Happiness is a day at the pool! Summer is almost here and soon I will be back in Europe. It’s crazy how time flies! Having spent over 6 months of adventures around Southeast Asia, I can't believe it's coming to an end. Definitely, my time here has felt more like a summer holiday the whole time, with lots of sunny, hot days.
I especially loved when I got to escape the hustle and bustle of busy cities, like Yangon, Myanmar, by staying in a hotel which not only stills my heart but transports me closer to nature, relaxation, good food and a lot of time relaxing by the pool. This and more has been my experience staying at @belmondgovernors residence; a mixture of stepping back in time, luxury and indulgence. Full review is coming soon. I can’t get enough of Myanmar. 💃🏻What is your favorite season?
Swimsuit by: @lareveche #theartofbelmond#belmond#lareveche#dreamsinheels
🇲🇲 Welcome to Myanmar! ------------ 🇬🇧 Have you been there? Did u like it? Tell us!
------------ 🇩🇪 Bist du dort gewesen? Wenn ja, erzähl uns, ob es dir gefallen hat!
The lady boss of the family who hosted us on the second night. My guide was relieved I chose the homestay option over the bedbug-ridden monastery, which most tourists chose, because, gag, sleeping in a monastery and getting bedbug bites all over themselves is THE TRUE Southeast Asian experience(!!!!). My kampong mum raised me well. In the countryside, "sa pi bi lar?" (have you eaten?) always works. Everyone loves a tourist who cares about their nutrition plan. #kalawtoinlelake#shanstate#myanmar#mymyanmar#makeportraits#portraitphotography
People of Myanmar//Part IV 🇲🇲
This is the Kayan people. The tribe has a custom where the women wear brass rings to create the appearance of a long neck. I'd heard about the tribe but wasn't sure if I'd be able to meet them so when I did, I spent ages chatting and asking lots of questions! They were more than happy to answer:
As a kid, they start with 9 rings and then every couple of years, they add another (up to 26 rings). I managed to pick up a set of full coils she had lying in the house and they were soo heavy (over 25lb/11kg) which depress the shoulders and chest, rather than stretch the neck. They don't take the coil off, ever: To sleep, wash, eat, etc... But it's a myth that their necks will snap if you do take the rings off.
The origin is a mystery, even to them. One legend is that tigers usually attack the neck so it became customary to wear them as protection. Yet this sounds like one of those stories that have developed over time. Some anthropologists have hypothesized the rings stopped women becoming slaves and ward off men from other tribes because they look less attractive. However, the truth may be the complete opposite. It could be a way of looking more attractive - the longer the neck, the more beautiful the woman. Whatever the reason, its a fascinating tradition.
Although they can now be found in parts of North Thailand, this is only because they had to flee the Burmese army & Loikaw is their motherland. It was amazing to see in person - like the head was floating separately to their actual body over a shimmering, gold coil - but their culture of rice pounding, weaving skills and hospitality were amazing to experience!
We are saying goodbye to #Myanmar with this shot we took as we were leaving the Wa Ale Resort (@waaleislandresort). Don't miss our review from the stay here — tap on the link in our bio: @TravelPlusstyle
We transferred to and from the Wa Ale island on a luxury yacht, and its comforts made the somewhat long journey to the island very pleasant. The air-conditioned vessel has a kitchen, living area, sun deck, and cabins below deck (we even caught up on some sleep here!). Do you love sailing? Have you done it? Tell us in the comments!
Photo and review TravelPlusstyle.com #myanmar#waaleislandresort