Myanmar (Burma)

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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The amazing temples of Bagan – a photo safari

By Janice and George

Nothing can prepare you for the sight of the thousands of brick-red and honey-colored temples of Bagan in Myanmar, shimmering in the baking sun. The best way to see them is on a horse-and-buggy ride at sunset.

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Savoy Hotel Yangon

Where to stay in Yangon? The Savoy Hotel oozes colonial charm

By Janice and George

You’re forgiven if the Savoy Hotel takes you back to the days of the British Raj. With overhead fans, teakwood floors and antiques, this boutique hotel in Yangon, Myanmar, oozes colonial charm.

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Shwesandaw Pagoda

Myanmar’s Shwesandaw Pagoda is bigger than the Shwedagon!

By Janice and George

The glittering gold Shwesandaw Pagoda in Pyay, Myanmar, is even bigger than Yangon’s famous Shwedagon Pagoda. It’s less touristy too.

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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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people of myanmar

The people of Myanmar in photos

By Janice and George

The people of Myanmar (Burma) are so warm and lovely! Here are some of our photos of the people of Myanmar – the little monks stole our hearts.

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Irrawaddy River Cruise - Orcaella

A River Runs Through It: Slowing down on an Irrawaddy River cruise

By Janice and George

The slow meandering Irrawaddy is Myanmar’s lifeblood. On our Irrawaddy River cruise on the “Belmond Orcaella,” we welcome the unhurried pace.

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