Off the south coast of Burma (Myanmar), speckled across the Andaman Sea, are hundreds of islands collectively known as the Myeik Archipelago.
In the midst of this archipelago, the Moken, or ‘sea gypsies’ of Burma’s far south, celebrate a nomadic tradition few of us could imagine.
For this year’s World Health Day, celebrated on April 7, we’d like to share with you something extraordinary. The Intrepid Foundation‘s long-term partner, The Fred Hollows Foundation, recently supported the largest eye camp of its kind in Myanmar.
In this remarkable two minute video you can witness Dr Ruit, one of the world’s best surgeons, performing 10 cataract operations in just 80 minutes. This has to be seen to be believed.
Visitors to Myanmar (Burma) who want to do the ‘right thing’, now have it easy with the production of terrific cartoon booklets. Dos and Don’ts for Tourists – How you can visit Myanmar responsibly – is the entertaining and informative material recently developed for travellers to Myanmar.
Myanmar is currently one of the hottest new destinations for travellers and the Myanmar Government has recognised the possible risks of unsustainable tourism growth. To this end, they have developed booklets, posters and banners for visitors. Intrepid Travel, with its responsible travel approach and range of tours to Myanmar, has been pleased to sponsor a print run of Dos and Don’ts booklets.
Burma tops the hot list of places to visit in 2013 and Intrepid’s Nicola Frame discovers that you’ll be welcomed with open arms by the beautiful people of this fascinating country…
“Everywhere I went in Burma, the local people smiled broadly and called out a welcoming mingalabar, the local word for ‘hello’. But I was greeted especially warmly when I was wearing tanaka, a white-gold, shimmery paste which was applied to my cheeks like a rather gaudy blusher. Made from ground bark, it’s a form of sunscreen that Burmese women and children use to prevent their skin from burning, and my adoption of this local custom seemed to please everyone I met.