INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – After 20 years of instability, Myanmar (Burma) made a peaceful transition to a civilian reformist government in 2010, making this once inaccessible land a new and desirable off-the-beaten-path travel destination. While most tour operators only show you classic Myanmar – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay – Myths and Mountains will also take you to remote, hill tribe villages not part of the typical tourist route, giving you the rare opportunity to meet and learn about distinct cultures most will never encounter.
As many as 135 diverse ethnic groups call Myanmar home, including numerous mountain tribes living in secluded communities away from developed cities. You will visit three diverse hill tribe areas – the Mindut Kampetlet area, Kaing Tong and its ethnic communities, and tribal villages in and around Kalaw. You will experience moments (or days) of pure, unadulterated bliss as you discover this country, its people and its seemingly untouched, natural beauty. Your group of no more than 10 travelers will explore colorful markets, sacred temples (including Kyauk Gu U Min cave temple accessed only by boat), and visit an elephant camp to feed and bathe these gentle giants. Spend time with local fishermen and learn about their livelihood at Inle Lake. Climb 777 steps to take in the most beautiful panorama in Central Burma and explore the pilgrimage site of Taungkalat guarded by Macaque monkeys on Mount Popa – a volcano in Central Burma and the abode of Burma’s most powerful nat spirits.
Throughout your tour, you will stop in the larger towns and cities to experience a different pace of life and witness centuries-old historical sites as well as give back to Burmese children. See Burma’s “Rosetta Stone”, the Myazedi Stone in the Bagan Kubyaukkyi Temple. Buy fruits and vegetables at a Yangon market and cook lunch for a local orphanage. Watch 700 monks stream out of Bagaya Kyaung monestary in Mandalay with their wooden begging bowls, in search of their simple rice breakfast from town residents.
This 20-day journey leads you on a path of discovery and enlightenment, taking you away from the everyday to experience the extraordinary. The tour starts at $6,895 per person (based on 7-10 people), departing on Jan. 28, 2015 and Nov. 2, 2015 with custom dates available. To learn more about Myanmar and Its Hill Tribes tour, visit www.mythsandmountains.com.