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Myanmar (Burma) History and culture

History & Culture Holidays in Myanmar


Myanmar has opened its arms to the percipient traveller, and richly rewards all those who enter.

Bagan: a veritable trove of pagados

The historic sights of Myanmar are well-defined, but not well-trodden. No holiday would be complete without visiting Bagan, home to over 4,000 pagodas strewn across verdant plains as far as the eye can see. Set along the banks of the Irrawaddy River, it’s accessible either by cruise, tour or one’s own journey. Commit to arriving before dawn to marvel as the rising sun dissipates the low-lying mist, unveiling the pagodas in spectacular hues. Perhaps even view it from above from a hot air balloon with a champagne breakfast for a memorable experience.

Colonial charm and Buddhist values

"Beauty is meaningless until it is shared." So said George Orwell in Burmese Days. One only needs to stroll the streets of Yangon (formerly Rangoon) to discern the rich colonial heritage of the de facto capital. City halls, high court and ministerial buildings form the backdrop to bustling markets, packed with handicrafts and the delicate scents conjured by endearing street food vendors. To get a real and indeed literal feel for the colonial past, opt for a stay at The Strand – the only hotel in the colonial quarter, constructed in 1901.

Vying with the more recent architecture of Yangon for your attention are the magnificent, gold-painted and plated temples and pagodas. Take Shwedagon Pagoda, encrusted with over 4,000 diamonds and hundreds of gold plates. Standing high atop Singuttara Hill and visible from across the city, it is one of the key highlights of any Burma holiday. And across the country, at every turn you'll find monks in resplendent robes roaming serenely, while children wearing thanaka, a thick paste made from bark, wave cheerily as you pass.

Traditional life along the river

To get under the skin of the everyday life in Myanmar, a river cruise will give you a real insight into the lives of locals. Whether it’s the Mekong of the Irrawaddy, experience the graceful serenity of riverside villages, juxtaposed against the unrelenting currents.

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Our top itineraries for Myanmar (Burma) History and culture

Classic Waterways of Myanmar on Sanctuary

15-day tailor-made journey from £4,080 pp incl. flights

After private tours and luxury stays among Yangon’s colonial charm, Inle Lake’s floating villages and Mandalay’s royal palaces, a luxury river cruise showcases the Irrawaddy’s charm, from Bagan’s wonders to rural villages.

Best of Burma

14-day tailor-made journey from £3,770 pp incl. flights

Showcase Myanmar’s rich heritage, world-wonder sights and fascinating culture on this fortnight-long itinerary that spans a hand-picked collection of unique experiences.

Majestic Myanmar

17-day river cruise from £4,395 pp incl. flights

This luxury river cruise sails the Irrawaddy to showcase both Myanmar’s famed highlights and undiscovered jewels with a full suite of included touring.

Chindwin River Explorer

18-day tailor-made journey from £4,485 pp incl. flights

This itinerary is very much a chance to head along the river less travelled as you visit cultures unchanged and landscapes pristine on a luxury cruise along the Chindwin River. In between, tours of Inle, Yangon and Bagan will showcase Myanmar's golden highlights.

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Golden Triangle and Asian Discovery on Crystal Symphony

24-day private tour & cruise from £6,495 pp incl. flights

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Tailor-made tour and cruise offer

After a private multi-day tour of Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, set off on an all-inclusive luxury cruise across Asia, linking India and Sri Lanka with Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Myanmar Uncovered on Pandaw

17-day stay and cruise from £6,160 pp incl. flights

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Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday

Between royal-capital tours and cottage-industry workshops, explore life along Myanmar's storied Irrawaddy River. There's also included hotel stays in Yangon and Inle Lake, introducing you to the gilded headlines of this most enigmatic of destinations.

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