After five days of water festival, we decided to head south to Dawei and we didn’t regret our decision We often took the hard and unpaved roads where we sometimes passed buffalo-driven carts, went to villages where people looked at us like we come from another planet, crossed the jungle where locals live in huts made of panels of dried tree leaves, seen hundreds, thousands of smiling kids by the road, kids who ran after our bikes or raced with us in the village streets. Few times we found some deserted beaches that stretched for kilometres, we swam in the waves, alone… we also visited mesmerizing temples with golden stupas and enormous Buddha statues.
Myanmar was hard, the heat in April (the hottest month of the year) was simply unbearable, the air was hot and full of humidity, so we were most of the time sweaty, sticky, dusty, and itchy from bites of mosquitoes, bees and other insects… We ate every day in small villages where cooks never heard about the basics of hygiene, so despite our one year training, our stomach was quite often upset if not upside-down. Camping is strictly forbidden throughout the country so every time we camped we had to hide like fugitives, keeping lights off all night, and we had to wake up at dawn every morning, most of the time exhausted after a short and sweating night. One night the hill where we pitched our tent caught fire so we were up at 2:30am, like zombies waiting for the sunrise on some remote unpaved road. We also went to hotels, but hotels were overpriced and the cheapest ones were usually dirty and full of bugs… but ok, all this was more than compensated by the landscapes, the adventure, and especially by the beautiful Burmese people. Justine agrees with me that we were given in Myanmar the most beautiful smiles we ever received, I literally fell in love with these smiles, and people in Myanmar were not only beautiful, they were also incredibly kind hearted and honest.
Of all countries I’ve crossed, my favourite portraits are from Myanmar. I hope my photos convey a little bit of the amazing beauty of southern Myanmar.
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PS: At time of writing, I haven’t finished uploading all photos. If thing goes well, everything will be online in a week time.