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It's my birthday and to celebrate I want to share with you one of my favorite shots from Myanmar, taken while engaging in one of my favorite ways of traveling a country: on a train.
The train from Inle Lake (Shwe Nyaung) to Thazi takes the whole day to cover less than 300 km. Along the way, it stops in remote communities where farmers sell their produce to passengers. Even though it was a grey and rainy day when I rode on the slow train to Thazi, I just love the colors in this shot: the flowers, the vegetables, the women's longyi skirts,... 😊

PS: For the full story about my train ride from Inle Lake to Thazi check out my website: notesontraveling.com/myanmar-train-inle-lake-thazi-yangon. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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Not everyone wants their photo taken for money like the young monk I showed you yesterday. These two lads were having a blast at Yangon's Shwedagon Pagoda. They asked me to take their photo. Knowing what would happen once they posed - the smiles would disappear - I got this quick snap. It's not in focus. But maybe that's part of the fun.

PS: If you want to know which is the capital of Myanmar - surprisingly, it's not Yangon - check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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This young man asked me to take his photo while I was exploring the streets of Myanmar's largest city, Yangon. And then he asked for money. Usually, I delete the photo and walk on. But this was the second time it happened to me within a day and he was charming. So I gave him a dollar. Funny enough, after I had encircled the square I met him again and he tried the same trick. I showed him the photo I had already taken of him and he smiled.

PS: If you want to know which is the capital of Myanmar - surprisingly, it's not Yangon - check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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While there are literally thousands of stupas around Bagan - some in better (restored) condition, some in ruin - some are just unmissable. Like Shwezigon: the 11th-century temple is believed to include a bone and a tooth of Gautama Buddha (aka the first Buddha). It's one of the holiest places for Myanmar Buddhists. Make sure you walk all around the main stupa to find a tiny little puddle, where - if you position your camera right - you can catch the reflection of Shwezigon.
PS: If you are looking for a one-stop guide (including map) to Bagan's best temples check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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Here's an especially colorful example of the tile work in Myanmar temples. I found it at Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan.

PS: For more on traveling Myanmar (incl. a look at why I decided to travel the country in the first place) check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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While there are literally thousands of stupas around Bagan - some in better (restored) condition, some in ruin - some are just unmissable. Like Gawdaw Palin.
PS: If you are looking for a one-stop guide (including map) to Bagan's best temples check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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Sunrise over Bagan. 'nough said.

PS: If you are looking for a one-stop guide (including map) to Bagan's best temples check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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Here's another one from Mandalay. I just couldn't get enough of the detailed carvings in the teak wood. Such amazing craftsmanship!

To find out which of the old Royal buildings this is, check my website at notesontraveling.com/Asia/Myanmar

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Whenever I get the chance, I'll take the train. It's a very unique - and in some cases slow - way to discover a country. The train from Inle Lake (Shwe Nyaung) to Thazi takes the whole day to cover less than 300 km. Along the way, the train stops in remote communities where farmers set up tables to sell their produce to passengers. And since many f the stops are 10 or 15 minutes long (sometimes longer), you can get out and have a tea in the tea shop.

PS: For the full story about my train ride from Inle Lake to Thazi check out my website: notesontraveling.com/myanmar-train-inle-lake-thazi-yangon. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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For a change, here's a Bagan picture without the sunrise. As you can see, the landscape is literally littered with thousands of stupas, some in better (restored) condition, some in ruin.
PS: If you are looking for a one-stop guide (including map) to Bagan's best temples check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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Renting a scooter for the day was a great way to explore the Royal Capitals around Mandalay. But it got a bit stressful when I had to have my tire fixed. Not just once but twice! Fortunately, tiny tire shops are easy to find and fixing took just half an hour each time.

PS: For more tips and things to know before planning a Myanmar trip check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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Let's talk Myanmar food: there are three main categories that make the food remarkable and never boring:
- curries (small dishes with vegetables, sauces, and slow-cooked meat)
- salads (can't leave the country without having tried tea leaf - yes, tea leaf! - salad at least once!)
- skewers.
It's amazing what you can put on a skewer! From quail eggs to spring onion greens to tiny mushrooms - anything goes. The customer loads the skewers of choice into a small basket and hands them to the vendor, who will then put them on the grill for a few minutes. Yum!

PS: For more info traveling Myanmar check out my website: https://notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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Here's another look inside Umin Thonze Pagoda on Sagaing Hill: a row of more-than-life-sized, shiny white Buddhas clad in golden robes with ruby-red lips. People place fresh flowers on their open hand.

PS: For more info on Sagaing and other sights around Mandalay check out my website: https://notesontraveling.com/tag/mandalay. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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I didn't have much expectation for Innwa (aka Ava), one of the former Royal Capitals in Mandalay. So I was even more pleased when I rolled towards the village on my scooter and found ancient ruins telling of the former grandeur of the city left and right from the tree-lined avenue.

PS: For more tips and things to know before planning a Myanmar trip check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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I think I mentioned the amazing tile work in Myanmar temples. For a change, this one is not from a Buddhist temple but from the Hindu temple in Mandalay when you aproach the Royal Palace from the East.

PS: If you are looking for a comprehensive guide on Mandalay (incl. daily itineraries) check out my website: notesontraveling.com/guide-mandalay-myanmar/. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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Here's a non-puppy look at Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay. What you're seeing are a few of the 729 kyauksa gu (or stone-inscription caves), which contain marble slabs each inscribed on both sides with a page from the Tripitaka, the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism (the form of Buddhism most prevalent in Myanmar). The working crew was spending the day making sure the inscription caves would shine in crisp white. It's an endless task - kind of like painting the Golden Gate Bridge - once they're at the end they have to start again at the beginning. How Zen... PS: If you are looking for a comprehensive guide on Mandalay (incl. daily itineraries) check out my website: notesontraveling.com/guide-mandalay-myanmar/. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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I'm not done with those sunrises over Bagan. They are just too darn pretty to not post a photo every few days

PS: If you are looking for a one-stop guide (including map) to Bagan's best temples check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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Umin Thonze Pagoda on Sagaing Hill a great example of the mosaic technique used in Myanmar temples. Materials range from glass to porcelain to mirrors. They are often bold and colorful (like the ones in Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon). In this case, the mosaic was kept simple in turquoise and mirror glass, allowing the white Buddhas clad in golden robes to shine.

PS: For more info on Sagaing and other sights around Mandalay check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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The most important thing if you want to explore Myanmar is to not be scared of walking barefoot. But no worries, shoes rarely get lost when you leave them outside the temples.
PS: For more tips and things to know before planning a Myanmar trip check out my website: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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On the day I arrived in Myanmar, I found this building. "Great!" PS: Check out my website for more great sights in Myanmar: notesontraveling.com/asia/myanmar. πŸ“· Photographed on Sony Alpha A7Rii with Sony FE2/28 πŸ“·

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