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Pathein Umbrellas Are Fine for Any Weather
Yangon Region
these umbrellas are wonderful, I stocked up and brought like ten home for friends and family. the...
powergirl, United States United States
April 04, 2013
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The Uncertain Fate of Myanmar's Little People
aww they are so cute, i want to find some and bring them home!...
transientbeauty, Canada Canada
April 04, 2013
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Mekong River Links Laos, Myanmar… and China
China must be there. Mekong River starts in China, then flows thru Myanmar/Laos and lawless Golden...
Bluesky, United States United States
March 07, 2013
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Don't Miss Yangon’s Top 5 Colonial-Era Buildings
Despite being a reminder of colonialism, the buildings themselves are impressive, so hopefully they...
JenTheHornist, United States United States
May 17, 2013
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Photogenic Myanmar: Photographer’s Dream
Spectacular for photos, we took hundreds of images , its not only the landscape and monuments, its...
clara, France France
April 14, 2013
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Burmese Culture

Burmese Culture

What’s the Tallest Mountain in Myanmar?
05 Dec 2014
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Myanmar has the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia. But it is not easy to determine which is the tallest mountain in Myanmar...
Splish-Splash: Thingyan Festival Can Turn Deadly
16 Jun 2014
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Water festival celebrants go overboard in revelry
Mon Parliament Restores Some Language Training
29 May 2014
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Ethnic tongue and literature now part of curriculum
An American in Yangon: Across the River to Dala
14 May 2014
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Exploring during the many 3-day weekends you get while working in Myanmar let's you see different sides of the country
February Festivals: Don't Miss Shwesettaw Pagoda
24 Jan 2014
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The Shwesettaw Pagoda also is known as “The Golden Footprint” pagoda.
Thadingyut Lights Festival Illuminating
20 Sep 2013
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If you’re looking for something special to do when you visit Myanmar (Burma), perhaps attending a festival will be your unforgettable experience. October offers one of the biggest festivals.
Five Must-See Cultural Performances
16 Sep 2013
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When in Myanmar, there are a few cultural performances you absolutely must not miss. We’ve come up with our top-five favorite shows to help you get started planning your trip.
  Myanmar’s Traditional Silversmiths Shine On
04 Sep 2013
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In Myanmar, the traditional arts of gold and silversmithing are known as “pan-tein,” and are considered to be one of the country’s ten traditional arts.
Melanie Sykes: Burmese Beauty From Lancashire
11 Jul 2013
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Something exciting happened to UK beer commercials in the mid-1990s. Her name was Melanie Sykes.
Wondering about those interesting-looking hats?
12 May 2013
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You may have seen Myanmar President Thein Sein wearing something on his head in photos of parliamentary sessions.
The Coconut DOES Look Like Someone’s Head!
04 Apr 2013
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Ever wondered where coconuts come from? An interesting (and frankly alarming) explanation is offered in this popular Burmese folktale:
Suu Kyi and Books: A Day of Celebrating Freedom
27 Mar 2013
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There was a very special atmosphere at the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in February in Yangon. Some 3,000 people attended... and books weren't the biggest attraction.
Visit a Traditional Farm in Myanmar's Rural Regions
25 Mar 2013
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It would be impossible to visit Myanmar (Burma) and not notice its vibrantly green rice fields stretching out toward the horizon.
A Zombie Taxi Ride on the Graveyard Shift!
25 Mar 2013
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In Myanmar (Burma), not a lot of people have cars and import charges are steep. A beat-up, second-hand Japanese mid-range model costs nearly 100 years of wages for the average Burmese.
Myanmar Casinos are Uncommon, but Legal
24 Mar 2013
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Gambling is a legal pastime in Myanmar (Burma), including playing the national lottery. Casinos are not common, but visitors do have some options.
Wedding Customs Here are Colorful Affairs
24 Mar 2013
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Although customs vary among the many ethnic groups in Myanmar (Burma), weddings are one of the most important occasions throughout the country.
Fascinating Myitkyina is Worth the Trek
24 Mar 2013
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The city of Myitkyina in Kachin State in Myanmar (Burma) is relatively far away, but it has a surprising amount to offer the intrepid traveler.
Buddhist Funeral Rituals Continue for a Full Week
24 Mar 2013
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The pain of personal grief is no less for a Buddhist than it is for anybody else. The rituals that surround death in Buddhist countries reflect beliefs.
Way to Go: All Wrapped Up with Their Babies
24 Mar 2013
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In Myanmar (Burma), women cling to their babies, and vice-versa. But child-carriers here are a little different than back home.
Black Teeth, Big Smile: Both are in Style Here
24 Mar 2013
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It’s quite possible during your visit to Myanmar (Burma) that you’ll see lots of people with black teeth. I mean really black, the whole lot.
Lively Festival Reflects Kachin Culture
06 Mar 2013
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The world knows them as the Kachin, but they refer to themselves as the Wungpang. They are the people who come from the home of the mighty Irrawaddy.
Burmese Women are Ahead of the Game
06 Mar 2013
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Wherever you go in Myanmar, you’ll be struck by one sight in particular. Regardless of where you are, you will see women carrying heavy loads on their heads.
Discover the Beautiful Colors of the Palaung
27 Feb 2013
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Enter a land of mountain ridges and narrow forested valleys where tea, rice, opium poppies and betel are cultivated using traditional methods.
 Kachin People are Not Afraid to be Themselves
27 Feb 2013
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Being yourself and standing up for your rights isn’t always easy. The Kachins are determined to hold onto an individuality that has captivated and inspired many.
Giraffe Women: Kooky Custom or Human Zoo?
27 Feb 2013
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Let's dispel a myth: The woman in the picture does not have an elongated neck. The brass coils around her neck have pushed down on the collar bone.