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  • OUR MAN IN BURMA! - Traveller's Tales
    myanmar 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 three destinations Take the Trip of a Lifetime Trips to BHUTAN Trips to BURMA Trips to MONGOLIA PANORAMIC FIXERS CATEGORIES BHUTAN 69 BURMA 88 FAMILY FUN 3 FESTIVALS 12 FOOD DRINK 3 GENERAL 100 INDIA 2 INSPIRATION 16 MONGOLIA 129 PJ 10th BIRTHDAY 7 PJ NEWS 76 REVIEWS 1 SHORT BREAKS 4 Slider 6 THAILAND 1 THINGS TO DO 2 TOP TIPS 6 TRAVELLER S TALES 4 Search Archives Archives Select Month November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July

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  • Luxury Adventure Travel in Burma - Traveller's Tales
    See Bagan on horseback Most people visit the awe inspiring landscape of ancient Bagan on foot but you can explore it with us on horseback savouring the extraordinary views from quite a different vantage point CYCLING ACROSS SHAN PLATEAU Cycling is a popular mode of transport in Burma Travel by boat to Khaung Daing village to start your cycle tour ride along the shore of the lake passing farming fields and villages before reaching the hills of Pindaya Ride on northwest on a recently paved road through mountains and jungle lined roads to Kyaukse Finish your journey in style by car as you are driven the remaining distance on the road to Mandalay MYEIK MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO Birdwatching in the Mergui Archipelago Burma The Myeik Mergui Archipelago comprises more than 800 pristine islands dotted throughout the Andaman Sea off the coast between Myeik Mergui and Kawthaung Victoria Point The islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora and fauna marine life and beautiful underwater scenes It is the perfect destination for diving snorkeling sea kayaking fishing and nature research as well as bird watching short trekking and jungle safari PRIVATE SUNSET CRUISE ON THE IRRAWADDY Cruise down the Irrawaddy river in style In the evening enjoy a private sunset cruise along the stunning Irrawaddy River A splendid dinner followed by a traditional marionette performance accompanied by Burmese musicians is a magical way to end your once in a lifetime luxury adventure travel in Burma If this has inspired you to visit Burma in style please see our Tailormade Holidays in Burma pages or call our team on 01608 676821 to discuss your luxury adventure travel requirements and let them help plan your holiday of a lifetime Bagan on horseback balloon ride Bagan cycling Burma Irrawaddy River cruise

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  • Top 5 Most Romantic Places to spend Valentine's Day
    our private clients how about a romantic dinner for two beside one of the more remote of Bagan s 3000 temples pagodas and stupas We will arrange for your own table to be set up and serve you a truly special meal prepared by the fabulous chefs at the famous Moon restaurant 3 Khongoryn Els Gobi Mongolia Khongoryn Els at sunset PHOTO Trek Earth Enjoy a sundowner on the top of Khongoryn Els the Singing Sands which sing to you when the wind is in the right direction 4 Ngapali Beach Burma Heavenly Ngapali Beach Burma Take a private boat from Ngapali Beach and go fishing Land at a secluded bay and barbeque your catch Robinson Crusoe style Heavenly 5 A Mountain Ovoo Arkhangai Mongolia A Mongolian Ovoo Climb to one of the ovoos on a spectacular summit in Arkhanghai and take in the view This magical place is where James proposed to Karina and the rest as they say is history arkhangai Bagan gangtey goenpa lodge Khongoryn Els moon cafe burma Ngapali beach ovoo Mongolian valentine s day 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 three destinations Take the Trip of a Lifetime Trips to BHUTAN Trips to BURMA Trips to MONGOLIA PANORAMIC FIXERS CATEGORIES BHUTAN 69 BURMA 88 FAMILY FUN 3 FESTIVALS 12 FOOD DRINK 3 GENERAL 100 INDIA 2 INSPIRATION 16 MONGOLIA 129 PJ 10th BIRTHDAY 7 PJ NEWS 76 REVIEWS 1 SHORT BREAKS

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  • Where to Go Shopping in Yangon - Traveller's Tales
    side of the street Packed with all manner of stalls selling Burmese souvenirs and handicrafts fabric and longyi sarongs sandals jewellery and antiques there are also some art galleries and clothing shops One of our favourite outlets is Yoya May Textiles located in Room 20 on the first floor of the main building which specialises in tribal fabrics both old and new produced by weavers in the Chin state Address Bogyoke Aung San Rd Pabedan Township Yangon Burma 4 Myanma Gems Museum Myanma Gems Museum houses 82 jewellery shops The Myanma Gems Museum does exactly what it says on the tin but it also houses 82 vendors over three floors selling high quality raw gems and finished pieces with rubies sapphires pearls and jade semi precious stones gold and silverware some exquisite pieces of jewellery here including Burmese carved jade Address 66 Kaba Aya Pagoda Road Yangon Burma 5 Myanma Traditional Manufacturing Company Traditional Pathein parasols outside the Myanma Traditional Manufacturing Company Umbrellas are ubiquitous in Burma everywhere you look people are using colourful ones to protect themselves from the sun or the rain They also hold cultural and religious significance the ornamented finial on pagodas is called Htee Umbrella and historically the umbrella was part of royal regalia It still denotes high honour in Burmese monastic life This shop is THE place to get a beautifully decorated traditional handmade Pathein parasol Address 276 Strand Road Pabedan Tsp Yangon Burma If you would like visit Burma please phone our office on 01608 676821 for a chat and let us help you plan the journey of a lifetime See the Burma pages on our website to see what holidays we offer to Burma if you would like to go shopping in Yangon we recommend our Treasures of Burma trip which offers

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  • Top 10 Traveller's Tips for Bhutan - Traveller's Tales
    to us all but there are other ways of being a good guest that you may not be aware of Here are my Top 10 Traveller s Tips for Bhutan 1 In Bhutanese culture stones even small ones are special because they were once part of mountains which are sacred Stones are inhabited by local spirits If you pick one up to admire it return it to where you found it you do not want an angry deity in your luggage 2 And do not throw stones sticks or anything else into lakes they too are the abodes of deities and are due consideration like everything in the natural environment 3 When passing a sacred site like a chorten a stupa or a mani wall or visiting a lhakhang temple walk around it clockwise to show respect and to bring yourself blessings Walking clockwise around Kyuchu Lhakhang Paro Valley 4 If you visit a temple remove your hat and shoes before entering and be quiet and gentle in your behaviour inside lhakhang are holy places because they contain ancient religious relics 5 Some relics are too hallowed to be seen by strangers do not put pressure on people to let you see things that are not public and if an object is covered do not disturb it 6 Dress modestly especially in sacred sites i e just about everywhere in Bhutan For visiting monasteries I wore a long wrap around skirt in a dark tartan design that was greatly admired and which is also extremely useful for alfresco living on treks 7 Bhutan is a photographer s paradise However many memory cards you plan to take for your camera double the number but ask permission before taking photographs inside monasteries and of people you meet And if you promise to send someone a copy ensure that you do so 8 The country is rich in mementoes to bring home weaving carving painted tangkhas religious wall hangings jewellery and musical instruments for example A little negotiation over price may be acceptable especially discussions of the item and how and where it was made you may even be offered sudja butter tea in the back of the stall or shop but this is not the occasion for hard haggling 9 Delight everyone around you by learning a few Dzongkha phrases kuzuzangpo la hello good day la is a term of respect especially towards older people kadinchey thank you tashi delek your good health as in a toast but also well wishing and when you reach the top of a mountain pass say ha gyello the gods are triumphant If you climb the 5 000 metres to Yale La you will declare it with feeling 10 Create a Bhutanese atmosphere in your accommodation by burning poi incense sticks especially the sacred sup juniper giver of life and health I burnt sup each evening in my tent or my hotel room giving silent thanks for being there Chorten and flag at Yale La 5

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  • FRIDAY FOCUS:Weekly PJ News from Distant Lands and Close Up - Traveller's Tales
    Air company has started its direct flights every Sunday from Ulaanbaatar to Bangkok BHUTAN Tshering Tashi with his new book Myth and Memory Untold stories of Bhutan After a decade of research author Tshering Tashi from Paro published his Myth and Memory Untold stories of Bhutan this week The book of short stories documents Bhutanese life and culture its myths music mountains and kings Tshering Tashi spent ten years visiting libraries in United States Japan England and India and talking to history makers and their descendants in Bhutan Having spent months at libraries meeting and accessing personal archives of those related to Bhutanese history I ve been able to create a 200GB database full of pictures from the past he said I enjoyed reading every little information on different people places and things and wanted to share it through this book And the news from over here Procession of nuns Yangon PHOTO Steve McCurry We are always interested in how other people view our destinations We love to see the corners of the world we know so well through a new pair of eyes It gives us a whole new perspective There are some great travel photographers out there Check out Lucie Bebelkova whose has taken some arresting pictures of Mongolia and Steve McCurry s blog features some intensely beautiful shots of Burma Very quiet in the office this week Karina flew out to Mongolia on Monday with the BBC and a MOUNTAIN of luggage Arriving in Mongolia with a MOUNTAIN of luggage The weatherman tells us that Summer has finally arrived in the UK Get your shorts on and have a great weekend wherever in the world you are Every Friday we bring you the PJ news from Distant Lands and Close Up what s been happening in Mongolia

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  • FRIDAY FOCUS:Weekly PJ News from Distant Lands and Close Up - Traveller's Tales
    there is already a bit of a brouhaha about which sports are going to feature on the roster Back in January they declared tennis table tennis gymnastics badminton and water polo will not be included but bodybuilding chess vovinam kempo and chinlone will be This has upset a lot of other South East Asian countries who feel these events play to the host nation s advantages Perhaps none more so than chinlone for which eight gold medals in various categories have been introduced an ancient sport that is played almost exclusively in Burma Our news from the UK office this week It is not too late to book your family holidays with us Mongolia is a great place to escape from the sticky heat of the Middle East the monsoon rains of South Asia and of course the damp squib that is the English summer At this time of year the temperatures are comfortable and the skies are blue and we ve still got some spaces on our tours so do ring us to find out more on 01608 811130 We were delighted to see Tuya one of our guides from Mongolia here in the Cotswolds this week She made such a huge impression on two of our guests when she guided them on their three day visit to the country that they returned the favour with an invitation to the UK Jennifer and Jocelyn have really enjoyed showing Tuya all the sights of England and the three of them made time to visit the PJ office for a cuppa Our Gobi girl Tuya enjoys a cup of tea with her hosts Jennifer and Jocelyn in our UK office Every Friday we bring you the PJ news from Distant Lands and Close Up what s been happening in Mongolia Bhutan

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  • FRIDAY FOCUS: weekly PJ travel news
    household residences To prepare for this large scale project the state is building 56 types of infrastructure related projects From this 23 24 have already started and the ger district redevelopment project has also commenced In all 416 billion MNT has been allocated from the state budget Some will be completed by the end of this year and the others will be ready next year By next year the state will have completed all infrastructure projects and contractors will be able to start building straight away Traditional Mongolian gers In Mongolia it is officially the first day of Winter on Monday even though the snow is already thick on the ground It is also Chinggis Khan s birthday celebrated with a national holiday Travel news from BURMA October was a busy month for festivals in Burma Thadingyut the full moon festival and Phaung daw Oo Pagoda the boat festival at Inle Lake took place Phaung daw Oo Pagoda Festival Preparations for the Southeast Asian Games are underway in Burma The games will be held in Naypyidaw in December Organisers are working hard to get ready and a pressing issue is the inconsistent national power supply system The director of the Ministry of Sport s Public Affairs and Education Department Htay Aung explained that 20 generators would be online one hour in advance of the opening and closing ceremonies We won t use the national grid because there may be blackouts during the opening and closing ceremonies he said A sudden blackout during the sporting event would be regarded a disgrace to the country s dignity especially as it is hosting the Games for the first time in decades And travel news from the UK We ve been choosing photos for our PJ 2014 Calendar and the list of our favourites is getting longer not shorter You can vote on which photographs you d like to see in next year s calendar if you go to our facebook page Don t worry if you don t have a facebook account you ll still be able to view the photographs and tell us by email which ones you like best In preparation for St Jude the big storm that never really hit Oxfordshire we took down the ger for the winter The garden looks quite bare without it The evenings are drawing in and it is definitely getting colder we ve started making hot chocolate in the office at teatime Anyway much to the delight of the boys Christy brought his dog Harpo to work today which made us feel much more cheery Christy Freddie and Harpo Have a splendid bonfire weekend Every Friday we bring you the PJ travel 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 Chele Laa Pass Diwali mongolian ger paro valley phaung daw oo

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