Land of spirit and golden spires
Away from its cities, the country boasts astonishing natural beauty, and rural communities with traditions maintained over thousands of years. To the north, the Shan State’s green mountains and pastoral plateaux are home to farming tribes, with homestays and wilderness trekking to tempt all abilities, and Inle Lake’s crystal clear waters are dotted with stilt-villages and floating gardens. Far to the south, the virtually deserted islands of the Mergui Archipelago are home to the sea-dwelling Moken tribe, known for extreme free-diving and their instinctive knowledge of the ocean.
It’s important to know that Myanmar is going through a crucial transition - a time of social and political change. Tourism here is still very much a work in progress, and far from being as polished as it is in neighbouring countries. We examine our hotels and experiences in Myanmar as thoroughly as we do in our other destinations, and you'll always get the best available - it just might be a little eccentric.
You may also need to be patient with the country's infrastructure, which has not been modernized. It all makes for an authentic Asian travel experience, but can raise questions from honeymooners, who often want straightforward luxury after months of wondering 'will my wedding will go to plan?'. We think a honeymoon in Myanmar is an excellent choice if you're a flexible, adventurous couple, hoping to use your imminent marriage as an excuse to take the trip of a lifetime (and we won't judge you for that!).
Our Destination Specialists have travelled extensively throughout Asia and are on hand to assist at any stage of your planning.
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Although this is rapidly changing, it’s still commonplace for locals to use ox carts, wooden river boats, dusty horses and pushbikes to get around – not quickly, but certainly in style!
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Far more than a place for a cuppa, Myanmar’s teahouses are a social institution; each is a hub of activity & an important meeting place
Made from grinding the bark of a tree with water, thanaka paste is applied to the face to prevent sunburn, acne - and ageing!
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The traditional dress for men and women of all ages – think sarong, tied at the waist for men, and at the side for women.
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