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  • Sampan's Favourite Fifty

    In celebration of ASEAN at 50, we at Sampan Travel have put together out favourite fifty things to do, see, and eat in Myanmar.
  • Thanaka

    Miranda Franks takes a look at the Myanmar tradition of applying Thanaka bark paste; a tradition as complicated as it is charming.
  • Introducing Forgotten Allies

    Alex Bescoby introduces the film Forgotten Allies, seeking veterans in Myanmar who fought beside the British in the Second World War.
  • Burmese Boxing

    Lethwei, the last bastion of bare-fisted boxing in Southeast Asia, at a crossroads.
  • Exploring Indawgyi

    Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State is susceptible to pollution & unchecked tourism. Thankfully, there are already those working towards its preservation.
  • Into Chin State

    Into the chilly, fissured landscape of Chinland, a State like no other in Myanmar.
  • 24 Hours in Kalaw

    Kalaw, fast becoming a favourite town for those travelling in Shan State due to its colonial heritage, Indian cuisine, and aspersion of eccentricity.
  • Axiao of Pansuriya

    Axiao of Pansuriya talks to us about his restaurant's evolution from photograph gallery to Yangon's cultural hub.
  • Fish in Burma

    From the Inthar of Inle to the Moken of Mergui, the people of Myanmar fish in ingenious and magnificent ways.
  • Sai Kenneth of the Shan Hills

    One of Sampan's favourite guides talks about sustainable tourism and the hidden 'Little Switzerland' of Shan State.
  • 24 Hours in Pyin Oo Lwin

    Rich with colonial history, Sampan recommends how to spend a day in Myanmar's City of Flowers.
  • Cho Lei of Tree Food

    Cho Lei Aung of Tree Food on jaggery, and other forgotten, precious things of Myanmar.
  • Best Myanmar Beaches

    Sampan Travel looks at the best destinations for those seeking sun, sand and sea in Myanmar.
  • By the old Moulmein Pagoda

    For many, Myanmar is draped under a romantic veil. We look at Kipling, the man who created that veil, and Orwell, who tried to rip it away.
  • Hill Stations of Myanmar

    The hill stations of Myanmar are not only the most handsome towns of the country, but are also rich in colonial history and intrigue.
  • Ma Khin of LinkAge

    Ma Khin is the director of the Forever Organisation and LinkAge restaurant which houses, supports and trains marginalised youth in Yangon.
  • Who is Myanmar’s Lady?

    Aung San Suu Kyi, once an icon for non-violent resistance, is now Myanmar's de facto leader. But who is 'the Lady' behind the legend?
  • Buddhism in Myanmar

    A multitude of faiths are observed in Myanmar, but none more widespread than Buddhism; here we celebrate the exuberance of Buddhist Burma.
  • 24 Hours in Bagan

    Commencing with a sunrise hot air balloon over the myriad temples, 24 hours allows for a dawning appreciation of Bagan's numinous mystique.
  • 24 Hours on Inle Lake

    Perched on a sampan, watch reed warblers swoop past Inthar fishermen; discover creeper-clad ruins and Shan youth serenading sweethearts.
  • 24 Hours in Mandalay

    The spillage of gruesome empires has been mopped up. Today Mandalay shines bright as Myanmar's cultural capital and teashop Cockaigne.
  • 24 Hours in Yangon

    City of dreams and gold, Yangon is erupting with the energy to spurn its shackles and regain its place as the Princess of the East.
  • The Hsipaw Pagoda Festival

    'Thadingyut' is celebrate nationwide. But with erratic fire-crackers and an aspersion of mania, nowhere rounds it off as they do in Hsipaw.
  • Over the Gokteik Viaduct

    The allure of train travel reaches its zenith over the Gokteik Viaduct between Myanmar's City of Flowers and the alluvial hills of Hsipaw.
  • The Yangon Circle Train

    Escape the hullabaloo of Yangon by boarding the lumbering Circle Train, lolloping through verdant paddy and past waving whippersnappers.
  • To Dala & Twante

    Cross the Yangon River to Dala, there to watch waste plastic bags be transformed into chic purses and drink toddy on the Twante canal.
  • Myanmar's Wild Wild East

    In the heart of the Golden Triangle is Mong La. To some it is 'Special Region 4.' To others, it is the Wild Wild East, Myanmar's Sin City ...