Rustic Pathways began trips into the border areas of Burma in the late 1990s and started nationwide tours in 2002. One of the largest organisations bringing students, groups and families to the Golden Land, Rustic Pathways has eight full-time Burmese staff and is deeply committed to sharing the wonders of Burma with international visitors. The Chairman of Rustic Pathways - David Venning - acts as the Global Director for all Burma programs.

Airline Information and Program Connectivity

All Burma programs start and finish in Southeast Asia. Starting and finishing locations vary by program; please visit rusticpathways.com.au/flights or call us on 1800 321 435 for complete information about air travel. All Burma programs connect seamlessly and directly to programs in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Vietnam, India and Mongolia.

Fact File

Population: 48.1 million
Capital City: Naypyidaw
Currency: Kyat - 1 Aussie dollar buys about 900 kyats (as of November 2010)
Languages: Burmese is the official language, although there are dozens of other languages spoken in the country's tribal areas.

Well-Known Attractions

Shwedagon Pagoda: one of the world's most spectacular temples
Inle Lake: a magical lake surrounded by mountains in Central Burma
The Temples of Bagan: over 3,000 temples in 41 square kilometres

Local Lingo

Mingalabar (Burmese), Mai sung ka (Shan): Hello
Jay zoo bay (Burmese), Thablu (Karen): Thank you
Ley see low yamala? (Burmese), Quai ongdon nyee nung lor la nay? (Pa-O): Can I hitch a ride on your ox-cart?

Did You Know?

Burma, also known as Myanmar, is one of the most beautiful and exotic countries in the world. Closed to tourism for many years, Burma has emerged over the last decade as a showcase of old-world Southeast Asian life and hospitality. Spanning over 2,000 kilometres from the Andaman Sea to the Himalayas, Burma is extraordinarily diverse, extremely welcoming and largely untouched. The country is famous for jade, teak, elephants and a refined cuisine that centres around fresh vegetables and herbs. The first Asian Secretary General of the United Nations - U Thant - was Burmese. Importantly, about 40 percent of the country's population is made up of more than 100 distinct ethnic minorities.

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