Burma small group tour

Discover a Southeast Asia of years ago on this small group tour of Burma's best bits. From famous temples to rarely seen villages, there'll be plenty of chances to meet the locals.
Yangon Bagan Ayeyarwaddy River cruise Mandalay Kalaw Inle Lake Opportunity for hot air balloon ride, additional museum, market, palace visits/activities during free time
Price
US $2220ToUS $2500excluding flights
Duration
15 Days
Type
Small group
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Single supplement $390.
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Late availability on these dates: 09 Oct, 30 Oct, 04 Nov
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Description of Burma small group tour

Travel to Myanmar and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquility of Inle Lake, Myanmar will excite, impress and intrigue you.

This 15-day small group guided vacation reveals the country’s highlights. It’s a chance to experience how much of Southeast Asia felt some 20 years ago, full of rarely seen sights and warm local people. You will tour Yangon, an incredible city packed with pagodas, giant Buddhas and countless historical sites and then visit the beautiful ancient city of Bagan. It’s a must for any visitor, and you’ll be able to tour this incredible site by bicycle, giving you leisurely access to thousands of temples, stupas and pagodas. This trip also takes you off the typical tourist track with a stay at the community lodge outside of Myaing. This innovative ActionAid project is the first community-based accommodation in the area, with meals and activities provided by local villagers. A full day of walking through the hills and villages of Kalaw may require a bit of energy, but it’s one of the highlights of this trip, followed by a boat trip on Inle Lake to see the floating tomato plantations and cottage industries such as silversmiths, weavers and cigar makers. If you’re lucky, you might even see the floating market which circles the lake every five days.

Flights between Yangon and the key sights in the north help you cover more ground in just two weeks, but you’ll also travel by bicycle, bus, longtail boat, private vehicle and songthaew, a kind of shared taxi. A good level of fitness is recommended, to handle the walking in humid conditions. Throughout the trip, there are plenty of optional extras to add to the included activities, from puppet shows and temple visits, to a Streets By Night tour in Yangon. This is a chance to get up-close and personal with the culture and landscapes of Myanmar.

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US $2220ToUS $2500excluding flights
Single supplement $390.
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Our top tip:
Climb one of the many staircases in Bagan at sunset for access to hidden vantage points and magical views.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 16 people.
Activity level:
Moderate
Accomm:
13 nights 2*-3* hotels, 1 overnight boat
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome
Included:
Transport, accommodation, listed activities, tour guide
Meals:
Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

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2 Reviews of Burma small group tour

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Reviewed on 03 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Bagan, kalor and rural project. I fact in-laws lake was also special.—infacf I just find it differcult to pick one thing

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It is hot-allergy tablets if you have any doubt about yourself

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes-in a number of ways

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


The group on my trip really got on well and that in conjunction with a super guide really made the vacation

Reviewed on 09 Dec 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There was a huge amount of memorable and exciting parts of this trip, however hot air ballooning over Bagan's ancient temples at sunrise had to be one of the most special memories.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring large denomination US dollars - this might seem counter intuitive for a country such as this, but you get a better exchange rate. Plus make sure the bills are all pristine; their own money is pretty ragged, but dollars need to have no creases or folds, otherwise some places reject them. Euros can be exchanged freely too, which not many guide books tell you.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely benefited local people, giving more jobs through tourism.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


9/10 It's a magical country and though I want other people to be able to share this magic. I also at the same time, don't want mass tourism to ruin this country.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

This fantastic highlights itinerary focusses on local interaction, from accommodation in small locally owned hotels and guest house properties to a night on a boat. We use local transport such as buses, longtail boats, a songthaew and even horse and cart, all of which are chosen for their balance of giving you, the traveler an amazing experience while all the time supporting local trade, economy and industry – public transport is also the most environmentally sound method of travel, so we try use it where ever possible. The bikes we us in Bagan to explore the temple complex are hired from a local supplier, as is the private vehicle we use when public transport is not practical.

We encourage all our passengers to take steps to ensure that their trip is environmentally responsible as possible. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible and we encourage all our travelers to use refillable water bottles with purification tablets rather than contributing to the rapidly escalating problem caused by the copious number of plastic bottles discarded globally on a daily basis.

People

In 2003, we responded to the call for a boycott on travel to Burma by the then democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) party was denied the right to govern the country by the military dictatorship. Over the past few years positive events within the country including the elections in November 2010, the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and the subsequent call to end the travel boycott by the NLD, have prompted us to return to this fascinating destination.

By reintroducing our grassroots style of travel, we can contribute to improving the circumstances of the Burmese people by way of initiating a two-way exchange. Firstly, resuming trips will give them a chance to interact with visitors from other countries, thus giving a rare glimpse into life and governance in other parts of the world, and secondly, taking passengers to Burma will help to build awareness of the complex issues this country continues to face, as well as positively contributing to the economy.

We recruit all of the staff you will encounter on this trip from the local area, actively creating employment and benefitting local families. Your group leader, driver and any one-off site guides you meet will all be local. A secondary benefit of this is that it enables us to give you the best vacation experience possible by making the most of their vast local knowledge that overseas guides just don’t have. They can direct you to the best stalls for authentic handicrafts, the best restaurants and cafes and tell you the ‘must see’ sights that haven’t yet made it into the guide books.

You’ll discover small, traditional restaurants on this trip, eating where the locals eat and trying the best of the regional specialities, all from the knowledge of your local guide. These (often family run) properties will be real trip highlights and give you more chances to interact with locals of a relaxing evening. We encourage our travelers to continue our support of local industry when it comes to purchasing souvenirs; visits to places such as Bogyoke Market in Yangon or the floating market on Inle Lake give lots of opportunity to hone haggling skills while stocking up on traditional handicrafts.

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