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  • 7 reasons to choose Southern Burma Uncovered

    Most visitors to Burma begin their trip in Yangon and immediately head north, stopping off at the ‘big four’: Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay and Bagan. But though the central plains have much to offer, there’s a whole different world down south that barely any tourists know about, and yet has its own mysteries and delights to reveal. Our Southern Burma Uncovered itinerary does just this: taking you well off the beaten track as you journey along the Andaman cost, into the deep south. So why exactly should you choose to head south? Here are just a few of the reasons… (more…)

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  • Top 6 things to do in Pyin Oo Lwin

    Hidden in the cool highlands of central Burma, the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin began life as a mountain retreat for the colonial British, desperate to escape the cloying heat of high summer in Mandalay. Back then the town was known as Maymyo – or ‘May Town’ – after Colonel James May of the 5th Bengal Infantry, who was stationed there in 1886. The town’s Edwardian-style buildings and plentiful gardens still hint at its colonial past, and – coupled with its pleasant climate – give Pyin Oo Lwin an atmosphere unlike any other place in Burma. (more…)

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  • Top 5 festivals in Burma

    Myanmar is home to literally thousands of festivals. Big national festivals, regional celebrations, ethnic minority festivals – and as if that wasn’t enough, every single pagoda in the country, large or small, has its own festival to add to the mix. That’s a lot of festivals! (more…)

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  • Going for gold: A pilgrimage to the Golden Rock

    Exploring Burma’s lesser-visited south offers a rare glimpse into its complex world of devotion and pilgrims, as InsideAsia consultant Charlotte Bower discovers. This article first appeared in issue #3 of East, the InsideAsia Tours magazine. To subscribe for free or download a digital copy, click here. (more…)

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