It has taken me a few days as I have been busy with the kids who are still on holiday but here is a little report on our trip.
The guide Soo and the driver were excellent. Picked us up at the airport and dropped us at the hotel to have lunch and relax before picking us up at 4.30pm for some sightseeing in central Yangon including the Shwedagon Pagoda. Fantastic place to see.
They dropped us back to the hotel and picked us up in good time for the early flight to Bagan the next day.
Savoy Hotel in Yangon
This is a lovely hotel and we would highly recommend it to anyone staying in Yangon.
The guide in Bagan was Mister Jo and the driver Mr Zar. Mister Jo was absolutely excellent – highly recommended. He spoke good English was very knowledgeable and interesting. Mr Zar was very professional and courteous and often offered a cold water and wipe at just the right time.
Bagan itself is amazing and we enjoyed all the suggested activities, the horse cart trip , the boat on the Aye Yar Wady and the sunset viewings. Breath taking really. All lunch suggestions were excellent too. Thoroughly well organised.
Tharabar Gate Hotel in Bagan
A good hotel lovely atmosphere, style and staff and great location. They were having trouble with their pool and it was closed for 2 of the 3 days and was an unappetizing lurid green colour but apart from that the stay was excellent
Another place well worth a visit . Our guide and boatmen were also very good. The guide was fun with a good sense of humour and really made an effort with the kids. Arrangements were very good – nice lunch suggestions and on the trek our guide cooked for us himself a delicious chicken noodle soup. We were very impressed.
The craft visits were interesting – the afternoon trip to the Shwe Inn Thein Paya was an absolute highlight. Nice boat trip and great sightseeing.
The trek was very enjoyable – our kids complained a bit and we had to cut it a bit shorter than we would have liked but the guide coped well with this.
Golden Island Cottages(1) (Nampan)
A lovely hotel situated right on the lake with all buildings on stilts. Lovely people. Every other night they put on a cultural show which is fantastic and we really enjoyed it. Beautiful place.
Trip back to Yangon
As you know there was a problem with our trip back to Yangon which resulted in us spending 8 hours at Heho Airport. – not sure how this occurred but never mind. We had many apologies and it was nice that even though we had missed out on our Yangon sightseeing on our return we were offered an earlier pick up so that we could at least see the Chaukhtatgyi reclining Buddha and we really appreciated this.
So overall we were very impressed and happy and we would happily recommend you and Great Expeditions travel to other clients.
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All the best