Are you interested in exploring the rich history and diverse culture of Myanmar but don't know where to start? When it comes to things you need to experience, we've got you covered!
Penguins are, by and large, the stars of any trip to Antarctica. We’ve all seen the National Geographic photos and the Planet Earth footage—but getting up close and personal with penguins in their natural habitat is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Myanmar (Burma) is finally opening itself up to the world after decades of isolation. Since the boycott on tourism was lifted in 2012, this culturally rich and ethnically diverse nation has quickly become a compelling destination for travellers. And for good reason—nestled between India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand, Myanmar has as much to offer as its varied neighbours.
When it comes to packing for a trip to Myanmar, you don’t need to bring a lot. But the following ten items:
For first-time explorers and veteran travelers alike, Antarctica is a final frontier. It’s a land of extremes—a bucket list destination that comes with a guarantee of adventure and an escape from the usual tourist circuit and its crowds.
When packing for a trip to Antarctica, most people have no idea what to bring. But believe it or not, you don’t have to stuff your bags with bulky winter gear.
Burmese food can be shocking.
Here’s a quick guide to calm your palate.
Though influenced by neighbouring culinary mega-cultures of India and China, Burmese food is as distinctive a cuisine as you'll find anywhere between Beijing and Almaty.There are several sorts of Burmese cuisine — Yangon, , and among them — but there are some through lines you’ll want to be aware of.
Sir Francis Beaufort was quite a guy. Self-educated, by the end of his life he had been made head of observatory at Greenwich and the one at the Cape of Good Hope, and when asked by a former colleague in search of a gentleman naturalist to go along on a big sea voyage, it was beaufort who suggested the Beagle take along Charles Darwin. He’s also got a sea named after him.
You know more about Burma than you think you do. Myanmar, or Burma as people (including the Canadian government) who think the military government who renamed it didn’t have the right to do so still call it, is only now opening up to tourism after decades of authoritarian rule that took it off most people’s travel map. It is, in that respect, a new place that most people of travelling age have never had the opportunity to see, and most know little about. It makes any trip there one of absolute discovery. That being said, you may actually know a little more about it than you think you do.
There are no bears in Antarctica, but I find it useful to think of planning a trip to the seventh continent in Goldilocks’ terms; her three bears in particular.
You see, you don’t want your trip to this most isolated and extreme part of the world to be too luxurious. Luxury has a tendency to form a sort of bubble around you, imbuing the world with a glow that’s not entirely its own. That can be fine for Tokyo and Paris. For Antarctica, not so much.
That said, you want to be comfortable. Beyond comfortable, you want to feel at home, or as at home as you can be on the high seas — and they don’t get much higher than the Drake Passage (but more about that later) — so that your focus is entirely on what’s going on around you, this unmatchable experience, this place you never thought you’d get to see in real life.
In other words, you want a ship that’s just right.