A selection of Burma rainy season photos.
Just finished another great Burma tour but as usual internet possibilities are limited over there so with a fairly massive mail backlog to clear we’ll stick to a post with lots of pics and minimal text, (phew!) Rainy season travel meant a small group size though we’ve already highlighted the benefits of travelling at this time of year and the daily showers all seemed to fall at convenient times; during bus trips, coffee breaks, nighttime and so-on and consequently no activities or visits were in the least bit compromised by the weather. Indeed most visits were certainly enhanced by the backdrop of dramatic skies, a foreground of lush plants and flowers, full rivers and last but not least a welcome lack of crowds!
A spectacular downpour provided an atmospheric setting at Rangoon Central Station whilst we waited for the circular train which admittedly doesn’t have any windows so was somewhat damp but still a lot of fun.
Friendly monk at Shwedagon Pagoda who invited us to stay the night. Maybe next time.
Sun-downers at a lakeside cafe by U Bein Bridge – probably the most spectacular sunset at U Bein we’ve ever seen – again because of the crystal clear skies interspersed with dramatic cloud formations.
Never even seen those mountain on the horizon before!
Moving up to the Shan Plateau Peter had a close encounter with a giant spider. As with most Southeast Asians Burmese can’t resist scattering a bit of kitsch around their sacred sites.
Whilst Sally did her busman’s holiday bit and checked out the village school in a Palaung settlement near Kalaw.
…and Brendan got into an umbrella fencing match with some local kids near Inle.
Sally also had time to share her holiday pics with a very friendly Padaung woman though her attempts to cook poppadoms using hot sand – Pa-O style – weren’t a complete success. The local Pa-O women make it look so easy.
Whilst yours truly got some exercise and helped out with the rice harvest.
We’ll leave you with a few more monsoon skies – like we said – an ideal time to travel!
All the above Burma rainy season photos were taken on our 2-week, Burma (Myanmar) Discovery tour.