Crossing the border from Thailand into Myanmar feels like going 30 years back in time. Awaiting you are mountains with winding roads passing through endless villages and rice paddies. You are riding in another world. Many villages have never seen tourists before. Once down on the Irrawaddy River basin the roads are getting straighter and traffic is intensifying. Even if roads are quickly getting better there is still plenty of dual sport riding experience on unsealed road sections all over the country. We can mix and match as your adventure spirit desires!
The landscape is scattered with gilded pagodas and the traditional ways of Asia endure. High Himalaya peaks in the north with glittering sand beaches to the west and south. Be dazzled by the ‘winking wonder’ of Shwedagon Paya. Contemplate the 4,000 sacred stupas scattered across the plains of Bagan. Stare in disbelief at the Golden Rock, Mt Kyaiktiyo, teetering impossibly on the edge of a chasm. These are all important Buddhist sights in a country where monks are more revered than rock stars.
For all the recent changes, Myanmar remains at heart a rural nation of traditional values. You’ll encounter men wearing the sarong-like longyi and chewing betel nut, spitting the blood-red juice onto the ground. Women with faces smothered in thanakha (a natural sunblock), and cheroot-smoking grannies. Trishaws still ply city streets, while the horse or bullock and cart is common rural transport. Drinking tea – a British colonial custom – is enthusiastically embraced in thousands of teahouses
What makes this country is not merely its geography, but more its people. Its real charm resides in its people offering you endless smiles (even if often shy) where ever you go. Apart from its devout practice of Theravada Buddhism, Myanmar is also known for its ethnic diversity and warm hospitality. It recognizes 135 distinct ethnic groups, speaking more than 100 languages belonging to 4 language groups. Our selected hotels are mostly of high international standards to provide you with a relaxing and comfortable rest.
Burmese food has a diverse regional culinary tradition, which has developed through cross-cultural contact and trade with neighbouring countries of India, China, and Thailand. The food is typified by a wide range of dishes, including traditional Burmese curries, salads, and soups eaten with white rice. Burmese cuisine also features noodles in many forms, like fried or dry noodles, noodle soups, or noodle salads as well as Indian bread. Our skilled local tour guides will make sure you get the opportunity to try many different dishes.