Myanmar expeditions

Myanmar at a glance

Population: 55 million

Terrain: Central lowlands, highlands, forests, plantations and delta river systems

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Myanmar

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Myanmar.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:

Acclimatisation

Inle Lake

Make your way via Kalaw to begin a trek that will take you through stunning hill country dotted with traditional villages. Arriving at the shores of Inle, you’ll have the chance to take in the lake’s famed natural beauty, marvel at the stilt-house villages, island-bound Buddhist temples and floating gardens, and perhaps glimpse the handy skills of the Intha people who live upon it.

Trekking

Into the Hills

Trek into the forested hills of Myanmar and enjoy spectacular views of the countryside below as you climb higher through local villages. Spend the nights sleeping in a local homestay or monastery and learn about the traditional lifestyles of local families.
Rest & Relaxation

The Temples of Bagan

Watch the sun rise and set over the ruined plains of Bagan, home to around 2000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and monasteries. Spanning 16 square miles on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, Bagan has the densest concentration of religious monuments in the world and was the capital of the Bamar Kingdom from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries. 

Things to Know

You may hear Myanmar referred to as Burma (its name under British colonisation, 1885-1948).
 
Historically, there has been some debate over which name is best used to refer to the country, with Myanmar being adopted when the country was still controlled by a military council or junta. Most sources now refer to ‘Myanmar’, though you’d be unlikely to cause offence using either.

Factfile

Languages spoken: Burmese
 
Time zone: GMT +6:30
 
Interesting facts: Rice and green tea are accompaniments to almost every meal in Myanmar.
 
Myanmar is one of only a handful of countries in the world that has not adopted the metric system of measurement.

People

89% of Myanmar's population is Buddhist, but you'll also find Hindus, Taoists, Muslims and Christians living here and more than 130 ethnic groups, each with its own history, culture and language. The Bamar are the majority ethnic group (two thirds of the population), while the Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan are the seven largest minority groups.
Project

Making a Difference

Myanmar remains a country with a need for development, with the average person making little more than 3USD a day and as much as a third of children under five suffering from malnutrition.

Teams will have the opportunity to engage with local welfare initiatives and explore development challenges on projects aimed at meeting an important community need, from building toilet blocks and maintaining structures to tree planting and fence construction.

There will also be opportunities to spend time with the wider community, organising fun, active and educational activities for local children and perhaps even working with monks in one of the country’s Buddhist temples.

Rest & Relaxation

Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp

Learn about elephant care and help out with the feeding and bathing of these magnificent animals, rescued from the logging industry. You'll also have the opportunity to plant your own tree and assist with the camp's vital reforestation plans.

Climate

Myanmar's south-west monsoon brings hot (35°C), humid weather and sporadic but intense downpours from May to October. After the rains recede, temperatures are relatively comfortable (low 30°C) until February. From March, they build again as the rainy season approaches and temperatures of 40°C or more are not uncommon.

Goteik Viaduct

Standing more than 100 metres high and nearly 700 metres long, you may catch a glimpse during your expedition of the hair-raising engineering marvel that is the Goteik Viaduct railway bridge. Located around 100 km north east of Mandalay, the bridge was constructed by British colonialists in 1901.

Ayeyarwaddy River

Take a boat from Mandalay to the stunning plains of Bagan and observe life drift by as you ply the waters of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Starting high in the Himalayas, Myanmar's longest river flows the length of the country and out into the Andaman sea.
Slowly emerging after years of political isolation, Myanmar is one of the last great frontiers in the exploration of mainland South-East Asia. Home to one of the most spectacular concentrations of religious monuments on earth, Myanmar is your adventure waiting to happen.
Laura, our Myanmar Expedition Planning Manager

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Central lowlands, highlands, forests, plantations and delta river systems