Unless you have studied Burmese culture and its dialects for many years, the presence of a local English speaking guide is essential for getting about in Burma (now Myanmar), interact with local inhabitants and, simply, to avoid any cultural blunders.
The Kingdom of Pagan was colonized by the British in 1824, with Burma not gaining its independence again until 1941. In 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi won a general election. However, she was denied power and Burma then experienced a period of repression and violence lasting until 2011.
Burma has a variety of treasures to offer, with everything from small items of teak furniture through to rosewood combs, children's toys included – and not forgetting the famous and unique lotus flower weaving technique!
Which films should you see, which books should you read, which music should you listen to before a trip to Burma (also known as Myanmar)? Here is some advice about some works to plunge yourself into the Burmese culture.
A preserved and authentic jewel of Southeast Asia, Burma is without doubt a magical destination on the borders of the imaginary and outside of the mould. A honeymoon in Burma is quite simply an exceptional honeymoon.
Burma continues to keep both its treasures and its darker side concealed to this day. Among the great individuals who have left their mark on the history of this country, we can include the names of the courageous Aung San Suu Kyi, the dictator Than Shwe, the drug trafficker Khun Sa and the kickboxer Nilar Win. With the opening up of Burma to the West, other names will no doubt be added to this list as time goes on.