Burmese Days: The Many Offerings Of Myanmar

From gleaming pagodas to shimmering lakes, there's a whole world beyond Myanmar's iron curtain

Myanmar has much to offer to tourists with an eye for architecture and culture Photo: Depositphotos

We fly in from Singapore on a Silk Air flight served by slender Singaporean air hostesses dressed in pale green sheaths and fluttering false eyelashes. It takes two hours and forty minutes to get to Yangon, as Rangoon is now known. Our first glimpse of the country from the air is of the Irrawaddy river spreading out like a fan of silver threads into the Bay of Bengal. Like everything else in Burma, which is now officially Myanmar, or Myanmar, as the locals pronounce it, the name of the river is now Ayeyarwaddy.