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.

Highlights

  • 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

Key info

  • Capital city: Naypyidaw

  • Language: Burmese

  • Currency: Burmese Kyat

  • Time difference: GMT + 6.5 hours

  • Flight time: 15 hours to Yangon via Bangkok

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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

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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.