Friday, March 1, 2013

Myanmar Crash Course

Trying to go through some info before I take off tomorrow.

Myanmar is also known as Burma, derived from the majorly Burmese ethnic group called Bamar. Being that the British have trouble pronouncing stuff in general, they spelled it as Burma.

The country's official name is ပြည်ထောင်စု သမ္မတ မြန်မာနိုင်ငံတော်, transliterated as Pyidaunzu Thanmăda Myăma Nainngandaw, and the population is about 60 million.

Its culture and tradition is one of the oldest in south-east Asia, stretching back into the 9th century. Dotted with literally thousands of Buddhist temples and known for its laid back atmosphere, it's grown into a famous destination, even though it has been run by a military regime for half a century.

It has had many capital cities, some of them being Mandalay, Yangon (also called Rangoon) and others, but the present one is Nay Pyi Taw, spelled in numerous ways and loosely translated as the royal capital, seat of the king or abode of kings.

Myanmar (which Australians pronounce as Mauh-yaaanh-ah-moaaarh - it's ridiculous!) has finally opened up its borders and, even thought there's states you're not advised to visit or need a permit to go there (just like India and many more), it' supposed to be a very friendly, safe and amazing country, with always smiling people, an incredible blend of cultures and cuisine, and an experience that will change your life.

A lunch and a berry juice later, all my blood has gone south from my brain, so I'll leave it at this.

Bagan temples, Myanmar (photo found on DeviantArt, by sevenths)
Someone's photo from the Internet.
Probably not going there (the temples in Bagan), but anyway...
Looks amazing!


  1. Ja jedva čekam slike i iskustva kad se vratiš :)

  2. baš ti zavidim na upoznavanju divnih dalekih svetova....pridružujem se radosnom iščekivanju narednih postova sa novim utiscima i slikama :)

    1. Bit će. Sutra ne idem na posao, pa ću valjda uspjeti nešto sklepati...



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