Portraits of Burma is a short selection of photographs by Wi, taken on her recent Discover Burma tour, “…quite unlike any land you know about”. (Quote from Kipling of course!) So, in no particular order and without further ado…
The ubiquitous pink-clad Buddhist nuns are a sight that you won’t see elsewhere in Southeast Asia despite Burma sharing its predominant religion with Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia and of course Thailand.
A Pa-O girl replete with thanaka paste sells traditional scarves and sarongs to passers-by on the ‘bamboo forest’ walk at In Dein Market, near Lake Inle.
And a laden Pa-O woman using the traditional carrying method on her way to or from the market, crossing the old wooden bridge at In Dein.
Pa-O woman and baby – also In Dein, a short but scenic boat trip upriver from Inle Lake.
An image of another young Buddhist nun perhaps reminding us that leaving the family to live and study in a temple and undoubtedly not least having your head shaved can be tough for a teenage girl. But then that’s tradition and it did in the past, at least, ensure a decent education for children from the poorer families. (Boys also being traditionally prioritised over girls for education among poor Burmese families.)
Finally a group photo of Wi’s January tour group. (And many thanks for the ‘Portraits of Burma’ images Wi.) February’s departure is full so next availability on the All Points East Burma tour is either the 3rd or 29th of March. You can find full details of itineraries and schedules of all our Burma tours at this link. Cheers!
By Mark Ord