Posted on 05 April 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Local Spotlight: Interview with Expeditions Myanmar
Be it beholding a towering golden temple in Yangon, the rich red earth of the Bagan Plains, or the still blue waters of Lake Inle, you are certain to be blown away by the colour and variety of Myanmar. This month we caught up with our local experts, Expeditions Myanmar, to talk favourite memories, family values and holidays with princesses.
Posted on 06 March 2017 by Martha Hales
Waterside locations offer some of the most attractive scenery in the world. For adventurous and laid-back travellers alike, the pools and lakes of the world are sure to have something to offer. Take your pick from this selection of the loveliest and most beguiling lakes around the globe, handpicked by our local experts.
Posted on 22 February 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Yangon with a Local
The night sky above Yangon is set a deep navy. It is in the dying hours of the day that it is best to see the towering jewel found in the heart of the city, the Shwedagon Paya. The foundations of this Buddhist temple date back over 2500 years, originally standing around 8 metres tall. Over many centuries the temple was continually built upon and now stands at nearly 110 metres tall, covered in hundreds of solid gold plates and around 4,000 diamonds and jewels. At night, Shwedagon Paya is illuminated, acting as a spectacular golden beacon that can be seen from across the city.
Posted on 13 February 2017 by Kati Taylor
In The Spotlight: Justin Marozzi
Getting to know the history and culture of a destination, and immersing yourself in its complexities, is one of the best parts of a travel experience. Following in the footsteps of bygone figures, meandering through ancient streets and imagining the world from different perspectives can take you far beyond the average tourist path. When tracing histories and culture, every destination becomes a journey; inviting the curious to join its winding path.
Posted on 10 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Top 5 Unexpected Sunshine Spots
Short days and long nights often leave us craving the warmth of the summer. What better time to plan for some sunshine in your very own patch of paradise? You don’t have to follow the crowds to the usual beachside haunts, there are plenty of unexpected sunshine destinations to tick off your bucket list. These five exciting destinations are sure to surprise and inspire even the most seasoned traveller...
Posted on 23 January 2017 by Martha Hales
Back Roads of Burma: Off the Beaten Track
You’ve enjoyed the incredible spectacle of Bagan, been dazzled by the golden splendour of Shwedagon in Yangon, and witnessed the view from Mandalay Hill. So how can you get off the beaten track on your next Burma visit? If you’re short of ideas, here’s TravelLocal’s guide to getting to know the back roads of Burma; the lesser trodden corners just waiting to be discovered.
Posted on 18 January 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
The Best of Burma
Opening itself to the West relatively recently, Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a country still very much untouched by globalisation. This varied destination boasts culture and traditions which have remained unchanged for hundreds of years. From bustling local teahouses to the tranquil shores of Lake Inle, Burma is alive with colour and diversity.
Posted on 24 October 2016 by Kati Taylor
George Orwell’s Myanmar: Burmese Days
Ninety years ago, George Orwell served in the Indian Imperial Police in Katha, Myanmar. His experience left him utterly disillusioned and he quit the imperial service in 1927, returning to England to write full time. The injustices and hardships he witnessed in Katha inspired his 1934 novel Burmese Days which offers a scathing critique of imperial society. Orwell’s Myanmar is a sprawling mass of rivers and winding roads: “forests, villages, monasteries, pagodas” as far as the eye can see. Adopting the fictional name of Kyauktada, imperial Katha is portrayed as a hotbed of intolerance; clashing societies against a rural backdrop of South East Asia.
Posted on 05 August 2016 by Penelope Edwards
Interview with Pascal Khoo Thwe, renowned and celebrated Burmese author.
Born into a minority tribal community in deepest Burma, Pascal Khoo Thwe’s story has an immediate hook. A memoir of a life so different to ours is already absorbing even before the intrigue begins. Tales of his childhood reverberate with strong familial ties, spiritual influences and the poignant detail of a daily life lived according to the whims of nature.
Posted on 11 July 2016 by Martha Hales
Sunset At Bagan, Burma (Myanmar) - How, When and Where To See It
Type ‘Bagan’ into an image search to instantly understand that this is a destination worthy of superlatives. More than 2000 temples lie scattered across 26 square miles of verdant plain, their stupas tapering skywards above the trees giving the whole area an otherworldly, almost magical feel.
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