Steve Butterfield

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Out trip to Myanmar

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 20:12


Our Visit to Myanmar (Burma)


In January 2020 we visited Myanmar on an organised tour. We were part of a party of 16 travellers and had a local guide.


We had learned from previous trips to other countries that it was worth doing a relaxing extension, so for this holiday we opted for the 4 day beach extension.


This was a very good holiday and one I would recommend to anyone. Myanmar has some bad press on human rights. However, the country and the people are remarkable and we had no worries about visiting. The advantage of an organised tour is that the itinerary will only go to safe places.


We spent some time planning what to take as the weight limit was 20kg per person due to the internal flights. 


The trip


We walked to the train station and caught the train to London. Followed by the underground to Heathrow. We stayed overnight in one of the many budget hotels close to Heathrow. 


The journey was from London to Bangkok and then on to Rangoon. We spent a night in Rangoon before beginning our trip proper.


The itinerary was as follows:   Time exploring Rangoon


Fly to Inle Lake and spend 2 days exploring this area - usually starting and ending by water taxi.


Train to Kalaw. here we explored and did a hill walk  


Coach Journey to Mandalay


Boat to Mingun


Boat trip to Bagan. Here we explored the many pagodas and temples


We then flew to Thandwe airport and went to Ngapali beach Amata resort. We spent time relaxing after all the travelling and full days of exploring the sights.


We then returned to Yangon and then to the airport to fly back. To Bangkok and then to Heathrow.


We were aware of the problems in China caused by the Coronavirus but had no idea of what was to come.


On our arrival home our daughters put us in isolation as we had travelled through the airport at Bangkok. This was the first of 3 lockdowns (there could be more to come).


The people and culture of Myanmar are truly fascinating and I would recommend that you give it serious consideration.


It also says a lot about the trip that all the travellers have remained in regular contact (via email).