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After many years of isolation, Burma, or Myanmar as it is officially known, finally offers travellers the opportunity to experience its rich culture. Burma retains the aura of a bygone era with a winning combination of diverse landscapes, stunning temples - 2000 alone on the plains of Bagan, smiling faces and a wonderfully laid back way of life.

The Himalayan foothills in the north tumble into the watery world of Inle Lake - home to floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas before giving way to jungles of the south with thousands of ornate pagodas and temples dotting the countryside in between.

The best of Burma
Get that true local flavour

See the unique one legged rowing style of the Intha men on Inle Lake, walk the U Bein bridge to meet the monks at sunset, watch the sunrise at the temples of Bagan, shop for lovely handmade fabrics in the Shwe-gyi-do Quarter in Mandalay and take a scenic cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River.

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Burma tour reviews

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The 12 day Best of Burma tour was inspirational in terms of the different cultures in the states that we visited, the religious buildings (Buddahs, Temples, Monasteries) and the activities and adventures undertaken. I was so pleased to be able to see this country while it is still developing and progressing after years of repression and before the tourism industry takes it over (5 million tourists expected in 2015). There were only three of us on the tour and we were all over 60 years of age! Being used to a lot of walking and other exercise at home I was able to climb steps and get on and off boats quite easily but the other two ladies in their 70's struggled a bit sometimes particularly with the "light" trekking in Kalaw. However, they were very determined and managed most activities.

The organisation of the tour ran smoothly and the first guide who met us at Yangon airport (Win) was helpful and informative when we were seeing various sights in the city. He also gave us quite a lot of information about Buddism in order that we could understand the reasons for so many archeological religious buildings.

The guide who met us at Mandalay was also very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and various stupas and temples. He noticed that the two older ladies needed help at times and was very helpful in getting them on and off boats.

The 11 hour boat trip from Mandalay to Bagan was very pleasant but too long and I think the concensus of opinion was that we would have rather have flown to Bagan and had more time for further sightseeing. The food on board was not very good and stomach upsets ensued!

We were met by our Bagan guide (whose name escapes me!) who was probably the most knowledgeable and helpful of all our guides. He took particular care to help the two older ladies in Kawlaw and when they decided not to attempt the steps at Mt Popa temple, he ensured that they were well looked after by the bus driver. He had a good sense of humour and kept us all cheerful. We were very sad to say goodbye to him at the jetty of Inle Lake but was then looked after by yet another guide (Sai) for the day. He gave us information of the Lake and accompanied us to the restaurant, a monastery and silk making factory before taking us to our water world hotel. At the end of our stay at Inle Lake, we were met by a Columbus driver who took us to Heho Airport for the return journey to Yangon.

Cost wise the tour was fairly expensive compared to the Vietnam/Cambodia tour as there were no meals included (apart from breakfast) and there were 5 guides to tip!! However, I appreciate that it is early days for tourism and that hotel costs may still be expensive. We were asked by OntheGo to take USD as there were no ATM's in the country but this was not correct in our experience. The restaurants/hotels were quite fussy about the state of the dollar bills and I had some refused on one or two occasions. Luckily I had no money stolen on this tour but there was an attempt to cut the strap of my shoulder bag whilst we were at the Indein market at Inle Lake which I discovered when getting back into the boat.

Altogether I loved this country and would return for a further tour should the north and western areas be more accessable in the future. ”  

• Submitted 2 Mar 2015

Other recommendations for a visit to Burma

Sitting on the east bank of the Ayeyarwady River is Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma with the magnificent complex of Mandalay Palace being a key drawcard. At the ancient city of Amarapura, Mahagandayon Monastery is home to several thousand young monks and if you get there for mealtime you’ll see hundreds of robe-clad monks queuing up for their lunch. The U Being Bridge in Amarapura, the oldest and longest teak bridge in the world set over the beautiful Taungthaman Lake is a popular spot for travellers, as is the laid back cruise of the Ayeyarwaddy River towards Bagan. For a real local experience, after you’ve seen Bagan’s famous temples, head to the riverside town of Nyaung-U and into the hustle and bustle of the morning market It’s a real hive of activity, there’s an abundance of local produce and handicrafts on sale.

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