About Burma Culture, Beach, Outdoor & Ethnic Travel plus Business
About Burma are plenty of myths, positive and negative. Unfortunately until recent times Burma news were almost all negative, and this had also something to do with "western media" because for them only bad news are good news.
Luckily the country started to wake up at the beginning of the 19xx but it still took until 2011 to see some substantial progress and tourism could be a means of recovery. The country is well connected to all major capitals in Asia via Rangoon Airport and has plenty of good hotels at the interesting places in the country, that includes excellent beach resorts at Ngapali, Ngwe Saung, Chaungtha and elsewhere. Also major travel destinations such as Rangoon, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Bagan etc. have enough above average accommodations, the only real problem is electricity and very unhygienic environments outside the bigger hotels and restaurants.
Very often news today
are negatively dramatized from the BBC, the front end of the old colonial master, CNN and other media and publications. The Anglo Burmese relationship never was a good one since the very early colonial days when the British conquered Burma until they left, leaving back a looted country in a big mess.
Everything what happen in recent decades had its roots in British colonial times. When the British left Burma there was no aid and the WW II just had ended. The only positive the British left behind was a capital with good infrastructure, this was Rangoon, today Yangon and not the capital anymore.
A rail network and the river business of the Scottish controlled Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, plus a somehow working education system. One Burma disaster ended and a chain reaction of more disaster started even into the 21. Century. The two most resent nature disaster where the cyclone and the Tsunami some years before.
We bring travel
information without mud sling politics. Burma and the rest of the world didn't understand each other most of the time, but this had political reasons and this will end now since the military choose the way the Thai did long time ago, move to the back and dont interfere to much. As everyone know in any South East Asia Country with exception of Malaysia and Singapore the military has the real power.
Here are excellent pictures and videos of great Burmese people and nature. Our website is somehow visually oriented with lots of pictures taken and collected over more than a decade including old shoots from Anglo times and before. Today the country is named Myanmar, it has a great nature to explore and is a ideal exotic travel destination, in the north the extensions of the Tibetan Himalayas and all the way down into the Andaman Sea via the Mergui Archipelago to the southernmost tip at Kawthaung opposite Ranong in Thailand.
Burma teak, Burmese rubies and jade
in form of jadeite. There is also a very interesting and creative music scene, this means classic or folklore music and modern pop, in between are all variants. Burmese girls are well known not only since Kipling, also today there are plenty of very pretty girls, most of the time wrapped up in long costumes and traditionallongiys.
are dedicated to Buddhism, which doesn't mean that some kind of animism is not existing, mainly by worshipping Nats. Buddhism is visible everywhere you travel in form of Pagodas. Pagodas are built in since more than 2000 years and the most famous is the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, the Shwezigon in Bagan the Shwemawdaw Pagoda (which is the tallest in the country) in Bago.
On the Christian side are the Karen and Chin, they got their new religion through Missionaries the British brought into during colonial times. There is also a very large community of Burmese Muslims, many people who migrated to the country during colonial times where Muslims from the Indian subcontinent plenty of pretty mosques are the visible result.
But the absolute dominant religion is Buddhism since over 2000 years.
Plenty of natural resources are around, the best known is a Burmese Ruby, Sapphire, Jade, Teak and plenty of other hardwood and precious stones.
Bagan and Mrauk U
Mrauk U is close to the northwestern border to Bangladesh. Bagan was an ancient capital between 1044 and 1287 AD. Today Bagan is the most popular travel destination in the country, more than 2000 temples and pagodas are still around and a lot of them are either
ruins or awaiting renovation.
Burmese travel days
are usually hot as it is normal in a tropical region but in the north of the country glaciers and snow cover the mountains bringing a very divers weather pattern. It is not advisable to visit during the monsoon season it rains everyday there is constant flooding in particular in the Irrawaddy Delta and all hotel at the beaches are closed down.
Burma is the largest country
in SEAsia, about 2000 km (1300 miles) long, from the lofty mountains of the Burmese Himalayas in the north to the tropical waters of the Andaman Sea at Kawthaung, the former Victoria Point opposite Ranong in Thailand.
From east to west it's about 900 km (570 miles) from the Naaf river on the Bangladesh border to the Mekong river at the border to Laos. A horseshoe of mountains extending from the Tibetan Himalayas forms the natural mountain border of with Bangladesh and India in the west, with China in the north and northeast, and with Laos and Thailand in the east and southeast. Where the three borders of the country, China and India and meet is the Diphu Pass, a strategic important point. Mountain streams from these slopes flow south to make the twin-rivulets Meikha and Malikha, which later conjoin (just above the Kachin capital Myitkyina) to form the Irrawaddy River.
Mount Hkakaborazi (5885 meters or 19296 ft.), is the highest peak in the country and South East Asia, lies in Naungmong township, Kachin State, at the very north.
The snow peaks of the mountains would be a ideal place to ski, they have been explored by several British adventurer, the military, nature lover and botanists during Anglo Burmese or colonial times. Those few adventurers to the northern mountain jungle did the first research about plants and wildlife. Unfortunately in present days 20xx plenty of fortunes hunters from China destroy the fragile eco system after they were stopped to do so in China. Tree cutting by
Chinese denudes and destroys parts of the north.From north to south, three mountain systems with tropical jungle dominates the geography.
On the west side its the Arakan or Rakhine Yoma, on the east side the Bago Yoma and further north the Shan Plateau with the beautiful Inle Lake. The mountain ranges divide the country into three parallel river valleys, the
the Sittang and the Thanlwin River. The blue mountains also form the natural border to southern
Thailand all the way down to Kawthaung.
At all this places you will find nice Burmese people as you can see in the photos and videos. The Irrawaddy valley is more or less the center. The great Burmese Irrawaddy River river flows through three different climatic region : the Kachin heights in the temperate north.
The Burmese dry belt starts at the old capital Mandalay down to the ancient Pyu capital Pyi (Prome) and empty the brown waters through the flat Irrawaddy river delta around the former capital Rangoon into the Andaman Sea. The Andaman Sea is part of the Indian Ocean.
Burma was conquered by the British colonialists
in the 19. Century and they been there until independence in
1948. In 1990 the country's name was changed to Myanmar which means all national races and is a expression already used before the British declared the name Burma to better reflect all the diversity of ethnic groups. The country is also known as the "Land of Pagodas and Temples" and "The Golden Land" since golden pagodas are almost everywhere in the country.
There are approximately 60 million people who are divided into over 130 recognized ethnic groups. The country has borders with Bangladesh, Laos, China, Thailand and the Andaman Sea is on the westside.
The landscape of Burma is very divers, from the snow capped mountains of the north, pristine beaches all along the west coast and on the over 800 islands in the Andaman Sea, most islands are concentrated in the Mergui or Myeik Archipelago. Plus the lowland plains with the famous pagoda city of Bagan, Mandalay and plenty of other ancient cities indicating a glorious past with great images and panoramas of ancient Asia a culture still untainted by western images.
Mandalay was the last Capitol Kingdom of the Burma Kingdom before the English conquered Burma. Now the city remains the cultural center of Burma and offers tourists a trip back in time........ by the river water .
buffalo teams can still be seen bringing in logs! A boat trip up the Irrawaddy also reveals an insightful look into village life traveling to Burma there are a couple of must visit places such as Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Mrauk U at Rakhine or Arakan state.
Mount Popa, the abode of the Nats,
Pindaya Caves, the golden rock pagoda at Kyaiktiyo, Monywa and the the biggest Burmese National Park Alaungdaw Kathapa close to Monywa. The country is also home to
two of the largest pagoda and temple areas in the world.
Mount Popa with 1518 meters
very close to Bagan is an extinct volcano with a Monastery and pagodas built on the top, the best view is from another close by hill, its a real landmark in the central Burma plains.
Bagan attracts plenty of cultural interested people as a unique temple and pagoda city with a magnitude easily matching the Pyramids of Egypt, Maya Temples and similar. Probably the best trip in the country is a combination of Mrauk U, Bagan, Mandalay, Rangoon, Inle Lake and after relax at the one of the beach resorts on the west coast or south Burma.
is a excellent day trip destination out of Rangoon. There are some famous temple, pagodas and a a very scenic monastery in a lake, further south is the
The Kyaiktiyo pagoda
in Mon State south east of Yangon is another landmark of Burma. It sits upon a huge rock which is covered by gold leafs the male pilgrims glue onto the rock, women's are not allowed to come to near to the rock and pagoda. Legend tells that the balance of the pagoda on the rock is held because of a precisely placed Buddha hair. The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is one of the prime Buddhist pilgrim destination of the country. Every day hundreds of people visit the place at the top of the mountain and enjoy a breathtaking panorama.
Limestone caves in the hills are home to thousands of 6000 Buddha images, statues and sculptures. Not far away is the famous Inle Lake with floating villages, monasteries, floating gardens and the "leg rower". Inle lake is at 700 meters above seas level and home of the Pa-O tribe and the Intha, the Intha migrated from Mon State to this area a couple of hundred years ago. Close by are the Pindaya Caves on the Shan plateau.