Posts Tagged ‘Yangon’

Kids play in Myanmar

Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Burmese children, by DasaBookCafe

Burmese children, by DasaBookCafe

Myanmar is a new destination for most people, so if you are taking your children with you, here’s a few suggestions and tips.

As in most Asian countries, the locals will shower your children with attention and they will have many ready-made playmates wherever they go. There are plenty of horse carts and trishaws to ride around on for the kids, which they will love. As they will the dug-out canoes on Inle Lake, as well as the boat trips in the ancient cities outside Mandalay. There’s lots to learn at the Buddhist sights of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, the reclining buddhas in Bago, or the 10-storey buddha in Pyay. Older children will enjoy and appreciate the ruins of old palaces, temples and moats which you can see at Bagan and Mrauk U. You can find zoos in Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay, traditional puppet shows in the main centers, and of course sandy beaches at Ngapali.

Let them indulge in a bit of face painting by trying their hand with thanakha, the yellow sandalwood-like paste, that is sold everywhere. And don’t forget Myanmar’s festivals, such as Thingyan in mid-April with its throwing of water in celebration of their new year, and Taunggyi’s 3-day fire-balloon festival in October or November, which can be a lot of fun. Finally, if you can afford the ride, a balloon trip at sunrise or sunset over Bagan would amaze the whole family.

Journey to The Three Kingdoms

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Introducing The Three Kingdoms itinerary, offering the best of Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Taking advantage of improved flight connections in the region, our Three Kingdoms trip begins with a journey to Myanmar. Starting with the shimmering spires of Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, the route continues to the ancient Burmese capital of Bagan, where more than 4000 stupas punctuate the skyline amid dramatic scenery. The historic surrounds of Mandalay and the dazzling floating gardens of Inle Lake await us before we return to Yangon for our flight to Cambodia. We fly into Siem Reap, the perfect base for the fabled temples of Cambodia’s Angkor, where we encounter the jungle ruins of Ta Prohm and the majesty of Angkor Wat in the first light of the day, as well as the intricate carvings of Banteay Srei and the mysterious faces of the Bayon. We also include a lifestyle visit to the floating villages of the Tonle Sap. The living, breathing museum that is the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang welcomes us, where we admire the curves of Wat Xieng Thong, travel upriver to discover the Buddhas of the Pak Ou Caves and swim in the turquoise waters of the Kuang Si Falls. The Three Kingdoms is a journey to the heart of the Mekong region, to an Asia of old that seems a world away from the shopping malls of Singapore and Bangkok.

For the full itinerary, check out  http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Myanmar/The_Three_Kingdoms.html

Hanuman launches its Myanmar Collection

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The Hanuman team is pleased to announce that Myanmar has been launched on the Hanuman website at http://www.hanuman.travel/Myanmar/Myanmar.html

The Myanmar welcome page on www.hanuman.travel

Hanuman plans to bring its own blend of innovation and originality to journeys in Myanmar now that the country is itself travelling the road to political reform. Many overseas tour operators are experiencing availability, booking and confirmation problems in Myanmar with the sudden surge in visitors in the past 12 months.  As a new operator in the destination, we have more flexibility on who we work with and can source rooms from a range of local DMCs rather than being tied to any one operator and we believe this may give us a competitive advantage in time.

As you know, Hanuman prides itself on its approach to popular sights like the temples of Angkor and its ability to ensure an enriched experience by avoiding the crowds. Thanks to a combination of carefully crafted itineraries and well-trained tour guides, we are able to avoid the major crowds at the most important temples and help make a more memorable experience. We have taken this same approach to our itineraries in Myanmar and, in particular, to the temples of Bagan and the old capitals around Mandalay. Bagan is one of the most breathtaking sights in Southeast Asia, but it is also getting rather crowded with the sudden boom in tourist numbers. Many of the Bagan guides do not always consider careful timings for the temples and this can mean sharing the most popular payas with busloads of other visitors. We prefer to customize an itinerary that goes to the right temples at the right time and avoids the crowds, particularly at popular times such as sunset. Similarly around Mandalay, all too many groups travel from ancient capital to ancient capital in sequence like a merry-go-round. We do not favour this one-size-fits-all  and try and ensure a creative approach to avoid the crowds.

Back to the Hanuman website, the new Myanmar section includes the same features as our other existing destinations of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The drop down menu includes the same combination of Journeys, Destinations, Hotels, Experiences and Responsible Tourism. It is possible to search via the drop down menu or to visit the Myanmar landing page and browse from there. Here is what we currently have on the Myanmar section of the site:

Journeys (http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Myanmar/Myanmar.html): Top 10 Journeys for Myanmar and Myanmar/Cambodia or Myanmar/Laos combinations.

Destinations (http://www.hanuman.travel/Destination_Guides/Myanmar/Myanmar.html): Destination Guides to Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Around Myanmar and Country Info.

Hotels (http://www.hanuman.travel/Hotels/Myanmar/Myanmar.html): Recommended Hotels in Myanmar, to be expanded in the coming weeks.

Experiences (http://www.hanuman.travel/Unique_Experiences/unique_experiences_myanmar.html): Top 10 Myanmar Experiences

Responsible Tourism (http://www.hanuman.travel/Responsible_Tourism/Myanmar/Myanmar.html): Top 10 Responsible Tourism initiatives in Myanmar

Hnit Thit Ku Mingalabar or Happy Burmese New Year 2555.