Myanmar cultural tour

“A two week, small group tour starting in Mandalay and finishing in Yangon, taking in some of Myanmar’s cultural greats en route. Using a mix of public and private transport, with one internal flight. ”

Highlights

Mandalay | Hsipaw | Kyaukme | Palaung villages | Scenic train Kyaukme to Pyin Oo Lwin | Shan Hills | Bagan temples | Inle Lake | Yangon

Description of Myanmar cultural tour

This Myanmar cultural tour is like entering another world really, starting in the iconic city of Mandalay made famous by Rudyard Kipling in his poem ‘Mandalay. And various songs followed after that. Mandalay is pure poetry in motion, however, with its hilltop stupas, dusty colonialism leftovers, and the far from dusty but totally contemporary Yadanar night market.

We then head north to do a cultural circuit that includes the former Shan Royal city of Hsipaw and visit Shan villages or Palaung villages in the valleys around Kyaukme. The scenic train journey through the Shan Hills is time to sit back and take in life and landscape all around you.

It is quite hard to take in the Bagan Temples at first, however, the first stop as we head south of Mandalay this time. With more Buddhist temples in one place than anywhere else in the world, we take two days to explore this very special place where thousands of temples and pagodas peek above the trees and mist, stretching into the horizon.

Myanmar is packed with pretty views and one of the other favourites is Inle Lake, where we take a boat ride to visit the traditional floating markets and gardens. And last, but not least, your journey draws to a close in Yangon where we visit its iconic, golden Shwedagon Pagoda, markets and lakes in this former capital city.

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11 Aug 2018
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Myanmar cultural tour

Environment

As a part of this tour we visit a number of sites that are dedicated to protecting the environment. For instance we visit an elephant conservation centre where the proceeds of our entrance fees go towards maintaining these retired elephants. The community project that we visit has created a haven for the elephants by providing a natural habitat for them, as well as helping the local community in a bid to erase poverty in their area.

This tour also visits several breathtaking natural sites and ruined temples and it is very important to us that these locations are not ruined by too many travellers not respecting the area. Our responsible travel policy sets out our expectations of travellers when visiting these sites, including not taking any rocks or stones as souvenirs and taking only photos.

This tour also includes a mix of public and private transport reducing the carbon footprint. A train journey through the Shan mountains and another over the Goitek Viaduct provide scenic landscapes whilst reducing the effect on the environment.

Community

We visit several local villages and communities that give us an insight into traditional culture in Myanmar such as the Shan States. From Hsipaw for example, we explore the local Shan villages. Here an expert guide will explain about traditional Shan life including home industries like bamboo weaving. We also discover the Palaung community who live according to old traditions. They rarely have contact with the Western world so this is a great insight into an authentic way of life.

We also employ the services of local guides which has the dual benefit of providing valuable insight into the culture for our travellers, as well as providing a source of income for local people. It is our aim that tourism be beneficial to local communities, not exploitative, so we pay fairly and demand decent working conditions from any local enterprise with whom we choose to partner.

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