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23 things to do in Myanmar

Myanmar is a cultural gold mine: the plains Bagan which are strewn with thousands of temple ruins; Mandalay and Yangon are heaving with colonial buildings and glittering stupas; Inle Lake is a place of heart-stopping beauty; the golden sands of Ngapali provide a quirky Myanmar beach holiday; the remote islands of the Mergui Archipelago are little-known gems to escape to. Rudyard Kipling wrote that Myanmar is ‘quite unlike any land you know about’, and this still very much applies today and luxury tailor-made holidays to Myanmar can be hugely rewarding. Read on to discover our top 23 Things to Do in Myanmar:

Shwedagon Pagoda

Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist site is the famed Shwedagon Pagoda, a glittering 2,000-year-old pagoda, in the heart of Yangon...

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Top 3 dreamy honeymoon island escapes

Planning a wedding is an exciting experience, but it’s no secret that it can be relatively stressful too! For some, deciding upon the perfect honeymoon destination can be just as tricky… let us eliminate the pressure for you and let you in on our favourite romantic retreats.

If you are after a taste of paradise and fancy reflecting on your celebrations with some guaranteed sun and sea, then look no further than our round up of top three dreamy island escapes where you can continue the romance:

Bawah Reserve

Lying 150 miles away from Singapore, and only reachable by seaplane, the journey to Bawah Reserve is an adventure in itself. The epitome of an idyllic remote island, this eco-luxe resort is well worth the voyage.

Bawah Reserve

Bawah Reserve

Floating amongst Indonesia’s Anambas Islands Regency, this private h...

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7 once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the new destination Mergui Archipelago

The mysterious Mergui Archipelago, off the east coast of southern Myanmar and Thailand, is the newest destination in Asia to open up to luxury travel. With 800 largely uninhabited islands scattered across a broad swathe of the Andaman Sea, the large region was once the rest and recreation playground for Burma’s British colonial holidaymakers dating back to the time of the poet Kipling. But for most of the second half of last century it was strictly off-limits to all. It is only in the last few years that foreigners have been able to explore the ‘forgotten islands’, initially on liveaboard charter dive boats, and now, from high-end island resorts. So far, half a dozen barefoot luxury resorts have opened, with more slated for development. 

With Myanmar’s ‘one island-one resort’ rule,...

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Discovering Bagan, Mayanmar

On our journey to pick up the boat at Pakkoku taking us down the Irrawaddy river to Bagan, I asked our guide Wyn about a rather peculiar practice I had noticed with the locals in Myanmar. Every morning they paint their faces with a yellow substance, looking like very poorly applied make up, some add a circle on each cheek, others two broad square brushstrokes and a few cover their whole face. This is not limited to the women, male and female use the dye, young and old, even the toddlers have it smeared on them.

Apparently, the use of Thanaka is purely cosmetic and unique to the people of Myanmar. It is a paste made from ground bark and sold in shops and markets throughout the country in its raw form of a short but thick branch from the Murraya tree.

An early start on our first morning in...

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All that glitters is gold: some of the world’s most spectacular gold landmarks

Visit some of the world’s most impressive gold-themed attractions, from temples and museums that preside over the skylines of iconic cities to a lavish hotel made of gold which takes luxury to whole new heights, and a famous stretch of golden coastline which is a magnet for the A-list. After you’ve had your gold fix, there’s plenty more to do and see on a luxury holiday with a difference.

The Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma (Myanmar)

The Shwedagon Pagoda, also aptly known as the Golden Pagoda, is a magnificent gilded stupa in Yangon: standing over 320 feet tall, it dom...

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42 Amazing Ancient Ruins of the World

Bagan –  Myanmar

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ancient ruins of the world bagan

ancient ruins of the world bagan

Ancient City of Bagan

The days were hot when we explored the Temples of Bagan in Myanmar. We hired a horse cart for one day and a bicycle for the next.

One thing we remember was that our horse cart driver was expecting a child any day now.

It was a happy time. Located in Myanmar (Burma) we took a ferry from Mandalay on the Irrawaddy River to the ruins.  This Buddhist complex was built in 1057 and covers 16 square miles.

Time stands still in most of Burma and this feeling is even heightened in Bagan.  Farmers ride by on their ox carts, very few many locals pray at the temples and monks walk the street in the morning searching for alms.

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ancient city bagan myanmar

ancient city bagan myanmar

ancient city bagan myanmar

Like most other ruins, the highlight is walking to the top of the highest temple; Thatbyinnyu Pahto to overlook the c...

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