Cultural Travel with An Escort to Burma

I’m not the type to want an escort anywhere, especially on a trip, but having things planned out for places that are otherwise inaccessible seems pretty appealing when you consider all of the time and planning required to go to unknown places. Cultural travel with an escort to Burma may qualify for a trip that I wouldn’t mind having an escort. In fact, in places such as Bhutan, the government requires that you have an escort to move you throughout the country. You are also required to spend a minimum of $200.00 per day while in Bhutan. What a wise way to keep the masses from ruining your country. Burma is a country  that has just opened the pearly gates again to tourists, and is probably one of those places that you might want to have an escort with you.

You might ask, what is there to see in Burma? A blurb in the Telegraph talks about Burma’s highlights here:

After years of anticipation and frustration, lovers of south-east Asia are now able to visit the region’s least explored – and arguably most magical – country. Rural Burma is a scenic backdrop for stops including the Pindaya caves, the ancient temples and pagodas of Pagan, historic hill stations and a cruise on the Irrawaddy River. Inle Lake, the colonial architecture of Yangon (Rangoon) and the northern city of Mandalay are further highlights of a tour with Voyages Jules Verne.

  • Voyages Jules Verne 0845 166 7003; vjv.com) offers the 14-night Discover Burma tour, departing on August 13 and September 10. From £2,495pp, including return flight.

Burma has some of the world’s best exemplars of neolithic artwork in caves. The neolithic culture of Padah Lin caves is indicative of one such site. Below you see the neolithic images from the Padah cave.

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Neolithic paintings at the Padah Lin Cave Burma

 Photo from wikipedia-uploaded by Dimitri Lytov

There are numerous other wonders in Burma that any human being would find interesting and fascinating. For one, the temples are extraordinary, and cultural travel with an escort to Burma can provide an enlightened twist to a traveler’s experience of all of the dimensions of Burma. The people there are interesting and while there has been considerable unrest, the rich traditions and beliefs of the culture there is worth the time and effort it takes to get there. There are 135 distinct ethnic groups, and 4 different languages spoken there. Below is an image of a little girl from Padaung.

Burma child from Padaung

Burma child from Padaung-wikipedia commons Dimitt

 

Burma is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. Bordered by Thailand, India, China, Burma has a unique tie to ancient human beings, with a history that goes back 750,000 years! The neolithic paintings above, date back 13,000 years. It is easy to see how cultural travel to Burma offers a unique view into a culture that is knitted to ancient people of long ago. Burma is a country that one should fully explore in the way of research, before traveling there. Cultural travel to Burma with an escort would be a wonderful way to see places that would otherwise be difficult to access. If you’re going, you might want to check out the full article in the telegraph here.  Check out Lonely Planet’s guide to Burma. You’ll be glad you did!

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