Burmese Days

Backyard Travel, an online boutique travel agency specializing in unique and insider tours to Asia, has created a new trip taking travellers on an exploration of Myanmar's most beautiful regions and fascinating sites. The trip moves from Yangon through Bagan and Mandalay before climaxing at the beautiful region of Ngapali Beach, a lesser-known paradise spot.

The eleven-day, ten-night tour begins in the historic city of Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon. While in Yangon, travellers will discover the Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most famous temples in Myanmar, led by a local Backyard Travel guide who will expertly explain how the city has changed since the days of British rule.

The tour then takes travelers to Bagan where they can investigate several of the lesser-seen sites of the region. The tour also offers a cruise down the Irrawaddy River and the opportunity to pay a visit to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, nicknamed the 'World's Biggest Book' due to the 729 marble stone slabs containing Buddhist scripture that can be found there.

From beautiful Bagan the fully customizable tour moves to Mandalay to visit two former ancient capitals of Myanmar, Ava and Amarapura. Once in Amarapura, travelers will have the opportunity to visit the Mahagandayon Monastery and take a walk along the world's longest teak bridge U Bein Bridge.

The captivating Myanmar tour then visits intriguing Inle Lake to observe the fascinating lifestyle of locals and their stilted houses with cruise trip around the lake to see the leg-rowing fishermen as they ply their trade.

Travellers then return to Yangon where travelers can take a ride around the outskirts of the city on the famous circular train before visiting the bustling Bogyoke market full of stalls flogging handmade goods and curiosities.

Finally the eleven-day Myanmar tour climaxes in the peaceful paradise setting of Ngapali Beach on a serene palm tree-lined sandy stretch of coastline. Here travelers can unwind, sit back and reflect on their insider tour experience and do as little or much as they please for three blissful nights.

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