We've launched our first trip to Burma/Myanmar: Burmese Days. Walks Worldwide Manager, Tim Shepley would like to share his experiences of travelling around this astoundingly beautiful country.
"Like most people who visit Myanmar, my first impressions were based on the old British capital of Yangon (formally Rangoon). While the official capital has been moved to Naypyidaw, Yangon remains the largest and most important city, it seems a world away from other major SE Asia capitals such as Singapore or Bangkok, almost stuck in a time warp. It is often said that you are not in Paris if you can’t see the Eiffel Tower, the same could certainly be said for Yangon and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda.
My next stop was the last royal capital of Mandalay, while central Mandalay features the rebuilt Mandalay palace the real highlight of this area are the beautiful ancient capitals such as Ava and Mingun on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
Bagan takes your breath away like few other places on earth, similar in many ways to the Ankor temples of Cambodia, Bagan features over 2,200 temples spread out over a vast plain, it also offers one of the greatest places to watch a sunrise and sunset that I have ever seen.
My personal highlight of the trip was the trek from Kalaw, a British hill station, to Inle Lake, this 3-day hike through local villages, sleeping in local monasteries really allowed you to get up close to some of the friendliest people I have met on all my travels. The walk concluded on the banks of the magnificent Inle lake.
Myanmar is truly is a special destination; it is quickly opening up and tourism is growing a phenomenal pace. I loved my Burmese Days, and with this magnificent itinerary I am sure you will too."
Burmese Days: 16 day trip, from £2,250 land only. A detailed itinerary, specific dates and prices can be found here.
Find out more about this intriguing itinerary online or call Tim on 01962 737 565.