My husband and I visited Myanmar (Burma) during August, 2015. We went to Yangon and Bagan. We would like to have travelled to Ngapali Beach, but it was too wet. There were lots of floods in some regions of Mynamar, but none where we were. Mandalay would also be interesting to visit in the future. We saw the amazing Shwedagon Pagoda, made of gold-leaf with a 76 carot diamond on top.
It was like visiting a temple city with marble tiles throughout, lots of golden Buddha statues and places to worship. Most of the people in Myanmar are Buddhist. Young children and men study at Buddhist monasteries as part of their education. Buddhist monks line the streets of Yangon near the Sulia Temple, with bowls in their hands waiting for their lunch. Their daily living is supported by the Myanmar government.
Myanmar is famous for its rubies, saphires and jade. There were many jewellry shops at the Scott market which was great for purchasing traditional clothing, gifts and if one so desires, some rubies! Myanmar is famous for its rubies throughout the world.
We also stopped at Aung San Su Kyi's house which is near Inle Lake. Then later visited her father Aung San's house who brought Myanmar to independence in the mid 1940s. Sadly, Aung San and his council were massacred whilst they met to discuss government business. Aung San Su Kyi, although only two years old when her father died now follows in his footsteps by endeavouring to bring democracy to Myanmar.
The elections in November, 2015 will be interesting. I read two to three books about Aung San Su Kyi and her father Aung San, which made me feel more empathy with what the people of Myanmar had been through during the past forty years.
Later we travelled to Bagan which was a very short flight in a small, but powerful Lear jet. Bagan is very untouched, with temples of all shapes, sizes and materials arising out of the tropical jungle. We hired an electric motor bike to visit some of the 13,000 remaining temples in the region. Bagan is very famous for its lacquer-ware, but better to purchase from a factory shop, rather than the market, where we suspected some of it may be plastic!
We finished off our trip to Myanmar with a boat tour up and down the Irrawaddy River,