Beautiful Burma tour

“A two week small group tour, starting in Mandalay and ending in Yangon, staying in quality accommodation with domestic flights too. ”

Highlights

Mandalay | Bagan | Pindaya cave | Kalaw | Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp | Inle Lake | Yangon | Domestic flights included

Description of Beautiful Burma tour

Eulogised by Kipling in the days of Empire, Burma has spent much of the post-war period isolated from the outside world. With recent political reform has come a process of change that is gathering pace as confidence grows in a more secure and outward-looking future for the Burmese people. This makes the current moment a fascinating point in history to visit this surprisingly huge (Burma is roughly the same size as France) and relentlessly beautiful country.

Our Beautiful Burma tour visits the country's most celebrated destinations, combined with a few unusual twists to provide an in-depth introduction to Burma's friendly people, fascinating history and glorious scenery. We stay in excellent quality, characterful accommodation along the way, giving a high level of comfort to the journey.

We commence in the former capital of Mandalay, modern Burma's second city, set in the heart of the country on the banks of the mighty Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River. The last Burmese king, Thibaw, was exiled from Mandalay in 1885 following the Third Anglo-Burmese War, and it is the remnants of his Konbaung Dynasty, and the preceding dynasties based in the vicinity, that make this a fantastic introduction to Burma. A day cruising gently downriver brings us to one of the region's most iconic and spectacular destinations, the pagoda-peppered plains of Bagan. With over 3,000 individual pagodas and temples dating from the 11th to 13th century scattered across the landscape, Bagan provides a unique vista.

After the cultural and historic glories of Mandalay and Bagan, our next stop provides a marvellous counterpoint. Flying east to Heho, we head into the hills to Kalaw, a former British Hill Station set amongst a landscape of plantations, forests and minority villages. Burma has the world's greatest number of working elephants, principally working in the logging industry, and we will visit a sanctuary for retired pachyderms before continuing on to arguably the scenic highlight of the tour, Inle Lake. Famed for its unique leg-rowing fisherman and floating farms, Inle is inhabited by numerous minority people living on or around the lake shore.

Our tour ends in leafy Yangon, Burma's capital until 2005, but still its economic and diplomatic heart. Where better to bring our journey to a conclusion than with sunset at the spectacular Shwedagon pagoda, the human and spiritual heart of the Burmese people.

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18 Oct 2018
£ 2650
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03 Feb 2019
£ 2895
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06 Oct 2019
£ 2895
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Beautiful Burma tour

Environment

In the remote and mountainous regions of Burma there remain vast tracts of pristine forest, home to many of South-east Asia’s last big populations of large native mammals. The population of wild elephants is the largest in the region and is matched by many thousand elephants that work in the country’s forestry industry. The fate of these elephants at the end of their working life is not always secure, so we are delighted to support the work of the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp near Kalaw in Burma’s Shan State.

The project commenced in 2011, founded by a veteran elephant vetinarian, Mr U Ba Kyaw Than and two former tour guides Mr Htun Htun Wynn and Ms Tin Win Maw. Their vision was to offer a secure home for retired logging elephants through providing an opportunity for visitors to interact with them, to learn about the ecology of the region and the traditions of the local community, and to enjoy the beautiful environment of the Green Hill Valley. Our Beautiful Burma tour features a visit to this fantastic project and is guaranteed to be one of the real highlights of the trip.

Community

We have all lived, worked and travelled widely throughout this beautiful and varied part of the world. We want all our clients to share our love for the region and to get the most out of their interaction with the locals they meet along the way. To help achieve this ambition, for each of our tours we provide language guides, cultural hints and tips, and guidelines for making the best choices for supporting the locals when eating, shopping or exploring.

In addition to our expert tour leaders you will also have the benefit of local guides in most destinations on your tour. Our guides are fantastic ambassadors for their own regions, whether it’s explaining the history and significance of Mandalay’s ancient capitals, Bagan’s remarkable plain of pagodas or the local cultures around Inle Lake, but best of all they act as a bridge to the local people you meet along the way – creating the opportunity to engage in meaningful exchange and turning random encounters into memorable experiences.

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