Burma holidays offer access to a wonderfully diverse country, rich in history and tradition that has been half-hidden from most of the world for decades. Years of self-imposed isolation followed by a tourism boycott that was only lifted in late 2010 means that Burma offers the visitor a relatively untouched treasure trove of exotic and varied attractions. Deeply rooted in Buddhism, Burmese culture has been largely influenced by neighbouring India and China creating a unique blend compared with the rest of the region. The Burmese people are friendly, open and welcoming and represent a definite highlight in themselves.
Should I go?
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, gave her blessing to the return of tourism to Burma in November 2010. National League for Democracy (NLD) leader U Win Tin said: “We want people to come to Burma, not to help the junta, but to help the people by understanding the situation: political, economic, moral – everything.” This marked the end of the tourism boycott started in 1995 and has been endorsed by Burma Campaign UK and the Free Burma campaign. Explore are delighted to return to Burma after pulling out in 1995 in response to the call for boycott.
We use a privately-owned Burmese agent for all of our services, each itinerary has been carefully planned not to use any service owned by or affiliated with the government and to maximise the benefit and interaction with Burmese people wherever possible.