Photo of the Week: Burmese Market Vendor

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Markets are a great place to people watch and this was definitely true in Burma, where the vibrant bustling hill tribe markets at Inle Lake were one of our highlights.

This market vendor is smoking a cheroot, a Burmese cigar wrapped in a green leaf.

Vegetarian Survival Guide to Burma (Myanmar)

Burma (or Myanmar) isn’t the worst place we’ve been for vegetarians and we coped a lot better than we expected. This was largely due to the big Indian influence and the fact that in this Buddhist culture there is a well understood Burmese word for vegetarian. Being able to communicate this made things a lot easier.

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Exploring Inle Lake by Boat

Inle Lake was our favourite part of Burma and one of its most famous attractions. The huge lake in Shan State is 22km long and 11km wide and is surrounded by mountains. As magnificent as the scenery is what we loved most was seeing how life is lived on and around the water. The lake and mountains were beautiful but it was the one-legged fishermen, the colourful tribal markets, the stilted wooden houses, and the impressive floating gardens that kept us at Inle Lake longer than we planned.

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Planning a Trip to Burma/Myanmar

Burma (or Myanmar) is one of the least visited countries in Southeast Asia and has been ruled by a military dictatorship for fifty years. Many campaign groups urged a tourist boycott of the country until 2010 when democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was finally released from house arrest and changes slowly began to take place in the country.

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