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Myanmar (Burma) – The golden Land

Myanmar (Burma) is an incredibly beautiful country and until now almost undiscovered by tourists. It is one of the only original destinations which are left in this much over travelled world. Decades of social and physical isolation has maintained the cultural inheritance which is lost in so many countries all over the world. English are spoken by many and especially in the cities and by elder persons, which went to school before 1962. Until the present government took over in 1988 the English education has been neglected. After those many years of negligence they have intensified the English education, as they have recognized that English is the international language of communication.

In addition there has been built many educational institutions such as Schools, High Schools and Universities all over the country. The present government at the time in 1988 took over a bankruptcy and they have although in spite of especially western international blockades and sanctions managed to develop the country. In addition the infrastructure has been improved considerably all over the country.

The early civilization in Myanmar can be dated back to years before and reached its peak around 11th to 15th centuries. The country is from nature blessed with a lot of diversity with scenarios varying from agriculture areas to snow clad mountain in the northern Myanmar. The Shan State is chilly in the summer heat, while the long coastline offers endless golden beaches still unexplored by tourists. From the far north to the south flows the Majestic Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) one of the world’s longest rivers and a source to agricultural wealth for millions. Potentially is Myanmar one of the regions richest economies with allsorts of natural resources.

Tourism is considered to be one of the biggest possibilities for development.

Daw Aung San Su Kyi call for the tourist and investors come to Myanmar, in order to vreate jobs and employment for the population

The country is proceeding democracy with an election for parliament held in 2010. As the situation is now, it will be possible to maintain the peace in the country, as the stabilizing peacekeeping system will be maintained as hitherto.

Think of the history after the liberation from the English in the period from 1948 to 1962, where there was armed fighting between the trivializing ethnic groups. The democracy was not functioning at all and it was a necessity that the armed forces took over in order to establish peace.

Many of the country’s attractions lie in its history and artistic culture. Myanmar is situated in a focal point between two of the world’s greatest and oldest civilizations China and India, and it mixes the influence from both with its own very special characteristics. The populations have maintained the traditional values and are deeply faithful concerning the Buddhism, with tight family ties and deep respect for the elder. Myanmar population are very fun loving and not without humor. There is a festival every month, centered on the social life and Buddhist celebrations. The Myanmar populations are also known for its hospitality and friendliness towards visitors.

Myanmar is one of the few countries where you can walk around without being attached at all times of the day and night. Without exaggeration it for sure one of the most safe countries in the world.

For tourists there are countless possibilities such as diving, trekking, culture, Beach holidays, Meditation in Meditation centers, cycling, balloon tours, ecotourism, elephant camps, globetrotter tours, river cruises, cruises in the Andaman Sea, golf, history, Archeology, bird watching, train excursions, cross country by car and rafting.

The main tourist places in Myanmar are Yangon, Bago, Bagan, Mandalay, Inlay, Mrauk OO and Myitkyina in the north, Pyin Oo Lwin and Ngapali (Napoli) beach.

In Myanmar there are 3 seasons: Summer, raining season/Monsoon and winter. Summer starts not like in the western world in July, but in February until mid May, thereafter the raining season until end September and the so-called winter from October until end February. The winter season is more like a high summer period in Europe. Concerning the temperatures there are not the big difference, although it can be quite hot in the middle of the day in the summer period. Just now mid July there are about 35 degrees Celsius in the shade outside. There are of course differences of the regions; in the mountain areas there are lower temperatures than in the lower parts all dependent of the topography. There are mountain areas, flat surface terrain and hilly terrain. Apart from that there is the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) delta along Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) river and which in beginning of May 2008 was extremely hard hit by the Nargis Cyclone. Unfortunately with loss of too many lives and the structure in the delta area was almost destroyed by the cyclone Nargis. But it is fantastic to see how they rebuild the area. The majority of the population has their living by fishery and agriculture. They are already at the present strongly working on the development, which means, the farmers are setting paddy for the next harvest, the fishermen are getting new boats, the old ones was almost all smashed by the cyclone. They have already built a lot and are buildings, countless new houses as replacement for the houses smashed under the Nargis. Luckily there is an enormous relief work as well from the locals as international organizations, with as well economical support as with professional assistance. It will take a couple of years before the rebuilding is finalized even though the efforts are very intensive from all parties include the surviving inhabitants from the area.

YANGON (Rangoon)

Yangon is situated in the lower Myanmar at the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) river near the sea about 30 km, from the Andaman Sea. Yangon get in the raining season quite a lot of rain although mostly in showers, the whole area is green and luxuriant all year round. There are still a lot of old trees although quite a lot was destroyed by the cyclone Nargis.

The Myanmar golf players are playing all year round in Yangon like on the courses in Europe. Yangon (Rangoon) is the biggest city in Myanmar and was until 2005 capital in the country. Now the capital is Nay Pyi Taw situated ca. 400 km north of Yangon. Yangon is still the biggest business center and access to Myanmar.

In the middle of Yangon we find the Sule Pagoda which is about 2000 years old (left) and with the beautiful town hall in the background. There are also a lot of colonial style buildings in the town.It was originally a little town surrounded by wooden palisades at the river bank with steps leading down to the river for access to the ships. In 1885 the British colonialists made the city capitol, until then the capital had been Mandalay.

Being a city with 8 million people, way of moving around is very slow, very different from other big cities. If you move around the streets between the more or less neglected buildings, you will discover that the population has a very relaxed relation ship to the traffic rules. If you will cross the street; you walk just along between the traffic no matter red light or not. Very often you can not use the sidewalks, well – then you just walk on the street.

Yangon (Rangoon) has also the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, dominating the city from a hilltop. The myth will know that the original stupa was built to shelter one of the Buddha’s hairs. Shwedagon was called a beautiful twinkling wonder by Kipling and is really a magical place. Other attractions includes the colony architecture and implicit the legendary Strand hotel which is one of the Worlds top 3 five star hotels. In addition there are the enormous reclining Buddha and the peaceful Kandawgyi and Inya lakes. The original name of Yangon was Dagon. Therefore the name Shwedagon (Shwe = gold)

 

MANDALAY

Mandalay is situated in upper Myanmar in the dry region (pleasant all year round). The city contains a lot of attractions. It was the last royal capital. The city is rich on Buddhist monasteries, pagodas and handicrafts as example ivory, gemstones, silk, silverware, wood carvings, silk, hand weavers, gem stones and gold needlework. In the neighborhood of Mandalay there are a lot of attractions

 

PYIN OO LWIN

Pyin Oo Lwin is situated 67 kilometers from Mandalay and in a mountainous area 1070 meters above sea level. Without doubt one of the most beautiful places in Myanmar if not in the world. Temperatures relatively lower than the lowland the year round. There is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world, above the town there is a beautiful unforgettable waterfall and unusual pagoda in a mountain cave. During the British occupation the town was summer residence for the British colony masters and their followers.

BAGAN

Bagan is an ancient town dated back to the 10th century. It was an old capital from the time of king Anawratha. It is a very important place to visit in Myanmar and one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia, containing more than 2000 edifices. This old city with its pagodas offers a rich architecture built at the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) river. Also there are some interesting lacquer ware factories. Some of the fairways are made in among the old pagodas.

Nearby the beautiful and interesting Mount Popa.

BAGO (Pegu)

Bago (Pegu) During the Mon dynasty, Bago was a fabulous city, a big harbor and capital in lower Myanmar. The torn was destroyed by the Burmese in 1757 and partly restored in the 19th century. When the Bago river changed its direction and cut of the city from the sea, it never managed for Bago to regain the former magnificence. The edifices of Bago include the Shwetmawdaw pagoda which dominates the city, the Hinthe Pagoda, the royal palace and the 55 meter long reclining Buddha.


YEMON ISLAND GOLF RESORT

Yemon is among others an international standard golf course.Yemon Island golf resort is situated about 1 hours drive from Yangon in direction Bago. The resort is located in wonderful nature surroundings at the Yemon Lake and dam. The place is absolute worth a call as well for entertainment as for golf playing. On the entrance to the Yemon Golf resort you find a beautiful pagoda with lakes full of lotus flowers. There are suites and bungalows placed at the seaside with all modern facilities.The recreation possibilities are manifold so as: golf, fishing, sailing, sightseeing, picnic, entertainment and not at least reasonable prices.

 

INLAY

Inlay is a big lake situated in the southern Shan State placed on a plateau. Thousands meter high mountains surrounds Inlay. One of the happenings is the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival celebrated in the Tha Din Gyut lighting Festival . Other attractions including a floating boat market, hand weaving and floating agriculture. Another attraction are the locals paddling their long boats with one leg in the water. Tanggyi is the capital in the Southern Shan State situated 1430 meters above sea levet. Kalaw once british holiday resort 1320 meters above sea level is another highlight in the Shan State. Another attraction is the Pindays Cave.

 
 

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