet for biking at Bagan, MyanmarBuddhist monk portrait at Bagan, MyanmarPortrait of friendly old guy at Bagan, MyanmarBoat ride at lake Inle in MyanmarPortrait of a guy wet because of heavy monsoon rain at Yangon, Myanmar.

Myanmar / Burma

In the year 2012 backpacking Myanmar (ex. Burma) still is an adventure. No ATM, no internet, often no electricity. Yangon was filthy, rainy and muddy but this was all forgiven over how friendly and welcoming the Burmese were. They would greet sincere and warmly at every occasion. Riding a bicycle through literally thousands of pagodas at Bagan was one of the highlights. The boat trip at lake Inle has not to be missed either. People I talked to expressed much hope for their future and said they were happy over increasing freedom and political stability.

Oh, and do not forget to read George Orwell’s Burmese Days while you are on your way.