Reality Check: Off the Rails in Myanmar
For those without the luxury of time to indulge in truly off-the-beaten path destinations, take a detour with Khiri Travel Myanmar. In 24 hours or so we will show you real rural Myanmar – the one overlooked by the wave of tourism rolling over the country.
For example, the dry zone around Bagan is home to surprising and beautiful scenes ‘hiding’ in plain sight. See the magnificent Yoke Saung Kyaung carved-teak monastery; sandy riverside trails; unexpected oilfields; and colonial buildings, atmospheric in their decay.
Take a walk with the farmers of 1,000 buffalos and learn of the animal’s importance in rural Burmese life. While in the area, the forgotten Minsontaung Wildlife Sanctuary, dedicated to the endangered Burmese star tortoise, is the perfect spot to play conservation ranger for the afternoon.
Like finding a hidden oasis, discover rustic farmers’ trails between Yangon and Bagan. Wander through stunning ancient cities with our local experts. Then on a local fishing boat, cast your net in the Irrawaddy River to haul aboard your own dinner. Ride off the beaten track by motorbike or bicycle and see rural Myanmar on its own terms.
For cool-weather lovers, ride a train through the picturesque Shan countryside to a lake no one talks about. On the banks of Samkar Lake (south Inle) in Phaya Taung village, meet a variety of tribesmen from the area. Visit the huge monastery, partially funded by the bungalows on stilts, run by a Pa ‘O tribesman and wife. We spend a night in the bungalows to support the temple’s preservation.
Rediscover the warm, genuine smiles of the Burmese and explore the astonishing natural beauty of the country on an adventure away from well-trodden tourist paths.
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