Places in Burma..
YOU’VE probably read at least some recent reports concerning Burma/Myanmar and sectarian violence, tentative steps towards representative democracy and restrictions on the freedom of the press. Oh and there’s all that deforestation and rapid development that some of us have been harping on about. Burma is nonetheless still relatively pristine when compared to most of…>
RELIGIOUS tourism, or faith tourism, is a growing travel market. Holy cities like Mecca, Jerusalem and Varanasi attract huge numbers every year that travel to see various religious sites, while others travel to places for reasons of pilgrimage, as missionaries, for fellowship, to relax, receive teaching or undertake study. According to the World Tourism Organization…>
HAS Burma really become the global tourism hotspot? This question dogged me as I flew back to Burma last month to see what changes had taken place since my last visit in 2012. Would my favourite spots be overrun by tourists? Would it be hard to find a room? Had they finally introduced an ATM?…>
SHWEDAGON Pagoda is Burma’s most famous Buddhist monument. It rises like a beacon above the city skyline in Yangon which is no mean feat, given the high-rises springing up around the city today. Located near downtown Yangon, the pagoda is both a signature landmark but also a place of great reverence. Even locals passing in…>
I HAD a plan. And I only had 48 hours to do it. Get myself from Bangkok to Bagan, a small ancient city southwest of Mandalay, Burma and back to Bangkok in just over two days. Was it ideal, this slapdash trip to one of the world’s most fascinating countries? It certainly was not, but…>
PATHEIN, on the Ayerwaddy delta, is famed for its umbrella workshops where the colourful handmade parasols are made. These are known as “Pathein Hti” and are available for sale in workshops such as Shwe Sar, which has been operating for generations. I made a quick visit to the workshop to meet the current family and…>
ONE of the many boat rides you can undertake in Burma (Myanmar) is the trip from Yangon to Pathein out into the delta area of the Ayerwaddy River, a journey of about 190km (by road). Pathein is the most important delta port in the country outside of Yangon. Boats for Pathein leave the Lan Thit…>