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Discovering Myanmar

3 reasons why choose to visit myanmar

 Shan state: between traditional cities and picturesque nature 

How to multiply trips in one and get off the beaten track? Keng Tung is probably the solution. Located in the middle of a valley of rice fields in the east of Shan State, surrounded by more than 2,000 m of high mountains, this city is ideal for hiking and walking without leaving the city. Discover the high hills and steep slopes by stopping at the villages established near the rivers and living rice crops. Moreover, this friendly city is a superb opportunity to become aware of the great ethnic diversity of the country and to meet these inhabitants. You will access this hidden treasure by the Thai border of Tachileik.

 

Burmese culture, embodied by the locals

You will have understood it, this country is also a country of human adventures: the treks close to Ho Kyin will be the occasion of thousand finds. First of all the green tea plantations of the mountains hidden in the heart of green valleys and to which access is made thanks to narrow and steep roads, but also the pearls of the places that are the mountain tribes Akha, Lahu, Ann... These people believe in various religions (Buddhist, animist and also Christian) and your eyes will very quickly recognize them by their distinct fabrics. But the place where you can see all minorities interacting together is of course the market, where ethnic groups buy and sell each other's specialities. One of the largest is the one in Bogyoke known as Scott Market. Its 2000 shops offer the largest selection of typical Burmese handicrafts and objects from all over the country: fabrics, precious stones (jade, rubies and sapphires), basketry and braided bamboo, lacquers, puppets, antiques... In Wan Kan, rice wine is in the spotlight, and in Wan Lau it is Shan paper. Those traditional tribes live modestly, their way of life has not changed for many years, and they all have have their own traditions. By this journey, you will have a front row seat to appreciate their kindness, their welcome and their know-how. Then wander and lose yourself with them for an unforgettable human sharing...

The spiritual approach and the influences of Buddhism

In Burma, Buddhism is the most widely practiced religion. The religious fervour in Burma is truly impressive. Temples, monasteries and pagodas blend into the scenery of a powerful nature. How to feel this Buddhist fervor? On your way, stop at the Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery, an amazing 19th century monastery, its huge Burmese teak facades are breath taking, pierced with equally grand oval windows...but one of the most unforgettable monasteries is Nga Hpe Chaung. Sail along the river to this magnificent building where jumping cats will welcome you with their multiple pirouettes, and lead you to the huge collection of Buddha, for a surprising and total Buddhist immersion.

The three highlights of Myanmar

1-     a cruise of Inle lake

It’s 8am, Inle Lake wakes up and it's a Burma forgotten by travellers that offers itself to you, along a cruise on a charming boat. First set out on the long canal that leads to the lake, you are then simply spectator of the mist that has not yet fully risen on the lake: magnificent. You can then discover the floating market with its multitude of products, from the most beautiful lotus thread fabrics to cigar scents... It is then the crossing of the floating gardens, where the gardeners welcome you and make you discover their culture and their harvest. Far away let yourself be surprised by a sweet music: thousands of little bells hung on top of the stupas vibrating in the wind, enter this very particular atmosphere. As the hours pass, the sun gradually descends behind the mountains, it turns orange and the sky turns shades of orange and yellow violet blue, it's just beautiful, lucky to be the privileged witness of a generous nature.

 

2-     Shan people and their FOLKLORE

First ethnic minority in Burma (11% of the population), the Shan (meaning literally “the free people”) possess a powerful cultural identity that forces admiration and an exemplary history. Like the Karen, the Shan came from Yunnan (south of China) in the 13th century and first settled in the north of the country, in Ava, near Mandalay. Open yourself to another Burma, the authentic one. Burma awaits you is Orwell's Burma, the one you can discover in his book "Histoire Birmane", the Burma of last century. And sometimes, in these villages, you'd feel you still are. You will certainly not get out unscathed! Going to meet these Burmese is sharing their culture: Shan music, very different from Burmese music, uses ozi drums that can measure up to two meters long! Although mostly Buddhists, the Shan live through animal dances a very colorful mythology. The martial dances of the swords and torches are spectacular! Discover its new rhythms and enter the dance, as a return to the sources of this civilization.

 

3-     treks

Burma opens up to the world. Between past and present, this journey takes us on paths still little used by the flourishing tourism. Burma also means hikes that end in the magic of Inle Lake. Traced by great rivers, bathed in the Andaman Sea, and head to the Himalayas, Myanmar offers to every journey a nature where infinite possibilities of treks are still to be explored.

Observe the orchard farms, the terraced agriculture and the thick forests preserved by the villagers. Climb to the top near the village to enjoy its breath taking view of Inle Lake. Myanmar is undoubtedly one of the most shocking countries in Asia... it will surprise even the most experienced traveler!

 

The essentials

Kayaking on Inle Lake

All to the east of Burma, Inle Lake still keeps this strange and calm beauty, out of time, almost intact. On the water, the kayak allows you to discover a place to measure: enjoy a journey of communion with the environment, nature lovers, you will take a delight in theses privileged moments, with the people and the magic of places. The opportunity is beautiful to approach the Intha fishermen, balancing silhouette of the lake and the few endemic animal species. Gently let yourself be carried away, trace your path as you paddle, mark this day as a rare moment: memorable.

Ballon ride over Bagan

Leave in the early morning for an unforgettable experience: fly over the Bagan plain in a hot-air balloon at sunrise. Bagan, ancient capital of the Burmese kingdom is today a Buddhist archaeological site of nearly 50 hectares nestled on the banks of the Irrawady river and gathering hundreds of pagodas!

To fully grasp the magic of the plain, board a balloon and let yourself be enchanted by the atmosphere of this sacred land. You will be able to admire the sunrise on these some 2000 temples aged nearly 1000 years!

This flight will offer you a breathtaking view of the ancient Burmese kingdom and the opportunity to observe the pagodas of the Bagan plain in unique conditions.

Why choose ASEV TRAVEL ?

ASEV TRAVEL has been present on the territory since 2007, which makes it the pioneer but also a specialist of the country.

With a team that likes to renew itself, ASEV TRAVEL takes you to the discovery of great classics as well as novelties.

Finally, our local agent Nyein, passionate about her country, will share with you the stories and secrets of this golden land for an authentic and intimate immersion experience in this incredible country that is Myanmar.

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