Deep in the remote hills of the Chin State, tribes of tattooed women inhabit villages. Visiting this far-flung corner of Myanmar is like traveling back in time, but it’s very apparent that society is changing rapidly.
A short flight from Yangon sits the very traditional Loikaw, one of the best places to head in Southeast Asia for a window into authentic tribal life. I was the very first foreign visitor to some of Loikaw’s more remote tribal areas.
Despite its popularity, Inle Lake, in Shan State, is one of my favorite places in Myanmar. Here are some of my favorite experiences in the Inle Lake area, where it’s possible to discover a much more authentic Burmese culture.
During my visit to Kengtung, Myanmar, which is located not far from the Golden Triangle – close to Laos, Thailand and China – I discovered true diversity for its own sake, free of any other agenda, political or otherwise.
Myanmar is a place of often understated beauty and one of the least known parts of the country is the Mergui Archipelago. It is one of the least visited places in all of Myanmar.
Golden Rock, known locally as Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, is located in the Mon State of Myanmar, about a 130-mile drive from Yangon. One of the most sacred sites in Burma, this is where candle-lit vigils, prayers, travelers, tourists and photographers amalgamate to create an interesting outing.
Just as the sun was starting to make its presence felt, we slowly floated upwards in our 8 passenger balloon. It was surprisingly quiet and serene. I quickly began to see Bagan in a way that I had missed on my many previous visits and the scenery was stunning.
The Chin tribe of Myanmar, which live near the Bangladesh border not far from Mrauk U, are a people who wear facial tattoos. I journeyed to this corner of Asia to seek out the answers of why exactly do they undergo the process of getting such tattoos.