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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Mrauk U was the capital of Rakhine State from the 15th to the 18th centuries. There are abandoned temples and shrines in most fields and the tops of most hills.
Mrauk U was the capital of Rakhine State from the 15th to the 18th centuries, a major cosmopolitan city which to this day retains traces of its halcyon days.
Inside the old city walls are countless abandoned temples, there are ruins in every field and more on top of every hill.
In this site on the banks of the Aungdat Chaung River, three kingdoms had their capitals, but today there is just a charming, sleepy town with friendly, easy-going people. As you tour the deserted religious shrines, farmers stop to wonder at the sight of a foreign visitor: very few make the long yet rewarding journey here.
The most impressive ruins are of Shittaung and Kothaung, but if you have time you can also visit the ancient city of Wethali and the original site of the famous Mahu Muni Buddha image, now displayed in Mandalay. A worthwhile visit further afield is a boat journey along the Lay Mro River stopping off at several traditional Chin villages.
As well as being invited into the local schools, you will have the chance to meet the Chin families who live here, and see the tribe’s history portrayed on the intricately tattooed faces of female elders.
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