After a lengthy exclusion from the outside world, Burma (also known as Myanmar) has become a much sought-after holiday destination among Irish holidaymakers in recent years. Crumbling colonial architecture sitting against a backdrop of stunning landscapes echoes reminders of the past times wherever you go.
In a previous blog post
, one of our adventure experts - Monica - identified Burma as a really popular destination for 2014.
We have identified 5 things that have us longing for a trip to Burma…
1. The Temples of Bagan
A visit to the Mandalay region is a must do when it comes to Burma. The ancient city of Bagan boasts an estimated 10,000 Buddhist temples, monasteries and pagodas, which were commissioned to be built as far back as the eleventh century. Fewer than 2,200 of these temples are still standing. Bagan has been relatively untouched by tourists up until now, but new interest in this mystical and ancient city is growing momentum. Photographers and those with a passion for history love this place.
Mandalay, one of Burma's newest cities is strewn with colonial architecture and planning. It offers a treasure chest of sights to visit: Mandalay is well-known and recognised for its art as it is characterised by gold, silver and marble materials. If you have a grá for anything arty, and if you are partial to bit of sightseeing, this is the place for you.
3. Inle Lake – Leg rowing fisherman
At 900m above sea level, Inle Lake is located at the heart of the Shan Plateau. Here, the 'one legged rowers' are a main attraction on the lake. They can be found gracefully sailing and fishing daily on the calm waters. A short distance away from the Inle Lake resort, you will find entire villages on stilts above the lake. Residents take to the water to shop in the local flotilla markets, where you’re sure to find a bargain too.
4. Rangoon 'Yangon'
They say that time has stood still in Rangoon since the end of World War II when the British ended their occupancy in Burma. To say Rangoon has character is a vast understatement. A Buddhist New Year’s festival called Thingya takes place every year on the streets of Yangon. Traditionally, the aim was to honour elders with a cleansing ritual which involved water being poured over their hands. However, during this festival, you walk the streets at your own risk, as you are likely to be drenched with a bucket of water or blasted with a water gun…all in the name of fun though!
5. The Irrawaddy River
Sometimes referred to as 'The Road to Mandalay' after Rudyard Kipling's poem, the Irrawaddy River is 1240 miles flowing from the north tip of Burma to the southern delta and on into the sea. The river is steeped in history and folklore, with many myths and legends associated with it. You can read some of the legends here
– they make for good bedtime reading.
Holidays to Burma: You Need To Go!
Burma is a place full of character, stuffed with hidden gems that will make your Eastern adventure unforgettable.
If you are interested in booking a holiday to Burma, get in touch with our adventure experts on 01 8047188.
You can also check out all of our Adventure holidays on offer for ideas, inspiration and information here