“This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about”, wrote Rudyard Kipling. In some ways huge amounts have changed in the country since he wrote those words, but the statement still remains entirely true.
The new democracy in Myanmar (Burma) has ushered in fresh hope and energy to this incredible land of tradition and beauty. We talk about the excitement of the future with men in traditional longyi (skirts) and children in thanakha (a paste used as make up and suncream). A sunrise over Bagan will take your breath away, and the Buddhist pagodas around Mandalay are simply stunning, but it is not only the sights that will stay in your memory forever. The people, way of life, and host of other surprises in Myanmar are all part of its charm and what makes it utterly unique. Our trip here takes in Mandalay and Bagan, linked by a cruise down the twinkling Irrawady River. Our service project involves constructing school buildings out of plastic bottles and recycled waste – an incredible project in an incredible country!