When planning a trip to Burma, there are countless spectacular sights to be explored by those who dare to venture further afield and get under the skin of this diverse corner of Asia. Here we have selected our top 5 experiences for those seeking a cultural adventure…
1. Cycling Around Inle Lake
Inle Lake is beautiful, with a wonderful hilly backdrop, and a laid-back feel to it. The road surrounding the lake is mostly flat, making it ideal for cycling, and you can even combine your cycle with a visit to the Red Mountain winery – yes, the climate here is ideal for growing grapes!
2. Balloons Over Bagan
Not exactly ‘active’, and it may be a cliché, but wake up early to see Bagan at sunrise from a hot air balloon. It is absolutely breath-taking and really worth forking out for. There are around 2,000 pagodas at Bagan so ensure you don’t forget your camera as seeing it from the sky is very special.
3. Trekking at Kalaw
Kalaw is located in hilly and lush Shan State (which looks a bit like the Shire in Middle Earth!), and logistically works very well combined with Inle Lake. This is a colonial hill station, so the properties are really quaint, the Amara Mountain Resort looking like it could be in the Home Counties. Treks can take around 4-6 hours, while you walk through glorious pine forests, and past streams, paddy fields and tea plantations.
4. Cycling in Mandalay
Mandalay is not always thought of as the most exciting part of a trip to Burma, but I definitely recommend doing another cycling tour here. You can be driven out to a village and to explore Ava which is also known as mini Bagan. Most people do this by horse and cart but it is so much more fun cycling! You also get to visit little cottage industries, which gives you a really great insight into local rural life.
5. Rafting at Putao
Putao is located in the very north of Burma, so feels really off the beaten track. The scenery is stunning, with snow-capped mountains and remote villages. Not only providing ideal terrain for trekking, another fab way to enjoy the great outdoors here is white water rafting along the Nam Lang and May Kha rivers.
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