Spring Vacation: Myanmar

For our big vacation this year we decided to go to Myanmar and Cambodia with a very brief stopover in Singapore.  My friend had visited Myanmar in the summer and had nothing but good things to say about his trip.  It turned out to be a great recommendation.  I’m going to do the photos from this trip in two posts.  First, this one will just be photos from our 9 days in Myanmar, the next post will be photos from our night in Singapore and then 5 days in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Myanmar has a tough history and a what more or less could be called a totalitarian government.  Only recently has the government been relaxing some of their restrictions, and tourism is just starting to take off in the country.  Because of this situation, it was a very interesting place to visit.

We were mainly in three places.  First we were in Yangon, the largest city.  This was a very crowded and dense urban area.  Then we went to Inle Lake which is a very nice relaxing place with a lot of stuff set up for tourism.  Finally, we went to Bagan, the old capitol and the place with probably the most interesting things historically to check out.  Lastly, we went back to Yangon for a few days before we flew out to Singapore.

I put a ton of captions on the photos.  One thing you’ll notice is that at some point into our trip, Pearl begins wearing a bandage on her brow.  We rented bikes in Bagan to explore the temples.  Pearl had a little mishap while parking hers and ended up falling.  She bumped her head and got a little cut, but she was and is fine.  It certainly made the trip exciting…

One of the other very cool things we got to do was to meet up with a punk/indy band and check out a show in Yangon.  The band is called Side Effect.  I found them online before we went and got in touch.  I was really interested to see what it was like to be a band in a country like Myanmar with the government that they have.  Initially, we were supposed to see Side Effect play, but essentially what happened was the government would not allow them the proper permits that they would need to do any kind of public performance.  Luckily we did still get to see a small show, which are where a few of the photos you’ll see are from.

It was a really interesting trip and I’m so glad we got the opportunity to visit this country.


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