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The most intriguing sights are not necessarily the most popular, but are instead found in daily life

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A resident of Phwa Saw village, in the central Myanmar region of Bagan, enjoys a large cheroot. Elders can be seen smoking the massive cigars, but visitors are more likely to see locals chewing betel nut, which stains the lips bright red.

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A family sells chilis, shallots, garlic and ginger at a market in Syriam town, just outside of Yangon. The ingredients form the base of many Burmese dishes.

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Families hop aboard small ferries to get to the Ye Le Paya, or Mid-stream Pagoda, a short drive outside Yangon.

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The Nyaung Oo town office of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party sells shirts, pins and posters ahead of the April 1 by-election.

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The Me N Ma Girls give an impromptu a capella performance at The Governor’s Residence hotel in Yangon.

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Buddhists young and old visit the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon.

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The brilliant golden stupa of Yangon's Shwedagon pagoda glows in the sun.

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Balloons Over Bagan offers spectacular views of the ancient temples, dotting the arid, central plains. No two flights are ever the same – the balloons take you wherever the wind blows.

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The Governor’s Residence hotel in Yangon offers a luxurious pool and beautiful garden.

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