Recently returned from 3 weeks in Myanmar. We spent time in some fairly unusual places for travelers -- by road from Mrauk U to Ann to Shwe Settaw to Kazunma to Saw to Mindat. We came across multiple local festivals; wandered into villages that rarely (likely never) had western visitors; slept in a monastery local guesthouses, a nearly stone age village; and generally had an amazing trip. It required government permissions and a guide. We used Mr. Saw and Mutu of Tours Myanmar and we HIGHLY recommend them. They really understand getting “off the beaten path” and going to unusual places. This is a trip where having a guide was valuable (in addition to being required) – we learned so much from Mutu about the people, land, environment, food, etc. email@example.com www.toursmyanmar.com
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