A man in longyi. This type sarong-like garment is very pratical in a hot and humid climate, and was prevalent throughout Southeast Asia until the early 20th century, then eventually phased out by western-style trousers. Thanks to the relative cultural isolation of the country, longyi, usually in plaid pattern and sombre colour, remains as the most popular attire today for men in Myanmar. Visitors can hardly spot a man in trousers, whether it be in the cities, or in a tribal village.

 

A boatman at Nyaung U near the Ayeyarwady (above), and a grandfather in old Bagain (below).

 

During a late afternoon in Nyaung U, a group of youths is playing chinlon, a woven rattan ball with flairs of volleyball and football in its rules (above). Dubbed as Myanmar's national sport, the popularity of chinlon can be seen at every corner throughout the country. However, the enthusiasm of chinlon may be in danger of being replaced by that of football, as posters of David Beckham, Manchester United and other European premiere teams cover the walls of many tea stalls and eateries (below).

 

In Pyin U Lwin, a horse cart driver prefers reading during idle.