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Myanmar people photos: Warmth and smiles

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You want to take our photo on your phone?

And you also want a picture taken of you with us?

Hey, this is backwards.

We want to take photos of you – Myanmar people photos!

Myanmar People Photos

We love taking photos of people when we travel.

We’re the ones usually shooting the pictures for our travel stories and blog.

We’re not so accustomed to having people snap photos of us for their albums.

On our river cruise in Myanmar, the local Myanmar people in smaller off-the-tourist-path villages stopped us several times so they could take our picture on their phones.

Guess we looked “exotic” to them!

Myanmar People Photos

Myanmar people photos

Myanmar people photos

When it came our turn to take photos of the local people, we found them to be warm and friendly.

They didn’t mind us photographing them. And no one asked for money in exchange for a picture.

Myanmar people photos

Here are some photos of the faces of Myanmar (Burma).

You’ll see that many of the girls and women wear traditional thanaka on their faces and arms.

A yellowish-white paste made from ground bark, it’s worn for cosmetic decoration and to protect against the burning sun.

And, oh, the little monks – they stole our hearts…

Myanmar girl with fruit on her head
Myanmar woman from Inle Lake
Myanmar people photos: Two little girls in Salay village
Myanmar boy
Two little monks in Myanmar
Woman smoking a cheroot in Myanmar
Two girls in Myanmar

Experience more of Myanmar!

Read our posts on:

Yangon | What’s with the betel mania? How much do taxis cost? These 25 useful travel tips and facts about Yangon will help you understand the city and its people when you visit.

Bagan | Check out the 9 most beautiful temples in Bagan that you absolutely must see!

Monks | If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the colorful Shinbyu festival in Myanmar, which celebrates boys becoming novice monks.

Photo credits: 5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15 to 17 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase

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About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Tuesday 19th of May 2015

I agree with what everyone has said. The photos are terrific. I have such a hard time getting naturally-looking shots of people. Being able to do this is a real gift.


Wednesday 29th of April 2015

Captivating photos and very inspiring to visit Myanmar! That's wonderful that the locals had no objections to these photos and in many cases, welcomed them with such warm smiles.

We've loved our travels around Southeast Asia and contemplate one day basing ourselves there so we can gain a deeper understanding of that region of the world and the unique cultures nearby.

Janice and George

Wednesday 29th of April 2015

To stay in one place for an extended period of time is also something we'd like to do in future - as you say, to really dig deeper into the local culture and absorb what it offers. Maybe Verona, Italy? We met a couple on our recent Belmond Orcaella river cruise in Myanmar who just took out a 5-year lease on a place there. "Why Verona?" we asked. "Great opera and great food," they replied. That would entice us too :-).


Monday 27th of April 2015

These photographs are beautiful and I love the expressions of the locals that you've captured. Their warmth and sincerity really shines through in these pictures. So interesting that they were really keen to have photos of you guys too! I've never been to Myanmar before but it's somewhere I would love to discover one day.


Monday 27th of April 2015

Aha! Love the last picture of the little guys with a bottle of Sprite. The women look pretty with the thanaka on their faces. Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Janice and George

Monday 27th of April 2015

Glad we put a smile on your face :-) Thanks for taking the time to comment...


Saturday 25th of April 2015

Beautiful pictures, beautiful Myanmar!!! Love the smile of the picture of the lady selling limes :)