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Burma Cruises

Officially called Myanmar, the country most people know as ‘Burma’ is small but very diverse, and an interesting, remote place to visit on a cruise. 

With a long human history, and a tumultuous recent past, this former British colony (and former military dictatorship) is now a democratic republic whose population is growing at a much slower rate than the rest of southeast Asia. Burma has also kept its rate of development down, so much of this country is deeply forested, and protected.

After the Kingdom of Pagan was established in the 1050s, the Burmese language, culture and religion of Theravada Buddhism slowly took root. On a cruise to Burma, you’ll see ruins and temples still standing from this distant time, despite the attempts of the Mongol invaders who invaded in the mid-13th century. 

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Highlights

A broad coastline

Burma’s capital city is Naypyidaw, but its largest city is Yangon (Rangoon). A third of the country’s 1,200-mile perimeter forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Besides its broad coastline, Burma is bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. 

Archaeological evidence has proven that Homo erectus (our evolutionary predecessors) lived in this region as early as 400,000 years ago. Homo sapiens arrived around 11,000 BC, in a group called the Anyathian, who left stone tools behind. Cave pai

Tropical growth

Almost half of the country is covered in lush tropical growth. Teak trees, bamboo, ironwood, rhododendrons, magnolia trees and acacia are all native to Burma. Along the coastline, mangroves and other tropical fruits are grown. The jungles are home to a wide variety of animal life, including wild buffalo, boars, deer, antelope, monkeys, elephants, flying foxes, tapirs and a huge abundance of birds. 

 

Temples

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Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the biggest temples in the country, located in Yangon. It was built around 2,500 years ago and is covered in gold leaf. 

Buddhist festivals and ceremonies are still performed here, and lucky visitors may even witness a wedding or funeral taking place.  

Maymyo Botanical Garden is also a glorious place to visit. It’s a copy of Kew Gardens, built in 1917, so is perfect for homesick travellers to sit back and feel right at home. The aviary here houses flamboyant male peacocks, and the park is full of tropical flowers and trees, along with lively ponds. 

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Burma

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