Burma - Touring Holidays
On an escorted tour to Burma, you’ll be one of the privileged few to visit this relatively undiscovered destination. In this charming and mystical land, natural landscapes and ancient cultures remain intact and you’ll be welcomed by friendly people wherever you choose to travel.
Deeply spiritual, Buddhism defines the people of Burma and in this fascinating country you’ll see stunning pagodas and striking temples. In ‘Letters from the East’ in 1898, Rudyard Kipling wrote “This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about”, if you want to discover Burma for yourself, why not join Travelsphere on a journey through this remarkable country.
Also known as Rangoon, Yangon is Burma’s largest city and your gateway to the rest of the country. Full of colonial charm, Yangon’s must-see highlight is the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, with its gold-plated dome and stupa decorated with diamonds, rubies, topaz and sapphires.
Bagan the ‘city of four thousand pagodas’
On the banks of the Irrawaddy, Bagan spreads across the river plain, dotted with thousands of pagodas, temples and stupas. The Ananda temple is one of the most beautiful and its gilded sikhara - a tower like spire - can be seen from miles around.
Mandalay is a large city with lots to explore. At the top of your list should be Shwenandaw Kyaung, a well-preserved monastery which is made of teak and decorated with intricate carvings. Also worth a visit is the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, renowned for its enormous Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. If you’re feeling active, be sure to make the climb to the top of Mandalay Hill where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the city and beyond.
The Inle Lake
The shallow waters of the Inle Lake are flanked by majestic hills and charming little fishing villages. Here the Intha people live in houses on stilts and traditional craftsmen ply their trade. Monasteries and pagodas are dotted along the shoreline and at the tiered Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the five ancient Buddha images are unrecognisable because of the amount of gold leaf applied to them by Buddhist devotees.
Cruise the Irrawaddy River
For many people, a river cruise is the perfect way to holiday in Burma. On board a comfortable ship you’ll wind your way gently through the heart of the country calling at colonial towns and rural villages. Stepping ashore, you’ll see ancient monasteries and magnificent pagodas and encounter day-to-day life a world away from your own.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.
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Travelsphere Makes a Difference in Burma
Travelsphere, a pioneering UK escorted tour operator, recently made a huge difference to a family’s future in Burma. It donated a fishing boat and nets through its Travelsphere Cares initiative.