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  • Map of Nepal | Nepal Regions | Rough Guides
    of the Himalayas But it is also incredibly diverse with crumbling Hindu temples and lofty Buddhist monasteries ancient festivals and laidback lakeside bars Use our map of Nepal to start planning your trip You won t be short of places to explore at this astonishingly varied destination Marvel at the exquisite Janaki Mandir a Mughal style Hindu temple in Janakpur join thousands of sadhus at the thrilling festival of Shiva Raatri or wander the ancient town of Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley Adventurers can soak up the sublime mountain views at Pokhara s shining lake or test their nerves rafting the waters of the Bhota Koshi Not forgetting that Nepal boasts some of the finest treks on earth from gentler climbs in Annapurna all the way up to Everest Find out more about Nepal Interactive Nepal Map Regions of Nepal Click the links below to find out about your chosen region 1 Kathmandu and Patan 2 The Kathmandu Valley 3 The Central Hills 4 The Western Hills 5 The Western Terai 6 The Eastern Terai and hills 7 The Annapurna region 8 Langtang Helambu and Gosainkund 9 The Everest region 10 Remote and restricted areas Related Ebooks The Rough Guide

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  • Places to visit in Nepal | Nepal Travel | Rough Guides
    Basin Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide Nepal is the very watershed of Asia Squeezed between India and Tibet it stretches from rich subtropical forest to soaring Himalayan peaks from jungly tiger habitat to the precipitous hunting grounds of the snow leopard Climbing the hillside of one valley alone you can be sweltering in the shade of a banana palm in the morning and sheltering from a snowstorm in the afternoon Nepal s cultural landscape is every bit as diverse as its physical one Its peoples belong to a host of distinctive ethnic groups and speak a host of languages They live in everything from dense ancient cities erupting with pagoda roofed Hindu temples to villages perched on dizzying sweeps of rice farming terraces and dusty highland settlements clustered around tiny monasteries Religious practices range from Indian style Hinduism to Tibetan Buddhism and from nature worship to shamanism the indigenous Newars meanwhile blend all these traditions with their own intense tantric practices The cultural richness owes something to the shaping force of the landscape itself and something else to the fact that it was never colonized This is a country with profound national or ethnic pride an astounding flair for festivals and pageantry and a powerful attachment to traditional ways Its people famously display a charismatic blend of independent mindedness and friendliness toughness and courtesy qualities that through the reputations of Gurkha soldiers and Sherpa climbers in particular have made them internationally renowned as people it s a rare pleasure to work with or travel among But it would be misleading to portray Nepal as a fabled Shangri la Heavily reliant on its superpower neighbours Nepal was until 1990 the world s last remaining absolute Hindu monarchy run by a regime that combined China s repressiveness and India s bureaucracy

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  • Explore Destinations | Travel Guides | Rough Guides
    to go When to go Getting there Getting around Accommodation Eating and drinking Festivals Health Culture and etiquette Spiritual pursuits and alternative therapies Women s Nepal Living and working in Nepal Travel essentials Inspiration Things not to miss Itineraries Features Gallery Explore Kathmandu and Patan The Kathmandu Valley The Central Hills The Western Hills The Western Terai The Eastern Terai and hills Trekking Rafting and kayaking Mountain biking Shop Ebooks

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  • Myanmar (Burma) Facts | About Myanmar (Burma) | Rough Guides
    and drink Culture and etiquette Sports and activities Festivals Travel essentials Inspiration Things not to miss Features Gallery Explore Yangon Rangoon The delta region and western Myanmar Southeastern Myanmar Bagan and the central plains Inle Lake and the east Mandalay and around Northern Myanmar Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Fact file Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Myanmar View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Malaysia Kuala Lumpur View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Japanese View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide The Rough Guide to Vietnam View Guide The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide The Rough Guide to Malaysia Singapore Brunei View Guide The Rough Guide to Beijing View Guide The Rough Guide to Singapore View Guide Myanmar Burma Fact file Population 55 million Language Burmese Myanmar Currency Kyat K Capital Nay Pyi Taw International phone code 95 Time zone GMT 6hr 30min Read More Things not to miss Explore Myanmar Burma Features Gallery Where Next Check out Northern Myanmar Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire Tours Explore Fact file Where to go When to go Getting there Getting around Accommodation Food

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  • Where to go in Myanmar (Burma) | Rough Guides
    Bangkok to Mandalay most people still start their visit in Yangon Rangoon This former capital makes a great introduction to the country with evocative colonial era buildings some of the country s best restaurants and the unmissable Shwedagon Paya the holiest Buddhist site in the country Relatively few tourists head southeast from Yangon other than to the precariously balanced Golden Rock at Kyaiktiyo but Mawlamyine and Hpa an are great places to hang out whether you re exploring caves full of Buddhist art sleeping at a mountain top monastery or visiting home based workshops West of Yangon are a handful of beaches with Ngapali the most highly regarded but Chaung Tha and Ngwe Saung much more affordable Most travellers instead hasten north to Mandalay the hub for Upper Burma and the base for visiting the remains of several former capital cities or to Bagan further west for its stunning temple strewn plains East of Mandalay is Kalaw the starting point for some great walks A trek from Kalaw is one way to reach the magnificent Inle Lake with its stilt villages and famous leg rowing fishermen If time allows a trip on the Ayeyarwady Irrawaddy River around Katha and Bhamo

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  • When to go to Myanmar (Burma) | Rough Guides
    east Mandalay and around Northern Myanmar Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels When to go Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Myanmar View Guide The Rough Guide to Shanghai View Guide Kyushu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide Central Honshu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide The Rough Guide to Laos View Guide The Rough Guide to Korea View Guide The Rough Guide to Malaysia Singapore Brunei View Guide The Rough Guide to Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to the Philippines View Guide Myanmar Burma When to go Myanmar has a tropical climate with the southwest monsoon bringing rain from May to October Roads can become impassable particularly from July to September The central plains however receive only a fraction of the rain seen on the coast and in the Ayeyarwady delta From October onwards the rains subside the best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February when temperatures are relatively manageable From March to May the country becomes very hot particularly the dry zone of the central plains where Bagan and Mandalay often see temperatures in excess of 40 C Read More Things

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  • Getting there | About Myanmar (Burma) | Rough Guides
    or Singapore Current routes within Asia include flights to Yangon from Phnom Penh Siem Reap Kuala Lumpur Singapore and Bangkok Connections with Mandalay are limited to Dehong Kunming and Bangkok Overland from Thailand There are four border crossings with Thailand Ranong Kawthaung Three Pagodas Pass Sangkhlaburi Payathonzu Mae Sot Myawaddy and Mae Sai Tachileik It is possible to make a day trip to Myanmar through any of them for a fee of 10 or 500 baht but if you re just crossing on a visa run then don t choose Three Pagodas Pass as you will not get a new Thai visa stamp on re entry If you want to take a look around before returning to Thailand then you will need to surrender your passport at the border and return before the crossing closes for the day usually at 6pm but do check If you hope to spend more than a day in Myanmar then it is theoretically possible when entering through Ranong Kawthaung and Mae Sai Tachileik but not with a standard visa For the former crossing you ll need a special permit which in practice is impossible to obtain unless you have booked an expensive resort or a live aboard diving trip For the latter you can arrange a fourteen day permit at the border but it does not allow travel beyond Kengtung You are also likely to require a local guide Tachileik Mae Sai is also the only overland crossing where foreigners who entered by air are allowed to exit Myanmar but it isn t at all straightforward Although it s easy to obtain a free permit to visit the border town of Tachileik apply at the immigration office in Kengtung actually crossing into Thailand requires prior arrangement with Myanmar Travels Tours the government tourist office

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  • Getting around | About Myanmar (Burma) | Rough Guides
    to take a more modern bus for a small additional fee There are also local buses running segments of longer routes such as Taungoo to Mandalay rather than the full Yangon to Mandalay trip these are usually in worse condition but are cheaper for shorter trips as on long distance buses you pay the fare for the full journey even if you get on or off partway through You ll also find smaller 32 seat local buses that should be avoided if possible as they tend to be jam packed with luggage It s a good idea to book a day or two ahead for busy routes eg Bagan Nyaungshwe ones where only a few buses run eg Ngwe Saung Yangon or where you re joining a bus partway through its route eg in Kalaw Guesthouses can often help book tickets for a small fee or you can buy them either from bus stations which in some cases are outside of town or from in town bus company offices Trains The railway system in Myanmar is antiquated slow and generally uncomfortable On most routes a bus is faster and more reliable it is not uncommon for express trains to be delayed by several hours and local trains are even worse Trains are also more expensive than buses and since they are state run the money goes to the government All that said there are reasons why you might want to take a train at least once during your trip One is that on a few routes such as from Mandalay up to Naba and Katha road transport is closed to foreigners Another is for the experience itself many routes run through areas of great beauty the Goteik viaduct between Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw is a good example plus there is the chance to interact with local people All express trains have upper and ordinary class carriages The former have reservable reclining seats while the latter have hard seats and no reservations Some trains also have first class carriages which fall somewhere between upper and ordinary in price and comfort Sleeper carriages when available accommodate four passengers and come with blankets and linen Long distance trains often have restaurant cars and food vendors either come on board or carry out transactions through the windows whenever the train stops The bathrooms onboard are basic and often unclean Fares are payable in US dollars and vary according to class although you may find station staff are reluctant to sell ordinary class tickets to foreigners Try to reserve a day or so in advance or more for sleepers Shared taxis and vans Although not as common as in some Southeast Asian countries shared taxis and shared vans the latter also known as minibuses are available on some routes Shared vehicles charge separately for each seat and leave once full making them cheaper than taking a whole taxi They typically cost around fifty percent more than a seat on an air conditioned bus but

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