Myanmar, formerly Burma, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand. Here are a few photos of my 2007 trip, featuring my trek across the country from Kalaw to Naungschwe and Inle Lake. I also spent a month exploring the temples of Bagan, Hsipaw in the Shan State, the lacquerware artisans, the traditional feeding of the monks, the Golden Rock, and the markets and sites around Yangon and Mandalay. The people are practicing Buddhists, deeply spiritual, and have proven their ability to survive and remain hopeful during very difficult times.

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