- 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.
Published on: 19 April 2016