Backyard & Beyond

Online travel company Backyard Travel has created a fascinating new tour that explores the natural splendour and rich heritage of Myanmar's beautiful Shan State. This unknown region of Myanmar is dominated by rugged highland scenery and is the perfect destination for travellers looking for a real 'off the well-trodden path' appeal on their vacation. On this insider's four-day tour, travellers journey through sublime countryside, discover the region's past when under British rule, and experience a spectacular train journey over the impressive Gokteik Viaduct.

This fully-guided tour starts in Mandalay, where travellers are driven up through the serene hills to the former British hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin, discovering the town's colonial past via a guided horse and cart tour, before visiting the town's elegant Botanical Gardens. Arguably the highlight of this idyllic tour is the chance to experience the incredible views on one of Asia's most spectacular train journeys over the impressive Gokteik Viaduct. Built over a century ago, the viaduct stands at an astounding 100 meters high. Travellers will also be guided through charming local villages, with the chance to learn about local indigenous tribes such as the Padaung, famed for the distinctive copper rings around their necks.
This insider's tour is priced from US$539 per person which is based on two people travelling, sharing a double/twin room, including daily breakfast and two lunches. Apart from the scenic rail trip, all other excursions are private and fully guided, tours and transfers are by private air-conditioned vehicle (with drinking water and cold towels provided) and all entrance fees mentioned in the visits are included.

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