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  • Panoramic Journeys - Holidays : Burma Trips
    Most of our itineraries favour hotels that combine character convenience and comfort The choice of hotels on any Panoramic Journey can also be influenced by availability during high season and our policy of avoiding where possible any hotels with known links to particular members of the junta YANGON The former capital and largest city unsurprsingly offers a range of accommodation options from 4 5 modern hotels characterful heritage properties mid range guesthouses and hostels Since most itineraries spend time in Yangon at the start and end we often recommend staying in different hotels to experience some variety and to fit the itinerary best If we are given enough notice it maybe possible to arrange an upgrade so that you can enjoy the famous Governor s Residence The Hotels in Yangon are overwhelmed by the increase in business and holiday visitors We will endeavour to secure the best rooms that are available for your budget and dates OTHER CITIES Mandalay Bagan and other regional centres are well served with decent functional hotels many of which have wonderful locations views and are atmospheric and characterful Service and food is also of a good standard There may not be the choice that Yangon offers or the rustic charm of rural accommodation but nevertheless you will be pleasantly surprised by what is on offer RURAL LOCATIONS In long established areas frequented by overseas visitors such as Inle Lake Hill Stations Sittwe and Ngapali accommodation options are varied and most combine character and charm in keeping with their surroundings In more remote areas such as Kengtung and MraukU you will stay in simple guesthouses which nonetheless can be highlights of any trip with warm Burmese hospitality and a more authentic local atmosphere RIVER BOATS The lure of travelling on a boat sailing up the Irrawaddy

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  • Panoramic Journeys - Holidays : Burma Trips
    country poor alternative transport infrastructure and proliferation of domestic carriers both private and state owned Whilst we endeavour to avoid using state owned airlines many if not all private airlines are in some way connected to members of the junta by virtue of them being the only ones with enough influence and money to operate such businesses BY RAIL Burma has an extensive but outdated rail network Trains are slow noisy and often delayed and travelling on them is never a convenience although can be a worthwhile experience A journey by train is a great way to see the country The rail journey from Manadalay up switchbacks and hairpin bends to Pyin U Lwin and then across the mountains and the famous bridge at Gokteik is one of the great railway journeys of the world BY RIVER There is an extensive river ferry network on the Irrawaddy with many private and state owned boat operations The day trip between Mandalay and Bagan is a worthwhile addition whilst those interested in an extended cruise with a few nights on board can travel from e g Bagan to Yangon Very few boats operate in the more remote and beautiful northern stretch of

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  • Getting to Burma
    airports making this option usually the most convenient and accessible way to fly to Burma from abroad Bangkok Airways Thailand s second carrier also flies daily between Bangkok and Yangon and code shares with Etihad Airlines who sell tickets for intercontinental connecting flights via Abu Dhabi Malaysia Airlines The Malaysian national carrier flies daily between Kuala Lumpur and Yangon and internationally from Kuala Lumpur to major cities around the world Silk Air This Singaporean airline flies between Singapore and Yangon every day and code shares with Singapore Airlines who sell tickets for intercontinental connecting flights via Singapore Air India Air India fly twice weekly direct from Kolkata to Yangon so for anyone travelling from India this could be an option Particularly for anyone combining Burma with a trip to Bhutan one of our other Panoramic Journeys destinations Departure Tax There is a US 10 exit fee to be paid before you check in for your flight out of Burma The fee is paid at a dedicated counter inside the Yangon International airport Do not forget to ask for the receipt of your payment blue paper without this receipt you cannot check in for your flight BY LAND Travelling to Burma overland is possible but generally not advised for those who might be put off by long delays sudden closures of border crossings to foreigners or changes in paperwork requirements all of which may involve turning round and making alternative travel arrangements at the last minute There are no international trains to or from Burma There are land border crossings accessible by vehicle but the only ones usually open to foreigners relatively accessible and also condusive to worthwhile connecting itineraries in each country are Mu Se Burma Jaegao Ruili China Tachileik Burma Mae Sai Thailand Kawthaung Burma Ranong Thailand Usually crossing

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  • Burma Holidays | Exploring Hidden Burma
    sunset Discover the unique culture of the Intha Pa O and other local people Fly westward to Bagan Pagan and cross the Irrawaddy Ayeyarwady river to rendezvous with jeeps for the overland journey to remote Mindat inhabited by the Chin The Chin people have very interesting customs and are very welcoming Explore the region on foot walking to local villages before climbing Mt Victoria The climb is not to testing for those of average fitness Return to Bagan to explore the monuments before returning to Yangon or extend your stay with some well earned relaxation on the shores of the Bay of Bengal If you like to get off the beaten track this is the journey for you View in a larger map Maximum Group Size 10 People Suitable for people with good fitness levels Far off the beaten track itinerary Our Approach We have carefully selected accommodation for both your comfort and our moral conscience Whilst enjoying the fabulous landscapes and temples of Burma you will also have opportunities to meet with rural Burmese people and support them whether by buying their artefacts or donating to their schools JOURNEY OVERVIEW W 8 Jun Arr Beijing T 9 Jun Forbidden City T Square F 10 Jun Great Wall S 11 Jun Train to Ulaanbaatar S 12 Jun Arr Ulaanbaatar M 13 Jun Fly Gobi Khongoryn Els T 14 Jun Camel Trek W 15 Jun Camel Trek T 16 Jun Yolyn Am F 17 Jun Bayanzag S 18 Jun Fly Ulaanbaatar S 19 Jun Depart Delightful people empty horizons cheerful atmosphere of Naadams We all loved Mongolia and its people John Hemming EXPLORING HIDDEN BURMA 2014 BURMA Departs 24 Jan Days 17 Price pp 4 495 Price ca pp 3 202 EXTENSIONS Tailormade extensions are available before and after the trip

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  • Burma Trip Extensions
    tailor made extensions on all our journeys to Burma End your stay with a few days by the coast or trek to remote and hidden parts of Burma the possibilities are endless just get in touch CHIN VILLAGES MT VICTORIA EXTENSION A five day extension to remote hidden Burma NGAPALI BEACH EXTENSION A four day extension at one of the best beaches in Asia GOLDEN ROCK MAWLAMYINE EXTENSION Seven day

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  • Burma Festival Tours | Panoramic Journeys
    people and Frankie my guide too has that unique ability to give from the heart Joan Baxter Treasures of Burma FESTIVAL TOURS We have journeys scheduled to include some of the best festivals in Burma Watch the processions through the colourful streets enjoy the excitement of the competitions and take in the wonderful atmosphere of these unique and special celebrations TREASURES OF BURMA inc Thingyan Water Festival The classic not to be missed highlights of Yangon Bagan and Inle combined with a voyage down the Irrawaddy 13 Days from Saturday 2nd April 2015 3 795 THE GREAT BURMESE FESTIVAL TOUR 2016 Celebrate the Thadingyut Festival the festival of light in Yangon before witnessing the spectacular Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival at Inle Lake The journey also visits majestic Bagan and includes Mandalay Monywa 13 days from Saturday 15th October 3 490 FIRE IN THE SKY BALLOON FESTIVAL TOUR 2016 Explore Burma s key sights by road rail and river and celebrate the most spectacular festival in the Burmese calendar the balloon festival 14 days from Friday 11th November 2016 3 495 ABOUT US Panoramic Journeys Guestbook Press Coverage Photo Gallery Newsletter Events Shows Job Opportunities Blog Order Calendar How to

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  • Responsible Travel in Burma
    we identify individuals and small charities who are having a positive impact on the people of Burma MYANMAR FOUNDATION We are currently sponsoring a student through higher education with the assistance of the Myanmar Foundation We recommend others interested in making a difference in Burma to do the same and many of our guests do The BENEVOLENT EYE SERVICE TRUST works to reduce the treatable portion of blindness in Myanmar by providing outreach charity eye care clinics and charity cataract surgery initiatives in rural areas We have donated funds to try to reduce their wish list WHAT OUR GUESTS CAN DO BEFORE YOUR JOURNEY Read up about Burma about politics the local culture and cultural etiquette Here are a few initial pointers please request a more comprehensive list from James http www tourismtransparency org news and reports nld statement tourism http www dvb no analysis citizen diplomacy through tourism 14325 http www tourismtransparency org http www burma center org en traveling to burma http www burma center org en publications books and reviews Mizzima News You can bring useful gifts such as books magazines DVDs CDs flash discs or even an old laptop to donate to one or more of the projects that we are currently supporting see above Whilst you are in Burma We have designed your journey so that we use locally owned hotels restaurants and shops We look out particularly for businesses that engage in good outreach projects If during your stay you hear about any such businesses or you have any concern about the standing of any of the services that we use please let us know as soon as possible Please come with sufficient cash to purchase christmas and birthday presents for years to come Engage with the market sellers and crafts people that you come across Give time to any cultural exchange that you have whether it be a conversation with a trickshaw driver a chat with a crafts person or a exchange with a market stand holder Don t go rushing in with your camera poised Don t raise political questions and issues in inappropriate situations let a local direct the conversation For example don t come out with something like Did you march with the monks in 2007 or anything about Aung San Suu Kyi or the NLD where there are others that may be listening in even if you are riding on a trishaw Show equal caution regarding what you ask or say on the phone or via email Don t ask a taxi driver to take you past Aung San Suu Kyi s house or to a NLD office Exercise care in handing over anything to a local that could carry political overtones such as a copy of the Economist or Myanmar related books Cultural Etiquette pointers Always wear appropriate clothing when you visit religious sites cover your shoulders and knees When addressing people don t leave out U which stand for Mr or Daw which stand for Ms Mrs

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