MYANMAR (BURMA) Custom Designed Tours

Myanmar (Burma) Custom Designed Tours – Many travellers boycott the nation formerly known as Burma because of its oppressive military government, but now times have changed with restoration of democracy and those who have visited Myanmar have nothing but praise for the kindness and hospitality of the Burmese people and the cultural richness of this backwater of Asia. Golden stupas dot the landscape like giant candlesticks and the pace of life is dictated by the inexorable flow of the mighty Ayeyarwady River. Isolation has preserved a centuries-old way of life and the superficial trappings of the 21st century.

Best time to visit in Myanmar

November to February (the cool season)

Places to visit in Myanmar

  • The breathtaking plain of temples at Bagan.
  • Mighty Shwedagon Paya, perhaps the grandest Buddhist monument in the world.
  • Wonky bridges and hilltop stupas in the villages around Mandalay.
  • Motorised canoes swirling through the morning mist on inle lake.
  • The timeless pace of village life in sleepy Hsipaw

Top things to do in Myanmar

  • Cruise along the Ayeyarwady on a charming decrepit passenger boat.
  • Trek to fascinating tribal villages around Kalaw or Kengtung.
  • Run through the surf on idyllic Ngapali beach.
  • Climb Mt Popa to commune with the nats (animist spirits).
  • Shop for Buddhist trinkets at Yangon's Bogyoke Aung San Market.

Discover Myanmar

  • Read Pascal Khoo Thwe's moving memoir from the land of Green Ghosts, or George Orwell's classic Burmese Days.
  • Listen to the Maha Gita (the traditional classical music of the burmese court), or the rousing rock of Lay Phyu and Iron Cross.
  • Watch the bravely satirical comedy performances of the Moustache Brothers in Mandalay.
  • Eat at a traditional Burmese canteen - a typical meal includes htamin (rice), hin (curries), peh-hin-ye (lentil soup) and balachaung (fiery shrimp and chilli paste).
  • Drink Dagon Beer, Myanmar Beer or Spiruline Beer, which claims to have anti-ageing properties.

Myanmar Highlights

Golden stupas, teak bridges, monks in maroon robes, jade mines, the Ayeyarwady River, cheroots (cigars), opium and the Golden Triangle, Aung San Suu Kyi.

One word for Myanmar Tourism

Mingalaba (we are blessed).

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