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Every part of Lake Inle; whether watching the golden sunrise creep over the mountain tops, visiting the stilt villages or exploring the astonishing floating gardens are obvious highlights of any Myanmar (Burma) tour so we’ll narrow our 2-day Lake programme down to what’s probably our personal favourite part – the morning visit to In Dein. The spectacular forest of ancient stupas,…

The following Burma (Myanmar) visa information was valid for late 2017, early 18 but bear in mind that regulations can change at short notice and that furthermore, our information is primarily applicable to UK, Australian, NZ, Canadian, US, and Western European nation passport holders. Visas are required for all nationalities other than those of Asean member states and they are…

The following are a few of our thoughts on the current situation in Burma (Myanmar). We wouldn’t claim in any way to understand the entire situation – and it is certainly more complicated than initial appearances – nor would we presume our opinions are necessarily the correct ones. Firstly, we categorically and unreservedly condemn the recent actions of the Burmese…

Look out for upcoming details of our new ‘off-the-beaten-track’ South Burma tour starting in Yangon and heading south, via the famous Golden Rock, to the picturesque but rarely visited old colonial ports of Moulmein, Tavoy and Mergui, (now Mawlamyine, Dawei and Myeik). If you’ve visited Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle then check-out parts of Myanmar few other tours reach!

Previous post was mainly to show happy campers enjoying an All Points East Burma tour and so hopefully incite a new booking or two; Burma tour photos II is a more self indulgent collection of our own personal favourite images from our recent tour . So in approximate chronological order………… Another train photo taken on Rangoon’s circular line tour. The…

Rangoon’s magnificent and iconic Shwedagon Paya, (Pagoda), is the City’s best known tourist destination and indeed Burma’s single most prestigious religious site. If you only see one temple in the country then you’d better make it this one! The sprawling temple complex is considered to date originally from the Mon period some 1,500 years ago but has been updated, repaired…

The harsh light of Bagan can make temple photography during the middle of the day somewhat hard work and for your more atmospheric and photogenic opportunities you’ll be restricted to those relatively short early morning and late afternoon times. Don’t worry during the intervening period there are more manageable village and rural life subjects since villages, farms and contemporary temples…

Estimates of the precise figure vary but suffice to say there are the best part of 2,000 temples, pagodas, stupas, chedis and monasteries scattered across the wide plain between the Irrawaddy to the east and the range of low hills to the west. Differences between the categories of religious sites can also be somewhat vague and may depend upon which…

Mandalay – a very evocative name but as with say Casablanca or Shangri La, (which is of course mythical but which the Chinese government has now seen fit to locate in northern Yunnan Province), the reality may not live up to the expectation and these days Burma’s 2nd largest city is busy, grubby and to many visitors, somewhat lacking in…

Generally included in any standard Inle Lake tour itinerary we reckon this fascinating site, located slightly up river at the southwestern corner of the Lake, is one of the highlights of the region. The boat trip is picturesque, the surrounding scenery buccolic, the ancient pagodas highly photogenic and the friendly local Pa-O people welcoming and fun. In Dein is a…

Located in Burma’s western Shan State and famous for mountain scenery, floating gardens and the unsual rowing techniques of local fishermen Lake Inle is certainly one of Burma’s top tourist destinations. Either a very long drive from Mandalay or Bagan – or even longer from Rangoon – most visitors inevitably arrive by Heho Airport, an hour or so from the…

The first thing to bear in mind is that Burma is a relatively large country, at least in Southeast Asian terms, with a poor transport infrastructure so when composing any itineraries don’t be too ambitious! The antiquated rail system can get pretty arduous after the first couple of hours and the only  ‘highway’ worth the name is the long central…

Including a festival in your Burma itinerary may sound like a great idea: lots of colour, activity, local people doing unsual or exotic things, great photo opportunities. Well that’s true but bear in mind it’s not always so simple and does require some serious forward planning. Firstly the majority of the festivals will be religious festivals and invariably timed according…

A frequently asked question but not an easily answered one and at the risk of doing some unapologetic fence sitting we’d say every season has its pros and cons. Broadly speaking Burma’s climate falls into 3 general seasons: rainy, dry cool and dry hot, though of course in such a large and geographically varied country exceptions are numerous. The former…

Guide: “Ok, next I’ll take you to visit some people who make rubber bands”. “Really?! And that’s interesting to see is it?” (It’s hot, the ‘roads’ are appalling and I’m carting around heavy camera gear.) Guide. “Yes – everybody likes it”. (Not convinced) “Errr ok then – so you always take tourists to see rubber bands do you?” Guide: “Sure,…