Left in the dust in Bagan

These Burmese children in Bagan have decided to run to the left side of the divide in the road, while the women are headed for the right side.


Trivia: Myanmar switched from driving on the left side of the road to the right side in 1970. The vast majority of car owners in Myanmar own used right-hand drive cars imported from Japan, which drives on the left side of the road. We could not determine which side of the road was correct for pedestrians, although the driver of a right-hand drive car could be better able to see a pedestrian on the right side of the road. We saw pedestrians using both sides of the road (and the middle).

This photo was taken on February 8, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 1600, f/8.0, 1/1250 sec, 33 mm

3 thoughts on “Left in the dust in Bagan”

    1. According to the World Health Organization, based on 2010 data (40 years after the change from left to right), pedestrian death accounts for 27% of road traffic death in Myanmar. It doesn’t seem to be safe to be on the road in any form.


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