The Golden Land of Shwedagon and Bagan, of Orwell and Kipling. For centuries, Burmese names alone have induced an irresistible romance amongst the susceptible: Mandalay, Rangoon, Inle and the Irrawaddy. Khiri expertly guides you through this still seldom visited and exotic land, with signature experiences as diverse as biking in Shan State, picnicking amidst the thousands of medieval temples in Bagan, and elephant trekking in Kalaw.
Bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand, Myanmar is larger than France, and yet remains the least developed country in Southeast Asia. The mountains and fertile plains of the Ayeyarwady River wind through the country for 2,170 kilometres, and one-third of Myanmar’s total perimeter forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
Myanmar is home to some of the earliest civilizations of Southeast Asia, including the Pyu and the Mon. Burmans entered the Upper Irrawaddy Valley in the 9th Century and soon established the Kingdom of Pagan, still known today for its thousands of awe-inspiring temple and pagoda structures concentrated at Bagan, the medieval capital of the First Burmese Empire.
In the 13th Century, Kublai Khan invaded Burma, extending the reach of the already massive Mongolian Empire. In the 19th Century, Myanmar was again colonized. British rule brought immense change to Burmese society, and the country has seen differing forms of governance since declaring independence from Britain in 1948.
Myanmar remains one of the world’s most untouched, authentic, culturally enriching and mysterious countries. Khiri tours allow you to travel through Myanmar in a way that broadens your own horizons while enriching the knowledge and livelihoods of the Burmese people.
We were really impressed with every aspect of Khiri Travel: your help in suggesting an itinerary, Sai’s flexibility in delivering the tickets and answering my many questions. Also, many thanks for the lunch in Inle Lake. Before we knew that it was being paid for, we’d all agreed that it was one of the best meals we’d had anywhere in Myanmar. It was a very kind gesture.
Matthew Fleggson, British Council Yangon