Myanmar is Asia at its best. More than any other Asian countries, Myanmar has preserved its cultures and traditions. A certain kind of magic shrouds the land with its tropical plains, its Himalayan foothills, teak-filled jungles and the Ayeyarwady River.
The country is a deeply religious Buddhist country and is well known by travelers for its abundance of sights and sounds, interesting cultures, diversity of nature and most of all for its charming and friendly people.
Begin our adventure in Yangon, former capital and the largest city of Myanmar. Yangon lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with tree-shaded boulevards, while shimmering stupas float above the treetops. The city became the capital only in 1885, when the British completed the conquest of Upper Myanmar and Mandalay’s brief period as capital of the last Burmese kingdom ended.
By air travel northward to Bagan, a city located in a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwady River and dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.
Fly to our next destination, the last capital of royal Burma. Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center for its people. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty percent of the country’s monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the country’s finest crafts. An excursion to Pyin Oo Lwin offers an refreshing experience.
A short flight takes us to Heho, and we travel by vehicle to Inle Lake, located in Shan State. The lake is beautiful, with very calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on all sides. The lake’s shore and islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people who are very creative in agriculture and religious architecture.
Our Myanmar adventure ends in Yangon, from where you will fly home or to your next destination in Asia for more exciting adventures.