Only recently declared ‘open’ again to tourism, Burma is one of the most fascinating destinations in South East Asia. It has recently been given the all clear by Tourism Concern, which had previously boycotted the country, following Aung San Suu Kyi’s request for visitors to return.
In 2012 demand has been so high for tours to Burma that new dates are being added and new hotels are being built! Book as early as you can to avoid disappointment.
Sitting at the crossroads between China, India and Thailand and bordering the Indian Ocean, it is one of Asia’s most diverse countries. The Eastern Himalayan mountains are high in the north of the country and the Andaman Sea meats the land of the south. Burma is officially known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
There is a rich, ancient heritage here spanning more than 2000 years and areas to be explored include snow-capped mountains, pristine beaches and virgin jungles. 135 different ethnic groups make up a vibrant culture, with archaelological sites, ancient cities and monuments dotted around the country. The largest town is Yangon with about 6 million people living there, followed by Mandalay. When you visit Burma, you can choose from family run guest houses, beach hotels or 5 star lodges. Mostly, getting there involves flying to Bangkok and Singapore and connecting from there. The ‘cool’ dry season runs from Novembert to February but other parts of the year can be unbearably hot and humid.
Much of Burma’s forest areas have remained intact because of it’s slow economic growth and these areas cover almost half the country. Coconut, rubber and betel palms have been introduced and in the north you will find pine, oak and rhododendrons. Along the coast there are lots of areas where tropical fruits are grown and a reducing mangrove region. Jungle wildlife found in Burma includes Leopards and Tigers but they are seldom seen. In the north, you may find various antelope species, rhinos, buffalo and boars and elephants which are bred in captivity and domesticated for use in the timber industry. There are over 800 species of birds and plenty of reptiles and freshwater fish species.
Contact me for a tailor made holiday or to join a group escorted tour to Burma, I’ll check lots of operators for the right tour to match your requirements.
A small group holiday to Burma to discover a fascinating place which has been largely untouched by the outside world. Explore remote villages, stay in local guesthouses and visit temples, floating markets and lakes.