Holidays to Myanmar (Burma)
Once an isolated, secretive state, Myanmar is now open to the world and is fast becoming the must-see destination in Southeast Asia. The second largest country by area in the region (after Indonesia), Myanmar offers a myriad of contrasting experiences, from the bright lights and colonial buildings of Yangon, to the awe-inspiring spirituality of Bagan, and from the floating villages of Inle Lake to the snow-covered peaks of northern Kachin state. And when you’re done exploring, you can switch off and relax on one of the country’s stunning, empty, beaches.
Seemingly untouched by globalisation, Myanmar is a beacon of authenticity – a real travel experience. Yet with the the country opening its doors to foreign visitors luxury boutique hotels have sprung up in key destinations, meaning you don’t have to leave your creature comforts at home whilst exploring the sights. For intrepid visitors who want to go even further off the beaten track, we’ve hand picked some absolute treats yet to be discovered by the masses.
Culture-seekers can’t miss bewildering Bagan, dubbed the Angkor of Myanmar. Bagan is home to even more temples than its illustrious Cambodian counterpart, with over 3500 at last count, and far fewer tourists. Bagan epitomises Myanmar: Breath-taking scenery and abandoned sites that anywhere else would be packed with tourists. However, you could be forgiven for leaving Myanmar treasuring your interactions with local people as your highlight. A friendlier welcome you will be hard-pushed to find everywhere; don’t be surprised if a villager asks to have a photo with you – many people have never seen a westerner up close.
Whilst Myanmar has become famous for the spirituality of Bagan, the views and local life at Inle Lake, the former royal capitals around Mandalay, and bustling Yangon, the country offers far more for those who simply wish to relax than many would have you believe. This is never more evident than in the deep south, around the Mkyeik Archipelago, and on the beaches of Ngpali. Tourists still need a special permit to visit the archipelago, which serves only to add to the appeal – you won’t find crowds here. For something completely different, consider a yacht cruise in this area. If you do, you'll be treated to some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Asia, spectacular marine life and an entirely different culture to that in the north of Myanmar.
Cycle round spiritual Bagan and its 3500+ temples
Admire colonial architecture and gilded Buddhas in bustling Yangon
Friendly locals will welcome you with open arms & fascination
Capital city: Naypyidaw
Currency: Burmese Kyat
Time difference: GMT + 6.5 hours
Flight time: 15 hours to Yangon via Bangkok
Myanmar trip ideas
Here are some trip ideas to Myanmar. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333
Places to go in Myanmar
Here are some of the best places to go in Myanmar. Got a few ideas about where you’d like to go or need some help? Call our Travel Designers now: 01483 319 333
Map of Myanmar
When to go to Myanmar
Myanmar is a great year-round destination, but like most of south-east Asia it has specific seasons. Generally speaking, the best time to visit is between October to April but bear in mind peak season falls between November to January so it pays to book in advance.
January is a great time to visit the beach resorts of Myanmar, but as it's peak season, it's best to plan your trip in advance.
The good weather on the coast continues, especially around Ngapali, with cooler temperatures around Inle Lake and the highlands.
Temperatures start to pick up on the beaches and central areas, and humidity will be high throughout the southern and western regions.
There'll be fewer crowds in April making it a good time to visit Myanmar. The cities of Bagan, Yandon and Mandalay can reach highs of 40°C so you may want to head for the coast or Highlands.
The monsoon season hits the south, closing many of the beach resorts around Ngapali. The rest of the country will remain largely sunny and dry.
Rainy season kicks in and temperatures remain around 30°C.
Rainfall increases throughout July across most of the country as the south-western monsoon increases. Beach resorts will be closed and it can be more diffiulct to travel through rural areas.
The rain continues throughout the country.
Rainfall starts to ease off and temperatures reduce, although they remain in the high 20s. Central Myanmar through to the south will be the hottest and driest regions.
October is a great time to visit Myanmar when the rains have subsided and temperatures remain in the high 20s.
One of our favourite months for visiting Myanmar with fewer crowds and cooler temperatures.
December is a great time to hit the beaches of Ngapali. Temperatures in the Highlands will be cooler so pack a jumper or coat for the evenings.