Myanmar (previously Burma) is a melting pot of cultures, wedged between India and South East Asia. Myanmar exudes cultural authenticity and a “left in the past” feeling. Their culture is evident on the streets – the men shamelessly wear sarongs and the ladies their thanaka facial adornment. A journey to this part of the world makes for beautiful photography.
The Burmese live and breathe Buddhism and one is never out of sight of a stupa or pagoda. With over 3,000 temples dating back to the 12th century, it is a true step back in time.
Inle Lake is spectacular, unique for its ‘Intha leg rowers’ who row in a one-legged upright stance. There are thousands of acres of thriving floating vegetable gardens and teeming birdlife for ornithologists.
Mandalay, the ancient capital, abounds in palaces and stupas located on the banks of the country’s life line – the Irrawaddy River.
Luxury river cruising on the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers take travellers into seldom visited villages where one can experience truly uncontrived, self-subsistence village life.
Myanmar is an almost mythical country in transition.
Ideal months to visits are post the wet season when the rice paddies and forests are at their lushest. October through March is mild and drier.