I took this on a one day trek in the hills around Inle Lake. It was the rainy season when we were there, which meant that the colors in the hills were extremely vivid and beautiful, but also that we were wading through mud most of the way.
A cave in the hills near Inle Lake.
a "long-necked woman" from the Karen tribe. The necklaces are slowly added to a woman's neck from age 9 to 19, and can't be removed later in life (neck muscles atophy). There are several explanations for the purpose of the rings: protection from tiger and snake attacks, beauty (it makes you look more like a dragon), and protection of a family's wealth (you can't steal the rings).
a kid canoeing on Inle Lake. Kids who looked like they were 5 or 6 were canoeing around like it was nothing.
the beautiful Inle lake, Myanmar
in a doorway in Bagan. Bagan is a plain about the size of Manhattan, with 4,600 pagodas dotted all over. We stayed here for five days and bicycled around, exploring. About ten of the pagodas were large and famous, but the fun part was stopping randomly and exploring whatever looked interesting to us. The whol district, which emcompasses 3 small towns, Old Bagan, New Bagan, and Nyaung U, seemed to have a total of about 20 Western tourists.
a dead frog in Bagan
at Shwedagon Paya, the largest and most famous zedi (=stupa, Buddhist place of worship) in Yangon. It's raining quite hard in the picture.
flowers at Shwedagon Paya
a reflection at Shwedagon Paya
in a cave at Ha Long Bay. You can see Jonathan if you look very closely.
me, taken by Jonathan in a cave at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
a dog, almost smoking, in a cafe in Nyaungshwe, Myanmar. There are thousands of stray dogs in Myanmar.
many, many more:
Inle Lake, Myanmar
Bagan, Myanmar, continued
Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
also more gorgeous wedding photos from the ubertalented Nina Yoh!