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  • Off the tourist trail in Southeast Asia: 5 underrated cities

    Off the tourist trail in Southeast Asia: 5 underrated cities

    November 21st, 2017Marco Ferrarese
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    Modern Bangkok, historical Hanoi and tourism-boom town Siem Reap — home to the world-famous Angkor Wat temples — are some of Southeast Asia‘s best drawcards, and see thousands of visitors every year. But the region still has plenty of places that stay well off the tourist radar. These five underrated Southeast Asian towns and cities... Read more »

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  • Myanmar: is it time for tourists to return?

    Myanmar: is it time for tourists to return?

    November 6th, 2017Gavin Thomas
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    The largest, most diverse and least-known country in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is now firmly back on the tourist map after decades of isolation. It lures visitors with its stunning temples, sublime landscapes and time-warped traditional culture – but the considerable ethnic unrest still affecting parts of the country cannot be ignored. So, is it ethical... Read more »

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  • In Buddha’s footsteps: 15 evocative pictures of faith in Myanmar

    In Buddha’s footsteps: 15 evocative pictures of faith in Myanmar

    October 28th, 2016David Abram
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    Buddhism has ancient roots in Myanmar, and its influence is all pervasive – arguably more so than in any other Southeast Asian country. Everywhere you go you encounter monks and nuns in the streets, often marching around neighbourhoods and markets on their daily rice round collecting alms from local householders. During a research trip in... Read more »

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  • 12 photos that prove Myanmar (Burma) is most beautiful at sunset

    12 photos that prove Myanmar (Burma) is most beautiful at sunset

    May 23rd, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Sunset is one of our favourite times of the day – it’s an excuse to sit back, drink in hand and take in the scenery, whether you’re high above your favourite city at a rooftop bar, or you’re on the beach catching those last few rays. But where is the most beautiful place in the world... Read more »

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  • 9 tips for backpacking Myanmar (Burma)

    9 tips for backpacking Myanmar (Burma)

    May 16th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    In 2011, after 15 years of a tourism boycott to avoid aiding the oppressive military junta, Myanmar opened its doors to visitors. The country, now with a democratically elected government, is improving its tourism infrastructure but still struggles to cope with the huge influx of visitors. If you’re thinking of backpacking Myanmar, these tips will... Read more »

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  • Myanmar as you’ve never seen it before

    Myanmar as you’ve never seen it before

    May 19th, 2015Eleanor Aldridge
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    Tourism in Myanmar is still in its infancy, yet this fascinating nation enthralls like no other in Southeast Asia. There’s no wonder why. With its glittering stupas, placid rivers, temple-studded plains and – above all – warm, welcoming people, this is a country that it’s hard to forget in a hurry. We’ve just published our first ever guide to Myanmar,... Read more »

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  • 14 essential Burmese experiences

    14 essential Burmese experiences

    March 17th, 2015Jo James
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    Wherever your itinerary takes you, travel in Myanmar (Burma) is sure to provide a wealth of new experiences – whether you’re air-kissing at your waiter in a city teahouse or witnessing your first nat ceremony. To mark the release of our first guide to the country, co-author Jo James shares fourteen of her essential things... Read more »

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  • The friendliest countries in the world

    The friendliest countries in the world

    September 30th, 2014Rough Guides Editors
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    Whether it’s a smile exchanged with a stranger, a quick chat with a tuk-tuk driver or a night out on the town with a group of newly made friends, interactions with local people often shape our view of a whole country. So which places offer tourists the warmest welcome? This list counts down the friendliest countries... Read more »

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  • Why Myanmar (Burma) is a travel photographer’s dream

    Why Myanmar (Burma) is a travel photographer’s dream

    September 17th, 2014Lottie Gross
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    Having visited Myanmar (Burma) a number of times since 2004, travel photographer Stephen Studd says it’s one of the best places he’s photographed in years. In this video he explains why Burma is so photogenic, and shares his travel photography tips below. Stephen’s top tips for travel photography Owner and tour leader of Digital Photography... Read more »

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  • Travel News: the new Everest railway & Icelandic volcanoes

    Travel News: the new Everest railway & Icelandic volcanoes

    August 26th, 2014Steve Vickers
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    Steve Vickers checks in with another suitcase full of travel stories, including news of free wi-fi on London’s red buses and the new ‘roof of the world’ railway line that’s bringing tourists closer to Mount Everest. More on Myanmar visas Last month we reported that Myanmar (Burma) was about to introduce a new e-visa that would... Read more »

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  • The untouched coast of southern Myanmar (Burma)

    The untouched coast of southern Myanmar (Burma)

    August 18th, 2014Jo James
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    While researching the new Rough Guide to Myanmar (Burma), Jo James discovered the Tanintharyi Division – a blissful corner of the country that has only recently opened up to travellers. As we coasted downhill towards the village I tried, briefly and unsuccessfully, to suppress a grin. The road ahead curved along a soft sweep of sand.... Read more »

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  • Travel news: ninja bus tours and Burmese visas

    Travel news: ninja bus tours and Burmese visas

    July 28th, 2014Steve Vickers
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    Heated sleighs, bag-tracking apps, Burmese visas and ninja-themed bus tours: Steve Vickers gets you up to speed with the latest travel news. An iBeacon in your bag You know that thing at the airport where you’re waiting to get your bag off the luggage belt, and the whole thing is surrounded by so many other... Read more »

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