Nicholas Ganz, Elena Jotow

‘No ordinary travel guide…a must read.’—Wanderlust

What is the truth about life in Burma? Elena Jotow and Nicholas Ganz’s candid guide to this troubled but beautiful country offers a refreshing, often trenchant insight into its turbulent history and present struggles as well as its most impressive sights and the remarkable warmth of the Burmese people. For travelers, would-be travelers, and anyone curious to know more about this wonderful country and the vitality of the people’s resistance to the current regime, this book is required reading.

  • Unrivaled insight into this guarded, largely unexplored country
  • Over 250 photographs
  • Maps of the relevant divisions and states
  • History, the regions, ethnic peoples and key historic and cultural spots
Contents: Burma at a Glance • Past and Present • Rangoon Division • Irrawaddy Division • Arakan State • Mandalay Division and Mingun • Kachin State • Shan State and Maymyo • Karen State and Kyaiktiyo • The Hidden Reality • The Struggle for Freedom • Burma in Exile


The allure of this travel book is the mysteriousness and magnificence of its subject… The book includes over 250 stunning photographs taken by the authors, eight color maps, a glossary, and useful web sites… A grand and beautiful introduction to Burma for travelers, armchair travelers, or anyone interested in this little-known country.

— Library Journal

Generously illustrated with color photographs throughout, this is essential reading for anyone visiting—or considering visiting—Burma.

— Real Travel


Nicholas Ganz


Nicholas Ganz is a freelance photographer and author based in Essen, Germany.

Elena Jotow


Elena Jotow is a freelance photographer and author based in Essen, Germany.