I regret that I will not be taking a group to Burma in Winter 2018. I had planned to, but since I’m going to be taking an immersethrough group to the Republic of Georgia in October 2017, and hope to do a first immersethrough trip to Iran in April of 2018, I feel too squeezed for time this coming winter.
The country is starting to rebuild itself after years of military dictatorship. Things aren’t entirely smooth, of course, and there are still political issues and other major bumps in the road. It’s a very interesting time to be there. If you’re reading this, hoping to go with me, do consider going on your own. It’s not scary! Leave yourself time to explore.
The itinerary I’d planned, and that I hope to do again another year is as follows: We meet in Rangoon (Yangon) on a Monday afternoon in early February.
We have a day in Rangoon to explore, shop a little, and get acquainted, then on the Wednesday we fly to Bagan, a remarkable and enchanting World Heritage site on the Irrawaddy River. There we stay in comfort near the ruins, explore the temples and ruins, take a trip out to Mount Popa, and a sunset sail on the Irawaddy.
After two days and nights we fly on to the Inle Lake area. We head north from the airport to see the Pindaya Buddha caves, and stay nearby for one night. Then for the next two days we stay 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 fly back to Rangoon on the following Monday, and after a farewell dinner, departure is the next day, though some people choose to stay on for further travels in Burma.