Lonely Planet Myanmar (Burma) (Country Travel Guide) by Stuart Butler, Joe Bindloss, Robert Reid

By Stuart Butler, Joe Bindloss, Robert Reid

Even if you're seeking to temple-hop in Bagan, trek via rice paddies in Hsipaw, discover Inle Lake by means of canoe or chill out on Ngapali seashore, this booklet may also help you discover Myanmar's so much memorable stories. We've came across you the simplest how one can commute indepen

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The prices quoted here are high-season walk-in rates, but almost all midrange and top-end hotels offer discounts of up to 50%. Many of the midrange and top-end hotels also provide perks such as airport pick-up, internet access and full-service business centres, and all provide some form of breakfast. Only one hotel accepted credit cards at research time and some high-end places also add a 10% service charge and a 10% government tax. It’s worth noting that all large hotels will have taken part in some financial agreement with the ruling junta to establish their business.

In 1755 King Alaungpaya conquered central Myanmar and built a new city on the site of Yangon, which at that time was known as Dagon. Yangon means ‘end of strife’: the king rather vainly hoped that with the conquest of central Myanmar, his struggles would be over. In 1756, with the destruction of Thanlyin (Syriam) across the river, Yangon also became an important seaport. In 1841 the city was virtually destroyed by fire; the rebuilt town again suffered extensive damage during the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852.

In the Western calendar it normally falls in late February/early March. Other major festivals in Yangon: Independence Day (4 January) Includes a seven-day fair at Kandawgyi; see p16. Water Festival/Thingyan (April) The Myanmar New Year is celebrated in wet pandemonium; see p16 for more details. Buddha’s birthday (April/May) Celebrate Buddha’s enlightenment; see p16. Martyrs’ Day (19 July) Commemorates the assassination of Bogyoke Aung San and his comrades. It's also the only day his former home is open to the public – see p50.

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