Burma vacations, small group tour
This is authentic Burma made easy - with a tour leader to translate tricky menus and find the way to remote villages, plus flights to break up the long days of travel.
Yangon Shwedagon Pagoda Bagan Mandalay Irrawaddy River U Bein Bridge at sunrise Boat tour to Mingun and Sagaing villages Kalaw Hill tribe trek Inle Lake cruise Floating markets Visits to artisan workshops Pindaya Leg rowing fishermen Optional: cycling to lakeside villages
US $2879excluding flights
Minimum age 16.
Description of Burma vacations, small group tour
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
If traveling from October-February, pack very warm layers. Kalaw and Inle Lake in particular can drop to freezing at night.
Small group, min. age 16. Max group size 16.
Moderate. One 5-6hr walk, which can be shortened to 3hrs.
Standard hotels, en suite rooms.
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Accomm., transport by private bus and internal flights, tour guide, listed activities, intl. flights if booked.
All breakfasts, one lunch.
9 Reviews of Burma vacations, small group tour
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 01 Mar 2020 by Sarah SharlandI loved the balloon flight over Bagan. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020 by Ann GriffithsBrilliant.... The most memorable part of the trip was all the temples and pagodas as well as the amazing food and the friendliness of the local people. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2018 by Jonathan PalmerThe most memorable was ballooning over Bagan - that was seriously amazing! Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Mar 2017 by Peter KinseyLearning about Myanmar was the best highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Mar 2015 by Mike BromilowMemorable: the friendliness of the Burmese people, the close-up look at the cottage industries we were taken to see, and the cruise at Inle Lake. Exciting: Sunrise over Bagan and the U-Bein bridge; visit to the Red Mountain vineyard, the Irrawaddy river cruise, the New Moon festival and parade at Inle Lake. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Nov 2013 by Lynda BrownAlmost perfect. Our guide was fun as well as being really informative. Apart from the hotel in Yangon all the accommodation was much better than I expected. We had virtually no free time as the guide offered so many options. This was wonderful as we packed as much as possible into the 2 weeks. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jan 2013 by Joanna LeeWatching the sun set over the plains of Bagan would be very hard to beat. The most memorable aspect would be the people themselves, they were beautiful, gracious and friendly. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jan 2013 by Yehudi GordonVery enjoyable and a great group and guide...The Teak Buddhas at Ananda Paya temple profoundly affected me. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jan 2013 by Adrian WELCHThe trip on Inlay Lake was the most memorable because I had no previous mental image of this place and the complexity of life on and around the water. Read full review
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.
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.
We are conscious of the economic welfare of local communities and take as much opportunity as possible to buy local crafts and produce (on at least 6 days of the tour). One of our clients’ favourite locations to do this is the famous lakeside market on Inle Lake where locals gather with their colourful boats to sell fresh produce and traditional wares. There is a five day cycle for the lakeside market that literally circles the lake; here people come to sell their traditional wares early in the morning and return to their village for the afternoon. Depending on its current location we will be able to visit it, but if not, there are plenty other places to support cottage industries along the way e.g. seeing how tofu is made and sold with yellow split peas when we pass through KaungDaing.
All of our tour leaders are local and they are given regular training on responsible tourism issues so they can help preserve the way of life in their area. By using local leaders, we also hope they educate their own communities to help them maximise from our visit. Clients also gain a more genuine, passionate insight into the country.
A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. Our leaders and guides have been trained in responsible travel and actively encourage our suppliers, drivers, and other members of our team to respect the environment, protect the culture and support the local economy. By using local leaders, we also hope they educate their own communities to help them maximise from our visit.
In Kalaw we are accompanied by local guides as we explore the area on foot. The tracks we use are centuries old trading routes used by the Pa-O, Palaung and Danu ethnic minorities for moving their cattle and harvesting their crops, and afford spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. This helps support villages not reached by other companies and we will have a warm welcome from the local villagers.
Sanon Restaurant and Training School:
On our itineraries we include a meal at Sanon Restaurant and Training School. This is part of the Myanmar Youth Development Institute and they do great work training disadvantaged youths in hospitality skills.