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					Britain-Burma Society
Burma Adventure - February 2013
Information Pack


  “This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike
                  any land you know about”

                   Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898)
                          THE BRITAIN-BURMA SOCIETY
                                  Proudly presents its
                        BURMA ADVENTURE
                        Tour dates 15th- 24thFebruary 2013
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................................................................................2
THE ITINERARY ...................................................................................................................................... ………..….3-6
   TRIP MAP……………………………………………………..………………………………………………………………………………………………….3-4
    YANGON - BAGAN - MANDALAY - INLE LAKE - KALAW - YANGON ........................................................................ 3-6
TOUR COSTS ...........................................................................................................................................................7
ACCOMMODATION ................................................................................................................................................8
GETTING TO BURMA ..............................................................................................................................................9
GENERAL INFORMATION ...................................................................................................................................... 10
    TOUR PROVIDER .................................................................................................................................................... 10
    ABOUT BURMA ...................................................................................................................................................... 10
    VISAS ...................................................................................................................................................................... 10
    PAYING FOR THINGS IN BURMA, SPENDING MONEY & TIPPING........................................................................... 11
    WEATHER ............................................................................................................................................................... 11
    TRAVEL HEALTH ..................................................................................................................................................... 11
    COMMUNICATIONS, COUNTRY DIALLING CODE, TIME ZONE ............................................................................... 11
    EMBASSIES IN BURMA……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………….. 12
    TRAVEL INSURANCE……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..……………….12

CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS…………………………………………………………………………………………………..….……. 13
  BURMESE ASTROLOGY…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..14

USEFUL BURMESE PHRASES, NUMBERS & DAYS ……………………………………………………………………………………………... 15

SOAS INTENSIVE BURMESE LANGUAGE COURSE ……………………………………………………………………………………………….16

BURMESE FOODS & BEVERAGES…..………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 17

HOW TO BOOK…………………….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 18

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    INTRODUCTION

    Mingalabar! Welcome to the Britain-Burma Society’s Burma Adventure Information Pack!

    “This is Burma”, wrote Kipling. “It is quite unlike any place you know about”. How right he was,
    and more than a century later Myanmar remains a world apart. Contemplate 4000 sacred
    stupas scattered across the plains of Bagan. Stare in disbelief at the golden rock teetering
    impossibly on the edge of a chasm. Encounter men wearing skirt-like longyi, women smothered
    in thanaka (traditional make-up) and betel-chewing grannies with blood red juices dripping from
    their mouths - and that’s just the airport! Meet the multitalented monks who have taught their
    cats to jump. Ride a Wild West stagecoach past grand British mansions. Indeed, this is Burma…

    Turn back the clock with a trip to this time-warped country where the adventure travel of old
    lives on. This is the authentic Asia with creaking buses, potholed roads, locals who greet you like
    long lost family and not a 7-Eleven in sight. Forget the internet for a moment and connect with
    a culture where holy men are more revered than rock stars and golden Buddhas are bathed
    every day at first light - in Mandalay, the Mahamuni Paya houses a Buddha re-covered in gold
    leaf daily. Drift down the Ayeyarwady in an old river steamer, stake out a slice of Ngapali Beach
    or Ngwe Saung on the blissful Bay of Bengal, trek through pine forests to minority villages
    around Kalaw - there are so many experiences awaiting in Myanmar that one trip is simply never
    enough. It’s a country that fuels your emotions, stimulates your senses and stays in your soul.

                                 Extract from the Lonely Planet Burma Guide Book, 7 September 2009
                                                     http://www.lonelyplanet.com/myanmar-burma

    We hope that introduction has whetted your appetite for adventure and we invite you to join us
    on the Society’s Burma Adventure which will see us heading to Burma next year, in February
    2013. Travelling in Burma will be one of the most delightful experiences you will ever encounter
    in your lifetime.

    As many of you already know, Burma (or Myanmar) is a huge country (the largest in Southeast
    Asia) and there are an enormous number of beautiful and fascinating sights to see. In an ideal
    world, we would love to travel around for weeks exploring more of this amazing and relatively
    untouched country, however as we understand holiday allowances are limited, we have created
    a ten days itinerary which will take us to visit four of the most famous places: Yangon (Rangoon),
    Bagan (Pagan), Mandalay, and Inle.

    If you have any questions at all, please get in touch.

    We look forward to seeing you in Burma!

    Britain-Burma Society Committee



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    THE ITINERARY

    YANGON - BAGAN - MANDALAY - PYIN OO LWIN - INLE - KALAW - YANGON




[Early
Arrivals - 13/2: Arrival - Yangon
              o Welcome by our tour guide at Yangon International airport and transfer to hotel.
              o After check-in at hotel - car and driver arranged for personal use].

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Day 1 - 14/2:  Arrival - Yangon
             o Welcome by our tour guide at Yangon International airport and transfer to hotel.
             o After check-in at hotel:
             o At leisure to do your own thing OR take the optional tour suggested below:
             o Sightseeing: Kaba Aye (World Peace) Pagoda, built in 1952 and Maha Pasana
               Guha where Sixth Buddhist Synod took place for 2500th anniversary of Buddha’s
               enlightenment;
             o Proceed to St. Mary Cathedral in downtown area and Moseah Yeshua Synagogue,
               founded over hundred years by Sephardic Jews;
             o Afternoon visit to Inya Lake pass by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi house; proceed to
               Strand Hotel for High Tea; Yangon jetty and Yangon China town to see variety of
               Chinese products, local and Chinese food stalls and seasonal fruits selling on the
               platform.
             o Overnight in Yangon.

                 * Extra additional day tour & additional night in Yangon - [Optional]
                                $145 (£92.38) includes accommodation

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           Friday, 15th - Sunday, 24th February 2013 (10 days / 9 nights) - Group Tour




                                                                          Trip Map


Day 2 - 15/2: Yangon
             o Sightseeing in Yangon including a visit to Chauk Htat Kyi, a colossal reclining
               Buddha image and the sacred and gilded Sule Pagoda in the city centre;
             o Sightseeing tour to the downtown city centre and visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda,
               one of the wonders of the world for its religious significance, artistic beauty and
               its association with Myanmar culture. The golden dome rises 98 metres above its
               base and is covered with over 60 tons of pure gold;
             o In the evening, dinner and cultural show.
             o Overnight in Yangon.

Day 3 - 16/2: Yangon - Bagan
             o Early morning transfer to Yangon Airport, fly to Bagan;
             o Sightseeing of Bagan beginning with Nyaung Oo Market, Shwezigon Pagoda, the
               prototype of later Myanmar stupas; Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi, a temple with fine
               mural paintings of Jataka Scenes; Htilominlo Temple, noted for its plaster
               carvings;
             o Afternoon visit to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece resembling a
               Greek cross; Ananda Okkyaung, a brick monastery with mural paintings from the
               18th century; visit to over 230 years old Nat Htaunk Kyaung (Monastery), built by
               180 teak poles, noted for wood carvings; Dhamayangyi, a massive temple with
               the finest brick work;
             o Watch the sunset and overnight in Bagan.



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Day 4 - 17/2: Bagan
             o Breakfast at hotel;
             o Morning visit to Minnanthu village to see the daily lifestyle of local people and
               ancient temples; a visit to a traditional lacquerware workshop; Lawkananda
               Pagoda beside the Ayeyarwaddy River and Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha
               image a captive King's impression of life in Bagan;
             o Afternoon visit to Thatbyinnyu Temple built in mid-12th century, Mingalar Zedi,
               the last pagoda of Bagan dynasty; Bu Pagoda beside the Ayeyarwaddy;
             o Sunset view of Bagan;
             o Overnight in Bagan.

Day 5 - 18/2: Bagan - Mandalay
             o Morning flight to Mandalay;
             o On the way to Mandalay visit to Amarapura and to the 1.2 km-long U Bein's teak
               wood bridge which has stood the test of time for two centuries and remains the
               longest teak span in the world. At the edge of the bridge, there is
               Mahagandayon Monastery where more than 1000 monks live and study, see the
               monks having their last meal of the day and monastic way of life;
             o Proceed to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), a hill station and summer recreation place
               since the British era. Visit to famous National Kandawgyi Park, botanical gardens
               (since World War I);
             o Sightseeing and overnight in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Day 6 - 19/2: Mandalay
             o Morning drive to Mandalay, visit to marble stone carving; Mahamuni Buddha,
               cast in bronze during Buddha’s life time; excursion to gold leaf making, wood
               carving and tapestry making workshops.
             o Afternoon visit to Mandalay Royal Palace, and the Golden Palace Monastery -
               noted for its exquisite wood carving, Kuthodaw Pagoda known for the world's
               biggest book which has 729 marble slabs engraved with Buddhist scriptures;
             o Visit to Mandalay Hill, a vantage point for a panoramic view of the city;
             o Overnight in Mandalay.

Day 7 - 20/2: Mandalay - Pindaya - Inle Lake
             oMorning transfer to airport and fly to Heho;
             oProceed by car to Pindaya and on the way visit a local hill tribe farmer's land;
             oArrive at Pindaya, visit to Pindaya Cave (thousands of Buddha images are kept in
              the cave since 11th century). The most attractive place in Pindaya is the ancient
              Shwe U Min Cave which contains about 8,000 Buddha statues which have
              remained there over the centuries. Visit to local paper making and bamboo
              umbrella workshops;
            o Afternoon drive to Nyaung Shwe (port for Inle Lake). Take the boat trip to Inle
              Lake;
            o Overnight at Inle Lake (your hotel is on the lake).

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Day 8 - 21/2: Inle Lake
             o Excursion by boat for a full day sightseeing trip on Inle Lake, famous for its scenic
               beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas;
             o Visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, one of the most revered Buddhist shrine in
               Burma and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery (Jumping Cats Monastery) which was
               constructed four years before the Mandalay Royal Palace;
             o Visit to traditional hand weaving, lotus thread weaving, silver & goldsmith
               workshops;
             o Overnight at Inle Lake (your hotel is on the lake).

Day 9 - 22/2: Inle Lake
             o Morning visit to Inle villages by boat to see their daily life and activities in their
               floating gardens and further sightseeing around Inle Lake;
             o Afternoon drive to Taunggyi, capital of Shan State, proceed to Kalaw, a beautiful
               hill station from the British era at 1320 m altitude;
             o Overnight at Kalaw.

Day 10 - 23/2: Kalaw - Yangon
            o  Morning sightseeing around Kalaw town;
            o  Transfer to Heho airport and fly to Yangon;
            o  After arrival, proceed to Htaukkyant War Cemetery; the grave of 6347 allied
               soldiers who died in World War II and a memorial commemorating 27,000
               soldiers’ names;
             o Afternoon shopping at Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) market and visit to Chinatown;
             o Overnight in Yangon.

Day 11 - 24/2: Yangon
            o After breakfast at leisure until transfer to airport for departure (for some).
             o (others remaining) - overnight in Yangon.

                 * Extra additional night in Yangon - [Optional]
                                              Price TBC



                                    End of Group Tour

 [Later
 Departures: 25th, 27th Feb. & 7th Mar.
           o After breakfast, at leisure / free-time until transfer to airport for departure].

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    TOUR COSTS

    The tour price is US $1,295.00 per person (£829.20).

    If you would like to stay in a single room, there is a single occupancy charge of US $400.00
    (£256.08) for the whole trip.

    The tour cost include:
    * Accommodation (based on a twin share room) at a standard class hotel;
    * Daily hotel breakfast;
    * All transport and transfers in Myanmar (airfares, boat fees, sightseeing with car);
    * Entrance fees and Domestic Airport Tax;
    * Porterage for 2 pieces per person at airports;
    * Mineral water on coaches;
    * English speaking Guide service throughout.

    The tour cost does NOT include:
    * International flights;
    * Myanmar visas;
    * Meals (lunch & dinner);
    * Drinks and beverages;
    * Personal spending (telephone calls, laundry, spa treatments, souvenirs, tips, etc.);
    * Yangon International airport departure tax (US $10.00 per person - only new, crisp USD notes
    accepted.



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    ACCOMMODATION

    Below is a list of example hotels for each part of the tour. Hotels will be confirmed nearer
    departure time:

    Yangon:        Summit Parkview Hotel or similar hotel.
                   http://www.summityangon.com / http://hotelyangon.net /
                   http://centralhotelyangon.com

    Bagan:         Thande Hotel / Kumudara Hotel or similar hotel.
                   http://hotelbaganthande.com / http://www.kumudara-bagan.com

    Pyin Oo Lwin: Nwe Waddy Hotel or Thirimyanmar Hotel.

    Mandalay:      Mandalay City Hotel or similar hotel.
                   http://www.mandalaycityhotel.com

    Inle Lake:     Hupin Hotel / Golden Island Cottages Hotel or similar hotel.
                   http://www.hupinhotelmyanmar.com / http://gicmyanmar.com

    Kalaw:         Hill Top Villa Hotel or similar hotel.



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    GETTING TO BURMA

    The international airport in Burma is Yangon International (RGN) Mingaladon.

    At the time of writing, there are no direct flights to Burma and so airlines will have at least one
    stop, for example in Bangkok (BKK), Singapore (SIN), Kuala Lumpur (KUL).

    The Sky Scanner website is very useful to find out which airlines fly from your country to Burma
    and the best route for you: http://www.skyscanner.net, also www.leestravel.com
    www.leestravelemporium.com and www.flightcentre.co.uk are very competitive.

    To list a few of the major airlines that provide a flight service (non-direct) to Burma are:

    Air China - http://www.airchina.co.uk
    Malaysia Airlines - http://www.malaysiaairlines.com
    Singapore Airlines - http://www.singaporeair.com
    Thai Airways - http://www.thaiairways.com
    Qatar Airways - http://www.qatarairways.com

    For flights from Chiang Mai (CNX), Thailand:

    http://www.airbagan.com/offices.htm
    http://www.chiangmai-thai.com/flight_schedule.htm

    Air Asia and Myanmar Airways International also have a Bangkok to Yangon route so if you fly
    internationally into Bangkok, as an option you can purchase separate return tickets with Air Asia
    or Myanmar Airways International from Bangkok to Yangon:

    http://www.airasia.com/my/en/home.page
    http://maiair.com




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    GENERAL INFORMATION


6   TOUR PROVIDER
    The tour provider is Green Leaf Travels & Tours, a local family run company based in Burma. For
    more information about the places we will visit and other useful practical information about
    visiting Burma, please visit their website.

                             U Nyi Nyi Lwin and Ma Than Nwe (Directors)
                                       Green Leaf Travels & Tours,
                       No. 87, Room-1, 51st, Pazundaung P.O, Yangon, Myanmar.
                                 Tel: (+95-1) 293 118, 293 119, 297 927
                                          Fax: (+95-1) 296 802
                                  E-mail: greenleaf@mptmail.net.mm
                             Website: http://www.travelstomyanmar.com

    ABOUT BURMA
    To find out more about Burma, you may find the following websites useful:

    For a general guide, visit the Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/myanmar-burma

    For up to date news, visit BBC news and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office websites:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/country_profiles/1300003.stm
    http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/burma

    VISAS
    You will need a tourist visa to enter Burma and you should be able to obtain one from your local
    Burmese Embassy. You will need to provide your original passport (valid for 6 months). Visa
    on arrival was suspended in September 2010 but this situation may change - you should check
    for up to date information with your local Burmese Embassy. It will take 5-10 working days to
    process your visa. The visa will be valid for 3 months.
    For Tourist Visa you need to provide 2 recent passport photos with 2 copies of completed visa
    application form - cost £14.00.
    For Social-Visit Visa (for ex-Burmese citizens, born in Burma or have a Burmese spouse or
    parent), you need to provide 3 recent passport photos with 3 copies of completed visa
    application form - cost £20.00.

    Visa-on-Arrival possibilities
    http://www.mizzima.com/business/7241-on-arrival-tourist-visa-for-burma-starts-friday.html
    A list of Myanmar embassies around the world can be found here:
    http://www.ananda-travel.com/UK/myanmar_embassy_list_uk.htm

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PAYING FOR THINGS IN BURMA
At the time of writing, credit and debit cards are not currently accepted in Burma, although this
situation may change due to recent developments. To be on the safe side, you will therefore
need a sufficient supply of cash in US dollars in pristine condition (otherwise they will not be
accepted!) for the duration of your trip for all your expenses.

SPENDING MONEY
You can eat and drink very well for $50 per person per day of local cuisine (Myanmar, Shan,
Chinese, Indian, Korean etc.) but if you eat in European restaurants (French and Italian), it will
be slightly higher. You need dollars at hotels (notes MUST be absolutely new and pristine
condition - not creased, folded or marked) and kyats will be needed for eating in local
restaurants and taxis. Green Leaf Travel can exchange your dollars into kyats on your arrival.

TIPPING
The Burmese offer their help freely and genuinely, and do not expect anything in return, though
gratuity is greatly appreciated. Tipping is dependent on how well you think they have been at
your service but generally 5%-10% on a meal is acceptable. Porters, drivers and tour guides
expect a small tip. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.

WEATHER
We will be visiting Burma at an ideal time of the year in its cool season (November - February)
when temperatures are cooler (but still warm - approximately min 18 degrees Celsius, max 30
degrees Celsius) and there is little rain.

Yangon, Bagan and Mandalay have warm weather all year round so you will only need to bring
light and warm weather clothing. Taunggyi, Maymyo, Kalaw and Inle Lake area is cooler in the
night time as it is ‘winter’ from November to February, so a sweater or jacket may be needed.
After a cold night, temperatures rise again and are quite pleasant by midday.

TRAVEL HEALTH
Please check with your local doctor or travel clinic for the latest information on required travel
vaccinations before you travel (e.g. diphtheria, hepatitis B, tetanus, malaria).
Health insurance is strongly recommended. There are hospitals and clinics in cities and larger
towns, and regional health centres in outlying areas. It is advisable to carry a remedy against
minor enteric upsets.

COMMUNICATIONS
Internet connection can be very sporadic and unreliable (and at some computers there are
problems logging on to hotmail and yahoo but gmail and facebook are usually ok). Your
mobile phone and mobile roaming will not work in Burma and international phone calls are
expensive. Perfect if you do not want to be contactable!

International dialing code for Yangon is 00 95 1
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +6:30hrs
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EMBASSIES IN BURMA
American Embassy:
110 University Avenue, Kamayut Township, Yangon - Tel: 536509/ 535756, 538038
Fax: 511069 / 650480 / Email: consularrangoon@state.gov
Website: http://burma.usembassy.gov

The American Center:
14 Tamwin Road, Dagon Township, Yangon - Tel: 223106, 223140, 221585 / Fax: 221262

Australian Embassy:
88 Strand Road, Yangon - Tel: 251810, 251809, 246462, 246463 /
Fax: 246159 / Emergency: 61 2 6261 3305 / Email: austembassy.rangoon@dfat.gov.au
Website: http://www.burma.embassy.gov.au

British Embassy:
80, Strand Road, Yangon - Tel: 380322, 256438 /
Fax: 370866 / Email: BE.Rangoon@fco.gov.uk
Website: http://ukinburma.fco.gov.uk

French Embassy:
102, Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road, DGN, Yangon - Tel: 212178, 212520, 212523 /
Fax: 212527 / ambafrance.rangoun@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Website: http://www.ambafrance-mm.org

Chinese Embassy:
1 Pyidaungsu Yeiktha Road, DGN, Yangon - Tel: 221280, 221281, 221926 /
Fax: 227019 / chinaemb_mm@mfa.gov.cn
Website: http://mm.china-embassy.org

Thai Embassy:
94, Pyay Road, Dagon Township, Yangon - Tel: 222784, 226721-8 /
Fax: 527792 / thaiembassyygn@gmail.go.th / thaiygn@mfa.go.th
Website: http://www.thaiembassy.org/yangon



TRAVEL INSURANCE
Please make sure that your travel insurance policy is valid and adequate for the duration of
your trip.



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    CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS
    Burma is a country of people with deep rooted custom and religion. For a westerner visiting
    Burma, there are a number of things that they need to observe. Some of the Burmese etiquette
    rules may be strange for westerners. However, if you follow some simple rules, your stay in
    Burma will be happier and avoid any problems and embarrassment. Burmese people are very
    friendly and helpful, especially towards visitors. Respecting Burmese (Myanmar) culture, custom
    and etiquette rules will gain respect and friendship from Burmese people. The followings are
    some of the general rules that you should always bear in mind in front of Burmese people.

    Buddhism is a strong force in this country. You must dress conventionally, avoid any provocative
    clothing, not shout or speak too loudly, avoid touching children's heads, and least of all the
    monks' heads, and pointing at someone or something with your foot. For religious reasons you
    must take your shoes off in temples or and it polite to remove footwear when entering
    someone’s home. In general, be yourself, don't try and imitate local customs and don't do
    anything you wouldn't do at home!

    Bargaining is common in markets.

    Burmese eat with their fingers and after finishing the meal they drink water and eat fruit. During
    the day people eat betel, smoke tobacco, drink tea, and eat pickled tea.

    “Kyei-zu-tin-ba-deh” is the Burmese equivalent of “Thank you”. However, Burmese don’t say
    thank you as frequently as Westerners. They say thank you only when they really mean it. So, if
    a Burmese doesn’t say “Thank you” to you, don’t be offended. But if he says thank you, it means
    he is really thanking you from his heart, and you should be proud of it.

    Read more: http://www.everyculture.com/Bo-Co/Burma.html

    "Culture shock Myanmar" by Saw Myat Yin is a very clear and balanced Survival Guide to
    Customs and Etiquette in Burma.

    A person is usually addressed according to his age. For older people, their names are pre-fixed
    with U (pronounced Oo) and Daw and are the equivalents of Mr and Ms respectively. A young
    adult is addressed by the Honorific Ko (for males) and Ma (for females). A child is referred to as
    Maung and Ma for males and females respectively.

    A Burmese person has no family name/surnames or Christian names - they have a name of one,
    two or three syllables. A Burmese woman has her own name and retains it even after marriage.




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BURMESE ASTROLOGY
Burmese Astrology remains very popular in Burma and everybody knows their own signs for
month, year and especially day of birth. Burmese astrology was formed by monks using
knowledge from the heavens and the animal kingdom and is based on the seven days of the
week and eight animal signs of the Burmese zodiac are considered to be a reflection of the
universe itself, the number eight representing cosmic balance and reflects the harmony in
energy, which keep away any sort of imbalance. These animal signs provide the basis for the
characteristic personality traits of an individual. Each of the eight day signs also corresponds to
a cardinal point and at temples, one can go and pray at the point of their own lucky direction
(north, north east, south, south east, etc).

A child’s name and personality are based on their birth sign and is normally named according to
the day of the week he (or she) was born, whereby each day of the week is denoted by certain
letters of the Burmese alphabet. For example, Monday is denoted by the names Kyaw, Khin,
Kyin, etc; Tuesday by San, Su, Nyi, etc. Another way to name a child is based on his (or her) date
of birth.

         Sunday - Garuda (Galone) - the mythical king of birds), ruling planet is the Sun;
                       Monday - Tiger (Kya) - ruling planet is the Moon;
                       Tuesday - Lion (Chinthe) - ruling planet is Mars;
            Wednesday (a.m.) - Tusked elephant (Hsin) - ruling planet is Mercury;
             Wednesday (p.m.) - Tuskless elephant (Haing) - ruling planet is Rahu;
                       Thursday - Rat (Kywet) - ruling planet is Jupiter;
                       Friday - Guinea Pig (Pu) - ruling planet is Venus;
                      Saturday - Dragon (Naga) - ruling planet is Saturn.




            Before you travel, to find out which day you were born please click here:
                       http://www.onlineconversion.com/dayborn.htm

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    USEFUL BURMESE PHRASES, NUMBERS & DAYS

    A collection of useful phrases in Burmese:
    Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon / Good evening - (Min-ga-la-ba)
    Pleased to meet you - (twe-ya-da wun-tha-ba-deh)
    Good bye - (thwa dau me)
    I don’t understand - (na maleh-ba-bu)
    Please speak more slowly - (pyay-pyay pyaw-ba)
    Please write it down - (yay-pya-ba)
    I only speak a little - (neh-neh pyaw-daq-ba-deh)
    How much is this? - (diha beh-lauq-leh? / Zey beh-lauq-leh?)
    Thank you - (kyei-zu tin-ba-deh)
    Where’s the toilet? - (ein-tha beh-ma-leh?)
    May I take a photograph? - (daq-poun yaiq-lo ya-mala?)
    Don’t feel awkward - (aar ma-nar-ba-neh)
    You are so kind - (aar nar-zaya gyi)
    What time is it? - (Be-ne-na-yee toe bi le?)
    Okay / Alright / Agreed - (khaun bi)
    I’m sorry - (saw-re-be)
    Yes - (hou’ke)


    Numbers:                                       Days:
    1 / One - (tiq)                                Today - (di-nei)
    2 / Two - (niq)                                Yesterday - (ma-nei)
    3 / Three - (thoun)                            Tomorrow - (ma-ne-pyan)
    4 / Four - (lay)
    5 / Five - (ngar)                              Sunday - (tha-nin-ga-nei)
    6 / Six - (chauq)                              Monday - (tha-nin-la)
    7 / Seven - (ku-niq)                           Tuesday - (in-ga)
    8 / Eight - (shiq)                             Wednesday - (bo-ta-hu)
    9 / Nine - (ko)                                Thursday - (kya-tha-ba-dei)
    10 / Ten - (t’say)                             Friday - (tao-kya)
                                                   Saturday - (sa-nei)
    100 / One hundred - (tit-ya)
    1,000 / One thousand - (ta-taon)
    10,000 / Ten thousand - (sa-thaon)




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                       Intensive Beginners' Burmese Language Course
                       at SOAS, University of London - September 2012

It has been an exciting year for Burma and, correspondingly, people wishing to learn some
Burmese, for all sorts of reasons.

The course is aimed at complete beginners with no previous knowledge of spoken or written
Burmese. There will be 10 classes lasting two hours, and you should expect to spend about two
hours studying between each class.

The spoken language classes will use the course Burmese by Ear by John Okell
(http://www.soas.ac.uk/bbe) - this course should reach Unit 4 or Unit 5 of the book.
Materials provided for learning to read and write Burmese, and can cover all basic elements of
the writing system in the time available.

Please go to this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JQ36RBH to indicate which formats you
would be interested /prefer.

1-week course starting 10-14th September; two 2-hour classes daily (morning + afternoon)

You can register and pay online here:
http://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/timetables/summer/summer-intensive-courses-at-soas-
language-centre-in-london.html

The course will cost £295 per student, payable in advance.

Other options - Evening classes
10-week evening class starting late September; one 2-hour class weekly (6.30-8.30pm)
10-week evening class starting late September; two 2-hour classes weekly (6.30-8.30pm)
Please email languages@soas.ac.uk if you are interested, indicating which day or days of the
week you would prefer.

Burmese within degree programmes at SOAS
Burmese is available every year as part of degree programmes at SOAS. You can register for the
full-blown course Burmese Language 1 which runs for 6 hours per week during the daytime for
20 weeks between October and March. Under the new university funding arrangements, this
will cost about £2,250 for UK/EU and £3,470 for non-EU students.

Dr Justin Watkins
Senior Lecturer in Burmese and Linguistics of South East Asia
Head of the Department of South East Asia, Head of the Department of South Asia
SOAS, University of London

Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4254
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    BURMESE FOODS & BEVERAGES

    In a traditional serving, there are no appetizers or wines. A typical Burmese meal includes a
    plate of rice, dishes filled with different curries (which are generally in rich gravy composed of
    tomato, onion, chilli, garlic, ginger and fish paste) soup in a main bowl, and green or boiled
    vegetables with fish sauce. Dishes are served simultaneously rather than course by course as in
    western dinners.

    Some traditional Burmese foods:
    Htamane (glutinous rice, sesame seeds, peanuts, shredded ginger and coconut - served during
    the rice harvest festival in February).
    The most nationally popular dish is Mohinga (rice vermicelli in thick fish broth)
    Ohnnoh Khauk Swe (coconut chicken noodle soup)
    Si Chet Khauk Swe (chicken noodles)
    Htamin Let Thoke (rice salad)
    Danpauk (Burmese Biryani)
    Nan Gyi Thoke (rice noodle salad)
    Gyin Thoke (ginger salad)
    Laphet Thoke (pickled tea leaves salad) - eaten as an appetizer, main meal, dessert or snack
    Sanwin Makin (semolina cake)
    Kyauk Kyaw (coconut agar jelly)

    Desserts usually consist of fruits, and foul smelling but delicious durian.

    Green tea and tea brewed with condensed milk and sugar and coffee has become popular.

    Alcoholic drinks are generally not favored in a Buddhist country, although there are local beers
    and strong liquors made from the juice of the toddy palm.
    Mandalay Beer is one of the most popular beers in Myanmar.



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     HOW TO BOOK

   To reserve your place on the trip, please contact our Membership Secretary, Mrs. Barbara
   Brown, to advise that you wish to join the trip, for how many people, and the full name/s of
 all travellers (as it appears on your passport).


 Contact details:

 Mrs. Barbara Brown
 Membership Secretary of Britain-Burma Society
 ‘HAKA’
 202 Croham Valley Road
 South Croydon
 Surrey
 CR2 7RB
 United Kingdom

 Tel: 07880 551917 / 020 8651 4909
 E-mail: minnthameebrown@secretary.net
 http://shwepla.net




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