Backyard Travel, an Asian tour company, has released a new trip taking travelers through the highlights of Myanmar, led by expert local Backyard Travel guides. Travelers on the cultural exploration will visit captivating regions such as Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake and Mandalay, as well as lesser-seen areas such as Sagaing, Ava and Kalaw.
This special new tour offers the chance to spend time at the cultural highlights of the majestic country and enjoy many unique experiences that few have the opportunity to do.
The customizable 14-day, 13-night tour begins and ends in the historic city of Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon in its days of British occupation. Here, travelers can discover countless colonial buildings led by an expert Backyard Travel guide who’ll ensure travelers enjoy exclusive insider experiences.
Mandalay is the next stay on the cultural exploration, a stop that will help educate travelers on the different religions of Myanmar with a guided trip around some of the significant religious structures. While in Mandalay, travelers will also have the opportunity to make their own marionette puppets, handcrafting a personalized souvenir to take home and cherish.
Ava and then Amarapura, two former capitals of Myanmar, are the next stops on the ethnic exploration trip. In Amarapura travelers will have the chance to visit the Mahagandayon monastery, home to over 1,000 monks and take a walk along U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge.
The cultural tour then moves on to Bagan where travelers can investigate some lesser-known sites as well as taking a cruise down the Irrawaddy River to experience everyday riverside life and paying visit to the Kuthodaw Pagoda nicknamed the “World’s Biggest Book” due to the 729 marble stone slabs containing Buddhist scripture that can be found there.
From Bagan, the intriguing tour moves to the lesser seen Kalaw region with a stop in Magwe village to visit a secluded elephant camp idyllically set on the banks of the Irrawaddy.
The tour then takes travelers to the majestic Inle Lake to observe the lifestyle of locals and their stilted villages. Led by a local guide, travelers can take a boat cruise around the lake and witness the leg-rowing fishermen ply their trade.
Before departing Myanmar, the tour returns to Yangon to visit the Kandawgyi Garden and the Shwedagon Pagoda to round out the cultural exploration in style.
Bangkok based Backyard Travel is a travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan and China. For more information, visit http://www.backyardtravel.com.