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Essential Burma BUE
Highlights of Burma
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Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, gave her blessing to 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." This marked the end of the tourism boycott started in 1995 and the return of small groups and individuals to Burma has been endorsed by Burma Campaign UK and the Free Burma campaign. Explore are delighted to return to Burma after pulling out in 1995 in response to the call for boycott. We use a privately-owned Burmese agent for all of our services, and whilst each itinerary has been carefully planned to try and avoid using any service owned by or affiliated with the government or former military junta, we accept that some money will make its way into their hands. We strongly believe that by operating tours in Burma we contribute to the local economy in a positive way, whilst providing our customers with an insight into the culture, through direct interaction with Burmese people.
- Rangoon (Yangon) - British colonial heritage and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda
- Bagan - Vast plain studded with thousands of ancient pagodas and stupas
- Mandalay - Visit by horse and cart to Inwa village and sunset at U Bein Bridge
- Inle Lake - Wine tasting, floating gardens, stilted villages and leg-rowing fishermen
- Local Life - Cycling through local villages in Bagan and walking through evening fish market in Mandalay
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.
1Join tour Rangoon (Yangon); afternoon sightseeing
2Fly to Bagan; full day exploring the temples of Bagan
3Optional sunrise excursion; morning cycling in Bagan; free late afternoon
4Drive to Inwa; sightseeing and late afternoon walk on U-Bein Bridge in Amarapura
5Morning sightseeing in Mandalay; afternoon cruise along Irrawaddy River to Mingun
6Fly to Heho; sightseeing by boat on Inle Lake; evening wine tasting
7Morning sightseeing on Inle Lake; free afternoon
8Fly to Rangoon (Yangon); free time
9Tour ends in Rangoon
Each departure date has it's own dedicated tour note, detailing all you need to know about that tour. Whether you've already booked, or weighing up your options, please choose carefully the relevant itinerary for you.
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