Discover why Ashton calls Myanmar his most unique experience in Asia! Guest-blogger, Ashton Giese, the GAYographer, looks to expose gay travelers to true cultural experiences with custom tours abroad as well as advocate for LGBT rights with his blog and travel news brief, GAYography.
Want to go somewhere unique and developing, yet functional and relatively safe? Check out the magical Southeast-Asian nation of Mayanmar. Despite lots of growing pains and a still shady government, adventurist tourists have discovered Myanmar (formerly Burma) at an exciting juncture in its history. So, if you’re looking for a challenge, beautiful sights and friendly people, come check out this emerging country. Gays are flocking here, too! Being LGBT might always be difficult in a relatively conservative society, yet the predominant religion (Buddism) remains relatively ambivalent and you’re likely to find friendly eyes just like everywhere else in the world.
My first day I set out in the capital, Yangon (or Rangoon), a hot-bed of frenetic activity – everyone on the street attempts to sell something, though mostly the same products. It’s difficult to imagine how people can make a living – but they sure are trying. Food is also right there on the street – but the hockers have to keep moving, swatting the flies and shouting out about their products. With the locals (and foreigners alike) wearing traditional longyi, faces smeared with allegedly antioxidant Thanaka paste and teeth & mouths gleaming red from chewing betel nuts it can feel quite alien, yet everyone’s always smiling (especially at foreigners)…
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