The tour by Imaginative Traveller's Gecko's was very
1. We were quite surprised how much extras for
the sightseeing we had to pay. Quite often teh guide will say that we will not see best places if we follow the itenary so we had to pay (but then often tehre was not much difference from the tour itenary).
2. The level of the
hotels was below any standards - broken toilet, rooms not cleaned, TV not
working - something was wrong was almost in every hotel. Also while the notes
say that the hotel Nyaungshwe, "is situated by Inle Lake" in reality
the hotel was far from the lake accessible only by 20 minutes boat ride at
least in a very remote place.
3. It was impossible
to eat at some road eateries where we stopped at, no basic hygiene, food for cooking was picked from the dirt on the ground where it was stored.
4. The train journey
from Yangon was quite strenuous but still it was nothing compared to the
11-hours bus journey - it was very hot, the air conditioning was not working in
the bus, at least 7 hours drive was through an ongoing road construction, all
covered in thick dust, making it hard to breathe (even the locals were wearing
5. No one told that we have to bring only new, crispy dollars to exchange into local currency. Our group lost so many hours moving from one place to another to exchange money - shocking that it could not be organised properly.
Basically the comfort
level was very different to the one described (and we travelled to 40 coutnries, some very poor) so we are not travellers with unjustified demands.
We would not recommend this tour - there are so many lovely places in Asia where people really care for their country and make the tourists welcomed.