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Myanmar

Myanmar

  • The Golden Rock in Myanmar
  • The Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar
  • Deluxe Suite in Luxury Resort The Strand Hotel in Yangon | Only Exclusive Travel
  • Lobby on The Strand Cruise in Myanmar | Only Exclusive Travel
  • Bagan in Myanmar

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Rudyard Kipling once wrote: ‘This is Burma. It will be quite unlike any land you know about.’ Indeed, the country had such a profound and lasting impact upon him that he penned the poem ‘Mandalay’, referring to Myanmar’s capital.  Kipling’s estimation has proven to be unerringly true. Once cast down in an uncertain and oppressive political landscape, Myanmar, situated in South East Asia and formerly known as Burma, is now beckoning a more flourishing, stable and promising future. In 2015, Myanmar voted in its first democratically-elected government in half a century, which has led to the welcome relaxing of censorship and a new-found openness in dialogue regarding once-taboo subjects.

Having changed its name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, signalling an end to the unrest, the country has recently enjoyed an uplifting surge in its tourist industry. A rural nation of traditional values, travellers come from far and wide to discover an enchanting land where pious monks receive greater adulation than famous celebrities, and spirituality reigns. Burma is a place where material possessions are of no consequence, and the spirit of generosity in the Burmese people is part of the country’s innate charm.

The bustling city of Yangon is Myanmar’s commercial hub, and a destination of idiosyncrasies, where modernity meets culture, tradition, and architectural landmarks. Visitors can explore the dynamic streets replete with international food vendors or delve into the city’s flourishing art scene from Pandsodan Street to the historical 1901 The Strand Hotel. Amidst the energetic pace of the city, travellers can be transported to a place where time seemingly stands still in Yangon; fascinatingly, it is home to the highest number of colonial buildings in all of South East Asia.  The cultural highlight of the city is undoubtedly the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, which has a ninety-eight metre high stupa, and a stunning golden glow that can be seen throughout the entire city.

The Strand River Cruise sails along the longest river in Myanmar, the Ayeyarwardy, i.e. 'The Elephant River', which starts at the top of the Himalayas and flows to the south of the country.  The cruise commences at Bagan or Mandalay, both sublime sites within their own right. Mandalay is the city that inspired one of literature’s greats to dedicate an entire poem to; this is a capital that has a tumultuous patrimonial background, having been colonized by the British and raided during World War Two. Noted for its colourful arts, religious significance and beautiful temples, this city is simply not to be missed. Bagan, a World Heritage Site, is the famous dwelling of the world’s largest reclining Buddha. One of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, many have said that the temples here can rival the sights of Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat.

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Early Booking Discount - The Strand Cruise

Book 50 days prior to departure and receive 15% discount off the Cruise.

Call 0161 233 0110 for pricing details

17 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2017

Early Booking Discount - The Strand Cruise

Book 35 - 45 days prior to departure and receive 10% discount off the Cruise.

Call 0161 233 0110 for pricing details

17 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2017

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Cultural Landmarks

Cultural Landmarks

Visitors flock to Myanmar to delve into the spirituality of the landscape that is scattered with thousands of temples and pagodas. The cultural highlight of bustling Yangon is the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Buddhism's most sacred sites. It has a ninety-eight metre high stupa, and a stunning golden glow that can be seen throughout the entire city.

Trekking

Trekking

Visitors flock to the site of Golden Rock, another lcoation of great spiritual significance in Myanmar. Trekkers and religious pilgrims are enticed by the gravity-defying golden rock at the summit.

Shopping

Shopping

Bogyoke Aung San Market is the highlight of Myanmar's commercial hub Yangon, with more than 2000 shops and the largest selection of Myanmar handicrafts from bags to puppets to jewellery.

Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Disover a simpler way of life and learn from Intha fisherman, who reside in stilt-house villages on the vast and serene Inle Lake. 13.5 miles long and 7 miels wide, the lake is notable for its inhabitants' unique lifestyle, who have based their lives around this fascinating body of water, even growing vegetables on floating gardens.

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