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Reisbegeleiding 9,0
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Overnachtingen 8,2
Reisroute 8,4
9.9 14 beoordelingen
  • 10

    Mrs Dain Pinder

    Wow, our expectations were high owing to great reports of Myanmar from friends who had visited recently. However, they fell far short of our experiences during this 14 days. Trekking for 6 days of the 14 meant that we were never 'Templed out' and that then visits to three major, contrasting cities gave us fabulous varying insights to this unspoilt culture. Our guide, Sai, was inspirational, considerate as well as clearly compassionate to the needs of his people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This is most difficult to single one from the many, many inspirational moments we gleaned from this raw culture. However, the best moment might be our glimpse into a pre-wedding gathering of two families to decide on the dowries for bride and groom in one of the remote villages. Or witnessing a part of a Noviciation ceremony of several families in Mandat.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sai was brilliant in that he was most efficient, considerate, flexible, humorous and adaptive to unavoidable changes in schedule . We were also very impressed in his giving much, if not all, of his tips to enable healthcare such as hair- lip surgery to be provided to the remote village people. Additionally,his English is most satisfactory.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, to take clothing, equipment to be left there for use by Portering Team members who are chosen form the local tribes.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Constructively, I wonder just how much difference in cost it would have made if we had flown via an airport hub that was en route, as it were, such as Dubai (Emirates) rather than using KL which is almost overflying Yangon!

  • 10

    Trelling Burma - November 2014

    A fascinating well run trip. If you are considering this trekking trip, do not hesitate go now before the area gets commercialised. Yes overnight accommodation may not be up to what we expect in the 21st.centaury, my advice take a good quality sleeping mat for a comfortable nights sleep, accept everything else, I have no regrets to seeing this interesting country in the raw, trekking through villages over 7days, where the narrow tracks do not allow 4wheeled vehicles, foot passage rules with the odd motorbike.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting the villagers together with their religious leaders including Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Baptist &amp; Nat, they all asked us to encourage visitors to the region after all the years of tourists being blocked.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group Leader Lewis made the holiday with his knowledge and general calm helpful way he looked after any concerns. On the Trek in the Chin Region we had a local Chin / English speaking guide who again was the best we could ask for.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not forget take a good quality sleeping mat. Enjoy this experience before the country is overrun with commercialism.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Buy from the villagers, share your love with small financial gifts it will mean so much to these poor people, take plenty of pictures and share them with your new friends.

  • 10

    Trekking in Burma, Chin Hills

    The trip overall was well put together with a great balance between being active on the trekking part and also giving the opportunity to see some the iconic sites of Burma in places like Yangon and Bagan. To be taken into the Chin Hills was not all about the trek, but the cultural aspect of this was amazing, the local beliefs of the people and the tattooed women of the Chin was something I will never forget.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The people, smiling and warm wherever we went it was amazing to have such a welcome to their country. When in the Chin Hills and seeing no other westerners for the whole of the trek it was amazing to get so much local interaction with the local people, welcomed into their homes with tea for everyone, our guide acting as the translator helped us to interact at a complete new level.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader handled everything with a constant smile. With his understanding of the country as whole we got a real insight into the changing times in Burma, the logistics of the trip went smooth when going to what is a very new region for travelers in Myanmar.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to rough it on the trek, sleeping on the floor in peoples homes or village halls can be tiring but very rewarding. The opportunity to warm shower on the trek only really happens once and was a real surprise and pleasure, the other days of the trek were all cold water bucket showers. This all added to the feeling of being in such a special place and actually having a realistic experience that the locals live every day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great opportunity to see something that most people never will.

  • 10

    Trekking Burma - November 2014

    A fascinating well run trip. If you are considering this trekking trip, do not hesitate go now before the area gets commercialised. Yes overnight accommodation may not be up to what we expect in the 21st.centaury, my advice take a good quality sleeping mat for a comfortable nights sleep, accept everything else, I have no regrets to seeing this interesting country in the raw, trekking through villages over 7days, where the narrow tracks do not allow 4wheeled vehicles, foot passage rules with the odd motorbike.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting the villagers together with their religious leaders including Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Baptist &amp; Nat, they all asked us to encourage visitors to the region after all the years of tourists being blocked.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group Leader Lewis made the holiday with his knowledge and general calm helpful way he looked after any concerns. On the Trek in the Chin Region we had a local Chin / English speaking guide who again was the best we could ask for.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not forget take a good quality sleeping mat. Enjoy this experience before the country is overrun with commercialism.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Buy from the villagers, share your love with small financial gifts it will mean so much to these poor people, take plenty of pictures and share them with your new friends.

  • 10

    INTERSTING TREK

    The staff and porters were excellent. The food supplied was more than adequate and considering where we were it was fantastic. The major hotels were also excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    meeting the happy village people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sia was excellent and very knowledgeable on all aspects of the tour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take some warm clothes when visiting Mt. Victoria as it was 3DEG. C

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I do not like the tipping as everyone should be adequately paid by Exodus. The holiday was not cheap to start with and the local costs would have been minimal due to the low local wages. The only good thing is that it puts some extra money into the locals.

  • 10

    Myanmar - November 2014

    An excellent trip - and now is the time to go before it gets too busy. The trip was a good combination of trekking and sightseeing. The trekking area was well off the tourist trail and we saw very few other trekkers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Talking to the headman in one of the villages about his encounter with a tiger.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He looked after us very well. He was well organised and the logistics worked more or less flawlessly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a thermarest mat for the trek. The "mattresses" turned out to be blankets - so unless that changes you may wish some extra comfort. If it can be arranged, it makes more sense to leave things that aren't required on the trek in Bagan rather than in Yangon. You may wish to take an extra bag for that purpose.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Trekking in Myanmar

    Brilliant holiday with varied itinerary that liftes the spirits and uncovers some hidden gems.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    No one thing but many - trekking in the jungle, the varied and wonderful temples and of course the people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Very well informed, entertaining and very friendly. Very well informed about the social make-up of the country.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We took our own therma-rests which assured us that we would have what we want. The provision for washing and showers is limited on the trek so be prepared but plenty of cold water! The food was great and we were not hungry.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a wonderful trip and the memories will last for many years. We have been Exodus many times and this must rate as one of the best trips.

  • 8

    top - trekking in the Chin Hills of Burma

    Very inspirational trip. At 70 years of age, I should have been in better shape, then I would have more enjoyed the trek. The selection of cultural sites we visited was well thought-out.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably visiting the Shwedagon Paya on the last evening. The best was saved until the last day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our tour leader had an excellent grasp of the the culture, religion, and did the best he could keeping us safe on a trek that involved some danger at points where the trail was washed out. He was forward in his approach to meeting with the Chin Hill people, which rubbed off on me as we found them to be very hospitable, and open to sharing a cultural exchange.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Beware! This trek is for the hardy of soul and body. Temperatures were hot at times, and the sun was relentless. It did not rain a drop during our 13 day experience. Hot and dusty. I would recommend bringing along an extra supply of you local energy foods to supplement what is afforded us, particularly at breakfasts, which were meager when out in the back country. I have replaced knees, and in spite, made the entire trek to the top of Mt Victoria. If you can't bend to a squat, like me, you have to be innovative on your own to find a way to relieve yourself. I also highly recommend you build up your core muscle groups before the trip, so that when constipation strikes, you are able to function without popping a hernia. Drink plenty of water!!!! I was called on this one once several times. Also, if you are overweight, this may not be the trip for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trip. Took 632 pics after editing out the poor ones. Take spare camera batteries, enough so that you can spend time editing on your way home on your looooong plane flight. It makes time pass faster.

  • 10

    Trekking in the Chin Hills

    A wonderful trip trip in an area where few tourists have been. We experienced incredible hospitality and learnt about the culture and beliefs of the Chin Hills people.  We trekked on paths connecting the villages and the scenery was varied with stunning valley views, rolling hills and tropical rainforest. Many of the women of the Chin Hills are adorned with tatooed faces and tribal jewellery so visually it is quite something.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the lunch time stops. I honestly couldn't pick one as every day we'd stop at a village, be invited into a house and spend an hour or so with a family. These were treasured moments. The people were as curious about us as we were them. We'd also stay in a different village each night and on one occasion, on hearing of our arrival, the villagers invited us along to watch them perform some of their traditiional dances. This was a totally spontaneous display and a fantastic specatcle.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader made sure we were all well looked after as some group members were fitter than others. No one was left behind. We also had a local guide who hailed from the area. This proved to be invaluable, as Burmese is not widely spoken in this area. He explained why the women had tatooed faces, how animism was the main belief system and answered all of our many questions. His knowledge enriched our experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you enjoy travelling in remote areas with very little sign of western influence then this trip is for you. Facilities are basic (there is just one shower opportunity in 6 nights), and most nights you'll sleep on a mattress on the floor in one communal room.There are no hotels or cafes and you will not encounter other tourists. Expect an adventure, rich in culture, visually intoxicating and with some terrfic walking too.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's a great place for people photography but sometimes it's easy to get carried away. Don't forget to ask first and try and soak up the experience rather than click away....

  • 10

    Myanmar

    A great experience of a very unspoilt country

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise in Victoria mountain after a very cold windy night

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent . Passionate , attentive to us all and knowledgable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be fit . Treks are long and hard and sleeping is mostly on floors

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Good was amazing !

  • 10

    Trekking in Myanmar (Burma)

    Wow, our expectations were high owing to great reports of Myanmar from friends who had visited recently. However, they fell far short of our experiences during this 14 days. Trekking for 6 days of the 14 meant that we were never 'Templed out' and that then visits to three major, contrasting cities gave us fabulous varying insights to this unspoilt culture. Our guide, Sai, was inspirational, considerate as well as clearly compassionate to the needs of his people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This is most difficult to single one from the many, many inspirational moments we gleaned from this raw culture. However, the best moment might be our glimpse into a pre-wedding gathering of two families to decide on the dowries for bride and groom in one of the remote villages. Or witnessing a part of a Noviciation ceremony of several families in Mandat.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sai was brilliant in that he was most efficient, considerate, flexible, humorous and adaptive to unavoidable changes in schedule . We were also very impressed in his giving much, if not all, of his tips to enable healthcare such as hair- lip surgery to be provided to the remote village people. Additionally,his English is most satisfactory.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, to take clothing, equipment to be left there for use by Portering Team members who are chosen form the local tribes.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Constructively, I wonder just how much difference in cost it would have made if we had flown via an airport hub that was en route, as it were, such as Dubai (Emirates) rather than using KL which is almost overflying Yangon!

  • 10

    Trekking in Burma

    Undoubtedly one of the most authentic trekking trips ever done. We were literally 'off the beaten track' one day when our local guides hacked out the path for us to visit a village which didn't even have a motorcycle track. Walking through these hills is an away from it all experience and a privilege to share in local life. As emphasised by others, this country needs to be visited now as mass tourism is rapidly on the increase.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the face tattooed ladies and meeting village chiefs and the children in the village schools. Learning the local customs and beliefs of the Chin Hill tribes. U Bein bridge at sunrise and many other things that make this trip unforgettable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Louis was an attentive leader, ever present and ready to help and deal with any problems that cropped up - of which we had quite a few! He spoke without reserve about his country and even gave us little mementos but most of all he was a happy positive person and advised us well as far as spreading our money around The local Chin guides were also excellent. Conservationists and keen to share their culture with us, again advising us in which villages to donate - the pro-NLD ones - and which ones were pro-regime.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are not keen on living rough with just one hot bucket shower in 7 days, then this trip is probably not for you. On the other hand the cultural experience is just amazing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There still seems to be a problem as far as ground mats/mattresses are concerned during the trek. They seem to get less and less as the days go on! Blankets are are plentiful however. Nightime temperatures are down to freezing in the hills so a good warm sleeping bag is essential as are warm clothes for the evening. Daytime temperatures are not too hot and comfortable. Leaving a set of clean clothes in Bagan is a good idea for when you return from the trek.

  • 10

    Trekking in Burma

    Our leader Louis was excellent throughout the holiday. He even came to hospital with me when I was very unwell. Nothing was too much for him or the guides and porters we had on the trek. The trip is a fantastic way of seeing Burma as it is. There is the trek on the one hand which gets you as close to local people as you can hope for as a tourist. This is partly because life in the Chin Hills basically takes place out of doors and is not hidden away in people's houses. And so it is a small price to pay for the fairly basic lodgings we had on several of the nights during the trek. I also have to congratulate the local leaders in attempting to ensure that hygiene standards were kept as high as was possible in the circumstances. The second part of this trip, the pagodas, temples, stupas etc. was simply mind-blowing. I have never seen such extraordinary beauty in any religious site before.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking around Shwedagon Pagoda after sunset and then again in the morning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic. Always there to help and always smiling

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Watch out for that Burma Belly. It is not much fun.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No. Despite my internal problems, I still hope to join Exodus on future trips as they are well-organised, value for money and you always feel you are in safe hands. There is always good advice about local customs and pitfalls.

  • 10

    Wonderful Myanmar

    This is a fabulous and varied tour. Starting in Yangon and Bagan introduced us to the cities and Buddhist culture with visits to temples in Bagan. We then had a seven day trek through the mountains of Chin state where a different language is spoken and Chistianity (mingled with animism) is the main religion. There is no tourist infrastructure in the Chin mountains, no baths, showers, wash-hand basins or hotels. We slept on floors in our sleeping bags. The people had obviously seen few or no tourists before and were very welcoming and curious. The scenery was beautiful with wooded mountains. Everything was unspoiled and fascinating. Following the trek we returned to Bagan for a welcome shower and sunset over the Irriwaddy river with thousands of temples. Then we moved on to Mandalay with a memorable day starting at 5am to watch sunrise at the U Bein bridge followed by a cruise up the Irrawaddy river visiting Buddhist temples en route. Finally we returned to Yangon to have a great close to the holiday watching the sunset at the Shwedagon Pagoda.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Quite a few inspirational moments: the trek in the Chin mountains; sunset over the Irrawaddy at Bagan; Shwedagon Pagoda.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader, Than Naing, was wonderful. He had a great sense of humour and was very sociable. He clearly loved communicating his interest in his country and was full of energy which never seemed to flag. He really made the trip interesting.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We spent no money at all during the week of trekking so I found I had taken too much. In the cities there are plenty of opportunities to spend but things are very cheap. It's also a good idea to take antiseptic wipes to help wash during the trek.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the best trips I've been on. Highly recommended.

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