Golden Spires, Gray Skies
May through October is rainy season in Myanmar and much of Southeast Asia, but that doesn’t translate to “don’t go”. Go! Like any time of year, low season travel has its ups and downs.
My own visit to Myanmar was planned as a short visa run in mid-June, to gain an additional two months in Thailand. With only a long weekend to spare, I narrowed a huge country down to one spot — Inle Lake.
Was it worth it in June? Qualified yes. On the downside, I didn’t get to do all the trekking and cycling I would have liked. On the bright side, tourists are fewer and prices are lower, and my photos took on a unique tone.
Myanmar is known as the “Land of the Golden Spires”.
The quintessential “fishermen at work” photos turned out dark and foreboding on a gray day.
Lake residents live in stilted buildings in “floating villages”.
Detail of stupa ruins.
A zoom-out shows the stupas against the green and gray of June in Myanmar.
Rain or shine, Burmese fermented tea leaf salad is my favorite dish on the menu.
This quirky umbrella added a burst of color to a serene and atmospheric boat ride.
Farmers work from boats in their “floating gardens”.
Raining again. Good thing I brought these coloring books for lounging in a cafe.
Finally! A pale blue blue sky. Mid-June isn’t all gloom after all.