Burma highlights tour

“Compact yet comprehensive, with nine days in Burma this tour covers all the key highlights, from the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda to the culture-ringed Inle Lake.”

Highlights

Yangon | Shwedagon Pagoda | Bagan | Mandalay | U Bein Bridge | Boat tour of Mingun and Sagaing villages | Inle Lake cruise | Leg rowing fishermen | Visits to artisan workshops

Description of Burma highlights tour

Tours of Burma/Myanmar unlock countless classic Southeast Asia scenes with foliage-covered temples, peeling colonial façades and a wealth of breathtaking jungle-fringed hillsides and prominent peaks occupying traveller camera lenses at every turn.

Encounters with the spiritually aware and more than friendly local people make Myanmar tours a real pleasure and help you gain further insight into this fascinating country and its unique cultural heritage that ranges from religious iconography to floating markets, and steaming bowls of mohinga (rice noodle fish soup).

Although this trip to Burma is just eleven days in total it still gives travellers enough time to experience an eclectic array of highlights with Bagan's temples, Burma's one time capital city of Mandalay and the mesmerising fishing folk of Inle Lake, all providing a fascinating glimpse of life in Southeast Asia.

Other highlights of this Burma tour include travelling through rural regions of Myanmar and meeting local people, as well as watching the sun come up over U Bein Bridge that spans Lake Taungthaman and is considered to be the world's longest and eldest teak wood bridge.

This tour of Burma starts and finishes in the country's largest city, Yangon (also known as Rangoon), where a blend of shimmering skyscrapers and golden spires form a memorable skyline to appreciate as you’re invited to explore at leisure.

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Our top tip:
Travel light - there is lots of travelling, and laundry facilities are available en route.
Trip type:
Small group, min age 16. Max. group size 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely - moderate.
Accomm:
Standard hotels, en suite rooms.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Accomm., breakfasts, transport by private bus and internal flights, listed activities, tour leader, international flights if booked.
Meals:
Breakfasts only.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Burma highlights tour

Environment

Activity:
We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and encourage the disposal of litter and even the collecting of existing litter on this tour. However, this tour also actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts and get a real impression of Myanmar. We hope, therefore, what is left behind is a positive cultural exchange and the feeling that the tourism industry can grow in this country.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Community:
We are conscious of the economic welfare of local communities and take as much opportunity as possible to buy local crafts and produce (on at least 4 days of the tour). One of our clients’ favourite locations to do this is the famous floating market on Inle Lake where locals gather with their colourful boats to sell fresh produce and traditional wares. There is a five day cycle for the floating market that literally circles the lake; here people come to sell their traditional wares early in the morning and return to their village for the afternoon. Depending on its current location we will be able to visit it, but if not, there are plenty other places to support cottage industries along the way e.g. learning about traditional cigar rolling at Myin Chan.

Act Local:
We are keen to adhere to the National League for Democracy’s call in 2011 for responsible tourism in Myanmar. On this trip we ensure all hotels used are non-regime and we spend each evening in a small restaurant. The advantage of paying locally for meals ensures the money goes directly to those who are working hard to make our visits welcome. All of our tour leaders are local and they are given regular training on responsible tourism issues so they can help preserve the way of life in their area. By using local leaders, we also hope they educate their own communities to help them maximise from our visit. Clients also gain a more genuine, passionate insight into the country.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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“Bagan is just awesome. I could go back there again and again, sit in a café and watch the world go by.”

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The trekking in kalaw was my memorable moment.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring hand gel for hands

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes and hopefully at some stage, they will do something about their rubbish.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A few too many pagodas, temples monasteries in the beginning. It got more interesting as time went on. Our guide was excellent.

Reviewed on 05 Mar 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda. So many local people and Monks enjoying the atmosphere. Also the cruise on Inle Lake, the cottage industries and seeing the local fishermen.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book it now. It is a wonderful insight into Myanmar. The country and the people are delightful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Especially the tour guide. His knowledge, sense of humour and overall a very nice "guy".

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Full day on and around Inle Lake. Traffic in Yangon is terrible, we wasted so much time sat in traffic on our two days there.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This is a full on trip with lots of early starts and busy days, with not that much free time. Go prepared for that and pack light, very easy and economical to get
laundry done at places we stayed. Lots of barefoot walking at temple and pagoda sites.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Tour leader operated a tips kitty, and did make sure that the groups saw him tip local guides, drivers, porters and restaurant staff. Mysteriously his account at
the end showed that he had spent every last Mynamar Kyat of the kitty, very well planned or what!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Good in that it gave an insight into Mynamar history and culture, it is described as Highlights which it was. Tour Leader Aung was not in the top league and
didn´t really have the presence or personality to be a leader, Many long hours on bus journeys when he might have been expected to give the group details of
the next activity/visit, or some background to where we were to visit, but instead sat isolated at the front and said hardly anything most of the time. One of the worst tour leaders I have experienced in over 20 years travelling on this type of trip.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Malcolm,

Firstly, thank you for your comments, we are always keen to hear all feedback so that we can action with our local team.

Regarding the tipping kitty, this is meticulously planned based on the group size so that the leader is aware of exactly how much he/she has to tip each provider. We find this is a far easier way to ensure good service but also to ensure that all is accounted for.

Regarding your comments about the leader, Aung, we have further looked into this. Aung has only led 3 trips before, so is somewhat new, but his overall score has been 4.58/5 which is about company average. We have discussed the feedback with him however and it is understood that he needs to be more forthcoming with information in the future. We are therefore providing more training before he leads another trip but we apologise that you felt that his performance was below standard for your trip.

We do hope that this explanation provides an adequate response to your review and offers you reassurance that we are continuously working on ensuring our trips offer a high quality experience.

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I can honestly say it was one of the best trips I have been on. Our guide Joseph was the perfect guide: he was kind, gentle, patient, was able to answer every question any of us asked him, had a great sense of humour and was a real pleasure to be with.

The country is incredible – it’s beautiful, the people are friendly, the history is
astounding…. We did and saw so much – I cannot pick my best highlight as it’s
impossible to choose just one. I was also very fortunate to have a wonderful group to share the experience with.


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Some days start very early so don't expect many lie-ins. If you're a lady traveler, pack long trousers or long skirts as you'll visit temples or pagodas on most days.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?



Reviewed on 27 Feb 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The visit to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon on the final day - the culmination of a
feast of sights and experiences packed into a fairly hectic schedule.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Limit your luggage. Laundry offered half way through. No need for 'smart'
clothes. Wifi much more widely available than guidebooks or trip notes suggest.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It benefited local people to the extent that we stayed in small private hotels,
ate in local restauranats and bought souvenirs from local craftsmen and hawkers.
We also visited a local orphanage and donated rice and money. Our guide handed out tips on our behalf to porters and other helpers (and gave us a printed record of what he had distributed.)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. We got on very well as a group of 12, had a full and varied programme
and a first class guide - knowledgeable with a sense of humour and extremely
efficient on the organisational side of things. Made it a very memorable holiday
we have already recommended to friends.

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