"As with all Explore tours, the days were filled with wonderful visits and experiences, from huge golden working temples to horsedrawn carriage rides through the stupa-filled plain at Bagan, and vistas over jungle hillsides, from a local train, to hundreds of acres of rice fields in various stages and colours of development, worked by patient white cattle and their owners. The towns were full of noise and smells and fantastic street market stalls.
BUT seeing as how you ask....most memorable moment? vomiting violently* ( and the other end as well) into the side of the steep path up a hillside to a village with a nunnery. The sun, heat and effort had got to me. "
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Myo, our Leader, was quite unfazed by this 'incident'*, and wrapped his( white) shirt around me, acquired a motor bike to carry me to the top, found a local family to sort me out with water to wash myself in their very primitive but adequate loo, and bought a local outfit for me to wear. He then bought the flipflops that a local lady was wearing for me. I do hope she was able to get another pair soon.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"Costs for local food were much less than advised. We took far too much money.
Temperatures were higher than we expected for November.
The road journey to the rearranged coast venue (Ngwe Saung) took 5 hours driving along windy, bumpy roads, each way, which ate into the 4 day break. It's a fantastic beach and hotel, though, and the scenery and activities seen along the road were great."
Do you have anything else to add?
nuff sed!' ..... Now to filter the several hundreds of brilliant photos!