Bangkok-based online travel company Backyard Travel has announced a new trip taking travellers on an exploration of Myanmar’s landscape, historic regions and heritage sites.
The trip moves from Yangon through Bagan and Mandalay before climaxing in the country’s Southeast at Ngapali Beach, still a lesser-known paradise spot.
The eleven-day, ten-night tour begins in the country’s commercial hub Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. While in the former capital travellers will discover the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda led by a local Backyard Travel guide.
The tour then takes travellers to the ancient city of Bagan where they would be taken to some lesser-seen sites of the region. The tour also offers a cruise down the Irrawaddy river and the opportunity to pay a 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 fully customisable tour moves to Mandalay to visit two former ancient capitals of Myanmar, Ava and Amarapura. Once in Amarapura, travellers will have the opportunity to visit the Mahagandayon Monastery and take a walk along the world’s longest teak bridge U Bein Bridge.
The Myanmar tour then visits scenic Inle Lake to observe the lifestyle of Intha locals and their stilted houses with cruise trip around the lake to see their unique leg-rowing technique as they ply their trade.
Travellers then return to Yangon where travellers can take a ride around the outskirts of the city on the famous circular train before visiting the bustling Bogyoke market full of stalls flogging handmade goods and curiosities.
Finally the eleven-day Myanmar tour ends in Ngapali Beach on a serene palm tree-lined sandy stretch of coastline.
“We conceived this tour to satisfy the common trend for travellers to seek both city and sea elements to their Myanmar tours,” said Maeve Nolan, general manager of Backyard Travel, which also specialises in tailor-made tours in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Japan and China.
“Our new tour offers a complete Myanmar holiday experience, including city tours, cultural immersion and the chance to unwind on lesser-known paradise beaches – a superb combination that can be tweaked to any guest’s specifications.”