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Destination Myanmar The ‘Golden land’

‘This is Burma’, wrote Rudyard Kipling. ‘It is quite unlike any place you know about.’ How right he was and how right he still is! Myanmar’s isolation from the modern world has uniquely preserved its natural environment, traditions and colourful cultural heritage leaving Myanmar relatively and beautifully unspoilt.

Myanmar (Burma) is a country where lush green mountain forests, patchwork hills, and river valleys are peppered with magnificent ancient golden Buddhist temples glistening in the Sun. It is home to more golden temples than you ever dreamed possible.

It is a sensory overload of spices and exotic vegetables, long lines of red robed monks with their alms bowls in the early morning, protected jungles and forests, and the largest number of wild elephants in the world!

The country consists of beautiful beaches, islands, plains, river valleys, and forested mountains and is home to three-quarters of the world’s teak forests. It is also world famous for its jade and rubies.

Myanmar is a real gem waiting to be discovered!

Location, Geography, Climate

Myanmar is one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia, nestled between Thailand, Laos, China, India, and Bangladesh. It has an uninterrupted coastline of more than 1930 km with the Bay of Bengal running from the Bangladesh border in the Northwest, down to the Andaman Sea that meets the Malay Peninsula and Thai territory in the Southeast.

The mighty Ayeyarwady River originates in the eastern extremity of the Himalayas and flows south some 1770 kilometres to the sea. It is one of the world’s great highways and famously named as "The Road to Mandalay" by Rudyard Kipling. Two of Burma's principal cities, Rangoon and Mandalay, are situated along the Ayeyarwady and the river is navigable for almost two thirds of its length

The Ayeyarwady River is the heart and lifeblood of the country, gushing down through great mountain gorges in Northern Burma before spreading out into one of the largest river deltas in Asia, the Ayeyarwady Valley.

It sits within the tropical monsoon belt surrounded by a great horseshoe of densely forested mountains and plateaus. The majority of Burma's people live in the lowlands regions of this river valley basin, which is one of the world's great rice-growing regions.

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