Parting Shots: Myanmar Unique & Humbling

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, 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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