The “Golden Country” of Burma or Myanmar is in the words of Rudyard Kipling “quite unlike any other place you know about”. And even today as Myanmar is opening up, it still remains quite removed and the world apart. But what draws us to Burma is its natural beauty, amazing food, the Buddhist culture and wonderful people. From the gilded temples in Yangon to magical hot air balloon rides in Bagan, ,from the tranquility of the Inle Lake to the dramatic underground caves at Pindaya and not to forget the cruise over the beautiful Irrawaddy, Burma will excite, impress and intrigue you.
We start with Yangon that has several cultural delights, including religious monuments, museums, and parks. Its colonial architecture is a great draw as is its most famous landmark, the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda. The city is also home to the famous Bogyoke market where you will find exotic fruits and textiles, souvenirs, art and even rubies. At Bagan be amazed by the Plain of temples, one of Asia’s greatest sights. Here you can see pagoda after pagoda, large and small, rising from the green delta plain. These are as beautiful as Cambodia’s Angkor temples without the crowds. The best and the most comfortable way to explore Bagan is by horse cart, but also experience the slightly expensive hot air balloon ride that will help you understand the true essence of Bagan’s beauty. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Irrawaddy.
At Mandalay, explore the city’s historic quarters, visit the MahamuniPaya and see the famed Buddha, covered in gold leaf. Also visit the beautiful ShwenandawKyaung teak monastery, built entirely of teak wood and featuring intricately-carved depictions of the life of the Buddha. The KuthodawPagod is one of Mandalay’s most striking locations. This 19th-century complex is home to the “world’s largest book”, comprising 729 white marble tablets engraved with Buddhist scriptures. Return to peace of nature at beautiful Inlay Lake, the second largest lake in Myanmar. Stay at a traditional Inley-style resort and enjoy the floating village and markets here and get an opportunity to exchange culinary skills with locals. We also recommend a trip to the Pindaya caves from Inle. These caves set on a limestone ridge are filled with many chambers and tunnels all crammed with thousands of gilded Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes