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    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Part 8

    August 31st, 2012

    Friday, August 31, 2012
    Taungbyone, Myanmar

    A couple of nat kadaws relax at the Nat Pwe in Taungbyone, Myanmar.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Part 7

    August 30th, 2012

    Thursday, August 30, 2012
    Mandalay, Myanmar

    The cast of Hee-Haw barnstorms through the streets of Mandalay, Myanmar.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Part 6

    August 29th, 2012

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012
    Taungbyone, Myanmar

    A nat kadaw performs at the Nat Pwe in Taungbyone, Myanmar.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Part 5

    August 28th, 2012

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012
    Mandalay, Myanmar

    Buddha in a dragon at Shwekyimyint in Mandalay, Myanmar.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Part 4

    August 27th, 2012

    Monday, August 27, 2012
    
Taungbyone, Myanmar

    In the thick of it at the market section of the Nat Pwe in Taungbyone, Myanmar.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Part 3

    August 26th, 2012

    Sunday, August 26, 2012
    
Mandalay, Myanmar

    Three Buddhist monks shlep by in front of the Royal Guest House to collect their morning alms in Mandalay, Myanmar.

    Around 5:30 am, the bus driver cranked on some music to signal that we had entered Mandalay. Luckily, he didn’t play a bunch of bad Burmese power ballads for the whole final hour, like the last time I made this trek. After we pulled into the dusty, chaotic bus terminal, I climbed into the bed of a little pick-up truck with a couple of French-accented tourists and got shaken into town across the city’s many bumpy streets. We were just in time to see all of the Buddhist monks making their morning rounds to collect alms (free gifts of food and money from locals), and I shot some frenetic-looking video clips of them from a vantage point looking out the back tailgate on the way. A few more walked by out in front of the Royal Guest House, and I got a couple of good photos.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Part 2

    August 25th, 2012

    Saturday, August 25, 2012
    Yangon, Myanmar

    The Motherland Inn II airport shuttle bus in Yangon, Myanmar.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Myanmar Part 1

    August 24th, 2012

    Friday, August 24, 2012
    Yangon, Myanmar

    My trip from Banglamphu to Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok went super smoothly. For the first time in recorded history, I only perspired a mere moderate amount, and avoided getting fully drenched with sweat, because I was able to sit down on bus number 15, so the air rushing in could blow on me. Then it was a simple two-stop ride on the air-conditioned SkyTrain from Siam Square to Phaya Thai for the connection to the airport train. I paid a whopping $3.00 for the non-stop version, a super smooth air-conditioned beast with comfy seats that cruises all the way there in a mere 15 minutes. On the way, you can see all kinds of new high-rises going up near picturesque, rusty-roofed shack towns. Bangkok seems to keep sprawling out forever, easily earning its status as a megalopolis. Suvarnabhumi airport is kind of similar, in that you have to walk through a giant, shiny, upscale shopping mall to get to your gate.

    Buddhist monks wait for passengers to arrive at the airport in Yangon, Myanmar.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Thailand Part 23

    August 23rd, 2012

    Thursday, August 23, 2012
    Bangkok, Thailand

    Another shrine to the King on Thanon Silom in Silom, Bangkok, Thailand.

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    Tropical Heat Tour: Thailand Part 22

    August 22nd, 2012

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012
    Bangkok, Thailand

    A messenger girl on fruit boots at Yanhee Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.

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