Asian Trails - Myanmar
Asian Trails is a destination management company and has established a network which covers all major Asian tourist destinations, with offices in all strategic inbound tourism centres throughout South East Asia. As the handling agent for major international tour operators such as the Kuoni Travel Group, Asian Trails provides quality destination services to multi-lingual clients at competitive rates.
In September 2006, Kuoni Travel Ltd. became a majority shareholder of the company. Australian Tours Management was acquired in November 2008 and reports to Asian Trails.
Asian Trails offers a varied product line covering hotels, coach tours, private tours, car rentals, airport transfers, soft adventure tours, cruises, Harley Davidson motorcycle tours, home-stay, biking tours, self-drive package tours and lifestyle packages as well as cooking classes, spa holiday, golfing, private villas, private jets, incentives and luxury train journeys.
Myanmar is South East Asia’s largest continental country, covering about twice the size of Vietnam. Inside its border, it hosts both South East Asia’s highest peak - the Hkakabo Razi, part of the Himalayas and reaching a height of 5,881m, as well as some of Asia’s most pristine and untouched beaches.
Around 130 different ethnic groups live inside the country, making it one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. After 34 years of nearly complete isolation, tourism started anew in 1996, when visa regulations were changed and tourist visa were issued with more ease. Yet in the decades which have followed, the country continues to remain one of Asia’s last mysterious and unknown destinations. The infrastructure on which tourists can count on has significantly improved, yet falls below international standards at all levels and at some places, especially in regional/rural areas where the spirit of adaptation and tolerance is sometimes necessary to visit this wonderful country Myanmar.
A range of two to five star hotels are available in Yangon and Mandalay. In Bagan and the Inle Lake region travellers have a choice of charming, traditional accommodation built in local styles at scenic locations. Ngapali Beach and Ngwe Saung Beach offer both several world class resorts. Three private airlines, Air Mandalay, Asian Wings and Air Bagan provide reliable domestic air transportation with modern ATR-72, ATR-42 and Fokker 100 aircrafts. The roads linking the main provincial cities and areas of cultural interest have improved in recent years though in comparison to neighboring countries traveling time still takes longer.
A wide choice of food including Chinese, Indian, Thai and Western dishes are served at major locations throughout the country. Myanmar is also increasingly on the world map for organisers of incentive travel and special interest groups.
■ Yangon: With its colonial buildings and "Shwedagon" also called the Golden Pagoda. Stroll trough China and Indian Town.
■ Mandalay: The second city in Myanmar home to 600 Monasteries and more then 6000 Monks. Watch the spectacular sunset from the top of the Mandaly Hill.
■ Inle Region: Observe the unique one leg boat rowing technique at the Inle lake. Colorful markets where different ethnic groups from the region meet.
■ Mrauk-U A hidden gem: Once the Ancient Capital of Rakhine State and one of the most powerful kingdoms in Myanmar's history Ngapali Beach Long and white sand beach and clear water. The best place to relax and recall the last travel memories.
■ Bagan Temple dinner:
Back to the ancient time. Dinning at a magic place full of history and atmosphere.
■ Trekking in Shan State:
2 days tour from Kalaw (former British Hill station) down to the Inle Lake and overnight at a Monastery. For small groups.
■ Bike Tour in Bagan:
The best way at the right speed to discover known and less known out of more than 2000 pagodas.
■ Boat race on the Inke lake
Observe teams of Intha ethnic minority people racing boats on scenic Inle Lake. Boats are rowed with the leg, not with the arms, and teams compete strongly for the winners’ prizes. Group participants have the chance to mix up with the two teams. No matter who wins, fun and new friends for both teams.
■ Treasure hunt in Mandalay: Different team one aim – to find the way to the finishing line in the shortest possible time only with the aid of a small dictionary and a point to point map. Interaction with local people is the key to success.
Travelling to Myanmar is not only a voyage into a different geographic region, but also a voyage into another time. A visit to hill tribes can equal a voyage into the middle ages! It is a country where magnificent and ancient Buddhist temples gaze serenely over a nation restless for change. Burma has plenty of wonders for the eye - life-giving rivers, lush mountain forests, and intricately-drawn cities.
The country is bordered by China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, India on the northwest, and the Bay of Bengal to the southwest, with the Andaman Sea defining its southern periphery. One-third of Burma's total perimeter of 1,930 kms forms an uninterrupted coastline. Burma is the second largest country by geographical area in Southeast Asia.
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