Myanmar (Burma) is one of my all-time favorite travel destinations. Until recently it was mostly closed off to the outside world, but with political changes Myanmar is now an emerging backpacking destination. It is just as gorgeous as its neighbors in Southeast Asia, but far less explored (and exploited) by tourists. It also happens to be one of the most photogenic countries I’ve ever visited. The country explodes with color, culture, nature, and history. This all makes for some incredible Myanmar photos. So here are 35 photos of Myanmar to inspire you to visit:
Myanmar Photos: Bagan’s Dramatic Sunrises
Myanmar is most famous for the thousands of stunning temples at Bagan, which each morning bask in the glow of the sunrise while hot air balloons hover overhead:
Myanmar Photos: Inle Lake’s Relaxed Vibes and Friendly People
Myanmar Photos: Mandalay’s Incredible Bustling Culture
The U Bein teak bridge in Mandalay is over a kilometer long. In places the bridge is so rickety that it feels like it might just snap at any moment! But, despite the increasing number of tourists, it’s still a great place to interact with locals.
You’ll find monks hanging out and vendors selling ice cream on the bridge, while underneath fishermen and duck shepherds — you heard that right, duck shepherds! — tend to their trades.
Myanmar Photos: Yangon’s Rapidly Changing Character
Myanmar Photos: the Incredible People of Burma
Want to go to Burma to take your own Myanmar photos?
If you are interested in traveling to Myanmar yourself, check out my brief guide to backpacking Myanmar. I strongly suggest going sooner rather than later, as the influx of tourists is likely to change the character of the country eventually. Apart from Georgia, I have a hard thinking of a place that is as poised to become a major tourist destination over the next decade.
[Edit: In light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, some travelers may feel ethical issues with travel to Myanmar. I encourage you to consider these issues, which are discussed in further detail in my post: Should Travelers Boycott Myanmar?]