BURMA, ALSO KNOWN AS MYANMAR, has had a rough few decades. A military coup in 1962 was followed by years of oppression under a military junta, as well as some pretty awful ethnic conflict. Because of this, it hasn’t been particularly easy to travel to Burma until relatively recently, when the junta was nominally dissolved in 2011.
The country is a beautiful place, though, with ancient temples, kind and welcoming people, and amazing natural beauty. Photographer Felice Willat traveled through the country in 2009, before it truly started opening up, and captured some of these amazing photos of the land and its people.
All photos taken by the author except where otherwise noted.
This article was originally published on April 21, 2009.