Bamboo Travel has created a new two-week itinerary to Myanmar (Burma) called The Temples & Trains of Burma, travelling by train and boat to discover the country’s ancient and colonial past.
Two separate train journeys will take guests into the heart of the country, to experience village life and discover relics from the bygone British Colonial era. The journey commences with a private tour and overnight stay in Yangon, before heading to Bagan for two nights, to visit ancient temples, visit Mount Popa and have an evening sunset cruise on the Irradwaddy.
Burma’s second largest city, Mandalay, is the next stop where guests can visit the Mahagandayon Monastery where more than 1,000 monks live and study, the 200-year old U Bein teak bridge and Mandalay Palace which was re-built using forced labour following its destruction during WWII.
The first train journey starts from the colonial hill station of Pyin U Lwin near Mandalay, for the journey over the spectacular Goteik viaduct and the second train journey starts from another rural hill station, Kalaw, nestled in the Shan Hills from where it meanders slowly through the countryside and zigzags across hilly terrain before arriving at sleepy town of Shwe Nyaung, a short drive from Inle Lake where the next two nights are spent.
The climax of the tour is a visit to the former ancient capital of Mrauk U, where there are more than 70 temples and Pagoda's dating from the 4th Century AD.
The holiday costs from £2,995 per person, based on two sharing and includes flights, 12 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast, six lunches and two dinners, road and boat transfers, train travel and tours on a private basis with English speaking guides and drivers.