This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.
Kipling’s words echo as true today as when they were written. Primitive and untamed, Myanmar (Burma) is perhaps the most enigmatic nation of Southeast Asia. Part of the reason is due to the terrain: ringed by rugged mountains on three borders and the Bay of Bengal to the south, Myanmar’s physical setting is a key influence in its climate; but it also kept it politically and culturally apart from the rest of the world, introverted and caught up in its own strange and exotic destinies. This isolation and the relative absence of foreign influence offers travellers an unparalleled glimpse of traditional life in Southeast Asia, where even today in many provinces there are almost no concessions to twentieth century living. Myanmar’s built environment includes exquisite sites full of interest – caves, temples, pagodas, gardens, museums, monuments and picturesque districts – and when not exploring these, you will be introduced to the curiosities of local tribal and Buddhist cultures and, of course, the delights of some of the most exciting, colourful and fragrant markets in Asia.
Insular and intriguing, Burma is one of the oldest, richest cultures in the world, mysterious, beautiful and addictive. You are going to see incredible things, enjoy unforgettable experiences, and meet many warm, friendly people.