With golden stupas that pierce the horizon, an uninhabited archipelago with creamy white coastlines, and elegant places to lay your head (think smart colonial villas, and five-star liners…) Burma was made for sweethearts.
It can be hard for vegetarians with itchy feet – take it from one who knows. ‘Vegetarian’ is often loosely understood (and mostly misunderstood) the world over. Having been veggie for a long time, I’ve racked up more than a few unfortunate experiences.
Turning up without a raincoat during monsoon season, finding out about the festival of the year after you’ve arrived home, longing for a boat trip when the water’s too low… it pays to be prepared when planning your holiday, but it can be difficult to find all of the information in one place. We’ve done the […]
With an enormous Buddhist population, Burma is peppered with pagodas, and pilgrims travel from far and wide to celebrate festivals. If you have the chance to see one, seize it! Expect something unique, occasionally eccentric (bamboo elephant dancing, anyone?), and rarely entirely pious.
It would be remiss (even impossible) to visit Burma without learning a bit about Buddhism. There are half a million monks, 75,000 nuns, and not a skyline without a stupa – where to start? Theravada Buddhism is practised by 89% of the population and pervades over every part of life in Burma (Myanmar). Religious practice […]