The tour departs from South Africa on 2nd February and travels via Singapore to Yangon (formerly Rangoon) where we will spend one day exploring this fascinating city. Yangon’s most famous landmark is the Shwedagon Pagoda. This is Myanmar’s holiest monument and its golden stupa is covered with 60 tons of pure gold leaf. The Shwedagon Pagoda was originally built around 2500 years ago to house eight sacred hairs of the Buddha.
The next day we’ll head overland to Kyaikhtiyo. Here we will visit The Golden Rock which is one of Myanmar’s main pilgrimage sites. Here we will spend a night in the area before continuing on to Bago, the former capital of the Mon Kingdom. On our return to Yangon, we’ll visit the Allied War Cemetery. This beautiful cemetery is the final resting place for over 27 000 Allied soldiers.
We’ll have another night in Yangon and from here it’s a short flight to Heho, gateway to Inle Lake. We’ll have two nights on the lake and base ourselves at the lovely Inle Resort from where we’ll be able to explore the area. Here we’ll see the floating gardens, the leg-rowing fishermen, the Jumping Cat Monastery, pagodas, ancient stupas and a cheroot factory where typical Burmese cigars are made by hand. The scenery around the lake is magnificent.
Next stop on our itinerary is Mandalay, known as a centre of skilled craftsmanship and which, in former times supplied the Royal Court. Visits to the former capitals of Amarapura, Ava, Sagaing and Mingun with their ancient monasteries and pagodas are included.
The group then travels to Monywa to explore the Thanboddhay Pagoda and on to Bagan via Po Win Taung and Pakkoku by Jeep and boat discovering the peaceful rhythm of Burmese village life as we continue south along the Irrawaddy River stopping at hidden temples. Po Win Taung is an extraordinary complex of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in South East Asia.
Three nights will be spent in the legendary and tranquil town of Bagan. Thousands of ancient stupas and temples in this area make Bagan one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. From the 11th to the 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.
Once again, the group will return to Yangon before flying back to South Africa via Singapore on 16 February.
I will be escorting the tour from South Africa and local English speaking guides will accompany the group throughout.
Get ready to skim over jade lakes, amble on horse carriage through golden plains, and hustle through city streets in a rickshaw as you delve into one of the most astonishing countries in all of Asia. Our Myanmar tour takes you on a journey from Irrawaddy villages to Buddhist shrines, with diversions away from the main sites and into the heart of the country. Admire architectural marvels, discover different cultures, and learn the secrets behind local arts and crafts on a journey to see the very best Myanmar has to offer.
Since Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from house arrest in 2011, the lid on tourism has been lifted. Now is the time to visit Myanmar. Turn back the clock and join us on a trip where the adventure travel of old still lives on.
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