If you are one of the huge and growing number of adventurers with a fascination for the long-forbidden wonders of Myanmar, you’re probably also aware that the country is in the throes of some major changes. Politically the situation is still unstable but reports from recent visitors indicate that the trend is towards opening up rather than restricting various avenues of access to the ‘real’ Myanmar.
Probably the most important thing a potential visitor can do, aside from deciding on an (adjustable) itinerary is a bit of pre-flight research. Myanmar’s only international airports are in Yangon and Mandalay, with the [...]
At the museum in Bagan there are many display rooms. The ground floor certainly has one of the most impressive rooms in the entire museum and it is large enough to hold a significant conference.
Instead of being used for this purpose however, it houses many different artefacts from Myanmar’s history, that are significant to the Bagan Period. You will find woodcarvings, stucco works, terracotta, metal works, stone sculptures, and lacquer works among others.
There is also a showroom here which displays some of the clothes that were worn during this period in the country’s history and there are also [...]
From the time of its earliest civilisation, the country still known to many as Burma, now officially called the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, has evolved around three major rivers.
The longest and by far the most famous is the Ayeyarwaddy, better known to most of the modern world as the Irrawaddy River. This great river has been a source of livelihood and a vital transportation and communications link from time immemorial.
Commercial and military craft have plied the river for centuries; the headwaters of the Irrawaddy represent a gateway to the overland trade route to China, where the [...]
The long isolation of Myanmar, still known to many as Burma, may be coming to an end, but there is still a long way to go.
Western sanctions prohibiting commerce with the country have been suspended or lifted in some cases, and over the past year or so the word has gone out that foreign tourists are welcomed by the Parliamentary government, and certainly by the majority of Myanmar’s people.
Lonely Planet placed Myanmar at Number 2 on its list of the top ten countries for adventure travel in 2012, and the tourist board is scrambling to meet the challenge [...]
Burma is becoming a destination that is growing in popularity but despite this almost all of the international traffic into the country is coming through its old airport; Yangon International. This airport is five decades old and its age is certainly beginning to show.
The government have announced that they are currently seeking out investors to help fund a new airport which will be built around 50 miles from the current airport. It is thought that it will be constructed on the site of an airport that was built during the Second World War by the Japanese.
On the state [...]
Until recent years, Burma was a country that was largely shielded from the world’s eyes as there was military rule in the country which largely prevented any visitors from entering.
Things have changed however and for the first time in decades tourists are being welcomed to the country.
That said, they might not feel particularly welcome; hotels are either booked up or far too expensive. Even if you have found somewhere to stay you are going to find it difficult to pay for it as credit cards are not widely accepted and dollars bills that are not in immaculate condition [...]
With just over 1,600 square kilometres of protected land, Alaungdaw Kathapa is Myanmar’s largest national park, encompassing the Reserved Forests of Patalon and Taungdwin. The park lies in Mingin Township, between the Chindwin River and the Myitta Valley, and it is truly isolated; in the rainy season the only way to get into the park is on the back of an elephant.
First created under the auspices of the British in 1941, Alaungdaw Kathapa was designated a national park in 1984, named for the Buddhist disciple Maha Kathapa. A large shrine to Kathapa sits right in the middle of the [...]
The leader of democracy in Myanmar is Aung San Suu Kyi and she is going to be making her first appearance in the country’s parliament this Wednesday.
She has been fighting the military dictatorship in the country for over 20 years and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.
She is now in her mid-60s and is going to be taking the oath at the parliament before she can start serving. She is going to be working very hard to help the country transition from a military dictatorship into a democracy, which is going to be a particularly [...]
Burma hotel rates have continued to increase over the past couple of months as a result of the many economic and political reforms that have swept through the country enticing many tourists and investors to flock towards capital city Yangon. Most economists are afraid that the increase in rates may be a sign of inflation as the Burma economy continues to become more tied into the economy of the outside world and global climate.
At the moment, only a few Yangon hotels cater to international business travellers due to the fact that Burma has had a small appeal to investors [...]
Australia is beginning to lift some of its Myanmar sanctions as Canberra politicians lean towards working with other leaders to help figure out a positive way to move the Asian nation into democracy. The decision to lift sanctions comes two weeks following the Myanmar sanctions that led to two opposition wins.
The US also chose to lift a few of its travel and financial restrictions on Myanmar following the vote. The sanctions placed on the country by the United States are some of the most comprehensive as they restricted both investment and travel into the country. Observers of the move [...]