Putao in the remote far north of Burma is home to an abundance of flora and fauna
I’m assuming a lot of people won’t automatically associate Burma with wildlife (I know I probably wouldn’t), instead perhaps focusing their attention on those perennial favourites in Southeast Asia like Malaysian Borneo and Indonesia, both of which are the last bastions of the wild orang-utan.
This could be a mistake though because more than half of Burma is still covered in pristine rainforest, which in turn, is a haven to some large and exotic wildlife. And this is the point of the new BBC wildlife series Wild Burma: Nature’s Lost Kingdom.
This series of three 60 minute documentaries will see scientists and filmmakers travelling deep into the country’s dense forests, searching for what’s left of rare animals like the Asian elephant and some of the world’s most unusual big cats: the clouded leopard and the Asian golden cat. The expedition even hopes to find out if tigers are still present in Karen State in Southern Burma.
It’s fair to say that our clients who travel to Burma do so mainly for cultural reasons. For example, they want to see ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries in places like Pagan, or to go walking or trekking in scenic remote regions like Kengtung, which is home to a variety of indigenous tribal groups. Indeed there are a whole host of interesting things to see and do. Burma is even suitable for honeymooners or those with families.
While Audley don’t currently offer travel deep into the isolated regions seen in this series, we do have plans in the near future to lead trips to Putao in the remote north of the country (see main picture).
We therefore hope this latest offering from the BBC’s Natural History Unit, both sparks your interest in Burma’s little-known flora and fauna, but also highlights the possibilities of travel in this extraordinary country.
I don’t yet have a date for the start of the series so in the meantime here’s a link to a preview on the BBC website.
Call our Burma specialists on 01993 838 105 for more information about Audley tailor-made trips to this fascinating country, or contact us online. Alternatively view our first-timers guide to Burma to see what you could be missing.