The photographer: David Phillips, “The Pudding Guy,” of Davis Behind the lens: When the Myanmar currency was suddenly devalued in 2012, I was able to book a first-class return ticket from Yangon to San Francisco for $250. While there, on the advice of fellow travelers, I first flew into the center of the country to Bagan. I sweated buckets while walking dusty clay roads and climbing pagodas, often without another tourist in sight. This shot was taken from the top of the Shwesandaw Pagoda and it shows the tallest pagoda in the region, Thatbyinnyu, in the background.

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