Travel news from BURMA:
The Maha Wizaya Pagoda in Yangon PHOTO: The Irrawaddy
Right across a footbridge from the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, is the lesser known Maha Wizaya Pagoda. Unlike its more flashy neighbour, it is a quieter place and doesn’t get the same attention from locals or pilgrims. Read more
The author, Uuganaa Ramsay, now lives in Scotland, but she was born and grew up in Mongolia. With Tsagaan Sar just days away, her thoughts return to her home country and the celebrations she enjoyed as a child.
Uuganaa Ramsay now lives in Scotland
Travel news from MONGOLIA:
Wild horses gallop across the snowy steppe in Mongolia PHOTO: Li Gang
This year, Tsagaan Sar begins on 31st January. The festival of the lunar New Year, Tsagaan Sar marks the passing of winter and arrival of spring. It is a family celebration, with everyone gathering at the home of the oldest for feasting and fun, in traditional Mongolian costume. Read more
Before Christmas, I caught up with Keith and Shelley Tilley, old friends of PJ and inveterate travellers. Over coffee, we chatted about their globe-trotting adventures and what lessons they have learnt from the places they have visited.
Keith and Shelley in Mongolia with their driver Ulzibat and guide Usukhbayer
Travel news from BURMA:
Bagan in the early morning
Burma’s international rehabilitation took another step forward last week when it hosted foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at an important gathering of the group. The topics up for discussion include territorial disputes and ambitious economic integration plans. The meeting was held in Bagan, and marks the country’s first international political role in many years. Read more
With a new year stretching out ahead, many people are already thinking about the holidays they can take! There are corners of the world waiting to be explored and 12 new months in which to do it. So if your thoughts have turned to travelling, here are our Top 5 recommendations for the best holiday attractions in Bhutan.
TOP 5 HOLIDAY ATTRACTIONS IN BHUTAN
1) Bumdra Trek
Bumdra Monastery at sunrise
Walk from the valleys and up into the mountains through dense forests and fresh meadows with incredible views of the snowy Himalayas. Past sacred chortens and fluttering prayer flags, the beautiful Bumdra Monastery, known as the cave of a Thousand Prayers, stands watch over this magical place. Read more