Looking for a new place to visit? If you are not sure where to start you will want to first get help with your Myanmar visa here. It is very important to know what you need in order to get ready for your trip. There are artful villages still, that is driven by horses and ox and there are genuinely warm and welcoming people who have remained largely uncorrupted by mass tourism and fervent capitalism- for the time being.
The future is now for Myanmar – a country that has emerged after a long hibernation under a military dictatorship, and is now on the tenuous path to democracy and full of exuberance. This destination has become more popular in recent times: attracting everybody from one of our recent past presidents to international capitalists after their piece of the action, to travelers and adventurers far and wide eager to discover new lands. But before you make it there, it’s good to visit E-visums.co.uk to sort out your visa first, just in case you have any questions about securing the correct documents and essentials you will need to get into the country.
Myanmar is rediscovering itself and changing fast, speeding to catch up to the 21st century. For tourists, this is both good and cause for concern. The great charm of the country, or a good deal of it, rests in its old-world appeal. Modernization has its price, and while the influx of capital means better infrastructure in the works, it also means higher prices. Hotel prices have in two years tripled in many cases, and price hikes will not stop until enough new hotels come online.
What travelers should be aware of, is that almost all U.S. and Euro travel agencies have NO presence in Myanmar, and hire the services of local Myanmar agencies to run their tours, while handing a significant markup to YOU, their loyal clients.
The best option is to find a Western-run agency with offices in Myanmar and a professional travel network throughout the country. Not only will this save the traveler the cost of the markup, but will avail them of insider deals that agencies outside Myanmar simply are not in a position to negotiate.
If you only use a Myanmar travel agency is can also cause issues, as Burmese English, can be hard to understand and too many times things are lost in translating between their language and English. Also, there are not easy to understand websites and do not allow you to pay on their sites.
Burma Travel-What is Myanmar’s Great Charm?
Maybe it starts in your imagination, with the wonderful literature. From George Scott’s “The Burman” to Rudyard Kipling’s “Mandalay” to George Orwell’s “Burmese Days” to modern classics like “The Piano Tuner” and “The Trouser People”, the country draws the imagination like no other.
It has been referred to as the Golden Land for its thousands of golden pagodas, Myanmar was a place of folklore long before western writers grabbed hold. One example is the 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, which is covered in 60 tons of gold and takes over the city skyline.
Bagan which is a beautiful area was the world center of Theravadan Buddhism for a thousand years, at its height boasting some over 10,000 temples and pagodas. Today over 2,000 pagodas and temples remain, and competitive Cambodia’s Angkor Wat in eagerness and architectural cleverness, and Peru’s Machu Picchu for its ‘charm’ factor. Only without the enormous crowds!
Bagan is an unreal experience, especially in the rising morning mists. Take a hot air balloon ride over the temples and have a picnic lunch at a temple, then ride down the legendary Irrawaddy River for another temple experience.
Lake Inle is famous for its gardens and pagodas that float, as well as its Intha fishermen, who row their boats with one paddle and fish by dropping cone-shaped baskets into the lake’s water where it is mostly shallow.
Myanmar river cruises range from 1 to 11 days and extend all the north to near the Chinese border, and east to India. They can go from being an inexpensive cruise, or very expensive and remind you of the old British Colonial Days.
I could go on and on with exciting places to see and things to do, but the real magic of Myanmar lies in the People that live there. They are sweet and easy to talk to and fun. Burma is one of the safest places in the world to travel!
So why not unchain yourself from your smartphone and being online and discover a culture where spiritual men are looked up to more than some of the most popular celebrities in the US. Enjoy a ride in an old boat on the river, pick out a great spot on a beach off of the heavenly Bay of Bengal, or hike through forests filled with the great smell of pine to the small towns across the Shan Hills.
Enjoy the many dishes of the local foods, from a big bowl of noodles to start your day off to the leafy tea mixture that’s a popular end to any meal in Burma.
Yes this is Myanmar and it is magical, come with your mind open, and you will leave with your heart full.
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