Myanmar highlights holiday

“A tailor made, two week tour of Myanmar, with highlights including Bagan and Inle Lake. Staying in stunning hotels and also one night in an ecolodge. With some internal flights. ”

Highlights

Mandalay | U Bein's Bridge | Boat trip to Bagan | Pindaya | Danu villages | Inle Lake | Nyaung Shwe | Night in ecolodge | Cookery class | Yangon (formerly Rangoon)

Description of Myanmar highlights holiday

This Myanmar highlights holiday is a two week, tailor made trip that is a perfect introduction to the country for a first time visitor. It is a relatively speedy way around the country, but we do use internal flights to help make the most of your time.

Starting in Mandalay and finishing in Yangon, these are the two main urban stops on your itinerary. As this is tailor made we can, however, tweak this itinerary to ensure that you see everything that interests you, and spend longer in certain places if that appeals.

In Mandalay, explore its colonial heritage by horse and cart, visit the jade market and famous railway bazaar, or just sip tea and watch daily life happen in front of you. Another fine place to watch the world go by is from the top of the city’s Mandalay Hill, and we will arrange a driver to take you up there. Or of course you can walk if you prefer. Another highlight of Mandalay is a boat trip out to the famous U Bein's Bridge at sunset, the world’s longest teak bridge.

Your next stop is the biggie for many of our guests: Bagan, where thousands of temples and pagodas stretch out to the horizon. You journey there by boat from Mandalay, a wonderfully relaxing way to arrive in such a spectacular cultural landscape.

The cultural landscape at Lake Inle is one that also stays with our guests for a long time, as you take in array of waterside life, the stilt house villages, floating markets and vegetable gardens as well as the famous leg rowing fishermen. You can canoe on the lake or cycle around it, take a Shan cookery lesson and spend a night in an ecolodge on the north side of the Lake at Nyaung Shwe.

Finally you fly back to Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon which, although it is no longer the capital of the country, is considered by many to be the cultural and historical heart. Visit the markets, the stupendous Shwedagon Pagoda, or just get on board the city’s circular railway that takes you through some of the traditional suburbs where you can see real life going on.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
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Environment

We encourage all our clients to take carbon reduction seriously and endorse Friends of Conservation’s 'Carbon Reduction Map' system, whereby you can easily calculate how much you should contribute for your flight.

Recognising the many benefits that travel brings, Friends of Conservation offer travellers the opportunity to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of flying by supporting community and conservation initiatives.

These include alternative energy and forestry programmes in Kenya and projects in Asia, South Africa and South and Central America that focus on habitat acquisition, conservation and renewable energy activities.

One of the best ways to see the iconic U Bein’s Bridge at Amarapura near Mandalay is by boat – not only are you away from the crowds but not walking on this ancient structure is helping to preserve it. We also encourage bicycle rides around Inle lake to explore the local villages.

In Bagan bicycles are a good way to explore and see some of the lesser visited temples, which also reduces the need for a vehicle. It is possible to hire electronic bikes to make cycling a little easier in the heat and to cover greater ground.

Community

Myanmar is a country that is slowly opening up to tourism and sustainable tourism practices and therefore initiatives that are culturally, environmentally and socially sound are still in their infancy.

For over 15 years we have been working with a family-owned partner in Myanmar who demonstrates care for the environment, preservation of their culture and commitment to the community as well as providing employment opportunities for many local people throughout the country.

Some countries still have sanctions against former government officials and entities and as such we prefer to use non-government owned accommodation and local drivers and guides. We recommend eating in local restaurants as well as purchasing locally-made souvenirs from small shops and street vendors so you can ensure that money goes directly into the hands of the local people. On this trip for example, you will visit the Jade market in Mandalay, cookery classes near Inle Lake and pottery workshops at Twante pottery village.

After the devastating effects of Cyclone Nargis in May 2008, we wanted to raise funds to help a community affected by one of the worst natural disasters of all time. Our local partner in Burma helped us to identify a small primary school in Paya Ngoto village which had been virtually destroyed and was in desperate need of a donor to help rebuild the school and move the 55 students out of temporary bamboo classrooms back into the main schoolhouse.

After months of fundraising and the hard work of a local contractor and workforce, the school was completed and the children moved back into their brighter, larger and better equipped schoolhouse.

This is a project that we are immensely proud of and we encourage visits in small controlled numbers, particularly as so many generously donated and supported our fundraising efforts. A visit to this school is included in your itinerary.

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