There has been a huge amount of interest in Burma over the past several years. The following titles, ranging from weighty historical tomes to breezy comic books, greatly enhanced my last visit to the country. I recommend all, though if I was forced to chop this list in half, I would suggest George Orwell’s Burmese [...]
It’s almost always possible to find last-minute space somewhere, but why compromise? By planning well in advance, you can secure exactly the accommodations you want, exactly when you want. Many of Andrew Harper’s favorite hideaways have fewer than 20 rooms, making it essential to reserve well in advance, as even large hotels and resorts [...]
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Orient-Express has announced a new river cruiser in Burma, the Orcaella. A smaller vessel than the 82-passenger The Road To Mandalay, the four-deck, 50-passenger Orcaella is set to launch on July 11, 2013. The cruiser will be able to navigate the Irrawaddy and its tributary the Chindwin as far north as Homalin, just [...]
The changes in Burma over the last five years have been nothing short of remarkable. In late 2007, its military junta was widely condemned for a violent crackdown on a series of government protests led by students and Buddhist monks. Then came Cyclone Nargis. The worst natural disaster in Burma’s recorded history destroyed its [...]
Our upcoming Signature Tour to Burma (October 31 through November 15, 2012) has recently sold out, but there is still availability for Costa Rica, Galápagos and Sicily.
Our Signature Tours are meticulously designed to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience to small groups of like-minded travelers. These trips feature the finest accommodations and the most knowledgeable guides, and provide an opportunity to meet eminent individuals and gain access to sites that are generally off-limits to the wider public. Join us, and experience the exhilaration of travel in incomparable style.
Experience a world of astonishing natural beauty and unparalleled cultural heritage. With a civilization that’s more than 2,500 years old, Burma is a mysterious and magical land with magnificent temple architecture set in timeless landscapes. First, spend two nights at The Governor’s Residence in Yangon, a colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s. From Mr. Harper, [...]
Any lover of grand old colonial hotels should contrive to spend a few nights at The Strand in Rangoon, Burma. Built in 1901, it was long regarded as one of the finest addresses east of the Suez. A stately white neoclassical structure set on a quayside overlooking the Rangoon River, The Strand was the crown [...]
The wondrous temples of Bagan, Burma. This week’s featured auction is a three-night cruise along the Irrawaddy River aboard the Orient-Express Road To Mandalay, a $4,440 retail value currently offered for $1,910. Embarking from the ancient royal capital of Mandalay, the cruise concludes with a visit to these extraordinary temples. From the March 2010 Hideaway [...]