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  • TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN BURMA (MYANMAR) - Traveller's Tales
    white sands of the beautiful Bay of Bengal The azure waters off Ngapali Beach provide a bounty of culinary treasure and local restaurants here serve some of the best food in the country 6 HILL TREKKING A woman of the Akha tribe Burma Trek into the hills in the east of the country surrounding Keng Tung to meet several culturally distinct peoples among them the Lahu Akha Lisu Enn Palaung Wa and Shan each with their own ceremonies and rituals clothing and ornamentation 7 THINGYAN WATER FESTIVAL Dousing each other with water is a big part of the Thingyan Water Festival The Thingyan Water Festival in mid April is celebrated with music singing dancing processions and feasting and water throwing over four or five days culminating in the Burmese New Year 8 IRRAWADDY RIVER CRUISE Stylishly elegant a traditional Burmese riverboat Enjoy a luxurious cruise in stylish elegance on a traditional Burmese riverboat along the legendary Irrawaddy to Mandalay 9 KALADAN RIVER VOYAGE Mrauk U Burma Voyage up the Kaladan river from Sittwe to explore the ancient city of Mrauk U an archaeological gem with its abandoned temples and palace ruins 10 CHINLONE FESTIVAL Chinlone the national sport of Burma Part dance part sport the non competitive game of Chinlone is celebrated by traditional wicker ball players from all over the country in a month long Summer contest at Mahamuni Pagoda compound Mandalay To find out more about these locations and experiences please visit our Burma pages for details of the tours we offer or call our office on 01608 811183 Akha ballooning in Burma Bay of Bengal Burmese New Year Chinlone festival Enn Inle Lake Intha Irawaddy river cruise Irrawaddy Kaladan Keng Tung Lahu leg rowing Lisu Mahamuni Pagoda Mandalay Mrauk U Ngapali beach Palaung Phaung Daw Oo Festival

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  • FRIDAY FOCUS:Weekly PJ News from Distant Lands and Close Up - Traveller's Tales
    of hours and the altitude brings cooler fresher days than other parts of the Indian subcontinent There are some really interesting and unusual festivals to enjoy and the local summer fruit and vegetables are amazing July is mango season in southern Bhutan And if that wasn t enough to tempt you the best hotel rooms are available upgrades are given more readily and you have the place pretty much to yourself Contact kath panoramicjourneys com if you want to go and experience the magic of the Kingdom before the Autumn crowds arrive An elderly woman walks through a green rice field near Punakha PHOTO MALCOLM MCLEOD United Nations International Family Day was celebrated in each of our destinations on the 15th May This annual observance inspires many countries to promote awareness of family related issues The UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon had this to say about the importance of family Families hold societies together and intergenerational relationships extend this legacy over time This year s International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate connections among all members of the constellation that makes up a family It is also an opportunity to reflect on how they are affected by social and economic trends and what we can do to strengthen families in response And over here in the UK BA have just announced a luxury seat sale of up to 30 off Our guests can therefore fly in comfort direct to Beijing or Shanghai for Mongolia Delhi for Bhutan or Bangkok for either Burma or Bhutan Kath s been working from home in the West Country where the weather has been atrocious snow in May James has been researching botany trips to Burma and Karina has been dealing with acronyms all week Does anybody have a clue what CRM ARM ACT and VPN stand for We are looking to add another incredible location to our portfolio of select countries and are hoping to launch some recce trips in 2014 Some of the team have been getting very excited about the new destinations they are researching Where would YOU like us to take you next Answers on a postcard please Anyway TGIF This week has been BHW Have a restful weekend Every Friday we bring you the PJ news from Distant Lands and Close Up what s been happening in Mongolia Bhutan and Burma and what we ve been up to in our UK office in the Cotswolds A little insight into the workings of a small travel company acronym Ban Ki moon bangladesh Bobo Zaw cyclone mahasen Druk Air holiday deals low season mango monsoon United Nations International Family day Did you like this article Share it with your friends Tweet One Response to FRIDAY FOCUS Weekly PJ News from Distant Lands and Close Up Peter Rimmer says May 18 2013 at 12 18 pm Karina You have been dabbling in the murky arts of computer technology and modern management speak CRM Customer Relationship Management ARM Advanced RISC Machines

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  • FRIDAY FOCUS: Weekly PJ News from Distant Lands and Close Up - Traveller's Tales
    in Bhutan started merrily with Chorten Kora Drukpa Kora the circumambulation of the stupa in Trashiyangtse by the Bhutanese and thoroughly enjoyed by PJ guests on our Bhutanese Odyssey trip Google s announcement that it plans to extend Street View to Bhutan was met with excitement from Dasho Kinley Dorji the Bhutanese Secretary of Ministry of Information and Communications who said it would help people discover Bhutan and help plan their journeys We agree with him of course but it did cause some amusement here as the Google cars hit the capital Thimpu today Smile Ugyen you re on camera Boloroo sent back some fabulous photos from the new Camel festival east Of UB in Mongolia that she went to on Monday They are up in our Guest Gallery on the website for your delight Also in Mongolia our Serjee has gone to the March sacrifice of a Khalkh Shaman group more of that amazing story next week And a big thank you to Bob Conway one of our guests who has just got back from a trip to Burma He has sent us this link to his website Bob s Sight where you can see all his pictures He said of his journey We found an incredibly interesting and diverse country at a critical stage in its history It was a privilege therefore to experience it at this time It was an experience of extremes rich to poor hot to cold frenetic to serene As expected we always felt happiest when we were off the beaten track and away from the rapidly developing tourist centres We loved our days visiting the Chin State and would choose to return here to push further into those parts of the state not yet easily accessible to travellers And finally we thought you

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  • Now get your Indian visa online - Traveller's Tales
    Islands Sri Lanka St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname Sweden Taiwan Tanzania Thailand Tonga Turks and Caicos Island Tuvalu UAE Ukraine United Kingdom Uruguay USA Vanuatu Vatican City Holy See Venezuela Vietnam A further 7 Indian airports added allows easier access to landmarks such as the great Taj Mahal PHOTO Helen Conway As well as extra countries the Government of India allowed 7 extra Indian airports to be added as designated airports for entry on this new type of visa Ahmedabad Amritsar Gaya Jaipur Lucknow Tirchy and Varanasi to make 16 in total Reduced e Tourist visa fees mean more cash left for travelling this fantastic country how about the lush jungles of north eastern India PHOTO Helen Conway It s a great relief to know that the cost has been reduced from around 90 to just 60 39 subject to the processing fee of approx 2 and rather than book an appointment at an application centre or provide documents in the post applicants are now be able to upload documents pay the balance and track their application online Do note that e Tourist visas are valid for travellers visiting India only for recreation sight seeing meeting friends or family or casual business visits While waiting for your visa to be emailed plan more of your journey and don t miss out a beach break Visas will still not be issued immediately once an online application is submitted travellers can expect to receive entry documents via email within four days But at least it s an improvement on the prior arrangements which took up to two weeks to receive For further information and application details for Indian visas just ask the team at Panoramic Journeys or alternatively click here The team can assist you in the planning of

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  • Directing & producing 'Kate Humble: Living with Nomads' - Traveller's Tales
    L R Alexis Girardet Mark Roberts Kate Humble Toya Kate Owen Utzi PHOTO Alexis Girardet In your opinion which of the three groups Nenets Raute or Mongolian nomads has more chance of maintaining their nomadic existence in the modern world I think we all felt that of the 3 nomads groups we lived with the Mongolians are the most likely to survive the modern world And for me there seemed to be several factors at play One of the most important is the need for space to live and practise a nomadic lifestyle In Nepal the land is under threat from ever expanding agriculture in Siberia it s a massive booming oil industry but in Mongolia it seemed as if there was less pressure on the families nomadic lands I know that there is mining in parts of the Gobi but it seemed to me that this was in certain pockets and was having less impact on the nomads Another important factor is how well the Nomads can adapt to and adopt the modern world Again in Mongolia they seemed to have struck the right balance of taking what they want and rejecting the rest And the final piece for me it seemed in Mongolia as if the nomads were still valued and supported by the government I m sure this isn t true everywhere but compared to Nepal and Siberia it seemed more true Mark Roberts recording sound and making the most of the sunny spell PHOTO Alexis Girardet Which country location nomads have been your favourite to stay and film with I think we had the most happy and enjoyable time in Mongolia It was our first shoot and we were full of anticipation and nerves to deliver and it was just the most perfect time Everything about it gelled and fell into place from the most wonderful host family to the changeable weather giving us something different nearly every day to the most wonderful support team to help manage our logistics The whole trip was a delight Battsog learns to do sound PHOTO Alexis Girardet We are looking forward to taking the programme to the Gobi to share with the family Is there anything that you would like us to ask the family before or after they see the film The most important thing for me is that they feel it is as honest and as real a portrayal of their lives as we could manage in the time we were there I look forward to hearing how they reacted and what they thought Tsetseger and her grand daughter PHOTO Alexis Girardet What in particular do you hope to have captured on film When we were filming in Siberia the family we stayed with liked to view the rushes almost daily they d never really seen themselves on camera before and a remark by Natasha will always stay with me when she said I never realised we lived such beautiful lives I think with Mongolia if we

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  • Top 5: Mongolia's National Parks - Traveller's Tales
    Bactrian camels resting in the heat of the Gobi Desert Flying from UB the view from the plane on a clear day is amazing From lush green oases in the countryside the landscape becomes barren and changes to the vast desert plains which spread across the Gobi Desert in the south of Mongolia The Three Beauties is the largest of the parks in Mongolia stretching 380km east to west and 80km north to south A haven for wildlife although elusive in some cases you can hope to see ibex marmot pika bearded vulture and gazelle but it has been known for some to spot the endangered snow leopard Try camel riding perhaps go for a multiple day trek then climb the highest dunes in the country and admire the view 4 Lake Khovsgol From atop the hills surrounding Lake Khovsgol An incredible place to take a deep breath of fresh air enjoy the cooling water around your toes and even try spot of sun lounging on the pebbly shores of Lake Khovsgol Being one of the seventeen ancient lakes of the world Lake Khovsgol and its idyllic landscape set the scene for an alpine journey in Mongolia As you may have gathered the horse riding is a big draw for me in such open and unrestricted land riding in this region is just as exhilarating trotting in and out of woods spotting deer close by at dusk then returning along the lakeshore Endless options for trekking in stunning hills covered in wild flowers camping ger stays it really is the complete countryside retreat 5 Altai Tavan Bogd Crystal clear lake with Altai Mountains backdrop The main draw for me are the mountains a hikers paradise From a couple of days to several weeks go camping meet local nomads Kazakh Tuvan and Oirat and even learn about the ancient art of eagle hunting The Golden Eagle Festival was an incredible experience and highly recommended such an honour to share in traditions and be welcomed so warmly Located just south of Tavan Bogd the highest mountain in Mongolia this 6362 km sq national park is the home of three lakes Khoton Khurgan and Dayan and is inhabited by species such as argali sheep ibex red deer beech marten moose snow cock and golden eagle so be sure to keep your eyes peeled If these national parks tempt you to plan your adventures whether weekends or long expeditions then why not get in touch Watch out for blogs coming soon on ideas for various length trips from 1 day to multiple weeks Until then c heck out our Panoramic Journeys in Mongolia Burma and Bhutan and contact the team at info panoramicjourneys com or 44 0 1608 676821 for assistance in making your dream a reality Altai Tavan Bogd National Park camel riding camping Gobi desert Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park Gorkhi Terelj National Park hiking horse riding kayaking Khustain Nuruu National Park Lake Khovsgol mongolia national park top 5 Did you like this

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  • Where to go in Mongolia - Traveller's Tales
    the mountains there are snow leopards in this area but it is very unlikely for you to see one Probably best to keep a look out for ibex and gazelle amongst smaller animals such as pika and marmot There is a whole host of different accommodation in the Gobi from homestays with camel herding families to the Three Camel Lodge amongst other options which offer ensuite gers For more photos please click here 4 Gorkhi Terelj National Park and Khentii foothills Orange on the map Peaceful valley in Gorkhi Terelj National Park Drive time Ulaanbaatar Gun Galuut Nature Reserve 3 hours 130km Drive time Terejl National Park Gun Galuut Nature Reserve 2 hours 70km This area is closer to the city so less travel time is involved and generally less cost You can feel as if you are in complete wilderness within 2 hours driving out of the city Even though it is closer in distance to Ulaanbaatar for many visitors to Mongolia it is this region and its spectacular landscapes that wow the most There is plenty to see in this area The landscape in Terelj is interesting with lots of ancient rock formations perfect for hiking and horse riding There are several rivers in the area which are good for kayaking or rafting and one or two good fishing rivers There is history at the giant Chinggis monument and at the 13th Century Camp a living museum from the times of Ghenghis Khan For something more extreme there is a microlight plane and even paragliding There is also plenty of wildlife to see at the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve There are a range of accommodation options from the luxury Terelj Hotel to beautifully located ger camps and to immerse yourself in nomadic culture you can also stay at our Panoramic Journeys homestay where you will have your own ger next to a nomadic family who will invite you to share their daily lives More details in the links below Nomadic life in Mongolia Photos of riding through Terelj to our friends in their homestay 5 Western Mongolia Green on the map Stunning snow capped Altai Mountains with goats grazing in early summer Flight time Ulaanbaatar Ulgii 4 hours Drive time Ulgii Altansogts eagle hunting families 3 hours 45km The wild west of Mongolia is characterised by rugged mountains lakes glaciers and is perfect for trekking on foot horse or camel The region is home to several different ethnic groups and feels very different to other parts of Mongolia The Altai Mountains run through the province of Bayan Ulgii and is home to a large Mongolian Kazakh population who have their own distinct culture and identity In fact it is said that to see the real culture of Kazakhstan you should visit western Mongolia The practice of hunting with Golden Eagles is still common in Bayan Ulgii and we can arrange a homestay with an eagle hunter It is a 4 hour flight or a 5 day drive to

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  • 5 (Surprisingly Modern) Things You Didn't Know About Mongolia
    took up the political reins and controlled three quarters of the empire 3 Wait a minute Mr Postman Competitors in the 2011 Mongol Derby In such a vast empire and one populated by nomadic people it might have been understandably tricky to send a message Not a great situation to be in when striving for world domination However the Mongols had an incredibly efficient postal system called Yam a vast network of staffed postal stations with dedicated messengers taking intelligence information mail and important news from station to station With 50 000 fresh horses at their disposal it was a quick and reliable way to send a letter The Yam is also the inspiration for the modern Mongol Derby the toughest horse race in the world 4 Living in perfect harmony A Shamanic Ovoo in Mongolia One of the secrets of the Mongolian Empire s success was that they accepted the most important cultural habits and religious practices of the people they conquered They figured out very early on that as an occupying force it was easier to control nations if they were happy and contented so they actively adopted a policy of religious and cultural tolerance 5 Waste not want not Aaruul milk curds drying in the Mongolian sun Another consequence of living a nomadic lifestyle in a subsistence culture is that a high value is placed on every edible morsel of food Nothing is wasted Mongolians still use traditional methods to butcher cure and store food without refrigeration The United Nations Environmental Programme are using Mongolia s example to address the world s problem of food shortage and wastage If this has inspired you to visit Mongolia check out the great trips we offer on our website and enjoy the holiday of a lifetime in the Land of

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