I am very pleased to be going back to Burma again in 2017. The country’s election, mostly peaceful, and the substantial progress now being made, apparently, towards reconciliation between the peoples in the outlying states and the central authorities, makes this a period of optimism in Burma.
It’s a great time to go, as the country starts to reboot itself into a democratic place, after years of military rule and oppression.
We’ll meet in Rangoon (Yangon) on the afternoon of Monday February 6th. I have changed our itinerary since my last Immersethrough trip, in February 2015, keeping many of the essentials but tweaking it a bit. This is a rough outline of our plan:
We’ll have a day in Rangoon to explore, shop a little, and get acquainted, then on the Wednesday we’ll fly to Bagan, a remarkable and enchanting World Heritage site on the Irrawaddy River. There we’ll stay in comfort near the ruins, explore the temples and ruins by horsecart, take a trip out to Mount Popa, and a sunset sail on the Irawaddy.
After two days and nights we’ll fly on to the Inle Lake area. We’ll head north from the airport to see the Pindaya Buddha caves, and stay nearby for one night. Then for the next two days we’ll be down near the lake, travelling by boat to visit markets, as well as silk weavers, local food artisans, and other craft people. The local markets are intense, vibrant, and a wonderful place to get an idea of the life and food and agriculture that characterise this fertile beautiful region.
We’ll fly back to Rangoon on Monday the 13th and after a farewell dinner, departure is the following day, Tuesday February 14th.