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Haslemere Travel recommends Burma as their 2013 travel trend

PUBLISHED: 09:09 05 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:27 20 February 2013

Hot air ballooning over Bagan, Myanmar, Burma (Photo: Bob Friedman)

Hot air ballooning over Bagan, Myanmar, Burma (Photo: Bob Friedman)

From its sublime landscapes, rich history, serene peoples and deeply Buddhist culture, Burma is a destination like no other and a remarkable country to visit.

Photo: Bob Friedman

Where is your top travel destinationfor 2013?
A holiday in Burma overflows with old-world charm and a way of life rapidly disappearing in the world today, says Gemma Antrobus, managing director at Haslemere Travel.

It is one of the most physically diverse and beautiful countries in the world. From its sublime landscapes, rich history, serene peoples and deeply Buddhist culture, it is a destination like no other and a remarkable country to visit.

Burma offers a wealth of wonders that are not yet beset by hordes of tourists. Two of these, not to be missed, are Bagan and the Ayeyarwady River. The 2,000 temples and pagodas of Bagan make it one of the largest, most important religious and archaeological sites in the world; while a cruise along the Ayeyarwady is a traditional and fascinating way to enjoy this wonderful country.

In spite of ongoing political problems, it remains a country of great travel interest. And every Burma holiday is hugely beneficial and encouraged by the ordinary Burmese citizen.

The best time to visit is late November/early December when the rains have gone, the landscape is lush and green and the skies are clear. However, any time from late November - March is a good time to travel.

Haslemere Travel offers several itineraries and these can include: the capital Yangon (Rangoon); treks by elephant; historic pagodas and temples; a hot air balloon flight over Bagan for a birds eye view of the thousand year-old pagodas; cruises on the Ayeyarwady river; and learning to cook Shan-style food.

  • Haslemere Travel, 2-4 Petworth Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2HR. E-mail: Tel: 01428 658777. Web:

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