Like a Dream

I captured this moment in the morning light near the Schwedagon Pagoda or Golden Temple in Rangoon.  The stillness and motion felt like a dream on this first trip to Burma. This is the cover shot of the book as well.

Pagoda Forest

Sunrise in December of 2011 was something special.  The locals were clearing and burning brush, creating a slight haze that picked up the light as the hot air balloons floated by slowly, playing hide-and-go-seek with the pagodas..

Mandalay Taxi

Caught this guy while waiting to catch a ride to MayMyo.

Bike as Transport

At a market in Bagan, this guy uses his bike as a way to carry heavy objects around the market.

We will surely reach our destiny if we join hands...

- Aung San Suu Kyi


Photographer and writer, Charlie Costello explores the ordinary, the extraordinary life through the eyes of the bicycle in Burma Bikes: a journey within.



Football or soccer is one of the most popular sports in Burma. But Chinloe, a football like sport rules the streets of cities big and small.

Balloons over Bagan

Pagoda Forest

Bagan, the ancient capital of Burma is known as the land of the pagoda forest.

Flowered skirt

The market in Pyin Oo Lin, otherwise known as Maymyo is full of color including this flowered skirt worn by this local women while shopping.

Preview Burma Bikes

Burma Bikes tells the story of the ordinary and the extraordinary…
The beautiful country and varied cultures as seen through the eye of the people and their bikes.