We have just returned from an amazing tour of Myanmar organised for us by Dr. Zin of Myanmar Delight Tours, a Yangon travel agency. I am writing this review not as a travelogue, but to give an insight for anyone thinking of a more personal visit to Myanmar. We were not in a group so could decide for ourselves what to see and do. We arranged our own flights from Heathrow on Qatar Airlines, but from our arrival in Yangon all transport, hotels and tour guides were arranged by Dr. Zin. And everything went off perfectly, without a hitch. A local English speaking guide was on-hand awaiting our flight along with a driver and an air-conditioned car. This was the procedure at every airport or ferry terminal on our trip, except Ngapali Beach, where a tour guide was not needed. The advantage of having a local guide with the same car and driver ever available for us at each destination was immediately apparent. Our itinerary was flexible and the local advice from our guide made our whole trip unique and open to change. During our stay we went to a local wedding, visited a local home, chatted to ladies carrying 10 kilo bags for 2 hours back up to their village, and my wife even helped another group of ladies laying stone, re-building a road. We were also able to limit our pagoda visits to only those we wanted to visit. The heat of March really didn't bother us. After each pagoda, view or market visit it was back to the coolness of the car. Lunch venues were arranged by our guides who took us to their own favourite restaurants, usually with magnificent views. Our tour started and ended in Yangon at the Summit Park View Hotel. I had requested a hotel with a pool and view in Yangon. Dr. Zin provided both, and the view of the iconic Great Schwedagon Pagoda from our hotel window was almost worth the cost of the entire holiday. A flight to Bagan where we stayed at the Kumudra Hotel for 2 nights gave us time to explore, in our cool car, the local pagodas and markets. Unfortunately the balloon ride we had booked was cancelled because of typical early morning March winds, but our guide took us instead to Mount Popa, visiting local villages and industries on the way. He also advised that, rather than climb the mount itself, view it from a restaurant with a cold beer over lunch where the views were better and we wouldn't have to battle the monkeys! Fellow guests at lunch who had survived the climb agreed that his judgement was dead-on! A day river cruise took us to Mandalay where we stayed for 3 nights at the Ayarwaddy River View Hotel. As always the local guide, driver and car were on-hand to transport us wherever we wanted to go. All entrance fees, boat and ferry costs and road tolls were included in our package, and our stay in Mandalay encompassed all of these. A flight to Pindaya, 1 night at Pindaya Inle Inn, and then a drive to Inle Lake, where our driver and car were exchanged for a boatman and long-boat at our personal disposal for 2 days, while our guide remained with us. We stayed at the Paramount Hotel on the lake, and our boat was our taxi to explore the area. Magnificent! We then flew to Ngapali Beach where we stayed for 3 nights at the Lin Thar Oo Hotel for a relaxing ending to our travels in Myanmar on what my wife says is as good as any beach she has ever visited - and she has seen quite a few! 2 final nights with our guide, driver and car in Yangon - and that wonderful hotel view, before we flew home to London with small gifts from Dr. Zin. Myanmar is a fascinating and beautiful country, but the holiday was made for us by the friendliest, happy people of Burma. They were as intrigued by us as much as we were by them, and were only too willing to be photographed by and with us, often requesting us to pose for them. My advice for anyone thinking of visiting Myanmar is go, and go now. Tourism is growing and new hotels in major centres are likely to change the atmosphere of a gentle, hard-working and caring people. We could not have had a better experience, and arranging everything through Myanmar Delight, a local company, has made our visit extra special. No groups, costs appreciably lower than comparative overseas bookings, and the money we paid stays in the local Myanmar economy. We hope to return again soon.