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Burma

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Burma

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With Dr. Chris Carpenter
DISCOVER BURMA!

January 7-20, 2018 with Angkor Wat Extension to January 20-23, 2018

Dear Travelers:
Our expeditions to Burma have been enlightening and fascinating. We hope you will join us for this very special adventure!

Burma Expedition Map

Entering the heartland of Burma is like stepping into the past. Ringed by hills of the Indian and Thai frontiers, the fertile plains of the Irrawaddy River have, for centuries, nurtured a civilization that takes great pride in doing things its own way. The Burmese government is now rapidly instigating reforms. Hillary Clinton and other world leaders have visited and Aung San Suu Kyi has joined the political process. Burma is one of the least “globalized” places on earth, but this will now start changing rapidly.

Dignified and proud, the Burmese people regard foreign visitors as guests in their country and take pleasure in introducing their customs. Men wear lungyis, loose-fitting cotton wraps; young women brush their faces with tanaka, both for beauty and for protection from the bright sun. Ancient traditions survive in the valleys of the Irrawaddy.

The Burmese people are devoted Buddhists of the Theravada school. The gilded spires and Buddha images of their temples are sublimely beautiful, and temples serve as places not just for worship, but where whole families mark life’s milestones: young boys are ordained as monks; couples seek guidance according to the day of their birth. The complex of Shwedagon Paya, on a hill in central Rangoon (Yangon), is one of humanity’s spectacular expressions of religious devotion.

Highlights of our expedition to Burma include Inle Lake, the fabled city of Mandalay, and the stunning plain of Bagan where thousands of temples and pagodas rise from an acacia covered savanna.

Many of the most productive, scenic locales on the Irrawaddy plain have, at one time or another, hosted a capital city. Mandalay has had four of them, some of which combine exquisite historic architecture with intimate portraits of contemporary rural life, best observed from a small boat or a horse cart on an earthen track.

While Mandalay was Burma’s capital in recent centuries, Bagan was the power center of antiquity. Thirteenth century temples and pagodas dot a broad, scenic plain. Other activities in Bagan include a visit to Mt. Popa, an exploded volcano cloaked in lush forest, and Sinluheing (Elephant Pond) village whose residents subsist by cultivating sesame and tamarind and distilling the fermented sap of toddy palms.

I look forward to returning to Burma and will provide commentary and insights during our journey. It will be a delight to explore Burma with you!

We hope that you will be able to join us.

Sincerely,
Dr. Chris Carpenter
Expedition Leader

$5,495 plus air.

Brochure (Requires an Adobe pdf reader to view)

DISCOVER BURMA Slide Show
February 2012
Thanks to David Morrison

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