Welcome to the land where men wearing skirt-like longyi, women smothered in thanakha (traditional make-up) and betel-chewing grannies with mouths full of blood-red juice! Known as “The Golden Land” because of her glittering pagodas, Myanmar is a country rich in cultural heritage and natural scenic landscapes. Just a few years ago, Myanmar holidays were little more than a pipe dream of many travelers. In 2010, the politics shifted, the truly magical beautiful Burma is stepping out of the past into a new era of hope and optimism.
From golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the modern metropolis of Mandalany and the tranquility of Inle Lake, Burma will excite, impress and intrigue you. To the north, the natural lovers can discover the Shan State’s green mountains whilst the adventure seekers can trek through pine forests to minority villages scattered across the Shan Hills. History enthusiasts can contemplate the ancient cities and archaeological museums. Far down south, beach lover can stake out a slice of beach on the blissful Bay of Bengal.
Food lovers can dig into the myriad dishes of the local cuisine, from a hearty bowl of mohinga noodles for breakfast to the fermented tea-leaf mixture that’s a popular finish to a Burmese meal. Swap cocktails and canapés for snacks and tea sweetened with condensed milk at teahouses where you can shoot the breeze with locals.
If you are a luxury traveller wanting to stay in and dine at the top end, government-owned hotels then you will not be travelling responsibly here. But if you’re seeking a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a South East Asian jewel in the rough with generations of stories just waiting to be told, Myanmar, right now, is it.
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Yangon (Rangoon)