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Burma tour photos II

Previous post was mainly to show happy campers enjoying an All Points East Burma tour and so hopefully incite a new booking or two; Burma tour photos II is a more self indulgent collection of our own personal favourite images from our recent tour . So in approximate chronological order…………

Rangoon railway station
Rangoon railway station

Another train photo taken on Rangoon’s circular line tour. The colourful, albeit decrepit, rolling stock often jammed full of locals on their way to work, school or market makes for some photogenic views. You wouldn’t want to travel too far on these rickety narrow gauge railways though and the 2 hour Rangoon to Bagan on our off the beaten track South Burma tour is the longest  we do.

Trinket vendor at Inva
Trinket vendor at Inva

Burmese girls’ penchant for thanaka and flowers in their hair also makes for some great images and this girl had clearly taken some time with her designs. Fortunately betel chewing isn’t a habit amongst younger Burmese women these days either!

Sleeping monk at Inva
Sleeping monk at Inva

Young monk taking a nap at Inva – the ancient former capital located just outside Mandalay City.

Mahamuni, Mandalay
Mahamuni, Mandalay

The Mahamuni and its famous giant gold covered Buddha image is Mandalay’s most prestigious temple and a constant hive of activity with monks, nuns, devotees, pilgrims, vendors and of course tourists filling the courtyards and corridors.

Bagan dawn
Bagan dawn

Dawn is always going to be hit or miss affair and whilst dry season means there’s little chance of getting a disappointing overcast or rainy sunrise it also lacks any clouds which provide the bright colours. However the early morning mist off the nearby Irrawaddy created a nice hazy feel and all agreed it was worth getting up for!

Pindaya
Pindaya

Posing with one of the handmade parasols at a handicraft workshop in Pindaya, Shan State. The main purpose of the visit is to check-out the spectacular Buddha filled cave temples but the visit to one of the local cottage industries is always a popular addition.

Parasol maker with thanaka
Parasol maker with thanaka

More thanaka paste on this girl who was demonstrating mulberry paper making. The spectacular parasols are entirely hand crafted using bamboo and home made and dyed paper. A fascinating process though the results of which which did create something of a shopping frenzy but it is nice to get your souvenirs directly from the family that made them!

Dawn over Inle Lake
Dawn over Inle Lake

Another early start for dawn over Inle lake and this time with a few well placed clouds to liven things up. Always good to be out on the lake at that time anyway since there’s hardly any other visitors around, cool temperatures and means our group arrives for a local market visit before anyone else does!

Pa-O girl and baby, In Dein
Pa-O girl and baby, In Dein

Wonderful smile from this Pa-O woman, selling her wares at In Dein a fabulous ruined temple site a few miles up river form the Lake. Purchasing a couple of her hand made scarves also meant she was more than happy to pose for a few photos so everyone happy!

All photos from our January Burma tour; excellent trip, great group, next up Cambodia Overland.

Cheers!