Discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you’ll ever meet. From golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquillity of Inle Lake, Myanmar will excite, impress and intrigue you. Visit the holy site of Shwedagon Paya, see ancient stone carvings at Kawkune cave, count one thousand Buddha statues in Lombumni Garden, visit a Buddha meditation centre on Shampoo Island, take a ferry out to Bilu island and Pay respect to the POWs who suffered on Death Railway during WWII in both Myanmar and Thailand. Lose yourself in the history, culture and spirituality of Myanmar in this trip that visits some of the more popular, and lesser known destinations. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2016: Following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej a 1 year mourning period has been declared in Thailand. In the first 30 days all government offices will fly the Thai flag at half-mast and there will likely be restrictions on the opening hours or selling of alcohol at entertainment venues including pubs and clubs. If your trip is before mid-January 2017 and includes a visit to the Grand Palace, this activity will be replaced with an alternative as the Palace will be closed to tourists while people from all over Thailand pay their respects to the King. Your leader will discuss this and any other changes with you at the Group Meeting on Day 1. As this is an emotional time for Thailand and its people we ask that our travellers wear dark coloured clothing over the next 30 days as a mark of respect to the much loved King.

Highlights

Get acquainted with Myanmar on a tour of downtown Yangon. Truly an incredible city, Yangon is packed with pagodas, giant Buddhas and countless historical sites

See the most beautiful religious sites in Myanmar, including the Shwedagon in Yangon, Shwesandaw in Bagan, the Shwe Yan Pyae (Teak Monastery) in Nyaungshwe and the Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo.

Touring the ancient city of Bagan by bicycle is a magical way to see the place. You'll have convenient and leisurely access to thousands of temples, stupas and pagodas

A full day of walking through the hills and villages of Kalaw may require a bit of energy, but it's one of the highlights of the trip. Get up-close and personal with the culture of rural Myanmar

Get off the tourist track and enjoy a uniquely local experience while staying at an innovative Community Lodge, and also around the villages near Mawlamyine and Dawei.

From both sides of the border, learn about the harrowing Thailand to Burma Railway built by WWII POWs.