From hidden temples to alluring Asian landscapes, Burma is one of the most notable emerging destinations of recent years. The once isolated South-East Asian country is starting to welcome back visitors and is now keen to encourage visits by responsible travellers. Adventure holidays in Burma take you to a destination little seen by western travellers, with cycling and trekking providing unrivalled access to local life and culture.
A trip to the exotic Inle Lake is a must, home to local tribes and the unforgettable leg-rowing fishermen of the Intha people; these agile acrobats expertly row the waters using just a leg to propel their small teak boats. From here you’ll get to see how the locals live in stilted houses and tend their floating rice fields. And you should look for a glimpse of the ‘jumping cats’ of the monastery of the same name, and the floating gardens.
Having returned after a 16-year absence, Explore is offering the 16-day Cycle Burma trip, taking travellers between the major highlights of Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay and Rangoon. Graded moderate, 510km is covered on generally flat and quiet roads. With departures from January to March and October to December, the price, from £2,397 per person, includes flights, B&B accommodation, mountain bike hire, and tour leader and support vehicle. With Explore you can surely enjoy amazing Burma holidays with lots of fun and delightfulness.
Hiking within the lush Burmese countryside is also a popular option, taking you closer to the indigenous tribes that have lived there for centuries.
Don’t miss a chance to design your own ‘Road to Mandalay’, with a trip to this ancient royal capital. As well as being a gateway to timeless temples, it’s also a short sojourn to the cool climes of Mamyo hill station. Also known as Pyin U Lwin, it oozes British colonial history. Key attractions here include National Kandawgyi Gardens, the Shiva Temple and the gushing Anisakan Falls.
Trekking amid the tumbling mountains of the Shan Highlands will inspire the keenest world traveller. These atmospheric peaks make up the range of mountains extending through Yunnan to Burma and Thailand, and are considered the foothills of the Himalayas.
Explore has designed a family itinerary to Burma for kids aged seven-plus, which includes treks within the Shan Highlands. The 16-day tour, visiting Rangoon, Inle Lake, Mandalay and the Shan Highlands, starts from £2,291 per adult and £2,091 per child. Includes flights, accommodation, transport and a tour leader.