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Burma Highlights + Beach extension BUHB

Visiting: Burma
Trip Duration 17 Days

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Burma Highlights + Beach extensionScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 19 reviews
(10 out of 10)


The Burma Highlights + Beach Extension was a truly fantastice trip. Burma is an undiscovered gem and although a busy trip, we saw amazing places and met wonderful friendly people.

Yangon is a busy city with old colonial building and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda.

Inle Lake was my favourite place; so much to see in a beautiful unspoilt setting. The train ride to Kalaw was exciting and gave us a glimpse of the countryside. The flights between different places was like getting a local bus as it was quick, easy and a great way to travel.

Mandalay was enchanting and the U-Bein bridge at sunset a sight to be seen.

Bagan with its 000s of temples, sunsets and sunrises was an explorer's dream.

Unfortunately we travelled at the beginning of April and the river was too low for the day boat trip. There was also not enough time to get to Mount Popa. This was slightly disappointing but only a little seeing that the rest of the trip was so good. We saw many temples, many Buddhas and got filthy feet as we had to leave our shoes at the entrances as we padded around.

Tip: take flip flops for temples and have foot & leg massages when you have a free afternoon. Hire a bike at Kalaw and explore the town. Take the circular train ride at Yangon and go to The Strand Hotel for afternoon tea. See if you can get on a tour with the lady leader who won an Explore award in 2014. We flew with Singapore Airlines, which gave us extra time in Yangon before and after the trip. Connection times were perfect and the service on the flights outstanding.

Taking the beach extension was the best decision ever and you should do that too!

Arriving at a deserted beach, staying in a luxury hotel and having the time to unwind, drink cocktails at sunset and rest after two weeks of whizzing around Burma, is a must. It was the perfect end to an amazing holiday. Go NOW before the rest of the world discover it.
Confirmed traveller: 13 April 2016
Published on: 19 April 2016
(10 out of 10)


This is an excellent trip to see the highlights of this magnificent country. It has a relaxed pace so there is some free time to do your own exploration and the beach extension is a must for some luxury and rest and relaxation at the end.

The highlights for me were Shwedegon Pagoda in Yangon, Inle Lake and the sunrise we arranged ourselves at Bagan. Well worth the early start! It is a very special country which is still in its tourism infancy. Visit now!

Having been on many Explore trips before I was slightly disappointed with our tour guide George who did the minimum to get by and was not always forthcoming with information. Usually on these trips I have been lucky enough to be provided with a detailed daily itinerary, suggestions of what to do in each place, choices for dinner and optional excursions and sometimes a map. Often they have accompanied us for dinner or made sure the reservations has gone smoothly but he only joined us for the final group dinner which many of the group thought was so he could collect his tip. We also had to ask about the included lunches, were then told they were not included until after we had ordered and eaten and eventually given the 7000 khats to buy the remaining two lunches as he said it was too difficult to organise.

When members of the group were poorly he was very reluctant to check on them until we insisted that they might need a doctor as they had been ill for a number of days and missed activities. We also left one member of the group behind at the reclining Budah temple (luckily she ran after the bus and caught us up)and were never given his contact details or room number in any of the hotels we were staying in. While he was pleasant enough I got the impression he didn't really want to be doing the job. Maybe I have been spoilt in the past by exceptional tour guides but was hoping for a similar experience this time.

There was another Explore group a few days behind us and other group members talked to them and this highlighted the differences in approaches and attitudes between the two guides. They had a notice in the hotel each day with all the information you needed to enjoy each place to the max.

We organised our own sunrise trip in Bagan and a have suggested that this could be offered to other groups as it was well worth doing. We also organised our own trip to the hot springs.
Confirmed traveller: 13 April 2016
Published on: 15 April 2016
(9 out of 10)


This is a great trip. Myanmar is still unspoilt, there are some wonderful sights and experiences, the people are delightful and the history is fascinating.
There was plenty to see and do but enough time built in to do your own thing and not feel rushed.
Confirmed traveller: 30 March 2016
Published on: 31 March 2016
(10 out of 10)


This was a longed for trip & I wasn't disappointed. George was a great tour leader, our small group jelled well & I had a fantastic time.
My favourite spots were Inle Lake & Bagan though the other places we visited were also fascinating. We travelled in February & in contrast to some previous reviews we did not find it cold around the lake or up in the hills. However I found it got noticeably hotter over the 2 & half weeks of the trip & I think I would have found March rather too warm.
The beach extension was fabulous & well worth the extra cost. The 3 of us who went to Ngapali had a wonderfully relaxing time. The accommodation was excellent & the sea was clear & warm. Going back to Yangon for the last day felt a bit like an like an anticlimax but we consoled ourselves with lunch at the Strand Hotel & some retail therapy!
The only downside of the trip was the amount of rubbish (mostly plastic) strewn about, hopefully the new government will be able to prioritise refuse disposal.
Confirmed traveller: 26 February 2016
Published on: 26 March 2016
(9 out of 10)


Highlights include Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, the boat trips on Inle Lake, Bagan and Mount Popa. The extension to Ngapali is well worth doing and provides a very nice way to relax for a couple of days at the end of the trip.

If going on the trip when I went (Xmas) you need to be prepared for cool evenings and mornings in some locations particularly Kalaw (where there is no heating despite the temperatures) so make sure to pack some warm clothes.
Confirmed traveller: 01 January 2016
Published on: 05 January 2016
(10 out of 10)


Birmingham UK
1. Inle Lake culture
2. Fishing village near Ngapali beach resort
3. Bagan & visits to monasteries and pagodas throughout
4. Walking trek in Shan highlands
5. Train / boat rides
6. Chinatown & National Museum, Yangon
7. The local festivities which we happened to come across - including political rallies
8. There was a good range of interesting food, especially Chinese and Indian
9. U Bein bridge at sunset

1. The wine tour was a low point: very expensive, uninformative and poor quality wines.
2. The second horse-and-cart ride to the sunset viewing in Bagan was spurious. The so-called photographic opportunities were not available from the cart (but would have been available from the bus).
3. The visit to the Bagan "village" was stage-managed tourism.

Suggest visit to National Museum is at the end of the trip as the exhibits will make more sense.

We had a wonderful leader who was extremely informative, good fun, helpful and kind. He rescued a lost camera left in a restaurant, and provided a lovely birthday celebration for one of us.
Confirmed traveller: 30 October 2015
Published on: 10 December 2015
(9 out of 10)


Very knowledgeable and accommodating tour leader who fulfilled needs of each team member
Confirmed traveller: 26 March 2015
Published on: 01 October 2015
(10 out of 10)


Great, would definitely go with them again whether I would be on my own or with friends.
Confirmed traveller: 08 February 2015
Published on: 30 September 2015