MYANMAR – The essence of oriental sweetness

Myanmar is the name to describe the homeland which the British called Burma.io libero birdy
Visiting Myanmar is a succession of beautiful landscapes, an occasion with a different world for those who love art, nature and religion.
1 Shwedagon
The plane trip was long but finally we reached Yangon, the capital city.  We are tired but fatigue does not stop us and we start immediately to visit the great Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important place of worship for Buddhists and symbol for the country with its huge golden dome.  The weather is unsettled, rain, sun, rain, humid:  it’s nice to feel the freshness of the marble under your bare feet while we look around the pagoda.  So many families, so many children and many women with flowers to offer, such a mystical atmosphere!!5 pagoda d'oro4 cupole shwedagon
2 cupola d'oro Yangon
We get up early the next morning and after a drive of about 200 km. we reach Kyaiktyio mountain, famous for the “Golden Rock” an holy place of pilgrimage for Burman.  To reach the Golden Rock, situated on top of the mountain,  under a torrential rain we jump on a big lorry with all other pilgrims praying and singing while approaching the holy site.  camion s acquazzone
The Golden Rock is huge, all covered with golden leaves and placed in balance on the mountain edge.  In the middle of the Rock there is a small golden pagoda containing the Buddha’s relic. golden rock con monaci Ordinary people and monks gather to pray and make offers:  fruits, flowers, incense
We come down the holy mountain on foot, a long walk but pleasant and gives us the opportunity to meet and talk with local villagers
It’s 6.00 am the next morning and we are already at the airport waiting for our plane.  Next destination the Bagan Plain situated in the middle of Myanmar.pagoda
Bagan is considered one of the most important monuments of Asian architecture.  Currently only 1000 pagodas are left from the original 3000 built during 1000 and 1200AD.2 pagode Bagan
 
We are stunned by the beauty we are surrounded:  this large plain on the Irrawady river covered by hundreds of Pagodas.  We climb on top of one of them and wait for the beautiful sunset!!!Bagan dopo temporale
But off we go again, our trip is long and full of emotions and by car we move towards Mandalay, the visit of the Holy mountain Popa is waiting for us.
At bare feet we start our ascent, a long flight of steps to the top of the mountain. 
All the way long we have to struggle against the many monkeys that live the mountain and try to come up to us for food!
Finally we reach the top,  sweating with heat and fatigue, our feet filthy!!! We visit the temple that hosts the tutelary deity of the entire country.  It has been a tough excursion but worthwhile,  the panorama from the top is breathtaking!montagna Popa
The next day in flight we reach Kengtung close to the Laos border.  Here, spread in the hills,  we visit various villages of different ethnic groups called “the Golden Triangle tribes”, the land of Opium Lords.io con bimbi Lasudonna Akha e bambinodonna akha con vasodonna birmana con pipa
On a trekking we visit three very isolated villages:  these ethnic groups have preserved their traditions and beautiful costumes, in particular the Akha tribes with their caps covered with silver coins and the Ann Lisu called also “Black Teeth” for the habit to chew betel,  and the Lahu.donna denti neri 1
They live in the so called “Long houses” a long constructions , all together 3 or even 4  families.   They do not see much tourism here:  we give balloons, sweets and pens to the children but also, thanks God one of our Group is a doctor, we can help an old men not feeling well,  examining him and giving some medicines.vecchia Akha o chi min
They are all very happy to take photographs with us and when we live the village they take us half way down!!!
Our next destination:  the Inle Lake situated in the middle of the country. 
We sail the lake on board of long boats.  The scenery around is spectacular:  the lone Intha fishermen rowing their boats moving the oar with their leg;  the floating gardens in the middle of the lake where they grow all kind of vegetables;  the big bow-nets hanging outside the fishermen houses;  and the children waving to you from the balcony of their palafitte houses.pescatore che rema c piederematore ortofamiglia finestra palafitta
We are close to the end of our journey.  Another stop in Yangon to complete our visit:  the old city, few more pagodas, some shopping.panorama cupolepalme con cupole
 
Our luggages are full……….full of all kind of souvenirs we bought around our trip but also full of happy memories of this magnificent holiday!!!!villaggio palafitte 2vogatore nell'ortovillaggio palafitte 13 donne in costumeorti galleggiantimonastero gatti

5 thoughts on “MYANMAR – The essence of oriental sweetness

  1. Cheap Flights December 1, 2013 / 5:13 am

    I used to be recommended this blog by means of my cousin.
    I am not certain whether this put up is written by means of him as nobody else recognise such specific approximately my problem.
    You are wonderful! Thank you!

    • luci2111 December 1, 2013 / 9:51 am

      I do not exactly understand your message. I wrote this blog after I made a trip in Myanmar, I am an Italian tourist and I travel around the world. If you need more information about my trip to Myanmar, be free to write me back. Best regards.

  2. mynor pablo February 26, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    i really like the pictures of the women with painted teeth. i would like to recreate them as paintings with your permission.

    • luci2111 February 27, 2016 / 9:42 am

      Sure you are free to do it. Thanks for your comment.

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