Join us on a Journey of a Lifetime

November 7 – 17, 2018

Trip Highlights

Enjoy 11 days with an exclusive group of 14 in the company of Shanta staff as your hosts on this trip.  Explore exotic Myanmar; a place Rudyard Kipling described as “unlike any land you know about”. This trip provides you the opportunity to take your journey to a more meaningful level by experiencing both the popular destinations and meeting the villagers Shanta’s partnership program has been helping. We hope you will join us in experiencing this beautiful country, culture and people.

Yangon

We will spend a day exploring the largest city in Myanmar. Golden pagodas, colonial-era buildings, traditional shop houses and crumbling mansions form Yangon, complete with tree-lined avenues crowded with buses and cars.

Inle Lake

As we cruise around Inle Lake in colorful wooden boats we’ll see floating gardens and stilt villages, explore markets where artists showcase traditional arts, watch Intha fisherman with their unique style of using their leg to row, and take in the beautiful surrounding scenery of the Shan Hills.

Shanta Partner Villages

Visit three of our partner villages; experience village life and meet the welcoming Pa’o people. We will tour some of our projects including a preschool, primary school, pig farms, and clean water systems. Join the villagers for tea in their homes and talk about the impact Shanta’s work has had on their lives. Village life will be happening all around you- farmers plowing their fields with oxen, children riding on water buffaloes, and women pounding turmeric root. 

Bagan

Spend time relaxing and feeding your cultural curiosity for two days in Bagan. Bagan is an ancient city with the largest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. We’ll start with a sunrise tour, the perfect time to experience the magic of Bagan and photograph it’s beauty. There will be ample time to relax along the Irrawaddy River, the country’s largest and most scenic river.

Trip Investment

$3600 per person in shared accommodation
$455 single room supplement

Includes:

  • 10 nights lodging.
  • All in-country transportation.
  • All meals – delicious Burmese and international cuisine.
  • All excursions to cultural activities and tours, including guides and translators.
  • A tax deductible donation of $1,500 is included in the cost of the trip.  We ask that this donation be made in addition to your regular annual donation. 

Cost does not include international airfare to/from Myanmar, travel insurance, visa, alcohol, and personal expenses.  

Registration & Payment

We can accommodate up to 14 people on this trip.  We are taking reservations and will create a wait list. In order to reserve a spot, a refundable $500 deposit is required.  Payment of balance is due 90 days (August 9th, 2018) before the start of the trip. Travel insurance is required.

The Details

$3600 per person in shared accommodation
$455 single room supplement

Accommodations

Yangon November 7th & 8th:  The Classique Inn is a boutique hotel full of charm, beautiful gardens, operated by a friendly Myanmar family and located in a quiet and peaceful residential neighborhood.  The comfortable rooms feature Burmese handicrafts and native hardwood furniture.

Nyaung Shwe November 9th & 10th: Hotel 81 is a modern hotel with teakwood accents located in the heart of this bustling traditional Shan town.

Inle Lake November 11th & 12th:  At the Myanmar Treasure Resort you will have your own private over-the-water bungalow with stunning 360-degree views of the Lake and surrounding mountains.

Khun Dong & Khun Khae villages November 13th & 14th:  Our most picturesque and remote villages.  We will be staying in family homes and using outdoor latrines. The homes are primitive, but clean.  You will be staying with other trip guests in each home.

Bagan November 15th & 16th:  The Bagan Thande, an elegant hotel is located in Old Bagan along the Ayarwaddy River, just a short walk from the ancient temples.  The hotel is surrounded by lovely gardens and has a pool.

Meals
We will be eating in restaurants that offer a variety of delicious options. Fresh salads, noodle soups, rice, and an assortment of curry dishes are popular and common throughout the country. While in the villages we will bring our own cooks to prepare our traditional meals.

Trip Conditions
We will do our best to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the trip. Travel to the villages will be in mini-buses and will take approximately three hours.  We’ll be on dirt roads that are bumpy and travel may be slow. While staying in the villages, you will be sleeping in their homes and we’ll provide brand new mattresses and bedding.  There will be new outdoor squat-latrines for your use.  Also, we will have our own cooks to ensure that all meals are properly cooked. We do not have any strenuous activities planned, and people of all fitness levels can participate.
Myanmar has been in the news quite a bit with the atrocities committed against the Rohingya ethnic group.  We work far from the plight of the Rohingya so our partner villages are safe to visit.

Testimonials

For more information and to register: Email Amy Hartenstine at amy@shantafoundation.org, or call 970-749-1198.