Mingalarbar is both a word of welcome and a wish for good fortune. This single word best indicates the inherent nature of the people: not only to offer hospitality but to wish you well. With traditions deeply rooted in the loving-kindness philosophy of Buddhism,
For many years Myanmar disappeared behind a wall of self-isolation, and only recently did she once again open her doors to the outside world, revealing the country's culture and ecology almost untouched and unspoilt.
With a diversity of terrain that ranges from ice-capped mountains in the north to the lush greenery of the delta and countless pristine beaches, Myanmar has something to offer at all times of the year.
More than a hundred different races live proudly within their own cultures but in harmony with all.
In this predominantly Buddhist country, people of other beliefs such as Christianity, Hinduism, Islam or Animism live in peace with one another and it is not unusual to see pagodas, churches, mosques and temples in one neighbourhood.
This country is not only rich in traditions; the fertile land is dissected with rivers large and small many of which even contain flakes of gold. In several mines the earth has yielded the finest rubies and imperial jades.
However, the most precious treasure of Myanmar is her people, friendly and hospitable, sweet natured and sincere.
To this day Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world; a land of breathtaking beauty and charm, offering all the traditional delights of Asia in one fascinating country.
So then, welcome to Myanmar the golden land of pagodas,