Rudyard Kipling described Burma as unlike any land you know about. Trust him. One hundred years later, his assessment still stands. Let us show you why we're enchanted by mysterious Myanmar. It's the temples. The landscapes. The complex history. The captivating culture. How often can you experience a place that defies expectations?
1-3 Reach remote areas unfamiliar to western travelers by air | Embark on a magical evening stroll through the iconic 6th-century Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most sacred Buddhist structure | Bike amid some 2,000 temples and pagodas in Bagan | Travel by horse-drawn cart to a secluded temple at sunset | On a visit to a colorful market, engage with locals who have only recently come into contact with the outside world.
4-5 In the valleys and mountains of the Shan State, visit traditional markets and fascinating spiritual enclaves | Explore a cave containing thousands of Buddha statues and shrines | The Pindaya area affords a rare opportunity to see Myanmar as it truly is—agrarian, relatively undeveloped and full of quiet charm | Spin past rice terraces, farmers tilling fields with water buffalo and wide-eyed Burmese, who seem thrilled to see us and our bikes | Savor authentic Shan noodle soup in the tranquility of a monastery.
6-8 Pedal to heavenly Inle Lake and behold floating gardens, ancient pagodas and entire villages built on stilts | Hike to the top of a pagoda hill, passing the ruins of hundreds of ancient stupas in thick vegetation | Board traditional longtail boats to explore remote lakeside villages where we visit silversmiths, silk weavers and a private home.