Beautiful Burma – Rangoon

We had the chance to visit Burma (aka Myanmar) recently. Burma is a very large country, the second largest in South East Asia and with population of over 60 million people. You can discuss at length whether one should visit Burma or not, as of course, it is still a sanctioned country due to violations to the human rights (genocide, systematic rape, child labour, human trafficking etc.) and almost all things you do when visiting Burma will mean you directly, or indirectly, help fund the military of this country. After the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011 (see link by clicking her name), the country have taken some steps towards a more open, and hopefully, a more fair place.

Anyway, we decided to travel to Burma. I did not intend to make this entry too much about politics, so for those interested, you can also read here about the ethical decision one need to take before travelling to Burma.

We stayed in Rangoon, the previous capital of Burma. The city is the largest in the country (population of 4+ million) and is still where almost “everything happens”. When you come to Burma you realize a few things:

*You have never really met a friendly person before; this is what friendly means

*Men should wear skirts all over the world, I bought one but have not dared to wear mine yet

*Traffic conditions are “special”, with the steering wheel on the right hand side but with right hand side traffic.

These are some few photos from strolling around the down town area of Rangoon. The last two photos are from a market “across the river”.

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10 responses

  1. Beautiful photos, it really puts you in the atmosphere of the place, thanks for sharing

    January 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

  2. Excellent shots. The photo titled “Imag 6465″ really shows how different the architecture is.

    January 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm

  3. Life is hard.

    January 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  4. It is good that you realize what a visit to a county can do, as far as adding to the coffers of a not so correct political system, but then proceed with this knowledge. At least you’ve informed yourself, and made your decisions. This is a beautiful place, and how sad it would be to not see it. Wonderful photos; I’m glad you’ve shared them with us.

    January 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm

  5. What is the guy on the bicycle contraption doing please?

    January 7, 2013 at 2:27 am

  6. Hi- Just wanted to let you know that I nominated your work for “Blog of the Year 2012!” http://fictionalmachines.com/2013/01/13/blog-of-the-year-2012-two/ Keep up the great work & enjoy the day!

    January 13, 2013 at 7:53 am

  7. Jeg mener du må ha bessøkt min blogg for å abonnere på den, men jeg kan ikke med min beste vilje se det burmesiske flagget i Google Analytics. Blir det ikke registrert fra Burma mon? Om forlatelse – Myanmar hetrer det visst nå :-)

    January 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    • Jag var i Burma i somras, så om jag besöker din blogg nu så får du nog en Norsk flagga. Myanmar – Burma och Rangoon – Yangon…ja, man kan ju diskutera vilket som borde användas ;)

      January 17, 2013 at 8:05 am

      • Det bar alltid vært et lite problem å se hvem man snakker med siden ‘About’ og ‘Home’ ikke alltid oppdateres. Så plutselig at du var i Drammen (som jo er min e enemerker) :-)
        Og ja, det har vært noen kalde uker med tremp rundt minus 14 – 18 minus, men nå letter trykket litt.
        Jakter litt på flagg ja (om du får luft under vingene igjen )

        January 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

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