Bagan and Beyond

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Is Myanmar on your bucket list? NEI’s 13-day tour takes you to not only to Bagan, but several of Myanmar’s most memorable places.

Isolated from the outside world, Myanmar is a country rich in cultural and religious traditions. Most famous for its exotic temples, pagodas and monasteries, Myanmar is also remembered by travellers for the Burmese people. Uninfluenced by Western traditions, farmers, fishermen, women and monks alike are all quick to smile at visitors as they carry out century old traditions. Here are fascinating facts about three of Myanmar’s and Cambodia’s top destinations.

Inle Lake

At more than 900 meters above sea level, beautiful and calm Inle Lake supports 17 villages on stilts. Part of your time in Inle is spent on a private boat tour of the village, where you will have the opportunity to watch the fascinating way villagers catch fish and grow crops. For example, to grow tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and relish, villagers anchor patches of weed, silt, roots and soil to be used as floating farms.

Angkor Wat

Siem Reap is the capital city of the Siem Reap Province in Cambodia.The city is a tourist destination with a variety of markets, shops, restaurants, and places to stay. It is also the closest city to the Angkor temples, two of which are Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat. Did you know that Angkor Thom covered an area of 10 square kilometers and was larger than any city in Europe! Angkor Wat, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, took less than 40 years? Unlike most Khmer temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west rather than the east.

Bagan

Bagan, Myanmar, also known as the Bagan Archaeological Zone, is one of the wonders of Asia, a veritable sea of temples and pagodas amid endless greenery. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, Bagan had an estimated 4,446 temples and pagodas, reflecting a period of extraordinary religious fervor. Currently, there are 2,217 temples and pagodas covering an area of 16 square miles, the result of earthquakes, erosion, looting and ransacking.

Mandalay, Monks and Monasteries, NEI’s 13-day soft adventure to Myanmar and Cambodia, is like taking a step back in time. NEI invites you to explore Myanmar and is offering all travellers a $150 per person discount if you book and complete your vacation by March 31, 2014. Contact us for details.

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