Backyard Travel Release New Tour: Walking Tour of Myanmar

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Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative tour company, have today released news of a new tailor-made tour to mystical Myanmar, taking in the sites of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Pindaya and Inle Lake. The trip includes ‘insider-experiences’ such as a walking tour of Yangon, the chance to observe a Buddha washing ceremony and the opportunity to learn about the handmade production of silk, cotton as well as participating in a cooking demonstration in the local community.

Inle Lake, Myanmar

We have constructed this Myanmar trip to predominantly feature guided walking tours in local regions so as to avoid missing any of the fascinating aspects of the country and it’s warm, welcoming people

Starting in Yangon, the 11-day, 10-night Walking Tour of Myanmar gives travelers an insider experience of the city with a guided excursion taking in some of the buildings and structures on the Yangon City Heritage list, such as City Hall and the railway station as well as religious sites such as Sule Paya, Botataung Pagoda, and St. Mary’s Cathedral, built in 1899.

While in Yangon, travelers will also visit Kheng Keong Temple in Chinatown, go shopping at Bogyoke Market and take a pit stop in a local Yangon tea shop. From Yangon the tour moves to Bagan where travelers can visit many of the iconic temples of Myanmar as well as Nyuang Oo Market. Travelers will have the chance to see Shwezigon Pagoda and its golden stupa, Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgi cave temple with jataka paintings and the famous Htiliminlo Temple.

During their stay in Bagan, travelers will also go to visit the lesser-visited Tant Kyi region, which rests across the Irrawaddy River, where they will undertake a 90-minute hike to the Tant Kyi Tuang Temple on top of Tant Kyi Hill and take a two-hour stroll around a local park before visiting Gubyaukgyi Temple and Myinkaba Pagoda.

Next the Myanmar tour visits Mandalay, Myanmar’s commercial and educational center. The trip takes travelers to Mahamuni Pagoda before stopping in at several workshops to learn about local handicraft productions of items such as kalaga tapestry. Here, travelers will also be able to observe a unique ceremony as monks wash down a 3.5-meter-high statue of Buddha and brush the deity’s teeth. In Mandalay, travelers will also visit the ‘City of Immortality’ by crossing the wooden 1.2-km U Bein Bridge before moving on to Pindaya to explore the famous caves of the region.

The tour concludes in Nyaung Shwe, the gateway to the magnificent Inle Lake and surrounding areas. Travelers will have the chance to explore the lake initially by private boat as they have the chance to witness the ‘leg-rowing’ fishermen and see the stilted wooden houses set upon the lake itself. Travelers will also visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda before moving on to Inpawkhone to observe Intha locals engaged in the art of traditional silk weaving and cheroot production. Finally the Myanmar tour takes travelers on a three-four hour walking trip to a local Pa-Oh hill tribe village where they will stop for lunch in a local family home.

"Myanmar is a country so rich in culture and hidden treasures, it should never be seen in a rush,” said Backyard Travel’s General Manager Maeve Nolan. “We have constructed this Myanmar trip to predominantly feature guided walking tours in local regions so as to avoid missing any of the fascinating aspects of the country and it’s warm, welcoming people.”

About Backyard Travel
Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan and China. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit http://www.backyardtravel.com or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BackyardTravel.

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