Photo of new residential complexes at Nay Pyi Taw (Courtesy of ISN Security Watch)
I am going to fly to Myanmar’s reclusive capital Nay Pyi Taw tomorrow afternoon, as part of an official cultural delegation attending an ASEAN level meeting. Its going to be interesting to survive 4 days without any mobile connection, internet, WiFi, and credit card access (all payments must be in crisp, unfolded and new US Dollars). From my experience in Myanmar though, I am sure that the people will be very friendly and hospitable there.
Hopefully I can take some photographs. I heard that everything is larger than life in Nay Pyi Taw, and that the city was carved out of a malarial-ridden jungle. Huge six-lane highways, sprawling government buildings and picturesque water fountains fill the landscape.
Certainly looking forward to it.
Also known as the Golden Land, Myanmar is one of Southeast Asia’s largest and probably least well explored country. Culturally rich and vibrant, it is the only country in our region where the traditional sarong is still worn daily as a modern attire. Due to its relative isolation and insulation from the modern world, Myanmar retains much of its heritage, traditional practices and charming way of life. It is definitely a charming cultural destination worthy of a visit by those who yearn for a unique and enriching experience.
Here’s a photo essay of my observations during a trip there in end January this year. Apologies that this took two months to conceive!
Aung San Bogyoke Market, a famous shopping area at Yangon full of crafts, jewellery, textiles and other traditional wares.
Hi all. Sorry for the tardy updates but have been pretty busy for the past week or so. Will be travelling to Myanmar next week as part of a study visit, with the chance to visit some of the more interesting historic sites like the Shwedagon Pagoda (above), National Museum of Myanmar, Mandalay Hill, Bagan Palace and Lake Inle.
Should be fun and hopefully I can blog about it too.