After many years of isolation, Burma, or Myanmar as it is officially known, finally offers travellers the opportunity to experience its rich culture. Burma retains the aura of a bygone era with a winning combination of diverse landscapes, stunning temples - 2000 alone on the plains of Bagan, smiling faces and a wonderfully laid back way of life. The Himalayan foothills in the north tumble into the watery world of Inle Lake - home to floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas before giving way to jungles of the south with thousands of ornate pagodas and temples dotting the countryside in between.
See the unique one legged rowing style of the Intha men on Inle Lake, walk the U Bein bridge to meet the monks at sunset, watch the sunrise at the temples of Bagan, shop for lovely handmade fabrics in the Shwe-gyi-do Quarter in Mandalay and take a scenic cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Deep-rooted Buddhism is evident in Burma, with beautiful temples and ornate pagodas dotting the countryside, and especially in the local’s laid-back way of life.The major attraction of any trip to Burma has to be Bagan, a dusty plain filled with stupa upon stupa, their exotic shapes decorating the horizon. Yangon, AKA Rangoon, the former capital, is a dynamic city retaining much of its colonial character and has the added bonus of the gleaming Shwedagon Pagoda which attracts streams of devotees with offerings. And don’t miss the magnificent palace of Mandalay, or heavenly Inle Lake and its friendly people.
On one of our special events tours, head to Burma in time for the Water Festival – Burma’s most celebrated holiday, and ANZAC Day when you can pay your respects to fallen soldiers who died while building the infamous Death Railway.
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