Myanmar is, quite simply, Asia’s hidden gem. This is a land with 2,500 years of history; where the men still wear traditional Longi’s (skirts) and ox-carts and bicycles litter the streets. It is also a treasure trove of delights.
Burma’s greatest architectural site is Bagan. Temples and spires stretch as far as the eye can see. Be spell bound as you fly in a hot air balloon over the temples and watch as the light changes the landscape from a golden hue to a dusky amber and then a deep purple. Explore further by day and marvel at the craftsmanship, hidden stairways and colourful murals. Remember that all this was created in only 250 years.
Sometimes referred to as ‘little Bagan’, Mrauk U is definitely a lateral trip. Rarely visited by tourists, it cannot fail to delight. Sharing the land in peaceful harmony with the inspiring temples are goat herders and farmers. The boat ride to get there is a trip in itself.
Another timewarptime warp can be discovered at Inle Lake. It is home to stilted house villages, floating gardens and a wonderful travelling market.
As the sun rises and the mist disperses, take a boat out on the river and marvel at the artistry of the fishermen as they row using one foot in a snake like motion and cast their nets so they fall like petals on the water.
Situated on the Bay of Bengal, and a world away from the awe-inspiring pagodas and temples is Ngapali beach. It is the prefect place to unwind, relax and be indulged. Your only companions on the palm fringed, white sand beach will be the local fishermen and the odd ox.