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MOGOK

The daily public market at Mogok, in the heart of Myanmar’s gem-mining country, is reached by a smooth and scenic 3.5 hour ride from Pyin Oo Lwin (the former Maymyo). Buyers with their examining tools sit at tables in the open air, while sellers approach them with raw gems, precious and semi-precious, such as rubies, sapphires and spinels. The rolling hills beyond the town look down on a lakeside scene of gentle haggling.

The open air gems market at Mogok. Buyers come from around Myanmar, and sometimes from further afield.

The road to Mogok. Few villages are passed, and little motorised traffic is encountered.

Two scenes on the periphery of Mogok. Mine workings, both active and abandoned, are encountered in the hills round about, and even down to the edge of the town itself.

By | December 16th, 2016|MOGOK|Comments Off on MOGOK

VILLAGE LIFE IN BAGAN

As the morning sun gently hits the beautiful stupa-strewn landscape of Bagan, we embark on an exploration of the vibrant surrounding village life. In the comfort of a sturdy 4×4, go back in time to experience the simple life as we visit the skilled blacksmiths of Nyaung Gyi village, the traditional local craftsmen and their bustling workshops in Se Ywa village, and the part-time potters who farm the lush fields of Taung Kong village. With a unique insight into the daily lives of the locals and plenty of breathtaking landscapes to soak up, this trip is attractive for photographers and for those who love to interact with local people.

By | December 16th, 2016|MERCANTILE MYEIK, MOGOK, MRAUK-U, VILLAGE LIFE IN BAGAN, WILD KAYAH|Comments Off on VILLAGE LIFE IN BAGAN
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