Home to Southeast Asia’s oldest and most culturally sophisticated civilization, Myanmar formeraly known as Burma is crammed with wondrous historic monuments – from gigantic gilded stupas to vast temple complexes sprawling over thousands of weed-infested acres. It also holds some enthralling landscapes: forested mountains in the north, huge river deltas in the middle and pristine tropical islands in the far south.
Moreover, despite having only recently emerged from decades of enforced isolation from the Asian mainstream, Myanmar's predominantly Buddhist population are evidently delighted to be able to share their culture with foreign visitors. A perfect blend of old-world charm and rapidly evolving modernity, this is one country where travel still feels like a discovery.
Suggested tours to Myanmar (Burma)
Tailor-made Tour 18 days from £4180 per person
Covering all of Myanmar’s classic sights, as well as a few side trips to lesser known, rural destinations, this figure-of-eight route around the country is the one we generally recommend to first-time visitors. It’s a wonderfully varied itinerary, f...
Tailor-made Tour 22 days from £5480 per person
As well as the country’s main sights, this in-depth, three-week trip features visits to some superb off-track locations seldom visited by foreigners, including the ruby-mining centre of Mogok and tea-growing hills around Kyaukme. You’ll also explore...
Tailor-made Tour 20 days from £5300 per person
Cycling and walking trips to remote monuments, minority villages and wild mountain summits feature prominently on this adventure-filled, 20-day tour. If you are the kind of traveller who likes to get out and about, and feels the best experiences sta...
Tailor-made Tour 20 days from £5995 per person
This tour is designed for those who have more time to spend in Burma, encompassing all the main elements of this fascinating country. It also takes in the southern part of Burma visiting the Golden Rock Stupa and Mawlamyine made famous in Rudyard Ki...
Tailor-made Tour 11 days from £4700 per person
This tour introduces you to the culture of Myanmar, taking in the most popular and spectacular sights this beautiful country has to offer. Beginning in Yangon you visit the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda then travel up to Bagan and its thousands of stup...
Group Tour 10 days from £1495 per person
Our Essential Myanmar group tour introduces you to the culture and sights of a beautiful land that, until recently, was one of the least visited countries in Asia. Beginning at Yangon we see majestic Shwedagon Pagoda. Continue to Mandalay to see th...
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High on a hill in Yangon sits the Shwedagon Pagoda - an incredible complex including a structure that houses strands of the Buddha's hair, as well as a number of other holy relics. The pagoda stretches 110 metres into the sky and features ...
Despite having been deposed as capital in 2005, Yangon (formerly ‘Rangoon’) is most travellers’ gateway to Myanmar. Its resplendent centrepiece, rising from a hilltop in the centre of the city, is the gold-brick, diamond- and ruby-encruste...
For many, the opportunity to gaze at the ruins of ancient Bagan, silhouetted against their distinctive backdrop of dusty acacia scrub and distant hills, is reason enough to travel to Myanmar. Over 2,000 brick, gold and stucco stupas and te...
When it comes to views over Bagan, a balloon flight at dawn is hard to top. Preceded by a champagne breakfast and transfer by antique Burmese bus, the experience of drifting hundreds of feet above the famous temples as the first rays of da...
Mandalay, Myanmar’s second city on the left bank of the Ayeyarwady River, was founded in the 1850s by King Mindon of the Konbaung Dynasty, whose palace complex at the foot of Mandalay Hill was the most resplendent in Asia before it was des...
Magical Inle Lake lies a short, 40-minute flight southeast of Mandalay, amid the outlying hills of the Shan Plateau. Nowhere else in Myanmar exemplifies the country’s geographical and cultural diversity as vividly as this vast body of wate...
U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge is the longest teak bridge in the world and can be found linking Amarapura to Mandalay across Taungthaman Lake. Built between 1849 and 1851, it still stands steady to this day, stretching for no less than 1.2 kilometres. Its...
Draped around the shores of Thaungthaman Lake on Mandalay’s southern fringes, the leafy suburb of Amarapura, site of the Konbaung Dynasty’s capital in the early 19th century, is famous for its long, teak causeway known as U Bein’s Bridge. ...
Myanmar’s largest collection of pagodas and monasteries, lies amid the low, wooded hills on the opposite bank of the Ayeyarwady River at Sagaing. Connected by an extensive network of covered walkways, the monuments were all erected on the ...
The vision of Kyaiktiyo’s gilded boulder glowing molten yellow in the dying rays of daylight is simply one of the most ravishing Myanmar – or indeed the whole of Southeast Asia – has to offer. To Buddhists, the opportunity to pray before t...
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