Southeast Asia has long been a sought after region for adventurous travelers seeking fascinating cultures far removed from those of the day-to-day Western way of life. While there are plenty of reasons to visit Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam -admirable and friendly people, dazzling islands, sumptuous cuisine - there is more to this region than just these destinations! To the west and north of these better worn travel paths lie Myanmar and Southern China, just waiting to share their beauty and wonder.
Nailing down the travel details for an international destination can at times feel daunting, even to the most seasoned travelers. But, this wariness should never stop you from booking that bucket-list trip. And believe it or not, global travel is often a lot simpler than you’d imagine.
One coveted destination that has recently become even easier to get to is Myanmar. With new direct flight options from popular stopover airports like Singapore, Tokyo Narita, Taipei and more, traveling to Myanmar has just become more accessible than ever. Located just North of Thailand and to the East of India, this beautiful country is known for its bustling markets and stunning Buddhist relics among many other highlights. Intrigued?
Below is a we’ve outlined some of the essentials for preparing a trip to Myanmar. From packing tips to the best time to book your flight, we’ve consolidated our insider tips for all things logistics. Wondering what to do once you get there? Stay tuned next week for part two of our guide which will go over one of our favorite itineraries which explores Myanmar and Southeast Asia.
To even begin to seek to summarize the country of India can feel overwhelming! The population of over 1.3 billion makes up a blend of cultures as diverse as any country in the world. Though most Indians are followers of the Hindu faith, many other spiritual paths are followed, including Sikhism and Jainism. Most people speak the Hindi and English languages, but so too do they speak dozens of others like Tamil and Bengali. India’s urbanization and technology sector are skyrocketing, but the majority of its residents still live in the innumerable rural villages that lie far from the megacities of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.
With such diversity, juxtaposition and change happening in the country, seeking out some of the top sites to make up the best India tours can be a challenge - come along as we survey five top things to do in this mesmerizing country!
Featuring stunning scenery and culture and far fewer travelers than other parts of Southeast Asia, Laos tours will show you a beautiful place and its wonderful people. Connecting with locals can be a highlight of any international trip, especially in countries like Laos where traditional life remains strong. We love helping our clients connect with the locals in a culturally sensitive way that is meaningful and life-changing for everyone involved, so keep reading to learn more about how to do this well in Laos!
Myanmar continues to represent a Southeast Asian country less encroached upon by tourism development, and having relatively intact cultural heritage. As Myanmar travel and tours expand, however, so too does travelers’ responsibility to approach cross-cultural interchange in a mindful way. Familiarizing oneself with cultural norms and observing them when visiting is not only critical for ensuring the best trip possible, but fundamental to showing respect for this country and its people and for supporting the best future for both.