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ORIENT-EXPRESS’s 11-night Gorges of the Far North river cruise starts in Yangon and travels through the gorges towards Bagan. See Katha by trishaw and visit the market made famous by George Orwell in Burmese Days, take a train to the forest station of Naba and lunch in Mandalay; from $5880 a person, twin-share, November and December departures. More: orient-express.com.
ACTIVE Journeys has a 14-day escorted cycle tour starting in Yangon and travelling along the Ayeyarwady River plain up to the Shan Plateau. From the heights of Mount Popa, the tour travels to Bagan. The Myanmar Adventure tour includes a boat ride up the Ayeyarwady; $3725 (bike rental extra). More: activejourneys.com.
INTERNATIONAL hotel group Accor plans to open three hotels in Myanmar. MGallery in Naypyidaw and Novotel Yangon Max will open by the end of the year and Novotel Mandalay Mingalar in 2015. More: accor.com.