Few popular places live up to their hype, but we’ve never met anyone disappointed by Bagan. David discovers the secrets of these ancient temples while meeting local people and learning about modern Myanmar.
After taking two years to travel around the world, Gavin Thomas got hooked on all things Asia and subsequently became the travel editor at Rough Guides. Now a freelance travel writer he’s often on the road but, luckily for us, he has taken the time to share his top 24 hours in Yangon.
To find out what’s been happening in the elections so far, catch up with our blog post from last week; or for some background on politics in Burma, have a look at our blog post from earlier this year. It’s been just over a week since the people of Myanmar cast their votes in the […]
In recent months we have seen a fantastic rise in public interest in travelling to Burma, which is great news for the country and its people. However, we also occasionally hear from potential travellers who are put off by worries about personal safety in the country – or who doubt the ethical propriety of encouraging tourism to an area […]
With Burmese New Year just around the corner, we thought that now would be a great time to cover a little of the history of Burma’s biggest festival – and let you know what to expect if you find yourself caught up in the festivities! Thingyan, which marks the transition of the sun from Pisces to Aries, […]
Spend any amount of time in Burma and it won’t be long before you begin to notice the profusion of faces daubed with a kind of yellow-white paste, and you’ll probably begin to wonder why and what it is? This is what is called thanaka. What is Thanaka? Thanaka, a natural Burmese cosmetic paste, is made by […]
Rudyard Kipling is a name inextricably linked with Burma in the modern collective consciousness. Kipling wrote a number of poems, stories, and factual accounts of Burma, the most famous of which is his poem Mandalay. Businesses from the Kipling Bar in Yangon’s Governor’s Residence to the Strand Hotel capitalise on their (real or invented) personal […]