Quite often when you travel you have a fair idea what to expect. You’ve seen the pictures, read the blurb and generally tried to get your head around the place before you go. Sometimes, however, all this goes out the window when you visit somewhere that is truly spectacular. Myanmar has given me countless of these moments so far. It’s a place that has exceeded all my expectations – offering a load of life experiences that I will never forget. I’ve laughed with monks in Mandalay, jumped on board a moving train in Yangon, and been left utterly speechless by the Temples of Bagan.
Above all though, it’s the people that have made this trip so special. In the next few posts I’ll be writing about the different places I’ve been, but before that I just wanted to share a few portraits of some of the people I’ve met along the way. Traditional dress is still very much commonplace, as is the application of Thanaka – a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark. The people here have an innocence that is hypnotically beautiful – and it’s one of the main reasons why I already want to visit again.