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Myanmar

Having been shielded from view by an oppressive regime for decades, little has been known of Myanmar (known as Burma under British rule) and headlines have rarely been positive. As a rich melting pot of diverse ethnic tribes there have always been tensions, which have shaped an extraordinary past. We can still find heavily tattooed faces in the western Rakhine State, horse-back processions as boys enter the monkhood in Mandalay and it is not uncommon to stumble across a colourful Lisu wedding in the eastern Shan State. British colonial buildings remain, juxtaposed with vibrant markets and innumerable stupas as devout Buddhists seek to make merit. Broad infectious smiles will line whichever route you choose.

See a selection of our suggested itineraries below and contact our Myanmar specialist, Edward Granville, to arrange your tailor-made holiday to Myanmar on: +44 (0)1242 787 805.

A Journey to the Upper Irrawaddy 〜 12 days

Following a couple of days exploring Mandalay, voyage north along the Irrawaddy - Myanmar's lifeblood - towards Katha, the quaint colonial town where George Orwell penned his novel Burmese Days. En route you will pass stunning unspoilt scenery, see traditional crafts in progress and gain a fascinating insight into the country's ancient and war-time history. From £2,778/ $4,298

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  • Featured in Wall Street Journal
  • Exploring Katha, setting for Orwell's Burmese Days
  • Absorbing the ancient atmosphere of Tagaung 
  • Sailing through spectacular gorges

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Classic Myanmar 〜 11 days

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A fascinating insight into this intriguing country. Explore the bustling city of Yangon and its iconic Shwedagon Pagoda; fly over the fields of ancient temples in Bagan; cruise along the Irrawaddy; discover the ancient wonders in and around Mandalay before escaping to the serenity of Inle Lake. From £2,658 / $4,253.

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  • See the bustling, crumbling colonial heart of Yangon.
  • Exploring Inle Lake by traditional longtail boat.
  • Surveying Bagan from the tranquility of a hot air balloon.
  • Sail up the mighty Irrawaddy to Mandalay, Myanmar's cultural capital.

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Exotic Myanmar 〜 14 days

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Delve a little deeper to explore the diverse scenery of this beautiful country; from the beautiful hill country of the Northern Shan State to the unspoilt beaches of the Bay of Bengal. With plenty of opportunity for walking, an histoiric train journey and many chances to get out onto the rivers, there is still time to unwind in the beautiful surroundings of Inle Lake and Ngapali. From £3,995 / $6,395.

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Highlights
  • Tribal markets around Inle Lake.
  • Travelling by train into the hills of the Shan State.
  • Relaxing on a pristine beach without glitz or glamour.
  • Sunset at the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda.

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An Expedition up the Chindwin 〜 12 days

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The towns and villages on the banks of the Chindwin are still very difficult to reach, and are best explored by boat. An expedition up this beguiling tributary of the Irrawaddy is an adventure into an Asia of yesteryear, as you pass former colonial outposts where teak and oil were extracted, and sail by hills through which thousands fled the Japanese advance to India in 1942. From £3,230 / $4,995

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cruise aboard a wonderful ten-cabin colonial-style river cruiser
  • Reach remote, peaceful parts of Chin State
  • Step back in time as you experience a Myanmar unaffected by change and discover vestiges of the colonial era pre-WW2

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Ultimate Myanmar 〜 21 days

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Each day of this enlightening adventure will introduce you to another facet of this beautiful country, or another chapter in her story. Your journey will take you from your slick colonial hotel in the capital through crumbling ancient cities, hill stations and waterside villages, as you explore by boat, trishaw, bike and elephant, meeting craftspeople, villagers and former Shan royalty along the way. From  £5,895 / $9,985

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  • Cycle to Bagan's most remote temples
  • Sail in traditional boats to explore Inle Lake and the Irrawaddy River
  • Hike to tribal villages in the Himalayan foothills
  • Reflect on your journey on the white sands of Ngapali Beach

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Sailing the Mergui Archipelago 〜 cabin share or private charter

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Set sail from the southern tip of Myanmar to explore the peaceful and unspoilt islands of Mergui. Whether joining a set departure or chartering a private yacht, a journey around these islands reveals deserted beaches, crystal clear tepid waters, and dense coastal jungle pierced by the colours of exotic birds and the calls of scampering macaques. There is also the opportunity to meet the Moken 'Sea Gypsies', the semi-nomadic people who call the region home. 

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Island hopping on beautiful, handcrafted yachts with experienced crews
  • Exploring pristine coastal jungle bursting with wildlife
  • Snorkelling, swimming and fishing from the boat
  • Dining on deserted beaches under a starry sky

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The Red Savannah Experience

The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. Put together a small team of the most experienced (nobody has less than 10 years experience) travel designers and provide a service that revolves around knowledge, empathy and genuine friendliness. A company that brings back craftsmanship and substance, without the glitz and over-hackneyed travel jargon. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.

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