Travel: Why Burma is “A Land Like None You Know”

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New Book sings the praises of Burma - “a country worthy of everyone’s attention … and help” - as the next big travel destination. Source: Rethink Press

Burma is very much in the news, Aung San Suu Kyi is currently free, elections have just been held and, while there is a way to go, hopefully, some changes for the better are now in train.
But, now recommendations saying not to travel there have now largely been withdrawn, what’s Burma like as a country to visit and what do local people think of visitors from overseas?
A new book - Beguiling Burma - casts some light: it is written by Essex-based author Patrick Forsyth and records his journey to Mandalay – the Golden City foretold in ancient Buddhist prophesies - including travelling along the river Ayeyarwady on the famous river cruiser Road to Mandalay.

His trip is recorded in light-hearted style, but the country he discovers is magical – rich in atmosphere, history and culture - as is the welcome universally given him by every local he meets. Along the way he encounters taxis pulled by oxen, rings the largest pure sounding bell in the world and avoids running aground on a sandbank, he concludes positively that this is a country worthy of everyone’s attention and help.

As the book was published, author, Patrick Forsyth, said “Since I visited Burma it has come more and more into the news. Beguiling Burma does not focus on the political situation, but it unashamedly sings the praises of this wonderful country. It should make you smile and if those reading it to discover something about the country find they want to visit or to help then that would be a bonus.”

This book is timely in its appearance and helps illustrates just why Burma deserves to be rescued from its isolation and welcomed into the world community.

“Beguiling Burma – awe and wonder on the road to Mandalay” (ISBN:1907498915 RRP:£9.99) is available in print and on Kindle from 9th April 2012.

Review copies of this book are available on request. Please call Lucy McCarraher on 0843 289 6869 or email lucy (at) rethinkpress (dot) com if you would like a copy.

If you'd like to offer free copies of this book to your audience as a competition prize then please call Lucy McCarraher on 0843 289 6869 or email lucy (at) rethinkpress (dot) com

Cover artwork and author photograph attached. For higher resolution images please call Lucy McCarraher on 0843 289 6869 or email lucy (at) rethinkpress (dot) com

"(Patrick is) a born writer with a clear, transparent style, a great eye, and plenty of wit … miles superior to most of the travel writing I read, and I read lots of it. It's also deeply felt, which is probably the most important thing of all … I was really, really impressed."
Timothy Hallinan (author of the bestselling Poke thrillers set in South East Asia)

Patrick Forsyth ( is the published author of many non-fiction books and articles, including three books of travel writing based on his experiences in Southeast Asia. He is available for exclusive commissions and has a long track record of delivering what is requested, on time and to the specified word count. Contact Patrick on 01621 859300 or email patrick (at)

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