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This is part of the charm and reasons for visiting Myanmar.
Popular places, traditions and icons that are unique in Burma.
Myanmar is an enchanted nation in the midst of transition. Following years of tough reign under a army jungle, the Myanmar tribe is on the brink of a surge of bullishness as the nation, also known as Myanmar, moves towards a more open attitude towards the West and a new administration offers more freedom in politics and economics.
Luckily I visited Burma during an adventure Irrawaddy River trip with Avalon Waterways on his new boat Avalon Myanmar. It' s been an astonishing experiance to see a country with such a singular story and an ever kind and inviting population. The majority of Myanmar residents are as interested in newcomers to their small peasant and craft communities as they are in their lives and proud customs.
It shows photographs showing Burma's children, faith, agriculture, daily life and cultural gems. This 325 foot high building is one of the holiest places in Burma and is located on Singuttara Hill. Much of Burma's people - men, females, youth - are chewing Betelblatt. Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Burma's head of the NLD, is hanging above a square in Bhamo, a town at the north end of the Irrawaddy River.
Aung San Suu Kyi has become even more influential since her political group took power over the country after a decade of junta leadership. In the early mornings of the Irrawaddy River, there is usually a spooky tranquility as the fog begins to rise and another night begins.
This 1,300-mile long stream divides through central Burma and is playing a critical part in the country's economic, cultural and historical development. Floodplains along the riverbank offer ample land for agricultural cooperatives that grow among other things grain, strawberries, peanuts as well as paddyfruit. These watercourses are essential for the transport of goods and are home to more than three dozens of different types of sea life, as well as the lesser Irrawaddy Dorad.
Fishing in the Irrawaddy River just outside the town of Bhamo at noon. The big bull welcomes the visitor in an elephantcamp in a wood of tea trees outside the town of Katha.
The elephant is a sign of spiritual and bodily power in Burma. A further favourite place to see the sundown and a cultural landmark is the stunning plain of Bagan, with more than 2,000 stony churches, shrines and stupas. 2,000 of them have been built in the area. In Amarapura, Sampan boatmen take guests around Lake Taungthaman and enjoy memorable vistas as the light falls over the viaduct as the humans pass over, many of them friars who return to their convents after their daily work.