Tailor-made Myanmar holidays
Myanmar (Burma) is a bewitching land of golden pagodas, natural wonders and smiling faces that are basking in a newly-opened tourism industry. A destination for the curious traveller, a getaway to Myanmar lets you visit an ancient collection of more than 2,000 temples and pagodas that stud verdant plains, witness the perilously perched Golden Rock at Kyaiktiyo or take to the waters to discover floating villages and atmospheric river cruises.
Hospitality in Myanmar is a trademark of the culture. A deep-rooted belief in Buddhism and longtime isolation from consumer culture have both contributed to preserving a kindliness of spirit in the local people that is truly welcoming. With no indigenous word for tourist, travellers are greeted quite sincerely as ‘guests', and if there's only one thing you take with you from your time here, it will likely be memories of its gentle, friendly people – considerate, inquisitive, humorous and helpful.
But there’s much more to Myanmar than a wave of positive ambition; as Kipling once wrote, the country is ‘unlike any place you know about’. Start on a trip through colonial Yangon (Rangoon) where faded architecture frames the magnificent golden domes of the Shwedagon Pagoda, constructed 2,500 years ago as a monument to house eight of the Buddha's hairs. Then, travel north to royal Mandalay’s moated, east-facing royal palace, where a tiered golden spire seems to pierce the sky while the imposing fortress surrounding it projects power and protection far and wide. Then, look to the floating markets and gardens of Inle Lake and Bagan’s (Pagan) grandiose ruins of empires past that stretch for as far as the eye can see.
Find yourself in a luxurious paradise of white sand beaches on Myanmar's coast, and among the 800 or so islands that extend beyond. There is nothing like floating in the clear ocean, without the hectic bustle of other holidaymakers on the beach. You'll also have your pick of spots to enjoy local seafood, caught that day and prepared fresh. Or, for a glimpse of royal life, spend some time in the last royal capital of the country, Mandalay. On a Mandalay tour, you'll be swept up in the cultural mix of Indian temples, mosques, monasteries, pagodas, and a wide range of arts performances and artisan craft workshops.
In Myanmar, you’ll find lofty mountains and mile upon mile of emerald rice paddies, empty beaches and dense forests. But most of all, you'll find yourself touring one of the world's most welcoming nations, as you discover why this beautiful country is one of Asia’s finest treasures.
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Where to go in Myanmar (Burma)
Central Burma is home to some of the country's most important historical and cultural treasures. From the ancient temples at Bagan to the calm waters of Inle Lake and on to the cultural hub of Mandalay.
Kachin State, Burma's northernmost state, is a region that has remained largely untouched due to the powerful geographical barrier of the Himalayas to the north.
The former capital Rangoon – now known as Yangon – is the largest and most important commercial centre in Burma. Filled with buildings from the colonial era, the city serves as an evocative reminder of Britain's former power and current legacy.
Coastal Burma is blessed with mile upon mile of footprint-free sand, more than 800 islands virtually untouched by tourists, the temple-strewn sites of at least three ancient kingdoms and a friendly population of farmers and fishermen, which make this part of Burma a fascinating place to escape to a…
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"Rainfall in Burma is violent. Before I knew it, I was shut in by a thick spray. I could hardly breathe - I felt as if I were swimming. After a while the rain stopped and the sky cleared. All at once the landscape brightened and a vast rainbow hung across the sky. The mist was gone, as if a curtain had been lifted. And there, under the rainbow, the farmers were singing and ploughing again."Michio Takeyama, Harp of Burma Burma has three seasons. In the hot season from March to April, temperatures can reach 36°C in Rangoon. A long rainy from May to October is followed by a 'cool' season from November to February, the peak season for visitors, when noontime temperatures in Rangoon are around …
Top itineraries in Myanmar (Burma)
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.
Between its uncharted remotes, golden favourites and ancient cities, Myanmar is a destination that demands exploring.
While this fortnight-long itinerary will see stage coach rides, luxury river cruises, tuk tuk sprints and floating market sails that bring you between Myanmar’s highlights, Bagan is the real centrepiece of this trip.
Top places to stay in Myanmar (Burma)
Experience old world colonial charm with Yangon’s premiere accommodation, once the home of its 1920s ruler.
Highly acclaimed as one of Southeast Asia’s leading luxury hotels, this iconic offering has been a city landmark since 1901 when it was opened by the hoteliers behind Raffles, Singapore.
Arranged around a pool, this colonial gem is a slice of leafy quiet next to Yangon’s city centre icon, the giant Shwedagon Pagoda.
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Let luxury river cruises and guided tours uncover the mysteries of Myanmar’s ancient wonders and colonial beauty, all set against a rich backdrop of thriving local cultures and unique natural world.
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