…Water Festival, Buddhist pagodas, ancient temples, Inle Lake, beaches...
Myanmar (formerly Burma) was on our travel wish list for years and so we were very excited when it finally opened up to foreign visitors in 2012, after 50 years of military domination. We decided to visit over the Easter holidays in 2014 as the dates lined up with Thingyan, the Burmese New Year Festival (also referred to as the Water Festival). Thingyan is a Buddhist festival that is celebrated over a period of 4-5 days before culminating in the new year celebration. The government relaxes restrictions on gatherings and in Yangon crowds are allowed to gather on the Kandawgyi Pat Lann and Kabaraye Roads where temporary water-spraying stations (pandals) are set up. There is live music, dancing, water fights, and lots of laughing.
Myanmar is a Southeast Asian country bordering Thailand, Laos, China, Bangladesh, and India. For our first visit we focused on the main sites (Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake) as well as Ngapali Beach, which was fairly devoid of tourists.
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