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Myanmar Chronicles - Intro

Visiting Myanmar, it is impossible to leave George Orwell out of the picture. There comes the name of our Myanmar blog series.

From several flight connections available to Yangon, we chose to fly via Singapore with Singapore Airlines.

Towering gilded pagodas. spectacular archeological sites, beautiful beaches, stunning mountains, traditional culture at the forefront of local life these are just some of the reasons why record-breaking numbers of visitors have been beguiled by Myanmar since the easing of a tourism boycott in 2010.

In common with its neighbors, the roots of Myanmar’s contemporary culture and of its ongoing ethnic strife can be traced back many centuries. Forming a crossroads between India, China, and Thailand, the region attracted invaders who followed, and subsequently settled in, the great river vaIIeys stretching across the country to the sea. The result is a complex cultural checkerboard, with the overarching presence of Buddhism. The religion first traveled here from India along ancient trade routes over two millennia ago to become the region’s unifying faith, and continues to define the character of both Myanmar's people and its government.

On our route we plan to visit Yangon, Hpa-An, Bagan, Bago, Mawlamyine, Mandalay, Ngapali Beach, Inle Lake, Kalaw, Kyaiktiyo.

Our know-how and enthusiasm of travelling paired with books from DK, Marco Polo and Lonely Planet are to guide us.