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Walking Holiday in Burma

After decades of relative isolation, the way of life in Burma (Myanmar) remains largely untouched by modern times. On this adventurous introduction to Burma we walk through remote lands and also spend time visiting the highlights of the country. We trek to hilltribe villages in Shan state, admire the sunset across the temple plains of Bagan, join Buddhist pilgrims on our hike to Golden Rock and walk in the beautiful surrounds of Inle Lake.

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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
  • Golden Rock - Hike up to one of Burma's most sacred pilgrimage sites
  • Bagan - Breathtaking vast plain studded with over 2000 ancient temples
  • Inle Lake - Floating gardens, stilted villages and leg-rowing fishermen
  • Shan Highlands - Trekking the tribal highlands of the Akha, Lahu and Paluang ethnic minorities


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join trip Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Hike up to Golden Rock for sunset

  • 3
    Descend Golden Rock; drive back to Rangoon via Bago

  • 4
    Fly to Bagan; explore the temples by bicycle

  • 5
    In Bagan; explore villages and temples on foot

  • 6
    Fly to Heho; trek to Yasakyi village and overnight in monastery

  • 7
    Morning trek back to Pindaya; drive to Inle Lake

  • 8
    Explore Inle Lake by longtail boat; hikes to tribal villages

  • 9
    Fly to Kengtung; sightseeing in Kengtung

  • 10
    Hiking around the villages of the Lahu and Akha people

  • 11
    Hiking through tribal villages to Pin Tauk Waterfalls

  • 12
    Visit Kengtung market; fly to Rangoon

  • 13
    Walking tour in Rangoon

  • 14
    Trip ends Rangoon

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We have the following different versions of the Hidden Trails of Burma trip available at present.

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Hidden Trails of Burma
Included meals 13 4 1
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Boat, Flight
12 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Simple Monastery
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16