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Golden Trails of Burma
Take a look at this video for an introduction to the many cultural and scenic treasures that you can discover on our Golden Trails of Burma walking holiday.
A sunset visit to the revered gold and jewel encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda makes for a dazzling start to your holiday. On the following day you will fly to Mandalay before travelling to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin. Here you can stretch your legs and enjoy a gentle walk around the countryside and also take a horse and carriage trip around the old town. A train provides your next mode of transport as you take a thrilling ride across the Gokteik Viaduct – an impressive feat of Victorian engineering spanning a deep river gorge.
The traditional crafts of weaving, stone masonry and carpentry are demonstrated by skilled local artisans when you return to Mandalay – the cultural heartland of Burma. You will also see gold leaf being produced which is mainly used by Buddhists devotees to cover statues of the Buddha. Close to Mandalay is another of Burma’s main attractions, the U Bein bridge. This beautiful wooden footbridge is the world’s longest teak bridge and is particularly photogenic in the early morning or evening light.
A day cruise along the tranquil Ayeyarwaddy river takes you to Bagan – arguably Burma’s most impressive and breathtaking sight. The thousands of temples and pagodas scattered across the vast plain can be explored by foot on a walking tour as well as being viewed from the skies on an optional hot air balloon flight; giving two very different perspectives of this ancient wonder.
You will enjoy further scenic walks in the verdant hill country of Kalaw before travelling to Inle Lake, the final stop of your journey. Here there are easy-paced walks and boat trips to see the floating market, traditional stilt houses, lakeside temples and distinctive leg rowers of Inle Lake.
Finally you return to Yangon for a tour of the historic downtown area before saying farewell to this beautiful and beguiling land.