By Rachel Lankester, founder Magnificent Midlife
A virtual tour of the golden land – Myanmar. Where is Myanmar perhaps you’re asking.
Well, it’s the new/old name for Burma. In the Burmese language, Myanma has been the written, literary name of the country for years and the nation has officially been Myanmar since 1989. Many foreigners are only just beginning to cotton on and many still call the country Burma, its colonial name.
Our virtual tour takes you around the wondrous golden temples of Yangon, to the amazing ancient city of Bagan with its 1000-year-old stone temples, down the ‘Road to Mandalay‘ which is actually the Irrawaddy River, over the teak U Bein Bridge, into the Buddha-filled Pindaya Caves and finally to the shores of Inle Lake with its famous balancing-on-one-leg fishermen.
The trip was taken in August so in the middle of the rainy season (Crocs are the ideal footwear). Not perhaps the best time to visit but then again, quite a lot quieter than previous winter peak tourist season. The wettest place was Yangon and it’s usually late afternoon before the rain hits.
Myanmar really is an amazing country and the people, who had been cut off from the world for so long, are some of the friendliest around. It’s sad that it’s still not an easy place to visit even now. Meanwhile please enjoy our photo gallery of this incredible country.
Rachel Lankester is the founder of Magnificent Midlife, author, host of the Magnificent Midlife Podcast, a midlife mentor and editor of the Mutton Club online magazine. After an initially devastating early menopause at 41, she dedicated herself to helping women vibrantly transition through the sometimes messy middle of life, helping them cope better with menopause and ageing in general, and create magnificent next chapters. She’s been featured in/on BBC Woman’s Hour, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, The Age Buster, Woman’s Weekly, Prima Magazine, eShe, Tatler HK and Woman’s Own amongst others. She believes we just get better with age. Get her book Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond.