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By @ 12/17/15 in Africa, Asia, Brazil, Gay travel, Myanmar

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If you’re anything like us, your bucket list of places to go never stops growing. It seems every year, a few new places capture your imagination: those photos on Facebook of a remote Caribbean beach or a friend’s trek through Nepal leave your head spinning. The bucket keeps filling, and there’s no end in sight.

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By @ 12/15/15 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, Myanmar, Parting Shots, Travel
Myanmar as seen from a balloon in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Myanmar

Myanmar, the mysterious and intriguing country formerly known as Burma will be featured in an upcoming issue. Enjoy this first look now! ManAboutWorld associate editor Kenny Porpora visited Myanmar and brought back this initial photo reportage and answered a few questions for us.

  1. What did you love about visiting Myanmar?

 

Meeting the people and learning their history and traditions. The country has a violent history and has endured a centuries-long struggle, and you can see the impact it’s had in the faces of the people and the landscapes. Seeing how they live, in all forms, from poor rural villages to urban flats, was an incredible experience. We also soared over the ancient temples of Bagan which was unforgettable.

  1. What surprised you most about the destination?

The friendliness and openness of the people surprised me most. I wasn’t sure what to expect — whether they would be welcoming — but there was this unexpected sense of safety that followed me wherever I went. And also, the food. I’m not the most adventurous eater so I was taken aback by how much I loved the local street food (though I didn’t eat it off the street, and neither should you.)

  1. What were the people that you met like?

The people I met were beyond warm and hospitable. They knew their country and its history, and they loved their country. They were Buddhists of all types, some strict, some not so, but always willing to share what they’ve learned and invite you into their life a little.

  1. What do you know now that you wish you knew before your first trip?

I knew it would be hot in late-October when I went, but I didn’t expect such extreme heat. I would recommend a wardrobe of light t-shirts and shorts, especially if planning to walk around. I also wish I had know how quickly Yangon was developing, as I would’ve spent more time in the city. I’m told it might look quite different in just a few years.

  1. Favorite moment was…

Meeting the little kids, seeing them with their faces painted with sunscreen, and how excited they were to chat and have their photos taken.

6. Best time to go…

Probably the autumn months. Definitely avoid summer but anytime October-March should be beautiful.

7. Gay factor.

In the traditional sense, there’s not much of a scene, but you’ll see gay boys on the street, and there’s even a local doughnut shop in Yangon where all the gay guys hang out. It’s quiet and very unpronounced but it’s there.

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By @ 10/19/15 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Myanmar, Travel
Myanmar temple as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Myanmar temple

Our associate editor Kenny Porpora is traveling around Myanmar this week conducting research on a series of articles on  the country that we will publish early in 2016. For now, you can enjoy his updates on our Facebook page. Here are a few photos that he took.

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Children in Myanmar as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Children in Myanmar

Myanmar from a balloon as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Myanmar from a balloon

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