Myanmar

Myanmar

Things to do in Hpa-an, Myanmar

After the border crossing from Thailand to Myanmar over the Thai-Myanmar Friendship bridge, we headed straight to the town of Hpa-an by the broad Salween river. Given the initial culture shock, the horrid road conditions, and the fact that we’ve been crammed into a 4-person sedan with 6 other Burmese locals enlisted as a minibus, getting from Myawaddy to Hpa-an was an adventure in itself.

The town of Hpa-an and Galaxy Motel

At the time of our travel, tourists visiting …

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Buddhism in Myanmar

The significance of Buddhism in Myanmar is unparalleled. Buddhism plays an important role in politics and is one of the main pillars of the power structure in Myanmar along with the army and the government.

Buddhism in Myanmar

With the exception of Muslims and some other minorities, every Burmese becomes a monk at some point in their lives, some of them multiple times. The availability of the option of retreating as a monk also serves the important purpose as a social safety net, …

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Border crossing from Thailand to Myanmar

Our journey to the mysterious country of Myanmar started with a memorable border crossing from Thailand through the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, arching over the border river of Thaungyin. The Thaungyin river also separates the border towns of Mae Sot in Thailand from Myawaddy in Myanmar.

Mae Sot

Despite being still within the Kingdom of Thailand, Mae Sot bears a strong Burmese identity. Due to the influx of Burmese migrant workers, it has a much more diverse demographics when compared to …

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Pictures of Myanmar

Pictures of Myanmar

Pictures of Myanmar is a video clip made of various shots we have recorded while travelling around Myanmar.
With this video we are trying to highlight some important aspects of life in Myanmar: the significance of religion (mainly Buddhism), traditions, and poverty, which is a huge issue in Myanmar right now.

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Long neck tribe (Kayan people)

Women of the long neck tribe (Kayan people), a Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Myanmar.
Although visiting the long neck women is a controversial topic, these people already depend on the income visitors donate to them, and there is not much one can do to change this (visitors are mainly local Burmese and Thais). We have visited this Kayan family in a remote village in Shan state, Myanmar.
It was not clear if the young girl’s neck rings are permanent or …