Burma, also called Myanmar, or, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is a country bordering India, China and Thailand. Located in Southeast Asia, Burma reflects a close identity with its religion. With so many cultural influences throughout its history there is a mishmash of Indian and Chinese style apparent in the culture and architecture. You will find pagodas, buddhas, temples and monasteries, all confluent with the natural environment around them. Burma contains borderline surreal imagery with many oversized statues with gold leafed surfaces reflecting in the sun’s bright light. You will also discover magnificent natural rock structures that are unique to Burma. Shwedagon Paya is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites bejewelled with diamonds and other gems. Before you travel to Burma consider going to your public library and reading George Orwell’s Burmese Days for a better glimpse into what many people consider a sacred and magical place.
Visit the capital, Rangoon. Go diving off of one of the 800 islands of Mergui Archipelago. Visit Bagan, one of the richest archeology sites in Asia. Go to beautiful Inle Lake, where you’ll find over 30 hill tribes. These hill tribesmen and women have a spectacular sense of fashion. Take a hot air balloon ride over the city and see the scope of Burma’s majesty.
Burma has three seasons. The hot season goes from March-April. It cools off during the rainy season- May through October. November-February is the peak tourist season.
Rangoon, now known as Yangon, is the former capital of Burma and the cultural and economic center of the city. It has retained much of its historic architecture, from colonial-style buildings to impressive temples and pagodas. Read more about Rangoon…