On Yangon’s circle train, the journey is the destination. Buy a ticket and clamber aboard; peer out of the window and, nose to the breeze, see what life is like beyond the glitz of the city. Myanmar’s former capital, Yangon, is full of things to see and do – from its impressive collection of colonial-era […]
Given the lukewarm traveller reviews, you’d be forgiven for wondering why anyone would bother visiting Mandalay at all. But though it may not be the rose-tinted oriental city of Western imagination (a status for which it has Rudyard Kipling to thank), don’t underestimate modern Mandalay.
As tourism in Burma gathers pace, the number of travellers visiting the plains of Bagan and the city of Yangon are gradually increasing. But Violet finds a quiet corner of the country that remains relatively unexplored, despite being just as impressive as protected heritage sites in other countries.
These days, practically every traveller has heard of the red-brick pagodas of Bagan, the stilt villages of Inle Lake, and the colonial heritage of Mandalay. But if there’s one part of Myanmar that’s still massively underrated, it’s the brilliant, golden, two-thousand-kilometre-long coast. Southeast Asia is famous for its beaches: from the white sands of Koh […]
For years now, travellers to Burma have trodden the same old, tried-and-true trail: a loop that begins in Yangon, heads north to Inle Lake, and concludes in magnificent Bagan via the historic city of Mandalay.
Cycling trips take us right back to what makes travel so endlessly fascinating and rewarding: the surprises, the chance encounters and the ordinary, everyday details. The humble bicycle gives us the freedom to roam under our own steam, take diversions, stop to chat and generally enjoy the experience of being immersed in a country and […]