While the Burmese junta (military government) has well earned its appalling reputation among human rights organizations and the international press, the people of Burma have an acclaim of their own among travelers as some of the kindest around.
Therefore, when we departed for Burma (Myanmar), we did so with high expectations. Its people, cities, landscapes, Buddhist temples – and even its food – well exceeded them.
Our photos from Burma perhaps express that best.
Warning: If images of smiling people upset you, please do not continue.
It bears repeating: the kindness, resilience and resourcefulness of the people of Burma is inspiring. If news of the economic crisis gets you down, view this photo set to cheer you up. Through oppression, dire economy and even natural disasters, the Burmese people continue to show up…with a humanity that brings tears.
Burmese cuisine doesn’t have the best reputation, but we found it a delightful combination of influences from Southeast and South Asia. Street food in Burma is generally terrific: fresh, tasty and incredibly cheap. The markets, home of many of our best experiences, are also beautiful.
While the people of Burma stole the show for us, what Burma has to offer in terms of tourist sights and experiences – from Buddhist temples to trekking opportunities – is not too shabby either.
For those of you interested in planning a trip or digging deeper into Burma, check out more photos organized by location: