Although Myanmar is one of Southeast Asia’s least developed countries, the cost of visiting is surprisingly high due to limited supply of accommodation and increasing levels of tourism. Here’s a rundown of how much money to budget for a Myanmar trip
From September 1st 2014, you can get a Myanmar tourist visa on arrival by applying online through the official government visa website
As Myanmar opens up to the rest of the world, Bob James explains why now is the time to go before mass tourism fully takes hold of this fascinating and diverse country
The ancient Burmese city of Bagan has literally thousands of ancient temples scattered across a vast plain – here are five of my favourites
Applying for a Myanmar visa in Bangkok is surprisingly straightforward if you know where to go. Here’s some tips on making it easy on yourself.
Inle Lake is a huge area, and the fact you need to get a boat pretty much everywhere means some planning will make for a much better experience. Bob James makes some suggestions of things to see and do at Inle Lake
One of Asia’s most beautiful areas, Myanmar’s Inle Lake is quickly gaining in popularity with tourists. Bob James explains how to plan your visit to Inle Lake and where to stay.
It’s like something out of Harry Potter: a gold spired monastery clinging to the top of Mount Popa, a craggy finger of rock towering 700 metres above the surrounding Myingyan Plain.
The little known Chaukhtatgyi Temple in Myanmar’s capital city Yangon has one of the biggest and most graceful Reclining Buddha statues in South East Asia
One of Burma’s most stunning man-made marvels built by the colonial British, Gokteik Viaduct is a spectacular railway bridge over 100 metres above the ground and nearly 700 metres long. Bob James takes the plunge.
Bagan is the only capital of the three ancient kingdoms to have never been fully abandoned, despite being attacked and conquered by the Mongols and suffering a devastating earthquake
Kevin Revolinski gives the lowdown on things to do in Mandalay, Myanmar’s famous northern city which is the gateway to the surrounding countryside
Kevin Revolinski explores the many facets of Burma’s Irrawaddy river in style from the Orient Express’ Road To Mandalay cruiseship, starting at the spectacular ancient temples of Bagan and heading to historic Mandalay.
A self-sufficient village deep in Myanmar’s Shan State, Hsipaw offers a taste of real Burmese village life and some beautiful trekking routes in the surrounding countryside, as Bob James explains
Beyond Mandalay’s modern city hubbub lie three of Myanmar’s ancient capitals – Amarapura, Sagaing and Inwa – which can be visited in a day and includes the must-see U Bein Bridge. Bob James goes exploring.
One of the best hotels in Burma’s former capital Yangon, the Governor’s Residence provides a quiet oasis of restored colonial charm from which to explore the city, says Kevin Revolinski
Peter Olszewski’s memoir of a year spent living in Myanmar is a fascinating, intimate personal account of day to day life in this politically tormented country
As Myanmar’s military junta sentences Aung San Suu Kyi to another year of house arrest, the publication of her biography is an apt reminder of both her personal and political struggle
Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi turns 64 today – and is still in prison. Her recently republished book “The Voice Of Hope” provides a superb recap of who Aung San Suu Kyi is and why she has sacrificed her family and freedom in the hope of a free Burma.
With current events in Myanmar moving towards a major confrontation between the military junta and the people, Thierry Falise’s French language biography of Aung San Suu Kyi is an important reminder of her role in the country’s hope for democracy to be restored
The New York Times recently ran a great article by Jane Perlez documenting her visit to Myanmar (formerly Burma) in search of the exotic foods described by George Orwell in his classic novel Burmese Days