Travel to Myanmar
Free from the clutches of tomorrow’s technologies, the unassuming nature of Myanmar’s people captures the hearts of travelers, with plenty to also entertain the adventure hungry. Cruises along the Irrawaddy and on Inle Lake add to Myanmar’s unique charm while its graciousness will no doubt leave a lasting impact on all who visit. Discover the diversity of its landscapes from white sand beaches to arid plains and mountainous plateaus.
Yangon (Rangoon) is Burma’s main city. This is where you’ll find the grand colonial buildings of the colonial age, charmingly neglected in a part of Asia that hasn’t joined the rush to modernise. The people look instead to the Shwedagon Paya, the ‘Golden Pagoda’, a huge hill-top temple at the heart of the city that’s always thronged with devotees.
Mandalay, upcountry in Burma’s north, is a low-rise, slow-moving outpost where bicycles set the pace and every hill is topped with a pagoda: it feels more town than city. This is the launching point for visits to ancient temples and the cool hill station of Pyin U Lwin, where stagecoaches trundle around town.
Bagan is Burma’s Angkor, the site of hundreds of Buddhist temples scattered across a vast plain, all that remain of a long-vanished ancient capital where the wooden houses have long since disappeared and only the stone-built holy monuments remain.
Inle Lake in central Burma is the perfect place to explore the rural side of the country, with boat rides to lively markets and floating villages and hikes to tribal settlements. For some relaxation on the coast, the southern destinations – they can’t really be called resorts – of Ngapali and Ngwe Saung offer sweeping beaches.