With Bespoke Holidays to Myanmar, formerly Burma, it is a journey into the Asia of days gone by. Venture off the well-trodden tourist trail in South East Asia’s last unexplored frontier for a wonderful, often touching travel experience rich in old-world atmosphere, natural beauty, culture and memorable encounters with its engaging people. In this devoutly Buddhist country you’ll encounter red-robed monks knelt in prayer amongst the temple-filled plains and see precious gold-coated icons, said to have been touched by Buddha himself.
Myanmar remains a destination that people visit, but on organised group tours. The Government has tried to develop the tourism industry, but has fallen short on the visitor numbers. Infa-structure has been improved and private enterprise exists to cater for the growing market, although hotels are still reporting low occupancy. Usually Myanmar is part of tour combining visits with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
There is still mistrust that tourism will truly benefit local people and communities and some tour operators do not advise travel into the country.
• Yangon’s crowning glory, the mountainous Shwedagon Pagoda, is coated in 5 tons of gold and reputed to be 2,500 years old
• Trek into the Shan Hills through rice paddies, rolling hills and oxen ploughed fields of chilli, ginger and coriander
• Take the ‘Road to Mandalay’ and cruise the Ayeyarwaddy, observing the fascinating local river life from the comfort of the ship’s pool deck
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