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Portraits of Burma

Portraits of Burma - a selection of photographs from Rangoon, Mandalay, Bagan and lake Inle taken on our 2-week Discover Burma Tour

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”. (A quote from Kipling of course!) So, in no particular order and without further ado…

Young Buddhist nuns in Mandalay
Young Buddhist nuns in Mandalay

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.

Souvenir vendor at In Dein
Souvenir vendor at In Dein

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.

Pa-O woman, also In Dein
Pa-O woman, also In Dein

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.

Portraits of Burma. Pa-O woman and baby, Inle
Pa-O woman and baby, Inle

Pa-O woman and baby – also In Dein, a short but scenic boat trip upriver from Inle Lake.

Portraits of Burma. Buddhist nun, Rangoon
Buddhist nun, Rangoon

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.)

The happy campers at Bagan
The happy campers at Bagan

Finally a group photo of Wi’s January tour group. (And many thanks for the ‘Portraits of Burma’ images Wi.)