Priced from $4,895 Days: 13
This private guided tour takes you through rarely visited parts of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma and now officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. You'll travel by private vehicle, bicycle, and boat as you tour this beautiful country rich in jade, gems, natural gas and oil, fruits, local weavings and wildlife. The country is diverse in climate as well as religion; Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and Hindus live in this ancient country that includes a dry zone in the middle of the country, wetlands, jungles, and 1,200 miles of outer coastline.
Our trip will take us off the beaten path as much as is possible in a country where many areas are off limits to tourists. We visit local markets, monasteries, wetland parks, and the famous temples, including the Kyauk Gu Ohnmin cave temple, rarely seen by tourists. We spend several days at Inle Lake with its charming villages on stilts. We see a large variety of birds on several birding excursions in the jungles, wetlands, and dry zones. Another highlight of the trip is a stop at an elephant conservation region, dedicated to the protection of elephants, their habitat, and the local population. You will have time interact with the elephants, and learn how education and microfinance are breaking the cycle of poverty.