Our time spent in the predominantly Buddhist nation of Myanmar (formerly Burma) left many varied experiences permanently etched into our memories. The ancient temples of Bagan proved to be even more beautiful than we could of imagined from seeing iconic photos. Being able to trek to various hill tribes in Hsipaw and Kalaw was an unexpected highlight of our month there. But without a doubt the most positive experience to come out of our travels was the people of Myanmar. Unconditionally friendly and exuberant despite years of political hardships left us feeling as though we were not worthy to be in the presence of the Burmese. While certain areas would no doubt yield different circumstances we were fortunate enough to only come across the most amazing people in every situation. Here we have put together a photo essay of some of our favourite photos of the people of Myanmar. We hope this inspires you to visit this newly accessible country before tourism takes its relentless hold over the nation.
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“Are you happy?” the inebriated Burmese man would ask, right before he drenched my back with a bucket of ice water. I