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  • Nick and Dariece | February 22, 2016 9:00 PM ET

    15 Images of Myanmar That Will Have You Booking a Trip Now

    15 Images of Myanmar That Will Have You Booking a Trip Now

    Photos by Goats on the Road

    Until recent years, the typical tourist trail for SE Asia did not pass through Myanmar (Burma). Due to human rights issues (which included the country being under a repressive military regime) and at the request of Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy (NLD), many tourists chose to avoid crossing here from Thailand, as a matter of principle.

    During those times, tourism dollars would just feed the junta government, rather than put money into the pockets of the local people. In 2011, the NLD issued a statement in a local newspaper inviting tourists who are keen to support the "welfare of the common people and the conservation of the environment."

    READ MORE: 20 Insightful, Confounding and Amazing Facts About Burma

    Since this time, censorship laws have eased, political prisoners have been released, sanctions have been lifted and the country has opened up to tourism. Bordered by five countries, and being home to over 100 ethnic groups, the culture in Myanmar is both unique and fascinating! Having been isolated from the world for 60 years, many people are excited to visit Myanmar and see what they've been missing out on...

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    Although weaving is the main industry of Inle Lake, fishing is another source of income for the locals.

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    This style of fishing can be found around Inle Lake as well. Using their legs rather than arms to propel the canoes forward, the locals here are able to have free hands for setting the fishing traps.

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    It's estimated that over 10,000 temples, pagodas and monasteries dot Bagan's landscape, most of which were built between the 12th and 14th centuries. Renting a bicycle and exploring this area is a must, as is arriving in time to watch the sun set over these beautiful temples.

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    A local vendor selling fresh fruits in Mandalay. The cost of produce is very cheap here, but make sure to bargain before purchasing.

    Beads Of Prayer - Inle Lake, Myanmar

    A woman from the Pa-O tribe praying at a monastery near Inle Lake.


    A Buddhist monk praying at one of the golden temples of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

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    Lighting candles at the Shwedagon pagoda complex in Yangon.

    woman weighing fresh fish at a Yangon market

    A woman weighing fish at the market in Yangon. The paste on her cheeks is made from the bark of the thanaka tree. Many Burmese women paint their faces with this cream and have been doing so for 2,000 years! It acts as a sort of sunblock and is also a beauty product.

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    Ox and cart rule the dirt roads of Bagan.

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    Cycle rickshaws are a popular way to get around in Myanmar. Some rides even come with a smile.

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    A refreshing waterfall located just outside of the village of Naloy, in the Hsipaw area. You can actually swim in the base of this particular fall.

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    The children of Myanmar are adorable and extremely inquisitive of foreigners.

    inle lake sunset winery

    If you can believe it, there is a winery in Myanmar! The Red Mountain Estate is located at Inle Lake. Getting there from the main town is easy by bicycle, or you could hire a taxi. Regardless of how you get there, just make sure to stay for sunset.

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    Walking home near the village of Little Bagan, just outside of Hsipaw. The people living here are friendly and warm. Spend the time to stop and chat with them, they'll be curious to hear about your lifestyle back home.

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    Many of the homes on Inle Lake are stilted, and people get around by boat here! Hiring a captain and a boat for the day is a must when visiting this area. Try to visit the southern reaches of the lake where you'll find monasteries, quiet villages and clay pot making.

    Have you ever been to Myanmar? Would you go? Share with us.


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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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