Burma (Myanmar) is a country steeped in mystique and rooted in tradition from the ancient city of Bagan to the cultural centre of Mandalay. Relatively unexplored by tourists, this magical country is now opening up, offering a unique opportunity to discover a culture that is a world away from our own.


Mandalay is the second largest city in Burma and is located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The city is rich in culture and history and home to thousands of young monks at Mahaghandayon Monastery. In this area you will find the world’s longest teak bridge, the U Bein Bridge, at Amarapura; the world’s largest book at Kuthodaw Pagoda; and one of the world’s largest bells at Mingun.


Bagan is an ancient city that was built between the 9th and 13th centuries. At its peak the city was home to as many as 200,000 people and was an important study centre attracting students from many other countries. Originally ten thousand temples and pagodas were constructed and over two thousand remain today. It’s an amazing sight to view these magnificent buildings stretching across the Bagan Plain as far as the eye can see.


The former capital of Burma, Rangoon (Yangon) is a bustling city featuring colonial architecture and ancient pagodas. The magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda is a symbol of the city, glittering in the sunlight by day and illuminated at night. It is the most important pagoda in Burma and it is said that this religious site enshrines strands of Buddha’s hair. Also visit Bogyoke Market with its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. Here you can buy antiques, handicrafts and jewellery or spend time people-watching.

Irrawaddy Cruise

A relaxing way to see the sights of Burma is aboard a cruise ship on the Irrawaddy River. Pandaw Cruises operates a 10-night journey between Mandalay and Prome including Bagan. For full details click on the the Inspiring Itineraries link and see the Golden Land Cruise.

Another option is to sail with Orient Express who offer a choice of routes including Mandalay, Bagan and the Gorges of the North.

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