We had a great time planning a custom cultural adventure to Myanmar for Jan and Kenneth and I was happy to hear they loved their activities, guides, and their accommodations!
Jan's favorite part of the trip was the visit to the elephant sanctuary in Kalaw, where you get to interact with elephants who are retired from the logging industry.The sanctuary provides a safe home for the elephants, their mahouts, and the mahouts' families. The day includes feeding the elephants and bathing them in a nearby stream, all while learning about elephants' behavior, personalities, and how to care for them. A large part of the sanctuary's property is a private protected forest where native vegetation can grow undisturbed, creating a natural habitat for the elephants to wander as they desire.
They also enjoyed a variety of other activities in this diverse and active trip: "I liked the Burmese star tortoise sanctuary, learning how the different crafts were made, carriage ride in Bagan, boat rides, the train was fun but scary (Ken liked it). In Yangon, Cherry, our guide, also took us to a historical photo exhibition in an old building that was being restored, we really liked that! I liked the overgrown pagodas at Inle Lake."
Along the way they had guides who specialized in each region they visited:"All the Guides were perfect, Cherry, Win Ko, MoMo, Shew, and Poe, really great guides."
Jan and Kenneth found the accommodations to be a highlight of their trip, adding a special flair to their adventure through Myanmar: "We loved the colonial feel of the Savoy in Yangon, and Areindmar in Bagan was really pretty at night with the floating swans with candles in the pool and tiki torches in gardens; it had a really nice feel. We liked the meals at Tai House in Hsipaw and the Sky Bar in Mandalay at the Ayarwaddy River View. I also had a few Burmese massages which were fun!"
" Everyplace had something special to offer and no day seemed the same. I liked that we kept moving but could have stayed longer at the Savoy!"
As parting words for anyone thinking about travel to Myanmar, Jan and Kenneth said: "Don't worry, you'll be well taken care of!"
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