We have some exciting new additions to our Burma vacations in 2014.
It has been almost two years since we recommenced our small group tours to Burma and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive amongst our clients from America and Canada, with the destination having a profound impact on even the some of most well-traveled passengers. With your feedback and the insights from our tour Western tour leaders and local guides in Burma, we’ve some exciting new additions to our Burma journeys for 2014.
Bells of Golden Rock Burma
The Jade Market in Mandalay
Set just outside the heart of the city, the Jade market is rugged and workmanlike as local wholesalers and independent collectors barter for uncut and rough blocks of precious jade, or hunt for beautifully finished products include jewelry and ornaments.
This intimate market is largely free from tourists and remains a serious place of business for local Burmese, giving travelers a unique insight into the local economy and the perfect opportunity to people watch!
The Royal Palace in Mandalay
Originally built in the mid-18th century, this is the last of Burma’s royal palaces once numerous in number, making this the last of its kind. Surrounded by an impressive moat the palace is built almost entirely and uniquely of wood, and still has some original features like a teak clock tower and traditionally built city walls.
A lasting symbol of Burma’s extensive and rich history, the Royal Palace was home to the country’s last two monarchs of the Konbaung Dynasty, who in 1885 marked the end of a royal line that stretched back over one thousand years.
Inle Lake, linger a little longer
Some travelers on our Highlights of Burma have told us that they fell in love Inle Lake as soon as they arrived and it was a shame to leave it after just one night. They recommended we increase the amount of time spent there, allowing our travelers to explore this iconic lake and its surroundings at a more relaxed pace. From March 2014, all our Highlights of Burma small group tours will have an additional night at Inle Lake to relax and enjoy one of the country’s most picturesque regions – the perfect way to wind down as the journey draws to a close.
Elephant camp, Kalaw:
Lack of regulation and local need has led to localized deforestation in many parts of Burma, but a project located just outside of the old British-colonial hill-station of Kalaw is trying to reverse the damage. Like neighboring Laos and Thailand, elephants have been central to everyday local life. Alongside seeing the reforestation project, travelers will also get to interact with the camps native elephants and their local Burmese carers or, as they are known locally, ‘oozies’.
A day trip to this camp is included on all our Burma Revealed small group tours from March 2014 and also means an additional night in the tranquil hill station of Kalaw, resplendent with British-colonial architecture. On leaving Kalaw you will experience a fun local train ride through the lovely Shan Hills – a fantastic local experience!
Elephant Camp in Kalaw
Want to know more?
Speak with our Asia specialists here in North America for further details or to learn more about our collection of small group and tailor-made vacations to Burma.