This is an adult small group holiday to Burma to discover a fascinating place which has changed very little over the years and been untouched by the outside world. The infrastructure is still very underdeveloped as far as tourism goes and this trip supports local communities for a number of nights where you will stay in basic accommodation. You must have patience and understanding to travel in these remote and undeveloped areas of the world.
In 2012 demand has been so high for tours to Burma that new dates are being added and new hotels are being built! Book as early as you can to avoid disappointment.
There is a lot to see and do in just under two weeks and some of the distances covered are huge! Internal flights are used to make the most of time on the ground and most days will include about 4-6 hours of travelling. The fitness level on this holiday is basic the main active parts being the daywalk in Kalaw and cycling at Lake Inle. Travel will be by private minibus or coast, bikes, boats and 4 internal flights which avoid the shocking, bumpy roads! Accommodation is in a variety of hotels and basic guesthouses, but all rooms will be en-suite. The usual group size is between 6 and 18 plus local leaders and guides, minimum age 16.
Visit Bagan with its thousands of temples and is just as awe inspiring as Angkor in Cambodia but with far fewer tourists. You will also visit Rangoon (Yangon), with the largest number of colonial buildings in Southeast Asia, and Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma – a highlight will be time spent in the countryside. Walk past minority villages in Kalaw, a former colonial British hill station, cruise on Inle Lake where you see the famous leg-rowing fishermen, and visit cottage industries, floating markets, monasteries, temples and experience Burmese hospitality and friendliness first hand. For the first time in years in Burma, this is a holiday that does not use a government controlled local operator, (including any of their many affiliates), and avoids where possible government controlled infrastructure.