Myanmar Cultural Highlights
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
Central, Myanmar (Burma)
Myanmar sits at the crossroads of Asia’s great civilizations of India and China, and stretches from the islands of the Andaman Sea in the south up into the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. There are still large regions that are thickly forested and thinly populated. In between are magnificent and ancient Buddhist temples of rich and glorious heritage spanning more than two thousand years. If you have a whim to experience its vibrant Myanmar culture and visit its highlights in comfort then...
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: ON THIS 10-DAY CULTURAL EXPLORATION OF MYANMAR
Begin with a comprehensive tour in the capital city Yangon that still maintains its colonial charm with wide tree lined avenues, tranquil lakes, and gracious turn of the century architecture. The magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the city skyline, while at street level Yangon is a paradise for hunting out a variety of exotic arts and crafts. Apart from the many Pagodas and stupas, you will also visit the Scott Market, where you can buy Myanmar’s precious stones – rubies, sapphires and jade. And at night time, visit Chinatown when it comes alive with its pungent aromas and delicious street food.
After an exploratory journey to the incredible Kyaiktiyo (or Golden Rock) that is balanced precariously on the cliff edge, travel to Bagan, a forest of Buddhist shrines unsurpassed in history nestles within an eight-mile curve of the Irrawaddy River. This site of the royal capital of the first Burmese Empire once held 5,000 pagodas, built by rulers and subjects alike to gain merit in future lives. Now only 2,000 pagodas remain.
Next, fly to awe-inspiring Bagan, where thousands of pagodas and temples nestle within an eight-mile curve of the Irrawaddy River. This site of the royal capital of the first Burmese Empire once held 5,000 pagodas, built by rulers and subjects alike to gain merit in future lives. The high tide of construction began in the 11 century, then ebbed within 250 years as Mongol invasion and internal conflict ended Burma’s golden age.
Continue to Inle, the massive fresh water lake is rimmed with high hills, stilted villages and crumbling stupas – a photographer’s dream. Its calm waters are dotted with floating gardens of fruit and vegetables. The villages are inhabited by the Intha people, known for leg-rowing their flat-bottomed boats. For many travellers, Inle is heaven on earth, a place to while away the days canoeing, cycling and walking through the lush countryside. For others, it is a place to meditate.
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Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp: An hour drive from Kalaw, the Green Hill Valley camp project is focused on protecting the nature, elephants and traditions of the local people. Enjoy trekking in the forest and learn about the nature of elephants daily care and life of a Mahout. You can also join a forest recovery program or watching birds and butterflies amongst other interests.
Due to the lack of travel services in Myanmar most airlines fly via Bangkok, Kaula Lumpur or Singapore. It is best to check prices for flights to Bangkok and from there to Yangon return as buying two tickets can be cheaper. We suggest that you book in advance to get the best rates for flights.