Myanmar

A country of contradictions, where Buddhism rules but at what cost? The expulsion of the Christian population to refugee camps on the Thailand border and now the Rohingya’s to Bangladesh? A country where the might of the Military quashes everything and everyone, including its Government. A country where an exquisite ancient past offers a feast for the senses. Temples and Buddhas in abundance and so much more.

 

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For me, the jewel was Inle Lake; Stilt houses, Pa Oh tribeswomen dressed in black with colourful headscarfs, leg-rower fishermen balancing on one leg, lilac water hyacinths, and eighty-year-old ladies weaving fine silk fabrics on antique timber looms – magical.