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Top Tips for Burma

Travel Burma

Exotic Burma (Myanmar) has been mostly hidden from the outside world for many years. Now the wonders of this magical land begin to reveal themselves. Diverse in both landscape and culture, discover the winding Irrawaddy River, sandy beaches, pine forests or plains dotted with thousands of stupas. This unspoilt land offers the adventure of the Asia of old.

TOP 10 Things to see and do
01. Enjoy encounters with Burma’s warm, engaging people, who have been largely cut off from the international community for many years.
02. Watch the sun set behind the thousands of intricate stupas dotting the Bagan Plains.
03. Explore the floating villages and gardens of Inle Lake by local riverboat.
04. Share lunch with the resident nuns at a nunnery on Sagaing Hill, outside Mandalay.
05. Visit local villages and markets for an insight into the daily lives of the Burmese people.
06. Discover the Irrawaddy River by boat, a tranquil way to get around.
07. Wander the old, colonial hill station of Kalaw, high on a pine-clad plateau.
08. Marvel at the glittering golden Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the world’s most breath-taking religious monuments.
09. Spend a few days relaxing on the pristine white sands of ngapali Beach amidst turquoise waters and swaying palm trees.
10. Surrounded by untouched jungle, join pilgrims making the hike up Mt Kyaiktiyo to the extraordinary Golden rock.

Weather
Burma can be visited in most months of the year. November to February is the coolest and driest time to visit Burma and we recommend booking well in advance for travel during this period. The summer season is from March to May and is marked by high temperatures which can reach the forties in the north. June to September is the wet season, where the Southwest Monsoon brings regular showers which can be quite heavy, particularly in the south of the country. While this does not prevent travel, itineraries may have to be re-arranged.

Our Destinations

Yangon (Rangoon)
Perched on the shores of the tranquil Yangon River, this waterfront city is a hub of economic activity, with thriving bars and restaurants, and an emerging art scene. The Shwedagon Pagoda is the city’s shining jewel, a golden stupa which can be seen from all over town. Historic streets wind past the British-colonial architecture of this energetic town.

Mandalay
This historical town was built at the foot of Mandalay Hill and on the edge of the Irrawaddy River as the last royal capital of Burma. A cultural and religious centre, it is home to the 729 inscribed stone slabs known as the ‘World’s Biggest Book’. A major centre for arts and crafts, shop for some traditional handicrafts to take home. Surrounding Mandalay there are numerous ancient treasures including over 700 pagodas.

Bagan (Pagan)
Following the Irrawaddy River to the central plains brings you to Bagan, where thousands of temples dot the dusty plains. The vista of this multitude of temples, each a work of art in its own right,is magnificent at sunset as the orange rays glimpse off glittering spires as far as the eye can see.

Inle Lake
A magical place where houses stand on stilts, the local fishermen are famous for their distinctive leg rowing, crops are ingeniously cultivated in lush, floating gardens on the lake and tribal people gather from miles around at the local morning markets. Cruise on the peaceful lake for an exploration of this watery wonderland.

Hilltribe Villages
Many Burmese people live beyond the cities and by visiting local markets and trekking to more remote villages in the hills, you can uncover their unique way of life. The country’s population is incredibly diverse and is made up of the `Bamar’ and 134 other ethnic groups. Meet some of the many ethnic minorities that make Burma’s culture so intriguing.

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