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Bagan Myanmar
Avalon Myanmar on the Irrawaddy River

Myanmar River Cruises

To travel to Myanmar, formerly know as Burma is a step back in time, to a place that has seen little change since the British colonial era. A country with a turbulent past, Myanmar was ruled by the British starting in 1885 until it regained its independence in 1948. In the 1960s the country shunned away from the western world, essentially shutting its borders, after the sitting government was overthrown and socialist’s policies were instituted by the new regime. The late 1980s saw change slowly weave its way into Myanmar when national hero and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi helped to form the National League for Democracy. After 30 years without one, the first multi-party election was held in 1990 but the sitting government refused to accept the results. During these elections Aung Sang Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest where she remained for 15 of the next 20 years. 2010 saw her release after mounting international pressure; this was followed by a dramatic change in government to a more democratic style of leadership. Whilst as a country, Myanmar still has work to do, there has been rapid change and it is on the path to a more prosperous and peaceful future.

Yangon formerly known as Rangoon, has changed somewhat since Myanmar reopened its borders to western visitors, here you will have a chance to see some of the city’s famous landmarks including the High Court, City Hall, Central Railway Station and Sule Pagoda, built during the time of Buddha. Whilst Yangon is growing rapidly the rest of the country remains virtually unchanged with traditions still prevalent in everyday life. It is not uncommon to see young women wearing fragrant thanka to protect their faces from the sun, horse and ox carts taking goods to markets and in the centre of the village still stands the monastery. With a rich and diverse culture more than 130 ethic groups call Myanmar home and with 90% of the population practicing Buddhism, temples and pagodas shimmer throughout the natural landscape. Known as the ‘Golden Land’ visiting Myanmar now will give you the incomparable opportunity to see the country before western influence alters the culture, land and the people.

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