The second batch of photos taken by Wi on her recent 2-week Discover Burma tour includes some of her wonderful portraits of a few of the characters encountered en-route and, in case you missed the previous set of landscape photos, here’s the link.
The Pa-O, like many people in Burma, are big fans of the betel nut but not so keen on dentists!
The Pa-O ethnic group are originally a Sino-Tibetan people now inhabiting a wide swathe of Burma’s Shan State. Traditional costumes, which are still widely worn, are predominantly black with red trimmings though they are easily distinguished by their bright – usually red or orange – turbans. Along with the Paluang people, they’re one of the most frequently encountered ethnic groups in the area surrounding Inle Lake.
A distinctive and photogenic people and also conveniently for visitors their particularly friendly and outgoing demeanour makes contact easy.
The Shan people are part of the Tai ethnic group but have adopted many Burmese traditions such as the wearing of thanaka seen here.
The inhabitants of the Lake Inle itself belong to yet another ethnic group – the Intha – famous for their unique one-legged fishing technique as well as their unusual floating gardens.
All Wi’s Burma portraits were taken on our Discover Burma tour and all our Burma (Myanmar) tour details: itineraries, schedules, prices and availability can be found at this Burma tour page.