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  • Sandoway Resort Ngapali Beach Burma - Traveller's Tales
    ponds every detail contributes to immerse the guest in an atmosphere where peace elegance and comfort are wonderfully blended in full harmony with the environment Sandoway s elegant beachfront villas The hotel ticks all of the boxes that are prerequisite for a five star hotel From the moment of arrival you can tell that this hotel is privately owned by people who care After a warm welcome with a cool drink a charming girl took me along shaded boardways across flowing water to my room The size and aesthetics of the room immediately impressed but it was the chiller and safe that intrigued me At the Sandoway even the hum of electrical equipment is not allowed to shatter the peace Instead of a minibar a charming bespoke insulated chest is stocked up with fresh ice each day The safe is a simple but stylish antique metal trunk with a heavy padlock and instead of TVs in every room the hotel has a magnificent cinema The interior of the Sandoway hotel is elegantly decorated One of my travelling companions was most taken with the light fittings throughout the hotel from the stylish bamboo upward cones in the bathroom to the standing lamp in the middle of the room seemingly with no power lead As dusk fell the lighting came into its own The walkways that weave between villas and the beach front were lit by a procession of illuminated wooden elephants and the trees were tastefully draped in fairly lights However the piece de resistance had to be the papier mache lanterns floating across the stunning pool Works of art these swans sharks and giraffes moved gently over the water beside the stylish colonial bar and library The Sandoway pool lit up in the evening It was here in the library that I met Ohmar the owner of Sandoway inspecting the new banisters on the balcony Ohmar is a serene petite lady who glides gracefully through the hotel This year she has had more families booking in so the beautiful library needed to be adapted for health and safety reasons Ohmar had characteristically embraced this change by commissioning local carpenters to make cylindrical spinning wooden bamboo banisters each with a different traditional chin tattoo marking on them The hotel has worked closely with Burmese craftsmen from the beginning and is constructed from local materials like hardwood stone carvings and marble The library at Sandoway Karina s visit to the Sandoway was one of the highlights of her most recent trip to Burma It definitely gets the Panoramic Journeys stamp of approval and we don t hesitate to recommend it to all our guests See our website for more information about our trips to Burma particularly our extension to Ngapali Beach Or call our office on 01608 676821 to see how we can help you plan your journey to Burma Burma hotel luxury Burma Ngapali beach Sandoway Did you like this article Share it with your friends Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel

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  • Winter Sun Holidays in Burma - Traveller's Tales
    no exception as a country exceeded all our expectations Chris and Frangie Hutton 2011 Burma Highlights A hot air balloon floats over Bagan Burma Burma is a treasure trove of gems historic cultural architectual and geographical waiting to be discovered and Panoramic Journeys has cracked the code to open it Caoive Collins 2012 Treasures of Burma A magical country full of treasures lovely colours helpful people Good hotels efficient transport always waiting for us Carolyn Poland 2012 Treasures of Burma Enn woman returning home to a village near Keng Tung Eastern Burma We have some lovely memories Our guide Frankie passionately wanted us to experience the real Burma Impromptu invitations to village celebrations avoiding the crowds of tourists but getting us better views and experiences building a real personal relationship with the tour group A gem Peter Hilary Haynes 2012 Treasures of Burma Absolutely fantastic suberbly structured with lots of variety providing an excellent opportunity to gain a meaningful insight into Burma as it is currently unfolding keep up the good work with the same wonderful team Panoramic Journeys is really special Caoive Collins 2012 T reasures of Burma Ratanabon Paya stupas at Mrauk U Rakhine State Burma If this has inspired you to visit Burma give us a ring in the office on 01608 676821 for a chat or check out the Burma pages on our website for the trips to Burma we have available Bagan Burma holiday hot air balloon Inle Lake winter sun Did you like this article Share it with your friends Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel reply Name Email Website Comment PANORAMIC JOURNEYS Welcome Welcome to the Panoramic Journeys blog We hope it paints an intimate portrait of the countries we visit Mongolia Bhutan and Burma Here you will find stories and adventures useful information

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  • Multi-Generational Holidays - Traveller's Tales
    and attention to detail We can design bespoke itineraries to suit every member of your family s interests and preferences Perhaps Grandad likes his fishing how about trying to land the elusive Mongolian taimen Or perhaps Dad would like to learn more about Asian cooking or the kids might fancy an animal safari Perhaps Grandma would like to see how local textiles are made The possibilities are endless Mongolia Bhutan and Burma are all great destinations for families with plenty of activities to keep every age group entertained Some of the exciting activities we have organised for families have included a private plane trip and a dinosaur bone hunt around Mongolia a hot air balloon ride and exploring remote pagodas in Burma and stargazing archery and orchid hunting in Bhutan And if you feel like a little bit of time out with different vehicles and good hotels it s easy to opt out if for instance white water rafting isn t really your thing Why not put your feet up and laze by the side of the pool or enjoy a spa treatment instead With a tailor made bespoke holiday from Panoramic Journeys everything is possible Our expert guides are sensitive and well used to dealing with families and juggling the needs of all different ages And if all of that wasn t enough to persuade you we ve come up with a fabulous deal GRANNY GOES FREE Actually it doesn t have to be Granny but in a group of 6 or more one person goes on holiday with you all for free if you book before the end of February For more information about our bespoke tailor made holidays perfect for all the family whatever their ages see our website for more details or ring us in the

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  • Top 5 Tips for Travelling Abroad with Children
    to play on long journeys the AA has some good suggestions on their website Consider taking a small zip lock bag for each child filled with crayons paper playing cards small books tissues and snacks to help keep them amused 4 Out About In our three destinations Mongolia Bhutan and Burma the locals will welcome visitors with children and are very tolerant but there are a few things you can do to make sure things run smoothly A smile goes a long way so even if your kids are shy encourage them to make eye contact and smile at the people they meet You could also teach them a few words of the local lingo before you travel just a few words like hello and goodbye please and thank you which would be warmly appreciated Make sure you check whether children are admitted to any religious sites you might want to visit and dress them and yourself appropriately Letting them run riot is not to be encouraged anywhere unless you are in a remote spot where they won t bother anyone in which case let them off the lead Be mindful of noise and anti social behaviour remind them they are guests in someone else s country And be aware of local customs it is considered offensive to touch someone s head or to point with one s feet or index finger in many southeast Asian countries Sam with a Buddhist monk 5 Safe Sound It goes without saying that you should have health insurance for your family but also make sure that your kids are up to date with their childhood disease inoculations as chickenpox measles and mumps can be more prevalent in some parts of the world Obviously you also need to make sure you have any other vaccinations that are advised for the countries you are travelling to Be extra vigilant about hygiene while you are away in order to cut down the risk of you or the kids coming down with stomach bugs Take some rehydration salts just in case Wash your hands and the kids hands before eating and after visiting the loo It might be wise to take some sanitiser with you as soap and water may not always be there when you need it As a general rule avoid drinking the water anywhere you do not know it to be safe and don t brush your teeth in it or accept ice in your drink either A steri pen is invaluable if you don t know the standard of water cleanliness and check you are buying bottled water from a reputable source where the lids are sealed correctly Eating out can also be fraught with difficulty when you have children to feed but it doesn t pay to get too het up about it As a general rule try and eat where the locals eat and avoid street food Encourage the kids to try everything but don t be disheartened if they turn

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  • Our Top Family Experiences in Mongolia, Bhutan and Burma - Traveller's Tales
    770 species of birds Bhutan s unspoilt tropical jungles and forested mountains are home to leopards monkeys rhino deer wolves and the more unfamiliar takin golden langur argali and dhole Traditional dress is worn every day in Bhutan Dressing up Bhutan is a vibrant colourful country and this is reflected in the traditional clothing its people have been wearing for hundreds of years Made from woven patterned textiles the man s gho and kera and the lady s kira and tego are worn everyday The Bhutanese are flattered if you wear their beautiful national costume particularly at festivals so don t be shy dress up Archery is the national sport of Bhutan Archery Archery is the national sport of the Kingdom of Bhutan with every village having an archery field and regular competitions and tournaments Wherever you go in the country there will be opportunities to watch and take part in this very social sport BURMA Elephants returning back to camp Burma PHOTO Rachael Kinley BBC Human Planet Elephants Elephants are widely used to help in the timber industry but are also a popular tourist attraction Visit one of the many elephant camps and see how the animals live help feed and bathe them and then enjoy a ride on their broad backs through the jungle You ll be doing your bit to support the conservation trusts that run the camps protecting the elephants and their natural habitats as well as traditional local lifestyles Ngapali Beach Burma Beaches The beaches in Burma are by and large still unspoilt so take the family relax and enjoy miles of deserted white sands coconut palms and gentle seas Balloons over Bagan Burma PHTO CN Traveller Balloons The perfect way to see Burma is to take a balloon ride Float over the stunning landscape

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  • The Best of the Burmese Festivals - Traveller's Tales
    music and the partying goes on in the festival tents until dawn This wonderful and slightly barmy festival makes for an incredible climax to a magical stay in Burma PHAUNG DAW OO PAGODA FESTIVAL Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Burma The celebrations take place over more than 20 days Four out of the five revered Buddha images are paraded around the lake in an elaborate gilded barge pulled by traditional long boats manned by hundreds of rowers Throughout the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival rowing competitions are held which makes for a wonderfully visual spectacle Pilgrims from all over the country come to this festival to pay homage to the four Buddha images and gain merit whilst enjoying the festive air of the event The mysterious fifth Buddha image is left to guard their original resting place at the Phaung Daw U Pagoda whilst the festival takes place THADIGYUT FESTIVAL OF LIGHT The spectacular Thadigyut festival of light Whilst in Yangon enjoy the Thadingyut Light Festival a celebration of the Buddha s descent from the heavens after he had preached the Abhidhamma to his mother Maya Buildings and houses across the country are festooned in coloured lights and candles to welcome him back to earth The streets are thronged with people browsing the markets and food stalls which spring up during this time and traditional open air plays and concerts take place everywhere As it signifies the end of Buddhist Lent there is an abundance of music and dancing If this has inspired you to see Burma and visit one of its spectacular festivals check out our Burma pages on our website or call the PJ office on 10608 676821 and speak to Jade who can

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  • When is the Best Time to Visit Bhutan? A Seasonal Guide - Traveller's Tales
    is at its most clement skies are clear and blue and the temperature is mild Seasonal highlights Thimphu tshechu black necked cranes arrive to winter in the Phobjika Valley WINTER IN BHUTAN Winter in Bhutan PHOTO Tourist Link When late November December January February March Tourist numbers Visitor numbers are very low at this time of the year Weather Sunny cool snow on high ground Seasonal highlights birdwatching Trashigang tshechu SPRING IN BHUTAN Spring in Bhutan PHOTO Envisionary When March April May Tourist popularity This is the second most popular time of the year to visit Bhutan Weather warm sunny and dry until mid April then occasional showers Seasonal highlights Paro tsechu magnificent display of wild magnolias and rhododendrons Gomphu Kora SUMMER IN BHUTAN Summer in Bhutan PHOTO Blount Today When June July August Tourist level Visitor numbers are low as monsoon rains obscure views of the high Himalayas and cause travel disruptions Weather Monsoon rains low cloud humidity Seasonal highlights Abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables in markets green lush countryside Nimalung tshechu Kurjey tshechu Once you have decided when is the best time for you to visit Bhutan take a look at the trips we offer We can organise private tailor made holidays for you or you might like our small Group Tours which include Classic Tours enjoy the valleys people and cultural highlights of Bhutan with our small group holidays Trekking and Walks Our village walks through the mountains offer rustic homestays in remote villages Festival Tours From remote intimate village festivals to the large colourful tsechus these small group holidays are a feast for the senses At the moment we have availability on our longest journey BHUTANESE EPIC and our shortest trip ESSENTIAL BHUTAN Please phone 01608 676821 and speak to Kath or Jade for more

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  • TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN BHUTAN - Traveller's Tales
    Gangtey Monastery PHOTO Suila This beautiful glacial valley lies at 2900m After climbing up through dense forests dripping with lychen the wide open expanse of dwarf bamboo can come as a surprise The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers Nakay Chhu and Gay Chhu Perched overlooking this beautiful almost flat valley is the village and monastery of Gangtey As well as the black necked cranes that roost here in the winter there are also barking deer wild boar red fox leopard and Himalayan black bear 6 TASHICHO DZONG Tashicho Dzong Bhutan Known as the fortress of glorious religion the Tashicho Dzhong was originally built in 1641 It was rebuilt in 1952 by the third king and is now used as the seat of the Royal Bhutanese Government Situated in beautiful gardens it is also the summer residence of the central monastic body 7 KURJE LHAKHANG Kurje Lhakhang Bhutan Located in the sacred Bumthang valley Kurje Lhakhang is a monastery of particular significance as Buddhists believe that Guru Rinpoche meditated here and left the imprint of his body on a rock It is also the final resting place of Bhutan s first three kings There are many religious and historical legends connected with this place which consists of three large temples and many smaller structures rich with impressive adornments 8 CHIME LHAKHANG Chime Llakhang Bhutan This small 16th century temple of fertility is dedicated to the Lama Drukpa Kunley the Divine Madman decorated with colourful phalluses and visited by childless couples seeking a special blessing to beget children This is one of the most revered temples in all of Bhutan 9 TRONGSA Trongsa Dzong Bhutan The Dzong dominates the town of Trongsa Perched above the Dzong the actual town is little more than one street Many of the town s inhabitants are of Tibetan origin and so you may have the chance try some Tibetan specialities here The new museum situated in the 300 year old Ta Dzong watch tower provides an insight into the religious history of Bhutan the significance of Trongsa in the history of the Kings of the Wangchuck dynasty 10 RUKHA The hidden village of Rukha Bhutan A remote village in the Jigme Dorje Wangchuk National Park Rukha is a hidden jewel Accessible only by a precarious rope bridge this collection of 20 houses dotted around the hillside are built in the traditional style with steep steps leading up to the first floor with the kitchen on the outside Experience the other face of Bhutan close up with a homestay in this hospitable rural community To find out more about these locations and experiences please visit our Bhutan pages for details of the tours we offer or call our office on 01608 811183 Bhutan chortens Dochu Laa Pass Druk Wangyal Lhakhang Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Memorial Chorten Punakha Punakha Dzong Taksang Monastery Thimpu Did you like this article Share it with your friends Tweet 4 Responses to TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN BHUTAN Rahul Sharma says

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