I was first in Myanmar (or Burma as it was then) many years ago. Once illegally over the Thai border by motorbike into a ‘Karen’ stronghold near Three Pagoda Pass and again flying in on Burma Air or as we called it Bummer Air and travelling around by truck, bus and train.  I was back there last December and found a country determined to embrace modern tourism.  However, it doesn’t take much time or effort to wander beyond the well -known and find yourself back in an amazing ‘real’ Asia of yesteryear!

It is a wonderful country of shining, golden temples, ancient, heritage sites, a dramatic coastline and  high mountains.  Colourful, tribal people gather at the local markets and everywhere the people of Myanmar are full of warmth and friendliness,   seemingly now, without the fear of mixing with foreigners.

Young Nun in Central Yangon View of Yangon from The RiverBeggar and Baby at Local Market in Bagan, MyanmarEgg Seller at a Temple in Bagan Ballons Over Bagan   Monk and Mobile PhoneLocal Market Bagan Older Monk at Mahagandayon Monastery in MandalayTheravada Buddhist Scriptures at Mahagandayon Monastery in Manda   Daily Life on the Ayeyarwady River in MandalayMonk With Alms Bowl at Mahagandayon MonasteryKuthodaw Pagoda Mandalay