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Trekking Holiday In Burma

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

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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.

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

Itinerary

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  • 1
    Join tour Rangoon (Yangon)

  • 2
    Hike up to Golden Rock

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

  • 4
    Fly to Bagan; explore the ruins by bicycle

  • 5
    In Bagan; villages and temples

  • 6
    Fly to Heho; drive to Pindaya, then begin trek to Yasakyi Village

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

  • 8
    Inle Lake sightseeing by longtail boat

  • 9
    Trek Inle Lake

  • 10
    Fly to Kengtung; sightseeing in Kengtung

  • 11
    Hiking around the villages of Ho Kyin

  • 12
    Explore the villages around Kyaing Tong

  • 13
    Morning market visit; fly to Rangoon

  • 14
    Tour ends Rangoon

Tour notes

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Included meals 13 5 1
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Transport
Bus, Boat, Flight
Accommodation
12 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Basic Monastery
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16