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Hiking in Burma - Explore
In Burma (Myanmar), after centuries of comparative loneliness, the way of living has remained largely intact. Hiking to the hill tribe settlements in Shan State, admiring the sundown over the tempe plain of Bagan, accompanying Buddhist walkers to the Golden Rock and hiking in the wonderful surroundings of Inle Lake.
Seldom do we have groups smaller than five or six persons, and the mean is 12 persons plus an Explorer Director. Please choose the route you would like to discover. From there we head for Kin Pun at the bottom of Mount Kyaiktiyo (the Golden Rock) for about five long hikes.
Wearing our own sleeping things in our day packs and staying in a motel on the top of the hill, we can watch the sun set on the shining golden rock. The rock is supported by a lone Buddha finger and sits unsteadily on the rim of the hill, overlooked by a six-metre-high holm.
A one-and-a-half kilometer climb to Golden Rock takes about 45 mins. It is possible to prolong the hike to Mosdu Taung caves - another three kilometers in one hours. We say goodbye to the Golden Rock, go back to Yatetaung and go to Rangoon.
We have the opportunity to discover this picturesque place by long-tail and drive to Indain, where we will see an adorable seventeenth cent. Upon arriving we shall be visiting Lake Naung Tong and the still Buddha (the place where the city was found over a thousand years ago) before driving up One Tree Hill to observe the sunset over the outcrops.
We leave our cars behind and walk through a landscape of teaplantations and wonderful terraced rices to the Akha mountain tribal towns, which can retrace their origins back to the Yunnan provinces in neighboring China. Returning to Kengtung we are planning to go to a paddy and whisky still and if we have the necessary amount of free day, we will also go to the town of Wan Pauk, home of the Paluang.
Returning to Rangoon, we go to Kengtung Morgenmarkt, where we can buy old-fashioned clothes, lacquer and other items from China, Thailand and the Shan Valley. You will also see Wat Jom Khan, a high, gold-plated cheddi, whose origin can be traced back to a Gautama Buddha patron.
Our last outing in Rangoon will be a walk through the city's wealth of historical and architectural treasures. Journey ends after breakfasts this mornings. Unfortunately, recent incidents involving the Rohingya people have brought Burma back into the limelight internationally. During the night walks to Golden Rock and Yasakyi Village your primary baggage will be safely stowed and you will need to take your backpack, which is large enough to transport important things for the two nights (bed linen is already provided).
Golden Rock allows a carrier to hold your luggage and this can be organised and payed for on site. You have a cell phone that won't work in Burma. In addition, there may be occasional blackouts, especially in the countryside. Guidebook: Burma: You will need to apply for an e-visa to get to Burma before traveling through the following website: http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/. Visas are 90 day from date of issuance and allow a 28-day one-time stay.
Clients who have opted to join the Land Only packages on our tours, please make sure that you have reviewed your own unique "Joining Instructions" before making your own itineraries. You will find your membership application below in the date and price information. Or you may also be entitled to the free Explore Transfer.
Land Only package bookings now include a free transfer, provided you are only travelling to and from the departure and arrival times. Transfer from the Explore Aiport or Railway Terminal to the meeting point of your trip and then back to your destination or railway terminal.
Exceptions are clients who are reserved on a trip where the start and end point is at the intended airfield or railway terminal. When you are not qualified for the free transfer, you must go your own way to the entry and end point.
Ask for an offer when making your reservation. For more information on immunization and medical tips for travelers, see the NHS and NaTHNaC link at Explorer Traveller and your nearest medical care company.
This information is preliminary and may be subject to changes before departure. If you are not considered for a free pick-up, you will find the arrival/end times and the place of your journey below: This information is preliminary and may be subject to changes before departure.
If you are not considered for a free pick-up, you will find the arrival/end times and the place of your journey below: This information is preliminary and may be subject to changes before departure. If you are not considered for a free pick-up, you will find the arrival/end times and the place of your journey below:
This information is preliminary and may be subject to changes before departure. If you are not considered for a free pick-up, you will find the arrival/end times and the place of your journey below: