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
Kevin Revolinski gives the lowdown on things to do in Mandalay, Myanmar’s famous northern city which is the gateway to the surrounding countryside
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.
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.
Wired magazine co-founder and Asia Grace author Kevin Kelly is currently travelling in Myanmar, blogging as he goes on Google+
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
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.
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
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.
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
Nic Dunlop, author of The Lost Executioner, returns with a documentary from modern-day Burma about a soldier who turned against the brutal dictatorship which has governed the country for the last five decades.
The ancient Burmese city of Bagan has literally thousands of ancient temples scattered across a vast plain – here are five of my favourites
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
Just tripped over this on YouTube… Nga Phe Kyaung monastery on Inle Lake, Myanmar is better known as Jumping Cat Monastery because… well, you’ll see
If you need help organising domestic flight tickets and hotel bookings within Myanmar, I can recommend Radiant Tours – they did a great job of helping me when I visited Burma
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.
I’m heading off tomorrow on a scuba diving liveaboard trip to Burma — if you’re interested in finding out more, you can read about it on my dive blog Divehappy.com. UPDATE – there’s now a 3 part trip report about my Burma dive trip – follow the link for part 1.
Pascal Khoo Thwe’s autobiography is a classic “truth is stranger than fiction” tale, describing how a dirt poor Burmese mountain boy improbably fell in love with the writings of James Joyce and eventually found himself studying at Cambridge University in England
The second of Travelhappy’s Thailand Writer series. This week, Phil Thornton, author of Restless Souls, about the Karen of Burma and the uneasy border between Burma and Thailand