monks and monasteries

Shinbyu Myanmar festival

Colorful Shinbyu celebrates novice monks

By Peta and Ben Kaplan

The Shinbyu ceremony in Myanmar (Burma) celebrates boys becoming novice monks. It begins with a colorful procession to the monastery.

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myanmar river cruise

Loving the land of temples on an exotic Myanmar river cruise

By Janice and George

From a cheroot-making shop to gilded stupas, this Ayeyarwady River cruise on the deluxe “Belmond Orcaella” immerses you in exotic Myanmar. Ox-cart rides (bouncy!) are a bonus.

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Myanmar monks

Myanmar monks and memories

By Janice and George

The land of immortality – and gems. The golden land, for its pagodas and sunsets. Photos of Myanmar monks and our memories remind us of this special land.

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Yangon travel tips

21 quirky and useful things to know about Yangon, Myanmar

By Janice and George

Some cities create lasting impressions. Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar struck us big time. It’s bustling with people. Streets are clogged with traffic. And oh the roses!

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Voyages to Antiquity cruise in the Aegean

By Janice and George

The tiny medieval island of Monemvasia is just one reason we chose this off-the-beaten-path Voyages to Antiquity cruise in the Aegean.

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