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  1. Mawlamyine street life

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    Mawlamyine, or Moulmein, is to our minds one of the most photogenic towns in Burma. The town’s fantastic location boasts ancient temples overlooking dramatic limestone crags to the east and the picturesque islands and seascapes of the Salween Estuary to the west, and the locals lack the shyness you so...
  2. Ethnic minorities of Burma: The Enn

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    The Enn highlanders are one of Burma and Shan State’s most fascinating ethnic groups. Many other minorities of southern Shan State may well have been encountered by visitors in Laos or Northern Thailand, but the Enn – sometimes written Ann or Eng – are unique to Burma and indeed to the Kengtung region....
  3. The Mud Volcanoes of Minbu (Naga Bwet Taung)

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    Today we made the long (and very slow) route to Magway (Magwe) to make a stopover before heading to Bagan Temples tomorrow. Why did we stop here of all places you might ask? Well firstly buses from Pyay don’t go direct to Bagan and secondly we heard some information about...
  4. Spearfishing with the Deaf Man of Chaung Tha Beach

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    Locals refer to him as ‘The Good Man’, we knew him as Mohses.  His real name is still a mystery to everyone he encounters. Mohses is simply what a few people wrote in his ‘guestbook’.. Every time, written differently. Our first night at Chaung Tha Beach, we found a nice...
  5. Sweatshops, Child Labor, Myanmar Tourist Attractions?

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    Sweatshops, Child Labour, Myanmar Tourist Attractions? Looking for an attraction, with a difference? Schwedagon Pagoda tour not your cup of tea? Aung San Suu Kyi’s house? You can’t even take photos there! Not in any Myanmar travel guide, this is a story of child labour, of sweatshops, and of Cigars –...
  6. Photo Essay: Thanaka, the Make-Up of Burma

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    Thanaka is a cream that Burmese women have been using for over 2000 years as a make-up. They apply the cream to their faces in a variety of ways, but common designs include circles or squares on the cheeks. The cream is not only used for cosmetic reasons but also...
  7. Into the South

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    We made a last minute decision to visit the mysterious country as it won’t be long until it changes. We wanted to see the genuine side of what they now call Myanmar. In Yangon we enquired about heading south and got confirmation that anything south of Mawlamyine was still out...
  8. Riding the Yangon Circle Line Train

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    For just one US dollar you can experience the true essence of local life in Yangon as you travel for three hours through the city’s rural landscape. While Yangon is a fast-paced, chaotic city to get lost in, riding the Circle Line train provides a window into the daily routine of...
  9. The Beautiful Burmese: Portraits of Bagan Locals

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    In my previous travels I’ve enjoyed taking photos of beautiful scenery, quaint streets, mundane details of everyday local life, even marine life, but I’ve always felt lacking in my skills when it comes to taking photographs of people. I always attempt to take photos of the interesting individuals I chance...

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Authors of photos in slideshow: Karen Human Rights Group (landmine, children, porter), Zero X, juandesant, icons by Babasse.

 

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