I am very pleased to be going back to Burma again in 2018.
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.
We’ll meet in Rangoon (Yangon) on the afternoon of Monday February 5th. This is a rough outline of our itinerary:
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, 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 12th and after a farewell dinner, departure is the following day, Tuesday February 13th.