Golden Pagodas, Golden Mangoes and more;
Mary wants her food tourism to empower locals in Myanmar and to improve their well being.
36 years ago Mary visited Burma; a country that was then under military rule with restrictions of where you could go and how long you could stay- 7 nights only. Mary had always wanted to return and so she did- in 2017 and then again in 2018 to monitor the impact of negative Rohingya global social media. Mary was amazed – the Strand hotel that was once overrun by rats and falling down has been returned to its former glory and rivals Raffles. The roads that required 4-wheel drives are now newly sealed. Horizons are now studded with stupas gilded in gold leaf. For Mary the greatest change was in the food; agricultural improvement has resulted in markets filled with fresh produce; the mangoes the best ever - so to give others a chance to taste, arguably the world’s best mangoes, Mary returned with her Inaugural Tour in 2019 and will return again during the mango season in 2020. The impact of global social media has been huge; with many hotels reporting 80% occupancy loss in the last two years , through no fault of their own. The best thing Mary can do is return with others.
Myanmar Golden Tour - Golden Pagodas, Golden Mangoes
Saturday 20th June to Saturday 4th July 2020
Starting In the summer capital of the Raj in the hills above Mandalay and then down to Mandalay and south along the Ayeyarwady;(if there is enough water) to Bagan, the land of over 2000 pagodas, up into a hill country mountain resort, down to a stilt house on Inle Lake – and then our farewell dinner somewhere special in Yangon- (once known as Rangoon)
Transport will be by private bus, horse and cart, boats, electric bike or bicycle, shank’s pony and an internal flight
Historical Highlights will include The Worlds Largest Book (729 slates), the world’s longest teak bridge (482 spans, 1.2km long), as many of the 2,200 pagodas of Bagan as you can bike or cycle around in 2 days, and the Schwedagon Pagoda with its 3,154 golden bells and 79,569 diamonds.
Accommodation will vary from traditional guest houses to heritage hotels to a mountain resort to a stilt hotel on a lake
A daily food experience is promised - meals will be eaten in specially selected restaurants, at places where we stay or with local families – we will visit markets- we will join locals to cook the local fare- we will always have bottled water and fresh mangoes available – Expect to eat local fish, tea leaf salad and seasonal vegetables and if you are brave, BBQ'ed crickets! And to wash it all down Mandalay Rum or Myanmar Beer
Land Cost -NZ$5,995 ea. twin or double share – (single surcharge NZ$1,495).
Includes all accommodation, entries, classes and demonstrations, meals with local beverages,mangoes,transport, internal flight, restoration and heritage taxes, gratuities and more; much more. Not included are on-line visas, insurance (mandatory) and international flights. - Not included are Rubies (90% of the world’s rubies come from Myanmar)
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Interested – please email me if interested in being included on the Inaugural Myanmar Golden Tour- 2019 -
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