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Family - Breathtaking Burma Overview
- 2013-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Meet Burma’s welcoming people and explore its natural and cultural treasures
Rudyard Kipling once described Burma as “quite unlike any land you know about”. A century later, this magnificent country still remains much as it was then and ripe for exploring. Take the family back in time to discover the treasures of this breathtaking corner of Asia. Embark on an adventure along riverways and lakes and be amazed by the extraordinary beauty of its temple complexes and caves. Spend time getting to know the warm, smiling Burmese people and learn some of their cultural traditions. Come home with magical stories of this unspoiled land.
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Formerly named Rangoon, Yangon is home to the holiest of all shrines at Shwedagon Paya, which glitters with gold and precious gems and is said to contain 8 hairs of the Buddha.
Set off on a boat journey to fully appreciate the spectacular landscape of the Yangon River. Stop by the village of Twante, renowned for its pottery, and have a go at making pots using techniques unchanged over centuries.
Dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries, the ancient religious centre of Bagan features countless brick and gilded temples which dot the skyline in many shapes and forms.
Visit the temple caves at this monastery to get an insight into local people’s spiritual beliefs. Visit the monastic primary school and have the chance to join in the local children’s lessons. Head for Nyaung U and learn how to make local delicacies including plum jam and pea powder paste (poneyay). After a tour of the handicraft workshops, watch the puppets come to life in a traditional marionette show.
As a former British hill station, Kalaw makes a welcome retreat from the heat of the lower-lying areas and the surrounding hills are the home to various ethnic minority groups.
Having stopped to admire the Buddha statues at the Pindaya Caves, reach Inle Lake. Board one of the traditional narrow flatboats and watch the fishermen’s unusual leg-rowing technique. Marvel at how life in this area is focused around the freshwater lake and meet the locals on who live, and work, in the floating villages.
The country's biggest city and former capital, Yangon has many cultural delights and excellent sights, including religious monuments, museums, parks and the Bogyoke Market.
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