Angkor Temples: Romance vs Reality

ADVICE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS PLANNING A VISIT TO ANGKOR, CAMBODIA Many travellers’ aspire to photograph the temples of Angkor in Cambodia with its awe-inspiring Khmer architecture. A once in a lifetime trip, perhaps? And why not? The place is special. However, like many popular global destinations, Angkor has not been immune to mass tourism pressures. Visual…

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An unusual Buddhist ritual in Mandalay

Buddha face washing & teeth brushing at the Mahamuni Pagoda The Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay, Central Myanmar, offers an unusual cultural experience within the Buddhist World. The daily event is not a tourist attraction, but a solemn ceremony attended by local devotees and pilgrims. Feeling disoriented, waking in the night, my wife, Took and I…

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Rangoon (Yangon) Streets

ELEGANT COLONIAL DECAY “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” – John Wilson (amongst others) “All things that have form eventually decay.” – Masashi Kishimoto Most visitors stay in Yangon only for a day or two. Usually, to visit the spectacular and glittering Shwedagon Paya (pagoda) before moving elsewhere. Such a fleeting visit to…

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