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Temples and Trails of Burma

Starts: Yangon, Myanmar [Burma]
Finishes: Yangon, Myanmar [Burma]

Visit: Yangon, Bondawdein, Taunggyi, Pannwe, Mandalay, Myene, Yangon

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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During 2 weeks in Burma we will seek out many of the acknowledged highlights, but also take time to get off the beaten track on a 4-day hike through the forest and farmland of the hill-country north of Inle Lake. We start our journey in the capital city of Rangoon (Yangon), with its magnificent, golden Schwedagon Pagoda. From here, we fly north to Heho and visit the collection of Buddhist stupas at Kakku, before spending a couple of days on and around Inle Lake, home to floating villages and fishermen with conical nets and a distinctive style of 'foot-rowing'. After our trek from Pindaya to Kalaw, via hill-tribe villages and monasteries, we make the short hop to the former royal capital, Mandalay. Here, our sightseeing tour will include a boat trip to the giant pagoda and bell at Mingun and a sunset stroll along the 1200 metre-long teak bridge at U Bein. An unforgettable day's journey by boat down the Irrawaddy then takes us to Bagan, one of the outstanding highlights of the region thanks to its many hundreds of ancient temples, scattered across a tree-studded plain. This largest and most diverse of SE Asian countries has the power to surprise, with its amazing variety of landscape, cultural richness and charming people.

Highlights

    • Watch the sunset on the temples and pagodas of Bagan
    • Unique 4-day trek through tribal villages of the Shan Plateau
    • Stay overnight in traditional Buddhist Monasteries
    • Cruise down the Irrawaddy and take the boat across Lake Inle

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 125344
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Yangon, Myanmar [Burma]
Finishes: Yangon, Myanmar [Burma]
Duration: 14 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A local English speaking leader throughout
  • Single timed Yangon Airport transfers on day 1 and day 14
  • Internal flights and associated transfers
  • Trekking service for 4 days including porters
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • A boat excursion on Inle Lake
  • Entrance fees to all tourist sites (excluding museum fees)
  • The ferry ride from Mandalay to Bagan
  • Sightseeing tours in Yangon and in Mandalay
  • All meals as described in the dossier
  • Accomodation as described in the dossier.

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $2,925 ($209/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

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Myanmar Yangon, Heho, Aye Tharyar, Lake Inle, Taunggyi, Khaung Daing, Shan Plateau, Buddha Caves, Taun Mying Gyi Monastery, Kaung Soe Gone, Mway Taw Monastery, Myauk Ywar Taung, Mandalay, Irrawaddy River, King Bodawpaya Temple, Bagan
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Caron S  

Our guide was a very diligent and conscientious leader. He has extensive knowledge of his country, its history and in particular some of the regions in which we were traveling, which really helped us to understand what we were seeing and experiencing. He took great pains in attending to the minute details at all times, to make sure we were well prepared for the day's activities, and got the most out of them. He also identified the particular area of interest (or lack of interest) among our small group, and was very flexible in changing the arrangements to suit them when appropriate. His personal knowledge and attitude contributed hugely to the success of the trip.

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Keith O. & Jonna W  

Many thanks for a great trip. Our guide was a star. He was efficient, friendly, fun, intelligent, sensitive and realistic/honest about his country. We learnt so much from him, and he made the trip especially enjoyable and interesting. The hotel accommodation was all a lot better than we expected. The support team on the short trek were exceptional. Friendly, efficient and fun.

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Patrick W  

I most enjoyed the trek, meeting local people on the walk and staying in the monasteries were great experiences. Waking up to the sound of monks chanting and the novices giggling behind the curtain. Almost everybody we met were pleased to see us and all too willing to interact with us even though most could not speak much English. The trek crew were extremely helpful and good humoured and we were sorry to see them go. Our guide couldn't have been more helpful, very organised and sociable and had a great sense of humour. He was very knowledgeable about the recent history of Burma and very willing to discuss the problems that the country currently faces.

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Janet I  

Quality of the hotels was superb, vastly exceeding everyone's expectations. The restaurant and hotel food was good if not excellent: it was something of a gastronomic tour! I would also like to record that the local leader and staff were excellent when it came to accompanying and accommodating clusters of the group walking at a slower pace and they were assiduous at back-marking. This is not always a given and I feel the local agent should be commended for this. This trip ran like clockwork! I think it was the most efficient tour I have ever experienced. Everything was punctual, the coaches (no cramped minibus for us!) were clean and cool and comfortable. The staff were courteous, always good humoured and, apparently, happy. They all received their tips. Despite Burma's not having been at the forefront of tourism for a number of years, it is my view that KE and clients can rightly have confidence in the local agent. I for one am very impressed. The standard of transport and the hotels massively exceeded expectations as did the professionalism of the local agent and staff. Burma itself was a delight and it was a privilege to visit at a time when the country is on the cusp of great changes. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

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Caroline S  

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone. Our guide was a definite a "Top Ten" guide and tour leader (in-joke with the group). His knowledge, enthusiasm, humour and un-ending care and organisational skills was superb. I can honestly say that he was the best tour leader of any trip I have ever been on.

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Patricia C  

This was my first experience of group travel and did not disappoint, at all, because of the care and preparation of the organisation. It was a wonderful and rewarding experience and good value for money.

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John F  

Nothing was too much trouble for the leader, if we wanted to try something different or change the itinerary slightly to include additional events or meet more locals, it happened straight away.

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Liz G  

A wonderful holiday. Although I was the oldest, I was well able to manage the walk. An amazing trip - I hope to be back! I most enjoyed the variety of scenery, walking and cultural activities and the company of others. The highlights were Bagan, Inle lake and the trek. It exceeded my expectations. The tour leader was wonderful - he was enthusiastic and told us much about life in Myanmar. The luggage was moved almost the whole trip without any effort on my part. The tour required considerable effort to bring it all together - many different coaches, and different modes of travel - boat and air. Well done! The monastery accommodation was very basic, washing facilities limited.

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Carol G  

I have travelled extensively and this was my best trip ever. Myanmar is a wonderful country and I feel priveledged to have visited it before the "tourist dollar" arrives - hopefully they will not let the country go the way of Thailand etc. I loved seeing all the rural life and meeting the people - so friendly and welcoming. It was so much better than my expectations. The scenery was spectacular and people were so very friendly, no "one pen, one pen". Our guide was absolutely superb - I will be nominating him for a Wanderlust Magazine best travel guide award. His love of his country and countrymen (apart from the military government!)shone through, and we were welcomed everywhere we went. He looked after all our transfers,check ins, bus trips, baggage handling, sightseeing etc quietly and efficiently- even down to getting the best seats on the riverboat trip, and finding the best photos. He is a national treasure! The accompanying trek crew were absolutely superb under his guidance - they even noticed when my Sigg bottle was empty and replenished it with the water they were carrying. The standard of accommodation far exceeded expectations.I much appreciated the "full board" option as a single traveller, it is easier all round. Good value for money single supplement - nowhere did I get an inferior room. The trek accommodation was very basic, particularly the first night, but all part of the adventure!

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Helen C  

It was a good mix of sightseeing and trekking. We enjoyed the trek as it gave us an opportunity to see local people in the villages and fields as well as spending time in the monasteries. I can't fault the guide or the trek crew. The guide had a wealth of knowledge on everything and conveyed that information in a very easy and professional way. He was very approachable, helpful and enthusiastic. The trek crew were amazing - they were involved in everything (food prep & serving, guiding, conveying information etc) and always with a smile. We were amazed by how friendly the Burmese people were - they were very pleased to see us, wanted to talk to us and to show us how they lived. We've travelled extensively but have never experienced such openess before. If anyone asks, they should visit Burma now, before it changes. An amazing experience.

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