Burma is celebrating their New Year, a Buddhist festival called Thingyan. During the festival, which occurs annually during Burma’s hot season, participants drench each other with water. Here in New York, the weather is finally warming up, and the “Treasures of Burma” brochure for The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just landed!
The program (November 8-22, 2015), led by Met educator David Bowles, begins with four nights at the iconic Strand Hotel in Yangon. With a Buddhist focus, the trip features a stay at the Bagan Lodge (and optional hot air ballooning over Bagan!), a cruise on the Irrawaddy River, and just-for-The Metropolitan Museum of Art attractions, including a full-day excursion from Yangon to Bago (ancient Pegu). Another highlight is a memorable dinner under the stars against the backdrop of Bagan’s ancient temple ruins.