Reasons to Visit
The famous Irrawaddy River flows through the heart of the country for 2,000km to a vast Delta region southwest of Rangoon and provides an important role in everyday life. A journey on this most majestic of rivers is a highlight of any trip.
Burma is home to an astonishing number of ethnicities each with their own traditional dress and customs, and in many cases, language and religion. For the most rewarding encounters we recommend heading to the hills of Shan state where it’s possible to stay in remote villages and receive the most genuine of welcomes and hospitality.
Burma is steeped in history and the legacy of various kingdoms and rule is very much in evidence throughout the country from former ancient capitals and grandiose royal palaces around Mandalay to the faded colonial grandeur of Rangoon’s municipal buildings built by British hands.
Whether you are shopping for gems in Rangoon’s Scott Market, betel nut in Kalaw or intricate lacquerware in Pagan there is no better way to immerse yourself in the way of life than to soak up the atmosphere of a local market.
Wherever you travel in Burma you will only be footsteps away from a temple providing an opportunity to witness the quiet reverence of the Burmese people. Climb up to a viewpoint amongst the ancient stupas of Pagan at sunset, visit stilted temples by boat at Inle Lake or marvel at the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda.
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Mawlamyine is one of the Orient’s most picturesque ports. It is a good place in which to experience Burma’s spiritual side at various Buddhist shrines.
Mawlamyine is one of the Orient’s most picturesque ports.
In the heart of Lower Burma, it is famous for being the site of Kipling’s Pagoda. Not far from here is the Thanbyuzayat Cemetery, a memorial to the Allied troops lost in World War Two.
It is also a good place in which to experience Burma’s spiritual side at Buddhist shrines such as the Yele Paya perched over the sea at Kyaikkami and at monasteries and nunneries which welcome visitors.
Accessible only by road and a full day’s drive from Yangon, this town sees few visitors but the journey itself is worthwhile, passing through Mon and Karen villages and stopping at various interesting cave temples en route.
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