A tour of the Golden Land of Burma (renamed Myanmar) will transport you back to a time without supermarkets, cash machines or mobile phones. Even after many troubled decades since independence from British colonial rule in 1948, Burma remains a deeply spiritual, traditional society that’s only just opening up to the outside world. Endlessly intriguing, alluring and still the preserve of the discerning visitor, this is the perfect time to experience the true authenticity of this remarkable country before it takes its regular place on the tourist map. Your tour of Burma (Myanmar) will take you too to a land of breathtakingly beautiful scenery – thickly
wooded hills, impenetrable jungle, tranquil lakes, floating gardens, fiery tropical sunsets and unspoilt villages unchanged for centuries. You’ll travel by long-tail teak boat, on charmingly slow railways, and even by horse and cart on quiet, sandy lanes. Everywhere you go, you’ll also discover the wonderful charm of the Burmese people. They’re genuinely so glad to see you, so helpful, and always so eager to please. Over the course of 250 years from the 11th century, the wealthy rulers of the Bagan Empire built an astonishing 10,000 temples and pagodas across the serene, fertile plains they controlled. You’ll marvel at their exquisite craftsmanship that’s still alive and practised today in the tiny workshops that
surround them. Your Burma tour will also take you to the picturesque garden city of Rangoon (Yangon) with its eclectic mix of colonial reminders and Buddhist shrines including the spectacular golden Shwedagon Pagoda. You’ll travel deep into the rural countryside to see skilled artisans working with wood, silk and lotus fibres. In famous Mandalay you’ll stay the former Governor’s house, visit its enormous palace complex and teak monastery, cross the world’s longest teak bridge, and see its largest book – 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures. Your tour to the Golden Land of Burma will be truly unforgettable.