The Ultimate Burma Trip (28 Days/ 27 Nights)

Myanmar is a country that lends itself well to epics. Snaking down from the mighty Himalayas in the north all the way to the glittering Andaman Ocean in the south, it is a country of deep contrasts and beauty. It is hardly surprising that it takes some time and effort to really get to grips with the sheer scope of the nation. Fortunately, for fearless visitors, this adventure deploys over a longer length in order to really get under the skin of the country. Over the course of nearly a month, guests will set out from the colourful commercial hub, Yangon, to hit some of the country’s most famous spots, including Inle Lake and the temple complex at Bagan. With the additional time afforded by the trip, a number of lesser-known gems can also be explored. These include the hill towns of Pyin Oo Lwin and Hsipaw, sleepy Mawlamyaing and Hpa An, the scenic capital of Kayin State.

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EXO Travel Laos and Myanmar Travelife Accredited

We are pleased to announce that EXO Travel Laos and Myanmar have both been awarded the coveted Travelife certification. Recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the Travelife accreditation establishes EXO Myanmar and EXO Laos as Destination Management companies within their respective countries to comply with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and thus awarded the Travelife certification. EXO Laos is the first DM in Laos to receive this certification. Similarly, EXO Cambodia became the first DM in Cambodia to receive the certification also.

The Travelife accreditation has been a real collective achievement for EXO Travel, who now have 5 accredited destinations; Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, becoming the first Asian Destination Management Company to do so, and be recognised by what is the most comprehensive certification scheme worldwide for tour operators.

EXO’s Commitment to a Sustainable Tourism Industry

This award further cements EXO Travel’s and EXO Foundation’s positions as leaders in corporate social responsibility, within the global tour industry.

Together, they continue to uphold their vision of a system of travel that maximizes the benefits of local communities and the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage. Their joint-mission aims to improve the livelihoods of the most disadvantaged populations, while minimizing the negative social, cultural and environmental impacts tourism may generate.

This recent award underlines EXO’s commitment to a sustainable tourism industry following on from the ChildSafe accreditation and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) nomination for CSR. This year, EXO Vietnam also received the CSR Award from the French Chamber of Commerce (CCIF); EXO Cambodia received a CCIF Environment Award and the EXO Group has been nominated for a Virtuoso 2016 award in the category of Sustainable Tourism Leadership.

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Shan State Sampler (7 Days / 6 Nights)

Shan State merits its reputation as one of the major draws in Myanmar. The headline attraction in the area is Inle Lake, which is deserving of its fame, but the state also encompasses Kalaw, a charming hill station, Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp, famous caves at Pindaya and much more besides. Inle Lake provides the grand finale to the adventure. Its calm surface makes it heartbreakingly beautiful, while the protected area around the lake is a sanctuary for herons, warblers, cormorants, wild ducks and egrets. The human element of the Inle Lake area is also compelling. The stilt house villages; island-bound Buddhist temples and floating gardens on the lake are where the Intha people go about their daily lives. Off the lake, the beguiling countryside takes centre stage. The rolling landscapes are perfect for hiking and cycling.

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Myanmar: Planes, Trains, Bikes and Boats (10 Days / 9 Nights)

Expanding south from the Himalayas to the tropical islands of the Andaman Sea, Myanmar is a mighty proposition. Its epic scope offers ample promise for guests who like to inject a bit of romance into their travel plans. This adventure utilises a range of different methods of transport, to whisk visitors around some of the country’s most fascinating sights. The journey starts in Yangon, the nation’s biggest city, where guests can explore the colourful streets in a trishaw with a local driver. Following a plane ride to Bagan, the transport gets even more rustic – guests transferring to horse-drawn cart to observe temples such as Thatbyinnyu and Sulamani. Train travel in Myanmar can also be a wonderful experience and the journey from the hill station of Pyin Oo Lwin to Naung Pain via the Gokhtiek Viaduct is one of the country’s best rides. Up at Inle Lake, meanwhile, the main mode of transport is boat: by far the easiest way to experience traditional life on the tranquil lake.

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A Taste of Yangon (Evening)

Although it is underrated in comparison with neighbouring cuisines like Thai and Vietnamese, Burmese food offers many mouth-watering surprises for the amateur. On this evening culinary focussed expedition around the streets and alleys of Yangon – the biggest city in Myanmar – guests will have the chance to sample a full spectrum of delicious specialities from the so-called “Golden Land”. The focus of the journey is on the contemporary twists on local food being offered by talented chefs in some of the city’s trendier restaurants. In venues such as Pansuriya, Monsoon and Rangoon Teahouse, guests can try delicious treats including Burmese salads, savoury Burmese curries and local sweet treats like chai cheesecake and falooda, a smoothie like drink. Between courses, guests will be transported around by trishaw to visit historic buildings and to enjoy a drink while taking in the view of the city’s iconic pagodas.

For further information, get in touch with one of our expert travel consultants at [email protected] or view the full itinerary here.

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Vintage Ride around the Golden Triangle Mountain (7 Days / 6 Nights)

Thailand has many magical areas, but few are more charming than the mountains of the north. With Chiang Mai, the country’s second city, providing a convenient start and end point for the ride, guests will immerse themselves in the natural splendour the area offers to cyclists. After leaving Chiang Mai, the route passes through Doi Inthanon National Park, home to Thailand’s mightiest peak, before progressing to Mae Hong Son, an idyllic city near the border with Myanmar. From here, the scenery barely lets up. Highlights include the stretch towards Pai with its 762 bends and views of sparkling rice paddies and the scenery around Mae Sai, the heart of the “Golden Triangle”, the union of mountains and rivers where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet. Riding south along the Laos border, before heading back east, the route continue to offer visual stimulus all the way back to Chiang Mai.

For further information, get in touch with one of our expert travel consultants at [email protected] or view the full itinerary here.

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