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  • Best of Burma (Myanmar) | Burma Travel | Rough Guides
    more famous Asian neighbours Myanmar s answer to Angkor Wat is a justifiably popular place and as the tourism floodgates creak ever wider it s becoming overrun Thousands of barefoot foreigners traipse up the stone steps of the biggest stupas to watch the sun rise and return hours later to watch it set over a spire filled horizon while locals congregate noisily at the bottom offering plastic concertina wallets full of postcards or photocopied Orwell books We grabbed a couple of battery powered ebikes and ferreted out some of the smaller unloved stupas crawling up dark damp tunnels and unearthing contemplative buddhas away from the stampeding herds Our electronic rides offered freedom from the temple fatigue that seemed to strike many of the coach trippers allowing us to disappear for a swim meet a monk for meditation although endless sitting quietly resulted in more dead legs than nirvana and to pause for pumpkin soup at veggie institution Be Kind To Animals The Moon A Burmese wedding I ve never been so touched by a packet of tissues This particular clump of cheap paper was presented as a parting gift by the hosts of my first Burmese wedding at the culmination of an unforgettable morning spent ensconced in a family home in the Shan hills We d set off just after breakfast crammed into the back of another jeep and bumping down dusty roads past farmers coercing buffalo into pulling rudimentary ploughs and groups of labourers breaking rocks in the sun through patchwork fields of burnt orange and ochre to park under the shade of a banyan tree in a remote hilltop village Whisked past a queue of locals joining the party and straight into the bosom of the home we were showered with tea and snacks and sat on the earthen floor blinking at men huddled in the corner through a cloud of cheroot smoke while the women of the house prepared breakfast Our guide from the Intrepid tour company had organised the impromptu invite proof that travelling in a group can be better than solo travel Unfamiliar pop music blasted through ancient speakers set on mud steps as we descended into another room to sit down to an immense feast of cubed meat and fat one hour after breakfast in honour of the teenage bride and groom The trembling and naïve couple reminded me of Scott s observations on Burmese weddings I d been reading in The Burman the night before in my hotel In the Lawkanidi the book of proverbs relating to ordinary life it is said that monks and hermits are beautiful when they are lean four footed animals when they are fat men when they are learned and women when they are married Misogynistic perhaps but no doubt an accurate observation at the time It went on to insist that the average age for matrimony has become very much younger Most lads get married when they are eighteen or nineteen thirteen or fourteen is a common age for the girls Our blissful duo were both eighteen and attitudes have changed a little since Scott s time but the pair did look nervous as hell The guests on the whole seemed more interested in us and our cameras Partying in Kalaw The saturday night halfway through our trip was spent at Kalaw s famous Seven Sisters restaurant After an exceptional meal of chicken steamed in banana leaves spicy noodle soup and gallons of local Red Mountain wine plus a crazy tour of the kitchen by four of the titular seven sisters we sat back while locals launched fireworks down the main street passed round bottles of local moonshine and cheered somewhat too loudly in sober retrospect a tiny girl singing karaoke Later on we hit the tiny bar at Hi Snack Drink where the few night owls in the area congregate to take turns on a battered guitar until the early hours Kalaw was the one place on the trip I could imagine myself lingering longer a cool hill town in Shan State once popular with the British who ascended to avoid the heat of the central plains Populated with Nepalis and Indians who came to build the roads and railways during British rule it s full of great little restaurants a smattering of shops and not a lot else Hiking to meet hill tribes I m not sure I ve ever met anyone as outwardly happy as Tun Our guide a member of the Danu tribe who was taking us to meet the Palaung people of Pain Ne Pin village near Kalaw wore a permanent Cheshire cat grin and burst into infectious laughter on a regular basis Gregariousness personified in a pair of pink Converse he smirked as he pointed out trees full of bananas peppers and oranges giggled while preparing little paper boxes as gifts for each member of the group and broke into full on guffaws when we paused in pockets of shade to catch our breath and engage in broken banter His humour was all the more remarkable considering his backstory he d spent most of his adult life working in tourism including a stint at Yangon s famous Strand Hotel for tips only to send money home while also looking after his father now sadly deceased and elderly infirm mother He told us he hoped to head to Singapore to study hospitality and of several other plans and dreams currently on hold while he cares for his family The Palaung people themselves were phenomenal hosts offering cold towels after our trek a sumptuous three course banquet and a dressing up box of locally made clothes for us to buy and take home Their village Pain Ne Pin was a quiet mountaintop spot surrounded by breathtaking valleys We really didn t want to hike back down home again Meeting monks and counting buddhas Avoid the tourist spots seems to be the mantra of true travellers whoever they may be but it was the

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  • The Rough Guide to 2014 - Rough Guides to the Top 10 Cities, Countries & Best Value Destinations : The Rough Guide to 2014
    Marseille Almaty Rotterdam Glasgow Portland Top 10 Countries Ethiopia Madagascar Brazil Turkey Georgia Rwanda Japan Bulgaria Macedonia The Philippines Best Value Destinations Bolivia Crimea Portugal Las Vegas Bali Ecuador Albania Dominican Republic Vietnam Serbia A Month by Month Guide January

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  • The Rough Guide to Italy | Rough Guides
    swish boutique hotels and quirky B Bs to idyllic agriturismos and slick city apartments as well as to atmospheric osterie gourmet restaurants and melt in your mouth ice cream A full colour introduction helps you plan your trip while readable accounts of Italy s history art and groundbreaking film industry will help you get the most from your trip Full colour and with crystal clear maps The Rough Guide to Italy is your essential travel companion Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Italy Now available in ePub format EBOOK 13 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Authors Tim Jepson Celia Woolfrey Martin Dunford Ros Belford Format Ebook Watermarked More info Published March 2013 Series Main Series More Products Europe Italy Related Guides 2 99 Friuli Venezia Giulia Rough Guides Snapshot Italy View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Rome View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Venice View Guide 2 99 Puglia Rough Guides Snapshot Italy View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Rome View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Venice the Veneto View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Sicily View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Florence View Guide 10 99 The Rough Guide to Sardinia View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes View Guide 5 99 Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Italian View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Tuscany Umbria View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Naples the Amalfi Coast View Guide 2 99 The Italian Riviera Rough Guides Snapshot Italy View Guide 2 99 Piemonte and Valle d Aosta Rough Guides Snapshot Italy View Guide

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  • The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka | Rough Guides
    stay eat drink and shop for travellers on all budgets The most comprehensive guide ebook on the market the fully updated The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka is the ideal traveller s companion with handy itineraries and highlights sections to help you plan your trip Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka EBOOK 15 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Author Gavin Thomas Format Ebook Watermarked More info Published November 2015 Series Main Series More Products Asia Sri Lanka Related Guides 14 99 The Rough Guide to Laos View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to Thailand s Beaches Islands View Guide 2 99 The Yellow River Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Hong Kong Macau View Guide 19 99 The Rough Guide to China View Guide 2 99 The Yangzi Basin Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to India View Guide 16 99 The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide 5 99 Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Japanese View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Seoul View Guide 24 99 The Rough Guide to Japan View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Malaysia Singapore Brunei View Guide 17 99 The Rough Guide to Bali Lombok View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide 18 99 The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide 18 99 The Rough Guide to the Philippines View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Beijing View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Cambodia View Guide 2 99 Kansai Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide 15

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  • The Rough Guide to Mexico | Rough Guides
    the best hotels bars clubs shops and restaurants for all budgets The Rough Guide to Mexico also includes detailed itineraries covering the best of the country as well as things not to miss and regional highlights detailing the most unforgettable experiences Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Mexico Now available in ePub format EBOOK 13 99 EPUB MOBI and PDF GBP EUR USD Buy Ebook This item is already in your basket About ebook formats PAPERBACK CHOOSE A RETAILER BELOW AMAZON US BARNES NOBLE Authors John Fisher Daniel Jacobs Stephen Keeling Format Ebook Watermarked More info Published June 2013 Series Main Series More Products Mexico North America Related Guides 2 99 Acapulco and the Pacific beaches Rough Guides Snapshot Mexico View Guide 2 99 Mexico City Rough Guides Snapshot Mexico View Guide 2 99 Yucatan Rough Guides Snapshot Mexico View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot USA Louisiana View Guide 2 99 The Canadian Rockies Rough Guides Snapshot Canada View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot USA Texas View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Canada View Guide 9 99 Pocket Rough Guide Las Vegas View Guide 2 99 Ontario Rough Guides Snapshot Canada View Guide 16 99 The Rough Guide to California View Guide 2 99 Toronto Rough Guides Snapshot Canada View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to Florida View Guide 15 99 The Rough Guide to New York City View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot USA The Rockies View Guide 14 99 The Rough Guide to the USA View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot USA The South View Guide 2 99 The Maritime Provinces Rough Guides Snapshot Canada View Guide 2 99 The Great Lakes Rough

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  • Browse Africa Products | Travel Shop | Rough Guides
    and the Pyramids Rough Guides Snapshot Egypt View Guide 2 99 Essaouira and the Atlantic Coast Rough Guides Snapshot Morocco View Guide 7 99 Pocket Rough Guide Marrakesh View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa Johannesburg and Pretoria View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa KwaZulu Natal View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot South Africa The Eastern Cape View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Tanzania The Northern Safari Circuit View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Tanzania Zanzibar View Guide 2 99 Rough Guides Snapshot Victoria Falls View Guide 2 99 Sinai Rough Guides Snapshot Egypt View Guide 13 99 The Rough Guide to Cape Town The Winelands The Garden Route View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Egypt View Guide 7 99 The Rough Guide to Ethiopia View Guide 9 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Africa View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Kenya View Guide 7 99 The Rough Guide to Madagascar View Guide 7 99 The Rough Guide to Mauritius

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  • Browse Egypt Products | Travel Shop | Rough Guides
    Flights Accommodation Travel Insurance Hostels Tours Car Rentals Follow Us Facebook Twitter Newsletter Log in Shop Ebook Shop Africa Egypt Sort A Z Latest Popular GBP EUR USD 2 99 Cairo and the Pyramids Rough Guides Snapshot Egypt View Guide 2 99 Sinai Rough Guides Snapshot Egypt View Guide 12 99 The Rough Guide to Egypt View Guide About us Contact us Write or Work for us Mobile Site FAQs

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  • Browse Ethiopia Products | Travel Shop | Rough Guides
    all destinations Features Articles Gallery Special Features Shop Travel Offers Flights Accommodation Travel Insurance Hostels Tours Car Rentals Follow Us Facebook Twitter Newsletter Log in Shop Ebook Shop Africa Ethiopia Sort A Z Latest Popular GBP EUR USD 7 99 The Rough Guide to Ethiopia View Guide About us Contact us Write or Work for us Mobile Site FAQs Terms Conditions Privacy Cookies Site map Euros Pounds Sterling US Dollars

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