World Journeys director, Ange Pirie hosted the 10-day trip which was a departure from her usual destination of Africa. ‘I had no preconceptions (or judgements) about Myanmar and wanted to go with a completely open mind,’ says Pirie. ‘It left me inspired.’ The group stayed at Belmond Governors Residence in Yangon and explored the golden stupas of Shwedagon Pagoda, the Bogyoke Markets, and toured the city aboard the vintage elephant coaches.
In Bagan, the group rode e-bikes around the archeological complex and climbed the 777 steps up Mount Popa for spectacular views. ‘An absolute highlight was our two night Heritage Line river cruise aboard the lovely Anawrahta, from Bagan to Mandalay,’ says Pirie. ‘It was fascinating to witness life on the Ayeyarwady River, passing by small villages with locals bathing, swimming and children laughing in the river. ‘I would have to say the warm, friendly people were my favourite aspect of Myanmar.’ worldjourneys.co.nz/destinations/asia/myanmar/