Khiri Travel Tours Reveal the True Face of Myanmar
Khiri Travel Myanmar is highlighting three tours this month that provide clients with a truly amazing range of authentic attractions.
These tours in Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan, give travelers the opportunity to explore British colonial architecture, take a cruise down the Irrawaddy River, encounter rare wildlife, lesser-known temples – and all while admiring the spectacular scenery, meeting local people, and enjoying the local food.
In Yangon explore the Secretariat building which has finally be reopened to the public. The former the seat of British colonial government is the finest example of Victorian architecture in Myanmar. The building witnessed the assassination of General Aung San, the founder of modern Myanmar and is also the site where the country’s independence was declared. The evening is a time to visit the city’s illuminated Shwedagon pagoda – a magical and mystical moment when there are few people around.
In Mandalay, take a comfortable 4 days/3 nights cruise down the Irrawaddy River to Bagan and imagine how it must have been to arrive by boat in ancient cities like Mingun, or at the court of Ava, all those centuries ago. The scenery on this cruise is awe-inspiring – a backdrop of karst mountains, emerald-green fields and river village life.
Another way to connect the two cities is by private car. Explore the countryside of Myanmar’s Dry Zone, its villages and temples, and take the opportunity to drop by the Minsontaung Wildlife Sanctuary on the way, to see and support the Burmese star tortoise conservation project.
Once in Bagan you can leave the busy roads behind and venture off on an e-bike tour to discover some of the lesser-known temples of this ancient landscape. In the evening, enter the extraordinary Ananda Temple known for its intricate artworks. At this time when very few others are around you can experience the temple by the light of the moon, a haunting experience! Try some typical snacks usually served during temple festivals, before proceeding to a nearby local restaurant on foot with a torch or a hand-held lamp.
During these tours, you will stay in only the best hotels, like the Villa Bagan, a boutique property that combines contemporary architecture with tradition décor – an oasis in the middle of the Dry Zone, located in new Bagan – with easy access to the ancient temple sites. It’s rooftop bar offers one of the best unobstructed views overlooking the temple and pagoda ruins of the former Bagan Kingdom.