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  • When is the Best Time to Visit Burma? A Seasonal Guide - Traveller's Tales
    help you decide when is the best time for you to visit Burma we ve come up with this handy seasonal guide COOL SEASON IN BURMA Inle Lake PHOTO Hartfried Schmid When October November December January February Tourist numbers This is the most popular time for international visitors Weather Plenty of sunshine with cool breezes Temperature 20 24C Seasonal highlights Thandingyut Festival of Lights Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival Taunggyi Balloon Festival hot air balloon rides over Bagan HOT SEASON IN BURMA Summer in Bagan Burma PHOTO www sxc hu When March April May Tourist popularity There is still a popular time to visit despite the heat Weather Initially humidity is low and temperatures are high but as April passes the humidity rises and there may be showers in May Temperature 30 35C Seasonal highlights Thingyun New Year Water Festival the beaches are only open from September to April so enjoy the last few weeks WET SEASON IN BURMA Still beautiful in the rain Shwedagon Pagoda Yangon Myanmar PHOTO www cringel com When June July August September Tourist level This is considered the low season tourist numbers fall Weather Hot with heavy rains particularly in coastal areas Temperature 25 30C Seasonal highlights T his is the best time to avoid the crowds and the best hotels have ready availability and discounts are substantial Once you have decided when is the best time for you to visit Burma 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 Small group trips designed to offer the very best of this diverse country Walks and Hikes Explore Burma s most breathtaking locations Trek through stunning scenery experience traditional rural life and visit tribes in

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  • The Top 5 Reasons to Visit Burma
    so much to see in Burma that a holiday is never long enough to take it all in Remote tribal villages with their huts and bullock carts where a visitor can see local crafts and walk in the terraced paddy fields The bustling streets of downtown Yangon where new commercial high rise hotels and office towers rub shoulders with the fin de siecle architecture of graceful old colonial buildings Bagan where 2200 temples and pagodas built in the 11 13th centuries remain scattered across the plains Inle lake where the people live in stilted wooden houses farm vegetables and fruit in floating gardens and row with one leg Bright colourful busy festivals pepper the Burmese year and are very much a part of life From the Shwedagon Pagoda festival to Thingyan Water festival Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival to Thidingyut the festival of Lights and the Taunggyi Balloon festival there are many celebrations for visitors to enjoy 4 The food is great Paratha and Pe Byouk The great diversity of Burma s ethnic minorities have contributed to a cuisine that is varied and exciting Marked by the extensive use of fish there are also many salads rice and noodle dishes and soups Burmese food has also been influenced by its neighbours Thailand India and China and as with most cooking in southeast Asia there should be a balance between the four primary flavours of sour salty spicy and bitter Well known dishes include Mohinga a rice noodle and fish soup normally eaten for breakfast Laphet Thohk a salad made with green tea Paratha and Pe Byouk a popular street food of flat bread and boiled beans or peas 5 Burma will change the way you see the world Burma has emerged from years of isolation and oppression Travel is more than the seeing of sights it is a change that goes on deep and permanent in the ideas of living Miriam Beard When Burma emerged after decades of oppression and international isolation it had to forge a a new relationship with the world Although things are changing rapidly in the country at the moment the visitor is still awarded real insight into Burma s traditional culture and heritage As its society moves into the future over the coming years and the tourism industry continues its unprecedented boom how Burma navigates the transition to a major tourist destination not to mention a player on the world stage will be interesting One can t help but hope that the Land of Golden Pagodas Smiling people Amazing Sunsets and Tasty Noodles remains unscathed We still have availability on a few of our upcoming trips If you ve always wanted to explore Burma our Treasures of Burma November 2015 and Treasures of Burma Christmas and New Year both visit Yangon Inle Lake Mandalay Bagan They are the perfect introduction to Burma Our Fire in the Sky Balloon Festival Tour 2015 visits the main highlights of Burma and celebrates the most spectacular festival in the

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  • Top Gear in Burma 2 - Traveller's Tales
    unchanged for centuries Journey by rail across one of the worlds highest viaducts to Mandalay and travel down the Irrawaddy by public ferry to Bagan From here travel to tranquil Inle Lake with its floating gardens and markets and distinctive culture On this voyage explore some of the countries most breathtaking scenery by rail and river and experience Burmese life After an introduction to Yangon fly to Lashio in Northern Shan State and continue to travel by road to the laid back town of Hsipaw on the banks of the Duthawadi River The once Shan royal city is one of the most unspoilt towns in Burma with a wonderful market and the surrounding area boasts some of the best trekking routes in the country Trek through unworldly picturesque countryside and enjoy the hospitality of the Palaung staying overnight with host families in remote villages The terrain varies from paddy fields orchards and tea plantations rucked up mountain ridges and plunging ravines From Hsipaw travel by rail to Mandalay crossing the Goteik viaduct the highest in the world when it was built in 1899 After exploring the last royal capital board the public day ferry down the Irrawaddy to the temple strewn plain of Bagan Enjoy a couple of days at the historic site and perhaps take the optional hot air balloon flight before flying to Inle Lake Return to Yangon or choose to extend your stay with three days at Ngapali beach LOST CITIES HIDDEN TRAILS A Burmese lady of the Akha tribe from the Shan State Explore remote areas of the most beautiful and untouched countries in Asia combined with classic cultural highlights not to be missed Burma s amazingly varied and fascinating countryside ranges from high rising snow peaks the north to the rolling hills and colourful fields of the Shan state Experience the unique biosphere of Inle lake with its villages on stilts explore historic hill stations trek through remote landscapes marvel at the breathtaking vast plains of Bagan with its thousands of temples On this specially designed tour you will visit villages and meet various ethnic groups that not many other travellers have come across Explore the area around Loikaw where the long necked women of the Kayan hill tribe dwell visit the only recently opened Pa O area of Kekku and trek to remote villages in the Golden Triangle around Kengtung near the borders of Laos and Thailand The tour also includes the must see highlights of Yangon Bagan and Inle Lake No country is complete without its people Burma is a multi ethnic country with over 200 different tribes and dialects but one thing is universal wherever you travel in this magic country you will be greeted with a smile If the Top Gear Christmas Special from Burma has inspired you to visit the Land of the Golden Pagodas take a look at the trips to Burma we offer We can promise you great hotels including the one featured in the program a genteel

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  • Visiting Burma - Traveller's Tales
    Briony is standing On our last evening on the lake we all had our own canoes and were paddled along the narrow canals through the tomato plants Surprisingly we discovered the most wonderful old monastery right behind our hotel no gold Buddhas but lovely old ones Young monks were happily polishing the floors with their feet Young Buddhist monks Bagan s highlight was the balloon trip timed for the rising sun We flew over the magical acres of red temples How surprised we were to see such careful farming even at six in the morning the oxen were busy ploughing In front of our hotel we watched the oxen create small areas ready to plant seeds as the water lowered in the dry season One day we cruised down the Irrawaddy river on a luxurious boat and a wonderful lunch was served At Salay we saw more temples and wonderful carvings at a monastery museum A monastery in Salay I visited Mongolia with Panoramic Journeys in 2004 and Bhutan in 2009 I am grateful to Karina and James for helping me to experience these new cultures and experiences They have given me a new perspective of the world and I am full of admiration for the way PJ gives so much back to the countries that they visit Ploughing in the early morning Bagan Inle Lake Irrawaddy cruise salay Yangon 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 interesting facts and beautiful photographs And every month we bring you the travel news from our

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  • FRIDAY FOCUS: weekly PJ travel news
    the things made by a proud hand that bring us the most joy so we were completely hooked to read Elizabeth Seller s post about handmade crafts on Inle Lake On her blog Rosalilium she writes about her day trip to Inle Lake and the Intha workshops she visited a silversmith handmade paper lotus silk tobacco products and a blacksmith Many of our mementoes are put to daily good use longyis are used as tablecloths and to wrap the children in on chilly evenings We use a traditional Burmese cane hat at our staff meetings in much the same way as some indigenous tribes use a talking stick What have you done with your souvenirs And travel news from the UK White elephants at Uppatasanti Pagoda in Naypyidaw PHOTO Reuters Next Friday sees the start of the new BBC programme Wild Burma on BBC2 at 9pm Billed as the story of a race against time to help preserve the untouched forests of Burma and its wildlife the first episode sees the team searching for Asian elephants in the mountains of western Burma There s an amusing clip featuring a surprise tarantula on the website and lots of other information about the filming of the series so well worth a browse We ve finally managed to shortlist 25 pictures for the Panoramic Journeys 2014 Calendar We ll be making the final cut this weekend The calendars will cost 10 each and all the proceeds go to our Sustainable Projects Fund Thank you so much to everyone who sent in photographs it has been such a hard decision to make because the quality of snaps was so high For instance how on earth do you choose between these two Inle Lake PHOTO Anne Matthews Inle Lake PHOTO Kat Syfret Lovely to have Jade back safe and sound and with lots of adventures to tell after her Bhutanese Epic She was just in time for our Christmas do on Thursday evening It began with Mongolian vodka Bloody Marys made fresh from Karina s kit bag on Charlbury Station continued with a travel quiz on the train to London and finished with a treasure hunt a slap up Burmese meal and everyone squishing into one of those little passport photo booths The restaurant was the Mandalay Burmese on the Edgeware Road and it is a real find Voted Best Budget Meal by Time Out magazine in 1996 it certainly deserves recognition It promises very little from the outside and the interior is not particularly salubrious either but the food is quite simply delicious We didn t order from the menu asking our host the charming Dwight Ally to choose our meal instead Boo Thee Kyaw Tin Baw Thee Thoat Seit Tha Ma Gyee Thee and Balachaung were just some of the highlights that s Calabash Papaya and Cucumber Salad Lamb in Tamarind and Dried Prawns to the initiated Supper also came with a fascinating review of Burmese politics Mr Ally certainly knows what he

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  • BURMA HOLIDAY REVIEWS
    in content every day A snack would have been sufficient Elizabeth Vallance Highlights of Burma 2013 We have now changed from providing all meals to offering breakfast only This gives clients a wider choice compared to the set menu They might prefer a street snack at lunch compared to a 3 course meal Absolutely fantastic suberbly structured trip with lots of variety providing an excellent opportunity to gain a meaningful insight into Burma as it is currently unfolding My personal highlights included a balloon trip over Bagan which brought home for us just how impressive the scale of the temple complexes is and set beautifully against the expanse of the Irrawaddy Also a boat trip down the Irrawaddy meeting with hill tribe ladies in Lake Inle the treasure trove of quirky temples chatting with a bright young Buddhist monk about Tudor history at the top of Mandalay Hill the Boat Festival in Inle Lake chancing upon the initiation ceremony for the little monks stopping off to see the peanut harvest seeing a demonstration of papermaking and lotus thread spinning Caoive Collins Treasures of Burma 2012 Balloons over Bagan Inle Lake in all its forms took some beating Crossing the Chindwin on the ferry used by the locals and briefly getting away from the tourist trail was good The balloon flight was excellent and probably the best that I have done in various parts of the world Shwedagon Pagoda was brilliant A superb tour driven by the sheer enthusiasm of all at Panoramic Journeys Duncan Locke Treasures of Burma 2012 For a short experience it was very good but would have liked more opportunity to relax and enjoy a little leisure The one swimming break was very welcome Patricia Biddiscombe Highlights of Burma 2013 Salay village Burma The good things were Frankie guide the weather excellent hotels and the friendliest people Suggestions for improvement more time to relax Richard Raworth Treasures of Burma 2012 We have now factored in more leisure time in Bagan and at Inle lake for people to relax but the guide will still take guests out if they wish We try to make our tours flexible so guests don t feel the schedule is too strictly regimented A Cruise on the River Irrawaddy We had a truly excellent trip My personal highlight was Bagan of course and in and around Mandalay Inwa was delightful Mingun the Maha Muni Buddha the Thambuddhei temple and the Bodhi Tataung Laykyun Setkyar standing Buddha statue near Monywa and the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon In addition the visit to the Arikasan Falls was delightful partly because of the local people there and the balloon flight over Bagan was wonderful An outstanding cultural and historical experience with the added charm of a warm welcome everywhere Malcolm and Jacqui Arthur Tailormade Burma 2012 If this has inspired you to take your own extraordinary journey we still have a limited number of spaces left on The Great Burmese Festival Tour The Lost Cities Hidden Trails

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  • Local Perspectives on Tourism - Traveller's Tales
    learn about your job your country s society social security system education system etc This way by speaking English by practicing English we can also improve our language ability We can also gain more knowledge from you It s nothing to you no sweat but it s very helpful for the local people so we love to do that LPT What are other job opportunities for locals If tourists didn t come what other opportunities are there for local people Kate We re totally in the dark if people don t come If people come we feel like we see a little spot light in a dark room We still love this We get more opportunities and at least still have hope when the tourists come It s a great opportunity we need You can say we are very rich our country s resources diamond gold titanium a gas line etc are very rich but we don t have knowledge we don t have any education What are we going to do with that Nothing So by coming and visiting you re giving us a little knowledge By giving a little of your knowledge to the local people it s helping the country so that s a great opportunity If you didn t come or there s no tourists in our country we re totally in the dark no light Does that make sense LPT What are some negative influences about tourism you think Kate We would like to develop our country and develop tourism to better our economy but I worry we might lose our culture That s the worse thing you know That s like a nightmare for me When I came to Thailand I see there s Madonna Starbucks 7 11 shopping malls internet and many developed things everywhere you know We don t have that in our country and would love to have it right We envy that but we don t envy that they ve lost some of their culture They try to be westernized and discriminate by looking at you skin color They already have an impression of white people regardless of whether they are rich or poor If they see white skin they automatically think they have money LPT In Thailand Kate In Thailand and also in my country it s the same they still think that way LPT Right now how do you think tourism has changed the local culture Kate From my point of view I would say a positive thing is that we trying to develop the internet Almost all young people have internet and emails Whenever they see each other they ask Do you have email and exchange email addresses Before that they had no idea what s email because we ve never shared information like that before not even our home address Sometimes we don t even have house numbers so exchanging information like that has never come up before That s the one thing that s changing We know that email is the first thing we need and should have so we can communicate easily That s a big change LPT And that s because of the influence of tourists Kate Yes LPT From your experience do you think tourists who visit Burma are respectful of the local culture Kate I would say half and half yes and no Yes some of them are very respectful and learn about Burma our culture and the do s and don ts before they come But some of them are always complaining like you don t have any traffic lights it s dangerous or you don t have American food If you like to have the same things then why are you here You want new experiences on your trip so you should have different things Some tourists only complain Your country has no discipline no rules and no law because people are jay walking and the cars don t stop i e no traffic laws Yes that s a good point They complain about it because it s dangerous for the people But complaints like you don t have email you don t have this or that that s not our fault LPT Is that offensive to local people when they hear complaints like that Kate Sometimes we feel so bad about it When tourists complain about the government we don t feel anything because we ve gotten used to it Everybody complains about the government but when they complain that people have no discipline or this or that we feel so bad One time when I was riding my bike to English class I saw an Italian tourist pointing to some vegetables with his foot as he was bargaining with the seller in the market That s totally rude and makes the seller feel like she s going to have bad luck for the rest of the day It s not just in our country but in Asia it s very impolite I couldn t stand the sight of it so I stopped and said You shouldn t do that When tourists come to Burma they should know at least some basic do s and don ts in our culture LPT What are some things you enjoyed from your experience with international tourists in Burma What are some things you enjoy talking about with tourists Kate To share experiences such as about their education system travel experiences etc For example if you re a computer science student you can share your knowledge with us Especially the social security system in your country we don t have that in my country We don t know what health insurance means We don t know the meaning of tax I mean we know the meaning of tax but we have no idea what it is Things like that Also one thing I hate and tourists should care about when they visit my country is giving money to beggar kids By giving

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  • VISITING BURMA RESPONSIBLY - Traveller's Tales
    Reduce reuse recycle saving resources means more profit Control the use of water and electricity electric cars hybrids and solar power Grow more trees rather than cutting them down encouraging tourists to contribute trees to encourage them to visit again Design environmentally friendly hotels reduce water end electivity use Use organic fruit and vegetables Socio Cultural Responsibility Create jobs for local people all kinds of jobs Training and development of tourism skills Encourage local young people and train them to work in the industry Employee satisfaction creates customer satisfaction Hotels can use Responsible Tourism to maintain staff morale and good service Encourage visits to night bazaar festivals costumes and performances Educate the people around us Conserve cultural heritage Train local people to engage in the industry knowledge skills attitudes Promote traditional foods Encourage handicraft and souvenir production Economic Responsibility Encourage children to look after the trees planted by the tourists Tour Operators Choosing the right customers for a richer programme itinerary more activities Hotels to focus on yield management Source locally and encourage local products vocational training for crafts Encourage craft producers to demonstrate their crafts and sell to tourists How can the Tourism Associations assist the development of Responsible Tourism It is important to grow the numbers and strength of the associations Need to educate the business owners to are required to do an Responsible Tourism course before you can be licensed Need a focal point to keep pushing Responsible Tourism Trade Association could encourage members to be more responsible and raise quality Please more emphasis on food quality health and safety more organics Address issues which affect health care for tourists Develop a marketing plan to attract responsible tourists Need to build a budget for Responsible Tourism Run Responsible Tourism workshops for members and for local community to build capacity International networking with other associations Provide assistance for individual businesses Grading should include the Responsible Tourism dimension economic social and environmental Sharing ideas and mentoring within the associations and undertake research and development Discourage irresponsible pricing Support environmental awareness activities awareness campaigns Encourage conservation of cultural heritage Encourage cookery contests to develop traditional Helping to improve existing tourism destinations Helping to upgrade well being of local communities Avoiding waste Creating a favourable economic environment for the tourism industry The public and private sectors need to work together to achieve Responsible Tourism Next Steps Policy and Planning Item Description Develop a Draft Responsible Tourism Policy Determine national policy objectives in consultation with the public and private sector done through a series of workshops with assistance from international experts closing working with national experts and transferring knowledge Immediate plan for the next two years An outline plan to guide the immediate development of tourism in Myanmar and in particular to guide foreign investment and ensure that in short term nothing is done that undermines the Responsible Tourism policy of the public and private sector in Myanmar developed through a series of workshops engaging the public and private sector in developing

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