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Motorcycle trip Myanmar

A Royal Enfield trip in Burma is synonymous with adventure and authenticity. Myanmar, which was formerly called Burma, is gradually opening up to tourism since the collapse of the military junta. It is henceforth possible to enter his fascinating country and ride around on motorcycles. A great blend of different Asian civilisations, Burma does not resemble any other country. A pioneer in the Burmese land, your mount attracts inquisitive gazes and becomes a true vector for socialization. This country seduces the travellers with the warm hospitality of its people, its unspoilt and preserved landscapes, its exceptional cultural sites, its ancient Buddhism. The adventure starts at Yangon, with the visit of the splendid Shwedagon Pagoda. Discover the magnificent temples of Bagan as well as Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma. Head off the beaten track to the peaceful Lake Inle and meet the Intha fishermen, who use only one leg to row the canoes. Few places in Asia propose so much of authenticity, unspoilt landscapes and secret tracks. Marvel at this calm, serene and mysterious atmosphere.

When should one go for a motorcycle trip in Burma?

The best season for a motorcycle trip in Myanmar is between November and March. During this period, the weather is dry and the days sunny. The temperatures fluctuate around 30° in Yangon and around 24° in Mandalay and Bagan. Nights can be cool at an altitude of more than 1500m. At Lake Inle, for example, the temperatures can go below 10° at night. From late March onwards, the temperatures rise quickly and the heat becomes difficult to bear in Bagan and Mandalay. Avoid travelling in Burma during the summer season, especially in the months of July and August. The monsoon is intense in Yangon, the central parts of the country are less humid. Several roads become unusable. Even if Burma is generally defined by its humid tropical climate, there are differences in temperature and a diversity of climates and landscapes between the various regions of the country. The mountainous regions and the Lake Inle situated at an altitude present milder temperatures.

Geography of Burma

Surrounded by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand and opening out to the Gulf of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, Burma is the biggest country in South-East Asia with an area measuring 1.2 times that of France. The country extends over a length of more than 2 000 km. During a motorcycle trip in Myanmar, you will explore this long inclined plateau, which is surrounded by mountains and deep valleys. Myanmar’s North is the southern point of the Himalayas where Mount Hkakobo Razi (5 881 m), the highest peak of the country, can be found. To the west, the Arakan range brings up the frontier with India. To the East, the mountain ranges of Thailand and Laos extend into the Shan region. The hydrographic system is dominated by Irrawaddy, the large feeding river, 2 710 km in length, with its source in the Himalayan mountains. The country is irrigated from the North to the Sough by the Chindwin, Sittang rivers and above all, the river Irrawaddy, which divides the country into two zones, upper Myanmar and the Lower Myanmar. The latter, situated around Yangon and the Irrawaddy Delta, experiences strong monsoons while around Mandalay, the weather is less humid.

History and culture in Burma

Burma is a fabulous mix of Asian civilizations. One thing stands out during a motorcycle trip in Burma: it is the omnipresent nature of Buddhist religion in everyday life. Though nearly 90 % of the population is Buddhist, the Burmese retain strong animistic beliefs such as the cult of spirits or the Nat. The Burmese population is composed of more than 130 ethnic groups: the Burmese, the Shan, the Arakanese, the Karens, the Mons, etc. In the 9th century, the Burmese established a kingdom with Pagan as the capital. From 1824 onwards, the English colonized the country and established their capital at Yangon. In 1941, Aung San formed the Burmese Independence Army: it was proclaimed independent in 1947. Democracy did not last long before General Ne Win led a military coup and established a socialist military dictatorship which increased the country’s vulnerability. Elections were held in 1990 and the Democratic Party of Aung San Suu Kyi, independence leader’s daughter was victorious. She was refused power and placed under house arrest. From 2010 onwards, the military junta softened gradually and the country opened out to tourism and foreign investment. The landslide victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in the 2015 elections marked the first step towards democracy. However the situation has been tainted recently with the rise of extremist Buddhist nationalism which is targeting Muslims, especially the Rohingyas.

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