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Burma In Depth BUI

Visiting: Burma
Trip Duration 21 Days
 

Cultural Tour Of Burma

This adventurous trip around Burma (Myanmar) takes us to fascinating sights beyond the classic highlights. We travel deep into the Mon State to Ogre Island and join local pilgrims as they admire the sunset from the sacred Golden Rock at Mount Kyaikhtiyo. We marvel at the grandeur of Bagan, discover authentic rural life in and around Hsipaw and witness the fascinating world of Inle Lake. We also cross the dramatic Gokteik Viaduct by train and explore the cities of Mandalay and Rangoon.

Should I go?
Signalling the end of a fifteen-year tourism boycott, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, gave her blessing for 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." The return of small groups and individuals to Burma has been endorsed by Burma Campaign UK and the Free Burma campaign. We are delighted to have returned to the country, having respected the boycott, we remain acutely aware of our ethical responsibility. We use a privately-owned Burmese agent for all of our local services, and our itineraries have been carefully planned to limit the use of services owned by, or affiliated with, the former military junta. This ensures that the Burmese people benefit as much as possible from our tours. We strongly believe that we contribute positively to the local economy, whilst providing our customers with the privilege of direct interaction with the local people, as well as an insight into the country's unique culture and heritage. On the 8th November 2015, 50 years of military rule came to an end when the NLD won a land-slide victory in Burma's first national vote. The country is embracing an unprecedented period of change, but with the military junta still retaining 25% of its seats. Visiting Burma now offers a fascinating insight into the politics of a country grappling with, and slowly embracing democracy and the 21st Century.

Tour Highlights

  • Rangoon (Yangon) - British colonial heritage and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Inle Lake - Floating gardens, stilted villages and leg-rowing fishermen
  • Mandalay - Cruise on Irrawaddy River and visit nearby U-Bein Bridge
  • Hsipaw - Relaxed rural village life and beautiful countryside
  • Bagan - Vast plain studded with thousands of ancient temples

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Sightseeing in Rangoon

  • 3
    Drive to Golden Rock via Bago

  • 4
    Drive to Mawlamyine

  • 5
    Morning ferry to Bilu Island; Free afternoon

  • 6
    Drive back to Rangoon

  • 7
    Fly to Bagan; Half day sightseeing

  • 8
    Half day sightseeing in Bagan; Optional visit to Mt Popa

  • 9
    Irrawaddy Cruise to Pakkou; Afternoon drive to Monywa

  • 10
    Morning visit to Po Win Daung Caves. Afternoon drive to Mandalay

  • 11
    Visit to Inwa and Amarapura

  • 12
    Irrawaddy River cruise to Mingun; Afternoon sightseeing in Mandalay

  • 13
    Drive to Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)

  • 14
    Explore Pyin Oo Lyin. Drive to Mandalay

  • 15
    Fly to Heho: Drive to Kalaw via Pindaya

  • 16
    Walk in Shan Highlands. Free afternoon in Kalaw

  • 17
    Sightseeing in Kalaw; Drive to Lake Inle

  • 18
    Sightseeing around Lake Inle

  • 19
    Morning cooking class; free afternoon

  • 20
    Fly to Rangoon; Free afternoon

  • 21
    Tour ends Rangoon

Trip notes

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Why Book this trip
This three week adventure is perfect for travellers with more time to spare and who want to really get under the skin of the destination. The tour features all the main sights of our Burma Highlights (BUH) holiday, but also takes you deeper into less visited areas such as Mawlamyine in the south east and Hsipaw in the north. You will have the chance to take a journey by local train over a viaduct and walk up to the iconic Golden Rock as well as discover Burma's classic sights.
Included meals 20 1 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Train, Boat, Flight
Accommodation
20 nights Standard Hotel
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16