Myanmar has engulfed my heart and captured my imagination ever since I discovered its rich history, ancient temples and incredible landscapes. As a photographer, the picturesque nature of Myanmar did not let me put down my camera once. What fascinated me most is the peaceful and spiritual way of life, the humility of the local people and their warm hospitality. I loved the authentic exchange and interaction with the locals – turns out we were as intriguing to them as they were to us. In two weeks, Myanmar calmed my mind, filled me with inspiration and gratitude and left me with the urge to go back. In the meantime, I am reminded of its beauty by wonderful photos covering my living room wall.
My friend and I spent a wonderful Christmas on Inle Lake a few years ago, tucking into an alternative tasty lunch. We entered Myanmar from Thailand over a little-known land border and really felt like the first pioneers as not many people go there. We travelled all over, with our highlight being the same as most of our customers – cycling around the temples of Bagan and witnessing incredible sunrises with a sky full of colourful hot air balloons.
For me, Myanmar really is a country like no other. I was amazed by the sheer variety of incredible experiences that met me on my travels. From being engulfed by the hubbub of the frenetic city of Yangon to gliding through the ‘floating villages’ of stilted homes in tranquil Inle Lake. The sun setting over the temples of Bagan whilst hot air balloons drift through the sky is utterly unforgettable. What will truly stay with me forever though, is the warm welcome I received wherever I went. Just go!