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  • Burma: Land of the longyi

    Spend even a couple of days in Burma, and you’ll start to notice a certain garment. It’s worn by everybody – male and female, old and young – and it's everywhere. Resembling something like a sarong or a long skirt, this is the longyi: the preferred garment of Myanmar. (more…)

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  • Featured tour: 12 reasons to choose Beautiful Burma

    With just one departure, this year’s Beautiful Burma group tour just may be our most exclusive yet! We’ve pulled out all the stops to make this our best, most meticulously researched and carefully thought-out trip to date, and though we say so ourselves – it’s going to be a doozy. What makes Beautiful Burma so great? Well, we’ll let you decide for yourselves… (more…)

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  • Native spirit: An introduction to Burmese nat worship

    Burma today is one of the most devoutly Buddhist countries in the world. Though there is no official state religion, 89% of Burmese people are Theravada Buddhists, nearly every Burmese man spends a few weeks of his life in a monastery, and anybody who is perceived to have insulted Buddhism (inadvertently or not) can face jail. Given all this, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Buddhism was the only religion in Myanmar – but you’d be wrong. Burma actually has a strong tradition of indigenous religion – or nat worship – and it’s alive and well today. (more…)

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  • 5 little-known places to visit in Burma

    Burma is chock-a-block with must-visit sites, from the thousand-strong stupas of Bagan to the great, glassy expanse of Inle Lake and the “winking wonder” that is Shwedagon Pagoda. But sometimes it’s not the big-ticket sights but the unexpected gems that form the highlight of a trip. Myanmar is a country in flux, with new destinations coming to light every year as restrictions are relaxed and infrastructure improves. The following destinations are just some of our favourite places to get “off the beaten track” this year… (more…)

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  • Naypyidaw: The world’s weirdest capital city?

    What is the world’s weirdest capital city? Pyongyang, North Korea? Astana, Kazakhstan? Nope, none of the above. The world’s weirdest capital city is Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Where?! That’s right – if you thought the capital of Burma was Yangon (formerly Rangoon), you’re dead wrong. But don’t worry; so is just about everybody else in the world. (more…)

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