Now really is the time to see this amazing country!
NB Myanmar has been in the news a lot for all the wrong reasons recently. Should tourists still plan to go? Have a read of this article if you are interested.
Ethical-dilemmas-and-travel Yes we are going in 2018 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 see. 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 and adventurous time to visit Burma / Myanmar.
We have put a 14 day trip together where we get to see the very best of what Burma has to offer, yet in relative comfort of our own private air conditioned minibus. We have chosen a shoulder season to travel secured some lovely accommodation for our budget, and often we will be able to explore the sites where we are the only tourists around. The weather in the north where we spend our time is mostly fine, and we get to see the country without the crowds.
The trip is a mix of awe inspiring sights, and the relaxation that this lovely Buddhist country bestows on us.
Transport is all in our private minibus that last year we named "Priscilla" and we do a route from Mandalay to Bagan, then onto the hill statio of Kalaw and Inle lake before taking an (internal flight) and finishing up in Yangon.
For those with a couple of days extra time, a lovely way to start the trip is 2 nights up to a hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin which can be added on and a cool place to chill and get over jet lag before the adventure starts.
We get to take in all the major sights, the magnificent pagoda of Shwedagon in Yangon, the sublime Inle lake, were we spend 2 nights 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. The hill station of Kalaw we can trek into the hills, enjoying the cool of this lovely market town before we head down to the hot central plains and Bagan. We have 3 full days exploring this 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. The worlds largest stupa and have a cruise on river.
If you have the time adding 2 nights to visit the old summer capital hill station, is a nice relaxed way to finish the trip.
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. The food has improved greatly over the last 3 years and now I can confidently say you will be delighted by the restaurants we get to go too.
Having our own van and driver means we get to make many stops as we pass through the countryside to see the local crafts being made, inc Palm oil, umbrella making, puppets and silk weaving. The Burmese textiles are a wonder of detail and handwork and last year none of us could resist the odd purchase.
This trip needs to be booked well in advance as the minivan and hotels need to be secured, western standard accommodation is in very short supply. Accommodation is all twin share, air conditioned and with ensuite, gay travelling solo and happy to share, will find you a roommate. Single room can be arranged if required for a small supplement.
As with all OTS gay friendly 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 its a semi structured adventure with all the hard work done but it is nevertheless a adventure, things will go wrong some days, and changes need to be adapted too, you will need your wits about you, and to expect to do some exploring on your own. Bring a guide book so you can read up on the history of what we are seing and you will get a lot more out of the trip.
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 our adventure, he wrote a delightful blog with great pictures and insights, have a read and you will get a great feel for the trip.
Tip you need to scroll to the last page and then read up !!
Starts Mandalay please arrive 17th June 2018 or day before and finishing Yangon on the 30th June.
(Closing soon, last day to apply to join this trip is 11th May)
A 14 day 13 night Adventure.
This years Burma trip will be hosted by Richard
Plus of course daily help and suggestions of what to do and go 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. USD $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 trip estimated for 2018 to be $2300 USD Twin share inc the internal flight.
Single and happy to share save money and make a friend. Need a room to yourself? all good just add $450 for a very special monsoon single at our group rate.
Compare our prices I guarantee you will not find better value for what's on offered
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.