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Complete Burma (Myanmar) Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Experience the vibrant culture and ancient wonders of Burma on this stunning tour.
Surviving natural disasters, political upheavals and economic instability, the people of Burma have an irrepressible spirit that is contagious.Travel to Burma and experience the vibrant culture, generous hospitality and ancient wonders of this incredible country. Whether it be witnessing the glittering spires of Shwedagon Pagoda, canoeing down tranquil Inle Lake, exploring the thousands of crumbling temples and sacred structures in Bagan, visiting tribal villages or relaxing on the pristine beaches of Ngwesaung, Burma is one destination that is sure to take your breath away.
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Welcome to Yangon, the former capital and the commercial, historical and cultural heart of Burma. Get swept up in the lively atmosphere of this irrepressible city, which is nestled in the shadow of the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda. Take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding sights before a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Visit one of Burma's most striking temples, the Shwedagon Pagoda. Draped in gold, diamonds and rubies, this Buddhist pagoda dominates Yangon's city skyline and is best visited at sunrise or sunset. After a lesson about the temple's history and the spiritual practices that go on there, head to the airport for a brief flight to Mandalay. Explore the city for the rest of the afternoon at your own pace, perhaps stopping at a local eatery to slurp down some of the nation's favourite soup, mohinga (fish broth and noodles).
Depart from the bustling waterfront for a ferryboat cruise (weather permitting) along the sprawling Ayeyarwaddy River. Float past idyllic riverside villages and wave hello to local fishermen from the comfort of the onboard restaurant. Dock in Bagan and explore the vast surrounding plains, littered with more than 4000 ancient structures. Legend has it that nearby Mt Popa, an extinct volcano, is home to local spirits and deities. Explore this mystical site on foot. And for the actively inclined, climb the 777 steps to pay homage at the shrine. Stop by a neighbouring village to mingle with the locals or kick back and relax with an optional horse-drawn carriage tour of this fascinating region.
Spend a few days discovering the majestic beauty of Inle Lake. Jump aboard a boat and enjoy a cruisey ride around Burma's second largest lake. Glide through the famously lovely floating gardens and watch the traditional gardening skills of the Intha tribe in action. Later, visit other small nearby villages to better understand how the clever locals live off this stunning waterway.
Travel to Kyaiktiyo and go on a short trek tom the stunning 'Golden Rock'.
Wander through the Shwemawdaw Pagoda in Bago and visit the impressive Reclining Buddha statue en route to Yangon.
The country's biggest city and former capital, Yangon has many cultural delights and excellent sights, including religious monuments, museums, parks and the Bogyoke Market.
Stop in again at Bassein (Pathein) en route back to Yangon to visit the local cottage industries and learn about the country's involvement in World War II. Arrive back in Yangon in the afternoon and spend the evening with the group, watching the sunset over Shwedagon Pagoda, savoring local cuisine and toasting the final night of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
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