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Burma In Depth BUI

Visiting: Burma
Trip Duration 21 Days

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Burma In DepthScores 8.9 out of 10 based on 25 reviews
(8 out of 10)


I'm glad I booked the 3 week trip over the 2 week trips Explore run in Burma as it felt less rushed even though it was full on.
The highlights of the trip were, the overnight visit to Golden Rock, the ferry and tour of Ogre Island in an old truck and the optional visit to the Burma end of the Burma/Thailand railway and the CWG cemetery.
The tour off Bagan and the sunset view across the plain from atop a crowded viewing point.
The train ride from Mandalay to the Gokteik Viaduct and return to Pyin Oo Lwin, the whole of the group decided to do this even though we had to leave the tour until we met up with our group leader at Pyin Oo Lwin.
Three days at Lake Inle, especially the optional 3rd day boat trip to the far end of the lake.
On returning to Yangon the very cheep local train 3 1/2 hour circle line ride.
Some visits to stupas temples and monasteries and reclining Buddha's of which the most interesting were the ones in ruins and the ones not caked in gold, you can can take only so much bling but its par for the corse when in this part of the world.
The transport was comfortable.
On the whole the hotel rooms were good but some of the bathrooms let them down.
The Hotel Marvel had the best bathrooms and I had inside and outside rooms on my
visits and I didn't find it to noisy, the Green Haven Hotel had the worst bathroom but the the most comfortable bed on the trip and had lots of character.
Our tour leader Jue was less hands on and in the evenings and the group tended to split up into smaller groups for dinner, some of the other Explore groups we met seemed to be more regimented, Jue was a good guide and could speak English but I think French was her first foreign language and some times there were misunderstandings especially if there was a lot of information to impart.
I was looking for a trip to Burma and I think this this ticked most of the boxes but its a pitty the rail journey has been dropped due to government advice.
Keith Woodford
Confirmed traveller: 31 December 2016
Published on: 11 January 2017
(10 out of 10)


Very enjoyable trip. Our guide Zar Zar was exceptional: could not fault her for her dedication, knowledge, enthusiasm and care. Long days and early starts but impossible to see as much as we did without this. Highlights for me were Maymyo, scenery and trekking at Kalow, boat trips at Inle Lake and much more besides.
Confirmed traveller: 06 December 2016
Published on: 08 December 2016
(10 out of 10)


Everything was fantastic, our tour leader was great. She did a brilliant job. The last three hotels were a bit of a let down especially Mr Charles Guest House and the last one which was over run with mosquitos.
Confirmed traveller: 03 April 2016
Published on: 16 April 2016
(9 out of 10)


I have already given a review to this tour in response to an earlier email.
Tour is busy, any one interested in slow starts should give tour a miss, otherwise enjoy the experience, also if you do not want to visit too many temples. Tour guide very knowledgeable and informative, my only comment was that I had difficulty understanding her at times.
Burma is till a very under developed country (must be one of the last in the world) the people all smile and say hello, definitely a place to visit before it becomes developed. A highlight was stopping along the road to be invited into a village house where a wedding was taking place, having our photos taken with the bride and groom, we could have joined the wedding party for a meal, when we left, the wedding party came out on the balcony to wave us off. If you are unsure of tour because food will be too spicy, Myanmar curries are not hot or spicy if anything rather bland cheap and plentiful, no problems with eating at Hawker stalls. Spent less in three weeks in Myanmar than one week in stay over in Singapore during return. We used a variety of transport, flights, coaches, trucks, small craft, taxis, trains, they were always waiting for us no problems with having to wait, my only complaint, would be the 7 hour stopover at Singapore airport on the way out due to flight allocated, meant I arrived as briefing for tour had started.
Confirmed traveller: 05 March 2016
Published on: 11 March 2016
(9 out of 10)


The whole tour was most enjoyable and fast paced. Our tour leader was exceptional and insisted that we see all that Burma has to offer! Lots of highlights but I enjoyed the rural aspects and the trips on various forms of transport - buses, trains, various boats, planes, trucks, tuk tuks, horse and cart as well as finding the local people a delight. The tips in the trip notes were useful but we didn't need walking boots in Feb. Lots of variety planned into this tour but perhaps a couple too many pagoda trips at the end of the three weeks and be prepared for climbing endless steps in bare feet!
Confirmed traveller: 28 February 2016
Published on: 10 March 2016
(9 out of 10)


High Wycombe
Very well organised, well looked after and each day a full experience with a good itinerary. Group travel through a country which has gone through so many upheavals enabled us to experience many of the accessible areas of Myanmar which would have been very hard work independently.
The tourist industry is in its infancy and this added to our enjoyable experience, being met with smiles, graciousness and consideration. The trip provided an enlightening and thought provoking experience.
Highlights- Moulmein and an island visit, Golden Rock, Bagan, lake Inle. Myanmar is changing so best to go sooner rather than later.
Confirmed traveller: 14 February 2016
Published on: 19 February 2016
(9 out of 10)


Stroud UK
Balloons Over Bagan option was the definite best part followed by Lake Inle
Confirmed traveller: 13 February 2016
Published on: 03 March 2016
(8 out of 10)


Harrison, NJ USa
The people of Myanmar were a highlight. They were all kind and friendly. The Buddhist Sites were in many cases spectacular.
Confirmed traveller: 13 February 2016
Published on: 03 March 2016
(8 out of 10)


Excellent variety of places visited seeing the sights of the country as well as the lifestyle of the people. Although wifi is stated to be present in most places it is too slow to be effective. Great opportunities for photography but you need adequate battery power so suggest at least one spare battery. Some hotels are limited on plug sockets which are mainly American in type, occasionally there is a UK socket or a universal type. As you are visiting many pagodas and have to take off shoes and socks it is recommended shoes or sandals that are easy to get on and off and those with laces are not recommended. Easiest to take US dollars to exchange into local currency. This must be pristine in nature as some places are reluctant to take older notes. There is a better rate of exchange for larger notes so these are better than the smaller denominations which are not needed for tips etc.
Confirmed traveller: 13 February 2016
Published on: 29 February 2016
(10 out of 10)


Ei was a great leader, good fun & she took us to some extra spots that were not on the itinerary
Highlights are the impromptu ones, witnessing a colourful (& large) novice procession and having silent night sung to us by church choir when stopping to visit the church
As a destination it is good value (spent about $200 over the 3 weeks on food & drink & the odd small souvenirs)
Yangon is hot & humid but Kalaw & Inle lake cooler than expected
Confirmed traveller: 02 January 2016
Published on: 19 January 2016