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Myanmar (Burma)

An enigma uncovered

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 positivity; as Kipling once wrote, the country is ‘unlike any place you know about’.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
11½ hours

Time zone
GMT +6½

Kyat (K) = 100 pyas

Burmese and other ethnic minority languages

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

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Where to go in Myanmar (Burma)

A large country with geographically and culturally distinct regions, Burma offers much and more for the curious traveller. Be sure to leave time for your Myanmar holiday – the real treat when travelling here is to take it all in slowly.

Central 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.

Northern Burma

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.

Yangon (Rangoon)

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

Coastal Burma (Myanmar) is blessed with mile upon mile of footprint-free sand and more than 800 islands virtually untouched by tourists, making Burma's beaches the home of some of the most relaxing holidays you'll find.

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What to do in Myanmar (Burma)

The Irrawaddy River and Inle Lake make cruising in Burma a scenic way to travel, while priceless cultural gems beckon from Manadalay, Yangon, Bagan and local villages. Pristine countryside punctuated with dramatic temple stupas begs exploration.

History and culture

From plains filled with ancient pagodas as far as the eye can see to evocative 19th century colonial architecture lining city streets, Myanmar provides the means to see thousands of years' worth of history rubbing shoulders with each other.

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When to go to Myanmar (Burma)

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Burma has three seasons. In the hot season from March to April, temperatures can reach 36°C in Yangon. 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 Yangon are around 32°C, falling to around 19°C at night. Mandalay is slightly cooler, with temperatures falling as low as 13°C. In the highlands around Inle Lake and Pyin U Lwin, winter temperatures can fall below 10°C at night, and daytimes are mild. Even in the summer, temperatures rarely climb above 32°C. In Kachin on the Indian border are mountains with permanent snow cover."Rainfall …

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Top itineraries in Myanmar (Burma)

Classic Waterways of Myanmar

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,485 pp incl. flights

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.

Best of Burma

14-day tailor-made journey from £4,245 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 £3,780 pp incl. flights

Wend your way through sights both colonial and ancient to discover a culture newly opened to the world.

Chindwin River Explorer

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

While this itinerary will showcase Myanmar’s golden highlights, it’s very much a chance to head along the river less travelled, visiting cultures unchanged and landscapes pristine.

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Top places to stay in Myanmar (Burma)

Belmond Governor’s Residence, Yangon

Grand & elegant hotel

Experience old world colonial charm with Yangon’s premiere accommodation, once the home of its 1920s ruler.

The Strand, Yangon

Traditional hotel

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.

The Savoy, Yangon

Traditional hotel

Arranged around a pool, this colonial gem is a slice of leafy quiet next to Yangon’s city centre icon, the giant Shwedagon Pagoda.

Rupar Mandalar Resort, Mandalay

Traditional hotel

Escape Mandalay’s bustle in teak guestrooms that combine boutique traditionalism with resort amenities.

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What our clients say about our Myanmar (Burma) holidays

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