Temples and Trails of Burma
- Adventures on the Road to Mandalay
- Sunset amongst the temples and pagodas of Bagan
- Riverboat cruise on the Irrawaddy and explore beautiful Lake Inle
- Unique 4-day trek through tribal villages of the Shan Plateau
- All meals included in the holiday price
During 2 weeks in Burma (Myanmar) 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 an 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 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.
KE's Position on Travel and Tourism in Burma
Off-limits for 15 years, the National League for Democracy (Aung San Suu Kyi's political party) announced in early November 2010 that the boycott on tourism should be lifted. With the general message from the Burmese people also encouraging outside visitors, we made the decision to set up our first ever holiday in Burma. From the outset, we were careful to design the itinerary with the help of a Burmese agent who, as much as is possible, makes use of independent and privately-run businesses, rather than those run by the military regime. We feel that it is appropriate now to let KE clients have the chance to make their own minds up about this fascinating and fast-changing country and believe that tourist visits by well-informed people, who have an interest in Burma's social and political issues, can be of benefit to the Burmese people.
Is this holiday for you?
This is primarily a touring and sightseeing holiday at low elevation, that includes a continuous 4-day trek through the forest, farmland and hill-tribe villages to the north-west of Inle Lake. The first 3 days of this trek each involve 6 to 7 hours walking and the last day has just 2 to 3 hours. In addition, whilst at some of the sites, such as Kakku and Bagan, there is the opportunity to do a fair amount of exploration on foot. The inclusion of 3 short internal flights has removed the need for lengthy road transfers.