A Mandalay nurse on her way to work by bike with her companion taking the back seat (right). Early morning rush hours in Mandalay (below) and a daily setting in Amarapura (bottom) exemplify the popularity of bicycle as a main mode of transportation across Myanmar, unlike some developing countries that solely depend on motor vehicles. Chinese bicycles are particularly hot-sale throughout the country.

 

When it comes to public transportation, a bus in Myanmar is not considered to be full, and will not depart until exceeding a few times of its normal capacity.

 

An attendant hangs out of the bus to signal traffic. Thanks to the economic sanctions, these 1940 vintage teakwood Chevrolets remain as main battleships in the bus fleet in cities like Yangon and Mandalay.

 

Inside the bus, a 'in-flight' refuel is in progress as a passenger looks on (left), while the driver is enjoying his kunya (a chewing stimulant with betel nuts, leaves and lime) in his driving seat. Half of a century of operation leaves no instrument in the bus but a steering wheel and a shifting stick (below).