Now really is the time to see this amazing country!
N.B. Myanmar has been in the news a lot recently, for all the wrong reasons. Should tourists still plan to go? Read of this article if you are interested.
Ethical-dilemmas-and-travel Yes we are going. Many wonderful people rely on us to feed their families and I believe supporting them is the best way to nurture this struggling new democracy.
There are times even after years of wandering the globe when you experience an overwhelming feeling of privilege, wonder, and gratitude seeing a place few on earth have had the opportunity to visit. These were common feelings for everyone on our last trip here. Having only recently opened its doors again to travellers, and still lacking in hotels and tourist infrastructure, this is a wonderful time to visit Burma / Myanmar.
We have put together a 14 day trip, where we get to see the very best of what Burma has to offer, yet in the relative comfort of our own private air conditioned minibus. We have chosen the shoulder season to travel, secured some lovely accommodation that meets our budget. Often we will be able to explore the sites where we are the only tourists.The weather in the north where we spend most of our time is mostly fine, and we get to see the country without the crowds.
The trip is a mix of awe inspiring sights, fascinating history and a meditative relaxation which this lovely Buddhist country bestows upon us.
Transport is in our private minibus that last year we named "Priscilla" and we cover a route from Mandalay to Bagan, and onto the hill station of Kalaw before descending to Inle lake, after which we board an internal flight to Yangon, our finishing point.
For those with a couple of days extra time, a lovely way to start the trip is 2 nights up at the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin. This can be added to the itinerary and is a wonderful place to get over jet lag before your adventure starts.
We get to take in all the major sights, the magnificent pagoda of Shwedagon in Yangon, the sublime Inle lake, where we spend 2 nights in a hotel on stilts, and 3 days on the water with a private longboat taking us around the various monasteries and villages that make up this unique floating community. At the hill station of Kalaw you can opt to take a trek into the hills, enjoying the cool of this lovely market town. We have 3 full days exploring the Bagan region, a magnificent and mystical area, with afternoons by the hotel pool during the heat of the day.
In Mandalay we climb the 1000 steps up Mandalay hill, passing through temple after temple to catch the sunset with the monks. We visit the gold leaf pounding area and local monastery. and take a cruise down the river to see the worlds largest stupa.
Myanmar has no commercial gay scene to speak of, and there are no Gay venues for us to visit. Everywhere is welcoming and happy hour drinks most evenings are part of our daily routine.
Burmese massage is a gentler variation on Thai massage and we have found some good places to enjoy this traditional indulgence. Food has improved greatly over the last 3 years and I can confidently say you will be delighted by the restaurants we frequent.
Having our own bus and driver means we get to make many stops as we pass through the countryside to see the local crafts being made, including palm oil, umbrella making, puppets and silk weaving. Burmese textiles are a wonder of detail and handwork. Last year none of us could resist the odd purchase.
This trip needs to be booked well in advance as the bus and hotels need to be secured, as western standard accommodation is in very short supply. Accommodation is all twin share, air conditioned and with ensuite. Travelling solo yet happy to share, will find you a roommate. Single rooms can be arranged, if required, at a supplement.
As with all our trips you have to let go of the concept you're signing up for a tour, you're not, you're coming on an adventure , yes it's a semi-structured adventure with all the hard work done for you, but it's nevertheless an adventure. Things will go wrong some days, and changes need to be taken in your stride. You will need to have your wits about you, and occasionally expect to do some exploring on your own.
Contact us to register interest and find out further information, and we can arrange to have a chat on Skype to answer any questions.
The wonderful Author and Playwright Christopher Preston joined us on this adventure. He wrote a delightful blog with great pictures and insights. Have a read and you will get a great feel for this particular trip.
Tip you need to scroll to the last page and then read up !!
Proposed dates are 23rd June 2019 starting in Mandalay and finishing Yangon on the 6th July.
A 14 day 13 night Adventure.
This Burma trip will be hosted by Richard
Plus of course, daily help and suggestions of what to do and see from Richard.
Option: to add a 2 night visit to the historic hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin with its wonderful old colonial mansions, and botanical gardens. US$350pp twin share inc transport, hotel with breakfast and a classic dinner, tour of the town ''horse and carriage'' and entry to the gardens. A lovely way to start the Burma adventure if you have the time.
Cost guideline for this for this 2019 trip is estimated at US$2300 twin share includes the internal flight.
Solo travellers who are happy to share will save money Need a room to yourself, just add US$450 for our very special monsoon single supplement.
Compare our prices and I guarantee you will not find better value for what's on offer.
This trip is costed in USD and can be paid in USD, AUD GBP or NZD at the exchange rate applicable on the day of full payment.
Due to the nature of adventure travel and the prices of the resources on which it depends, the published price of any trip is subject to change at any time, before or after booking confirmation, up to 60 days before the departure.