Myanmar and its myriad wonders

A virtual tour of the golden land – Myanmar.

Where is Myanmar perhaps you’re asking.

Well it’s the new/old name for Burma. In the Burmese language Myanma has been the written, literary name of the country for years and the nation has officially been Myanmar since 1989. Many foreigners are only just beginning to cotton on and many still call the country Burma, its colonial name.  You will still see many tourist trips advertised as visits to Burma.

Myanmar is another country that’s changing fast. And with  Aung San Suu Kyi’s party finally in government, even if she still isn’t officially the leader of the country, you can be sure that’s going to continue.

Like Cuba, it’s a place to visit sooner rather than later.

Our virtual tour takes you around the wondrous golden temples of Yangon, to the amazing ancient city of Bagan with its 1000 year old stone temples, down the ‘Road to Mandalay‘ which is actually the Irrawaddy River, over the teak U Bein Bridge, into the Buddha-filled Pindaya Caves and finally to the shores of Inle Lake with its famous balancing-on-one-leg fishermen.

The trip was taken in August so in the middle of the rainy season (Crocs are the ideal footwear). Not perhaps the best time to visit but then again, quite a lot quieter than winter peak tourist season. The wettest place was Yangon and it’s usually late afternoon before the rain hits.

Myanmar really is an amazing country and the people, who have been cut off from the world for so long, are some of the friendliest around.

Independent travel in Myanmar is very doable but an organised trip will likely save you time, if not money. Try to stay and eat in independent not government run places to ensure the locals reap the benefit of your cash. Enjoy!


 

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