Myanmar is, quite simply, Asia's hidden gem. This is a
land with 2,500 years of history; where the men still wear
traditional Longi's (skirts) and ox-carts and bicycles litter the
streets. It is also a treasure trove of delights.
Wonder in awe at the 2,000 temples that make up Bagan, observe
Buddhist rituals at the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda, marvel at the
fishermen's skill on Inle Lake and discover the country's best kept
secret - Ngpali Beach. And for a reallateralescape, visit Mrauk U.
Take time to meet with the Burmese. They will leave some of the
richest memories; the gentle, shy smile from a child that turns to
giggles and laughter and the older men and women so eager to talk
and learn and listen.
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is often the arrival point.
Dominating the city is the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Glittering
bright gold in the harsh daytime sun it turns a delicate crimson
gold come evening. Wandering around its inner sanctums you will
gain an inkling into the role Buddhism plays in the Burmese way of
Burma's greatest architectural site is Bagan. Temples and spires
stretch as far as the eye can see. Be spellbound as you fly in a
hot air balloon over the temples and watch as the light changes the
landscape from a golden hue to a dusky amber and then a deep
purple. Explore further by day and marvel at the
craftsmanship, hidden stairways and colourful murals. Remember that
all this was created in only 250 years.
Sometimes referred to as 'little Bagan', Mrauk U is definitely
alateraltrip. Rarely visited by tourists, it cannot fail to
delight. Sharing the land in peaceful harmony with the
inspiring temples are goat herders and farmers. The boat ride to
get there is a trip in itself.
Another timewarptime warp can be discovered at Inle Lake. It is
home to stilted house villages, floating gardens and a wonderful
Situated on the Bay of Bengal, and a world away from the
awe-inspiring pagodas and temples is Ngapali beach. It is the
prefect place to unwind, relax and be indulged. Your only
companions on the palm fringed, white sand beach will be the local
fishermen and the odd ox.