Young monks walk down a street in Nyaungshwe with their ‘donation bowls’
With my good friends Nick and Janelle Rains and Heather Petty I stood, for the first time, on the soil of the country of Myanmar, formerly Burma, on the 17th of November 2018. I’d just flown from Adelaide via Canberra and Singapore to Mandalay in preparation of spending the next 17 days exploring just a small part of this huge country.
Over the coming weeks I would visit places that had only been dots on a map. Places like Pin oO Lwin, Monyawa, Bagan, Inle Lake, Kyaiktiyo and Yangon. I’d discover caves filled to the brim with thousands of Buddha statues, Pagodas gleaming with golden spires, lines of monks walking the streets at sunrise, exploding balloons showering me with exploding rockets and strange discoveries in Yangon.
At the end I would find myself not wanting to leave to stay and explore more that this amazing country and people have to offer.
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.