- 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.
Published on: 11 January 2017