Myanmar (former Burma) is the most unusual and distinctive country I’ve ever visited. Regardless of the common poorness – some sources say that average salary in Myanmar is about 27$ a month, and the country looks, well, as a country where the average salary is really 27$ a month – I will be glad to get here again and to travel the country in more detailed way for, say, a month.
Myanmar men should pass six months monastery service. They mostly do it in the childhood.
People sell anything.
Make bonfires on the central streets.
Astrologers play major role in Myanmar. For example, in 2005, the capital was moved from Yangon to Naypyidaw strictly according to astrologer’s advices. Burma was renamed to Myanmar, again, at the time that was told by the astrologers. Anyone can consult an astrologer or a palmer.
Till 2012 Myanmar was ruled by Military junta. There were a lot of military conflicts, some are still going. Below is a social ad against the war.
There is a young boy at the ad. It is because children suffered much during Myanmar’s wars. During war conflicts, children were often used as a human shield, and sometimes were released to the minefileld for demining. Consciption age was at 12. In 2001, a group of 15 soldiers aged 13-15 put 15 women to death. Yangon is calm now.
Both, Myanmar men and women wear traditional long skirts.
Mostly women use traditional sunscreen cream.
Sometimes you can meet a hen walking on the street.
People like noodles. Unlike in the rest Indochina, noodles are being served with chicken bouillon and spicy salad that is itself is completely non-edible, but when added to the noodles, adds them a bit more spicyness.
Myanmar cuisine has a salad with tea leaves.
Needless to say, all this food is very cheap.