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The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

Nga Tong -a delicious kind of spicy fish dip or paste that’s served as a side dish or accompaniment to Burmese meals and which is actually exceptionally easy to make. Now we’re talking about a fresh fish dish, bearing no resemblance whatever to, for instance, Cambodia’s notorious fermented fish dip, prahok. Prahok is infamous for its main ingredient – a…

Burma’s picturesque Inle Lake has numerous fascinating sites on offer to visitors: the lakeside markets and stilt villages, ethnic minorities, temples, myriad handicraft and traditional ‘cottage industries’ to check out and the amazing ruins of the old Shan city at In Dein but it’s two most famous sites are probably the floating gardens plus the unusual fishermen who row with…

If these fantastic stagecoaches were to be found in any other country apart from Burma then we reckon they’d certainly be housed in museums. Now contrary to what you may imagine they are not used to give tourists rides but are a genuine form of local transport in the former old, (and near unpronounceable),  British hill-station of Pyin U Lwin….

Great boat trip down this picturesque and as yet unspoilt river, (the Burmese president having recently suspended the controversial Myitsone Dam project), and well worth the early start for the superb dawn views as we headed down the Irrawaddy from Mandalay. According to the Burmese powers that be Aerawaddy is a closer transliteration to the Burmese, (or Myanmar), pronunciation so…

A selection of photos and description of a Rangoon train ride. The Yangon, (Rangoon), circular – (that’s a local railway line, not a 6 lane ring-road or an underground line) – does a loop from the city’s main station through the inner city, suburbs and outlying villages, before returning to the station some 3 hours later. It’s a local train…

As with, for example, Malaysia the wide ethnic mix of Burma (Myanmar) leads to a wide range of Burmese food. Along with regional ethnic groups such as Karen, Shan, Kachin, Thai, Mon etc that contribute towards the indigenous mix, there were, during the British period, large numbers of Nepalese, Indian ((Bengali and Tamil for instance) – and in more recent…

“A golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizon – a beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun…”. So described Rudyard Kipling on first setting eyes upon the truly awe-inspiring sight that is Yangon’s, or in his day Rangoon’s, famous Shwedagon Pagoda. The gold leaf-covered central stupa of Shwedagon Paya towers some 100 metres into the Yangon skyline – topped…

Some portraits of Myanmar, taken on our recent, 2-week recce trip to Burma (Myanmar). Internet access is, to say the least, limited and since we’ve been a bit rushed off our feet since our return to the Chiang Mai office so we’ll just stick up a few Burma photos for today and ‘normal’ service will be resumed asap! Actually took…