Burma cultural vacation

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Small group cultural tours

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travelers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are traveling alone or with friends it's good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travelers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

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Low Impact Transportation: This trip gives you the chance to try out the slow boat on the Irrawady river or a public bus from Mandalay to Bagan, on your free day in Bagan visit the temples by bike or horse cart and use the special cyclo’s in Myanmar to get around Yangon and Mandalay. Getting around as the locals do not only allows you to experience the culture on a deeper level, but the same way it is at home, using public transport is the most sustainable way to go – after walking and cycling of course! Supporting local culture and businesses: There are a multitude of opportunities to support local businesses and immerse yourself into the culture of Myanmar on this trip. From the colourful markets to the bustling food stalls and cafes, the choices for eating and handicrafts are endless and the money is staying in the local economy - a vital way for tourism to make a positive impact. Activities that take you to markets, locally-owned restaurants, locals’ homes and villages are vital to the local peoples’ ability to truly benefit from tourism.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Our style of trip, traveling and eating with the locals, puts you right at the heart of the culture in Myanmar. On the local boat on Irrawady river you have the option to buy local lunch cooked on the boat. If possible and if group interested we can arrange a local meal in a family’s home in New Bagan. The food is great and cooked by my friend May Soe’s mother. In Mandalay you have free time to explore the city but also to explore some of the many tea houses with great local and cheap food. Chatting with the locals will give you an amazing insight in local life. It may not be apparent that learning about and respecting other cultures is part of being a responsible traveler, but we believe that this discovery is a natural way for people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and religions to interact and learn from each other, fostering peace and understanding. And it’s just plain fascinating!

Support Heritage: On this trip there are numerous opportunities to visit important heritage sites on foot or by bicycle such as the Schwedagon Pagoda, Mingun and Sagaing hill, the Golden Rock, the temples in Bagan, Pindaya cave and Inle lake, among others. Celebrating world heritage is an important way to participate in sustainable tourism. Many world heritage sites are designated for protection so that all the world’s people can share in these fascinating and historical wonders for generations to come

Other optional unique experiences on this trip that allow you to support the local economy and learn about Burmese culture include: Bike ride in the country side of Bagan exploring the Burmese life outside the main tourist attractions, having lunch in a local restaurant. Get up early in the morning and see the monks or nuns collecting alms.

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Reviewed on 11 Jan 2017 by

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


I loved the scale of the number of pagodas in Bagan. It was truly amazing.

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


Keep an open mind. This is a country that is relatively new to the broader travel circuit and amenities are simple but this makes it even more charming.

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


Absolutely. I felt that we spent our money with local people at all times

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


10 out of 10. Interesting, rich culturally, exciting and immersive.

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2016 by

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


Early morning in Bagan looking from one of the higher stupas over the whole plain. Amazing, and unexpected highlight.

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


Go now - imagine Myanmar will change a lot - signs of more western oriented travel facilities being built- will country lose magical chairman?

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


Lots of local restaurants used - no international brands used - still major problem with plastic useage and waste.

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


Very good vacation, made exceptional by tour leader.

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2014 by

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


Very difficult as there were so many.... But I suppose I have to say an evening spent in the Hi Ar in Kalaw. Locals enjoying each other's company with singing to guitars was simply enchanting. The tone, the energy, the result and their acceptance of a visitor wishing to partake of their nightly entertainment....

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


Respect the local customs, obtain more up to date information relating to changing monies and use of ATMs / credit/ debit cards, take a traveling pillow with you if you dislike hard, chunky ones. Learn a few words and make an effort to use them while meeting and being assisted by those around you

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


I would like to think so...it is a country in transition and I only hope the visitors it attracts are the ones that are not arrogant, badly behaved , rude, mean nor disrespectful....... The 'action- reaction' nexus always ensues. Currently the vast majority of people are so welcoming with their greetings and beaming smiles. And yet one fears it will change bit by bit... Their beliefs carry them through and their sharing to help a fellow human being is exemplary. Something sadly not experienced widely in the West. But a little goes a long way... A little gift, a smile, a greeting a little politeness.....
Environmental impacts - hardly. Pollution is dreadful but similar to all other poor third works countries. Support conservation -hardly...
Perhaps as the economy and appreciation grows, so will such matters. It took us a long time not to achieve that much so let us not set the bar too high...

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


Excellent.... Great insight into a fascinating country, superb people. A great bunch of fellow adventurers led by a marvellous and most able CEO. A tremendous success...

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