When Rudyard Kipling visited Burma a hundred years ago he described it as “quite unlike any land you know about”. In the ensuing century little has changed, making it one of the few remaining places on Earth that can truly bring you back in time and experience to the Asia of old.
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, sits at the crossroads of Asia’s great civilizations of India and China, and looks out onto the vast Indian Ocean next to Thailand. One of South East Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, Myanmar stretches from the sparkling islands of the Andaman Sea in the south into the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. Population of over 50 million with more than 130 different ethnic groups, Myanmar has a wealth of different cultures.
An ancient land untouched by the modernization, it is a country where the people still adhere to age-old traditions and customs. Nowhere in Asia will you find a more mystical and exciting place to explore. The scattered temples in Bagan, the ancient capitals that surround Mandalay, the unique “leg rowing” fishermen of Inle Lake and colonial heritage of Yangon are all must see destinations but for the slightly more adventurous traveller there is so much more. Without fail, visitors to Myanmar will be amazed by the breathtaking beauty and unfailing show of hospitality by the Burmese.