Archive for the 'Culture' Category

Jun 21 2014

Ethnic minorities of Burma: The Pa-O

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Elderly Pa-O woman at Aung Ban

You won’t stay long in western Shan State without coming across the ubiquitous Pa-O people, who are the second largest ethnic group in Shan State, after of course the Shan themselves. Their homeland tends to correspond with the most visited part of Shan State, the Kalaw, Pindaya and Inle lake region, although the Pa-O are also … read the full post

Oct 06 2013

Mawlamyine street life

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Colourful Indian market vendor

Mawlamyine, or Moulmein, is to our minds one of the most photogenic towns in Burma. The town’s fantastic location boasts ancient temples overlooking dramatic limestone crags to the east and the picturesque islands and seascapes of the Salween Estuary to the west, and the locals lack the shyness you so often see among those living … read the full post

Aug 22 2013

A local-style Burmese meal

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What we received on ordering a 2,000 kyat mutton curry in Bagan

Burmese food can be placed into three broad categories: Chinese, Indian and Bamar, or ethnic Burmese. The Indian offerings will be familiar to most people whether or not they have ever visited India, while many of the Chinese dishes, especially those found in hotels and tourist restaurants, you’ll have come across throughout Southeast Asia — sweet … read the full post

Aug 18 2013

A selection of classic Burmese dishes

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The famous Lahpet or tea-leaf salad

Burma has a rich, varied and unique cuisine but perhaps due to a paucity of foreign visitors over recent years, Burmese food is little known outside of the country. If you’re planning on travelling here, it’ll pay to know a few of  the most famous and common Burmese dishes that you’ll come across so you can … read the full post

Aug 11 2013

Yangon art galleries

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New Zero Art Space

With Myanmar’s (Burma’s) complex history and past isolation as their backdrops, the artists in Yangon are teeming with life, and beginning to break through to the world. The city’s galleries are packed with beautiful and engaging pieces; with so many tourists visiting Southeast Asia, it’s perhaps more often than not that art tends to be created … read the full post

Jul 06 2013

Burma’s thanaka paste

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The splash it on all over technique

You’ll maybe even notice thanaka paste on your way into Yangon from the airport. The beige-yellow splodges, swirls and spots on cheeks and foreheads means one thing: you can only be in Burma. Thanaka comes from the bark of the thanaka tree, though other species are sometimes used. The bark is ground to a powder then … read the full post