Author: Guido Helbling, Avosound - Last updated November 09, 2017
In March 2016 we spent four weeks traveling through Myanmar, encountering exciting locations and fascinating people.
I am a field recordist by trade, which is why you will find the odd sound recording embedded in this article. But apart from lugging around recording gear on top of all the other baggage, I am just like any 'normal' [ insert your own term for anyone not into sound recording ] traveler -- except I would probably get bored if I didn't have to chase after interesting sounds on holiday!
The rough idea was to travel by train from Yangon via Mandalay (and over the Goteik viaduct) to the Shan state and, possibly, to trek into the Hsipaw jungle. The Inle lake is also a must-see when traveling through Myanmar.
Then we were undecided whether to travel north or west. Visiting Bagan is a must, as it's one of the most important historical sites in Asia (apart from Angkor Wat), so we decided to go there and do a little detour to Mrauk-U as well.
Sound recording: Yangon side street atmosphere with lots of market vendors - I wonder what the message on the PA system actually means?