Burma tailor made holiday
Description of Burma tailor made holiday
This 10 day Burma tailor made holiday will take you on an incredible cultural history round-trip from the capital Yangon by public transport, internal flights and traditional long tail boats.
After waving goodbye, for now, to the British colonial properties and ancient Buddhist temples of Yangon the next stop on this Burma tailor made holiday will be the former royal capital of Mandalay where palaces and monasteries sit side by side surrounded by Buddhist heritage.
Bagan, one of Southeast Asia’s most incredible ancient sites, lies in wait after time spent in Mandalay, with a visit to Inle Lake conjuring up sleepy villages and unique fishing techniques prior to flying back to Yangon from where your Burma tailor made holiday will come to a close.
13 Reviews of Burma tailor made holiday
Reviewed on 16 Jan 2018 by Carlo Nuvolari-DuodoThe visit of Inle Lake was the most memorable. Relaxing and very interesting. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Apr 2016 by Claire EliasI have tried not to bore people with how marvellous it all was. But have recommended Myanmar to anyone who will listen. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Dec 2015 by Stephen WestacottExcellent. Good balance between relaxation (river and beach) and learning about the country, religion, history etc. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Nov 2014 by Stephen OsgerbyIn one word - outstanding. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Aug 2014 by Nils BarkThe Elephant Sanctuary and the traveling around Shan State were the best parts of this trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Mar 2014 by Alice BrethertonThe most memorable parts of the holiday were the temples at Bagan and charming Hsipaw and the local village visit and boat trip - tranquil, natural beauty...Excellent tour, very well organised. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jan 2013 by Janette GledhillIt was a wonderful holiday which I have been recommending to everyone I meet! The highlights were the elegant pink nuns we met along the way wielding a double handed saw to cut down some trees. The village family we visited, seeing their house and meeting their neighbours sharing tea with them all and trying on their national costumes. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Dec 2013 by Liz OllierWe loved our holiday. The mixture of culture, wildlife (particularly the birds at Inle lake)interesting places to stay and excellent street food was just what we needed. I travel a lot for work and this was just the contrast I needed. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Dec 2013 by Pat MealhamIt was fantastic. Well organised but with plenty of free time. Excellent guides and drivers. A 5 star holiday up there with our very best holidays. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Mar 2013 by Fran PearceVery good - all arrangements were exactly as described in the agreed itinerary. ..The whole trip was action packed and very enjoyable so it is difficult to itemise a specific memorable or exciting part although it is fair to say that the visit to the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda on the first evening set the scene for the holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Feb 2013 by Mike SmalleyThe most positive memories of our trip were the journey to, and being at, the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda and the days hike we had in the countryside at Lake Inle. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Sep 2012 by Jo BrooksExcellent. Going to Burma/Myanmar was a long time dream of ours and now our dream has become memories that will stay with us forever. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Nov 2012 by Karen Griffiths...it was very professionally organised at UK and at local level and was a totally absorbing experience Read full review
Planet and peopleWe recognise that travel in Burma is a contentious issue and welcome the recent announcement from the National League for Democracy that it now welcomes small group tours. We have operated in Burma for a number of years and have always believed that tourism in Burma has many positive benefits, providing a large number of local people with an income that they might otherwise struggle to receive. We try to restrict the amount of money funnelled towards the Burma regime by staying in privately owned rather than hotels that are government owned or owned by members of the military regime, and also by using private rather than government airlines within the country.
We discourage our clients from asking inappropriate questions of our guides; politics within Burma is a difficult issue and it is extremely important that we do not put our guides in a difficult position.
We visit a number of important historical sites on this tour. The entrance fees that we pay at these sites helps fund their preservation and ensure that this aspect of Burma’s cultural heritage remains for others to enjoy in years to come – particularly important in a country where finding resources for this can be difficult. In addition to this some of these sites contain ancient and fragile religious frescoes that are very susceptible to damage. We make a point of advising our travellers not to touch these valuable paintings to ensure that they remain as they are.
Travellers also have the opportunity to support local communities by purchasing local handicrafts.
Our philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that your experience will be enhanced. We also try to engage with our suppliers on an equal basis - getting the lowest possible price usually isn’t the best outcome for local communities and is ultimately unsustainable. We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success and to us working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an ongoing relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved.
We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures - usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services. As well as our local guides and tour leaders, we employ guides from the communities and regions that we visit, ensuring that the benefits from tourism are more fairly shared and do not end up always being funnelled towards Yangon.
We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.
Our guides will brief travellers on appropriate behaviour, both cultural and environmental. We work with our local suppliers to highlight best practice in terms of environmental issues.