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Top 10 Highlights of Burma

Added 23 Feb 2012
Top 10 Highlights of Burma
 

We've just announced extra holiday departures to Burma, one of our most popular destinations this year. Our product manager, James Adkin, recently travelled to Burma and returned full of praise for this beautiful country and its people. Here he gives us ten of his highlights.


 

The People

Friendly, welcoming and keen to meet you; I loved the reception from the Burmese people.  In the capital people are keen to chat with you and practice their English. In more remote places such as Mawlamyine and Mrauk U there was even more curiosity and a really warm welcome which included invitations into people’s homes for a meal.


 

Bagan

Definitely lived up to the hype. The best bit was watching sunrise and sunset from the top of a temple - a vista through the mists of literally hundreds of ancient temples fading into the distance.


 

Market Day

To be honest it seemed to be market day almost everywhere I went. I couldn’t spend enough time in them, meeting the local people and seeing strange and exotic local goods. The meat sections are not for the squeamish!


 

Buddhism

The improbable number of stupas, temples and monks reflect the deeply Buddhist nature of the local people and their culture. I think this is a major reason the people are so kind, well intentioned and respectful.


 

Temples

Another great place to observe the Burmese way of life and to chat with local people. I’ve never seen so many temples and images of the Buddha, but there was so much variety and the places were so clearly part of everyday life that I never got 'templed out'.


 

Golden Rock

An important pilgrimage spot, this enormous gold-painted rock balances on top of a mountain surrounded by forested valleys in the south of Burma. The exhilarating truck ride up is fun and once at the top the whole place is buzzing with local people, whose chanting and prayer makes for an especially charged atmosphere as the sun sets over the horizon.


 

Inle Lake

A Burmese water world. It was fascinating to see how the people here have adapted to life in their stilt houses with floating gardens. Really scenic too with surrounding mountains, ever changing skies reflected in the waters and the iconic fishermen propelling their boats along gracefully by wrapping one leg around the oar while standing.


 

Mrauk U

This ancient city is a hidden gem in a forgotten corner of Burma. Nowadays a small rural community lives and farms amid the crumbling temples of the once mighty Rakhine kings. Some 500 years ago these kings ruled a large kingdom and were the first to trade with early European explorers.


 

Mawlamyine

You have to be reminded that this is one of Burma’s largest towns because it is so peaceful and laid back. The local Mon people are especially welcoming and remnants of the British colonial past can be found dotted around town. Take a walk along the seafront Strand Road as the sun sets over the Bay of Bengal.


 

Rangoon

A buzzing capital city that refreshingly doesn’t have the shopping malls and trappings of mass consumerism. Rangoon still remains largely unchanged in the 21st century and the impressive golden Shwedagon Pagoda glitters on high, overlooking the city.


View our full range of Burma holidays and see these highlights and more for yourself.