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Boat on a River

This picture was taken from a boat on the Mekong River in Myanmar. You can take a boat on the Mekong to go see the sunset, and I’ve got to say, it’s really beautiful. I like boats, and taking the boat trip gave me a slightly different perspective of the area than walking around did. The view is really cool, and it’s also pretty interesting to see people in different types of boats doing different things. These men were fishing with a net, which was interesting to watch. We also saw passenger boats carrying tourists, Buddhist monks, and locals who were just getting from one side of the river to the other. Also visible from the boat are the many pagodas in the area, their mountain-like shapes and spires make for a really cool horizon. You can also see people on the banks, just going about everyday life; planting or harvesting, collecting shells, kids play and bathing in the shallows near the rivers banks, it’s a good way to get a better idea of what life is really like here. If you are interested in arranging a boat trip for an hour or two, you can probably do so at your hotel, or you can just head over to the banks and see if there are any boats taking tourists/ travelers out.

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Typing Thai

This picture was taken in the Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), in Bangkok Thailand. Bangkok is a super cool place, and this airport, while not really centrally located, is a great place to fly out of for other locations in Thailand. I love Thailand, and I think that Bangkok has a lot of amazing stuff to offer to tourists and travelers, but if you’re planning on staying in Thailand for a long time it’d be a good idea ( I think) to check out some of the other areas. Phuket and Chiang Mai are the other areas that i’ve visited in Thailand, and I would highly recommend both. BKK is a great airport to fly out of too, it’s big and comfortable, and there is a fair number of restaurants to choose from, as well as shopping, ranging from duty free fancy perfumes to more traditional thai souvenirs (though I’d suggest buying your Thai souvenirs outside the airport; you’ll pay less and in most cases be able to haggle over the price, something you can’t do in airports). The other cool thing about BKK is that there’s free wifi, and if you don’t have a computer, tablet, or other wifi enabled device, you can access a computer in the terminal, i’m not sure if this is true for every terminal, but you can probably find out at the information desk. (I know the picture isn’t really travel related, but I thought it was super cool that the available computers had bilingual typing capabilities)

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This photo was taken in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma) just outside one of the many incredible pagodas that you can visit. This was really just a luck shot, I don’t really know why this baby was in a basket, but I thought it was a pretty cool picture none the less. This woman, and her children, were with a group of people who seemed like they were just passing through the area where the Pagoda was located, they had stopped to look at a group of tourists. The interest was clearly mutual, the small group of Burmese people was looking at the tourists, and the tourists (a group from the U.S.) were looking right back, it was sort of an interesting exchange to witness. If you look closely you can see a sort of yellow-white paste is covering the child’s face. The paste is called Tha Na Ka, it’s made from a sort of ground root and water mixture, it’s applied to the face to help keep you cool. While we were there my sister and I tried it ( a very sweet older lady outside a temple applied it for us, she was also very insistent that we smell it, though it really didn’t have much of a strong scent) it was an interesting experience, but neither of us found it to be particularly cooling after it dried. Still, i’d recommend trying it if you have a chance (and if you don’t have any serious plant allergies) it’s an interesting experience, and a lot of local people seemed really pleased by the fact that tourists were trying it out. Behind the woman you can see a horse cart, these are really common in Bagan and you can hire them to take you to pagodas if you prefer the more open air travel to taxis.

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