Every Friday, a new photo of amazing Asian people and places here on Travelhappy. This week: Burma’s holiest shrine, the Shwedagon Pagoda
If you’ve been watching the news, you can’t have failed to have heard about Cyclone Nargis which has killed at least 15,000 people in Myanmar this weekend and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The country was a mess before the cyclone hit thanks to the military junta, but now 5 provinces are a bona fide […]
My article on the ancient Buddhist temples of Angkor, Bagan and Sukhothai, “The Legacy”, has just been published in Asian Geographic magazine.
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
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
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 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
There are plenty of great books about Myanmar (formerly Burma) – here’s a few that I’ve enjoyed and inspired my recent visit
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
and way too tired to write anything coherent, except that it was fantastic. I took lots of semi-decent photos (erm – maybe) which I’ll be adding to travelhappy over the next week. In the meantime, check out my posts about the run up to going travelling in Myanmar. I’m off to bed…
Travelling is exciting, but it can also cause a lot of pre-trip apprehension about venturing into the unknown. Here’s 6 tips for dealing with the fear and getting over it so you enjoy your travels
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.
Don Gilliland’s travel blog has some bewitching photos of Myanmar, capturing some of the spirit of Myanmar people as they go about their everyday lives
Restless Souls provides an eyewitness account of the world’s longest running civil war being fought by the Karen tribe against the Burmese military junta which has largely been forgotten by the outside world
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
Myanmar is no ordinary travel destination which can be easily visited – it needs some thought and planning to explore one of the most mysterious South East Asian countries to the West
I seem to be doing a lot of travelling in South East Asia and Australia this year. This is where I’ll be going in 2007
Ostensibly an attempt to retrace the physical origins of George Orwell’s novel Burmese Days, Secret Histories is actually a superbly concise and deeply scary history lesson in the fate of pre and post-colonial Myanmar.