The People of Myanmar


The people of Myanmar have been through some very difficult times, and they are still in the process of gaining their strength and rebuilding their lives; but the oppression and injustice has not broken their spirit. 


The People of Myanmar

Buddhist Monk in the hills of Kalaw


Our three weeks in Myanmar were very memorable thanks to the people. We have been to several countries around the world, and have come across friendly people from all over, but the Burmese people have been the most friendly to date.

We never once felt like we were going to get ripped off or scammed in any way.



They were curious, and talkative, always wanting to help, feeding us delicious food,  and very kind as well.

There was no shortage of smiles everywhere we went. Many times we would have people come up to us and thank us for visiting their country and they hope we have a good time.



The people of Myanmar

Selling vegetables on the streets on Yangon


We loved our time in Myanmar and would definitely head back before it turns into a very popular tourist destination.

This is a photo blog dedicated to the resilient spirit of the people of Myanmar.


The people of Myanmar

Little girl in the streets of Mandalay



Have you travelled to Myanmar? What were your thoughts?

Comments To This Entry.
  1. Agness May 10, 2014 Reply

    I love when locals smile and you can see friendliness and kindness in their eyes. Amazing pictures!

    • Giselle and Cody May 10, 2014 Reply

      Thanks so much Agness. Myanmar was incredibly easy to take photos of people because they were always asking to have their photo taken. After taking the photo and showing them they would always say Thank you and go on their way 🙂 have you been to Myanmar yet?

  2. Franca May 12, 2014 Reply

    Great selection of photos! As well as you guys, we would have liked to visit Myanmar now that it hasn’t been spoiled yet by mass tourism and turned into another very popular destination.

    • Giselle and Cody May 12, 2014 Reply

      When we travelled there it was still very undeveloped but we think that will change in the future.
      It is such an incredible country and has so much to offer……It will be turned into a popular destination 🙁

  3. Katie May 13, 2014 Reply

    We felt the same way about the people of Indonesia even though it is developed in many parts. We found that the kids were especially curious, always wanting to say hello to us, some would ask us if they could take a picture of us, or with us. We had several people help without being asked, even in small ways, like deciding what to order, or helping to translate what things mean. And they never expected anything for it. It made the country that much more beautiful.

    • Giselle and Cody May 13, 2014 Reply

      Yes, we felt the same way about Indonesia as well.
      It’s always so nice when you can go to a country and really enjoy your time there.
      It sounds like you had an incredible time in Indonesia as well Katie. It’s times like those that make travelling so special.

  4. Ivana May 16, 2014 Reply

    We chose Laos instead of Myanmar last January when leaving Chiang Mai, and your photos just make us to give Myanmar a chance. Hopefully, soon 🙂 I can really feel how warmhearted people they can be there 🙂 Happy mindful travels, guys!

    • Giselle and Cody May 18, 2014 Reply

      Ivana, We really hope you get the chance to travel to Myanmar. We have nothing but great things to say about the beautiful country and really enjoyed our time there. It’s a great place to travel without the massive crowds of tourists…but we have a feeling that might change.

  5. Ivana May 30, 2014 Reply

    Yeah, many people agree on this, so hopefully we can get there soon 🙂

  6. Jodi May 31, 2014 Reply

    Travelling as a tattooed trio with the two of you through Burma was a blast…. it was fun to see the tattoo crazy Burmese culture. Burma is filled with people and culture and food that keeps calling me back…..

    • Giselle and Cody June 4, 2014 Reply

      Jodie, we would love to travel Burma with you again!! We had such an awesome time and honestly… kinda sucked after you left. The Tea Leaf Salad!!! Oh my dog!!! I loved how we would stuff ourselves for $4 🙂

  7. Elli June 4, 2014 Reply

    I think people of Myanmar are the way they are mainly because this still is a part of the world which is only slowly coming into the modern age and it hasn’t been as corrupted by globalisation as many other popular tourist destinations..yet..hopefully, it´ll take many years before they get there.

    • Giselle and Cody June 7, 2014 Reply

      Elli, you’re absolutely right!! Myanmar is an amazing country and we were very happy to get the chance to travel before it becomes the “Next big thing” in Southeast Asia. We were in such awe of how genuine and warm the people were. We didn’t have to have a wall up when dealing with people cause we didn’t get the feeling that they wanted to rip us off. They wanted to talk and always thanked us for visiting their country. It is not corrupted by money…..yet.

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  9. Sarah Crawford June 13, 2014 Reply

    These pics are soooo beautiful. : )

  10. sabretoothedchickenstour November 10, 2014 Reply

    Hi Giselle and Cody. Great pics. Yes, Burma is amazing. The Burmese people are so wonderful and innocent. I travelled there in 2011 for charity work. I was born there but my family left for Australia when I was four. It is such a wonderful county but so many people do not realise how difficult life is for the locals. Everyone says “but Burma is ok now, isn’t it?”. No, actually it isn’t.

    • Giselle and Cody November 13, 2014 Reply

      We found the Burmese people to be the most warm and genuine people we have encountered on our travels.

      Never once did we feel ripped off or cheated, and they always thanked us for coming to their country 🙂

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