Why should you holiday in Myanmar?
Myanmar, or Burma which was its official name until 1989, was under military rule from 1962. In 2015, a democratically elected government was reinstated, and after decades of isolation, the country has been reopened to visitors wishing to experience this beautiful country.
Myanmar is still a relatively new travel destination, offering amazing golden pagodas, magnificent ruins and unique, unspoilt nature. Choose a holiday to Myanmar if you would like to experience the country before the modern world really makes it entry.
Our holidays to Myanmar
We currently offer three different holidays to Myanmar, lasting from 11 to 15 days.
Read more about the experiences that await you in the country below.
Yangon is the capital of Myanmar, formerly known as Rangoon.
Yangon is not like other Asian cities. There are no skyscrapers, and the charming city is characterised by beautiful colonial buildings from the British colonial era and red-clad monks making their way between the city’s countless temples.
One of the city’s highlights is the more than 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s biggest shrine for Buddhists. The gold-plated spires of the pagoda rise 99 metres up into the sky and can be seen all over the city. Discover the breathtaking atmosphere and humility of the pagoda, which is especially beautiful in the late afternoon when the soft light makes the gilded monument glow.
A tour of the city also takes you to the Botahtang Pagoda, the colonial district, Sule Pagoda and the reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi.
Go for a walk through the narrow streets and explore one of the city’s many markets, such as Bogyoke Market, which houses more than 2,000 shops.
Mandalay is the last capital of the kingdom of Myanmar, and the country’s cultural capital. This is where you come closest to the lifeblood of Myanmar, and up to half of the country’s monks live in and around the city.
Due to its central location on the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay has become a trading centre for the whole country. Discover colourful markets, historical temples and small workshops, where you gain an insight into some of the traditional crafts, at the goldsmith’s for example.
Visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the “world’s largest book”, consisting of 729 inscribed marble slabs; Shwenandaw, the Golden Palace, which is one of Myanmar’s most beautifully carved wooden monasteries, and experience the beautiful sunset from the top of Mandalay Hill, where you can enjoy the view of the city.
The ruins of Bagan
South of Mandalay lie the Bagan plains, one of Myanmar’s main attractions.
Bagan is located on the Irrawaddy River, and thousands of temple ruins are scattered across the plains.
Some 1,000 years ago, over a period of 230 years, no fewer than 4,400 temples were built in honour of Buddha. Today, the remaining 2,200 or so temples are an impressive sight and bear testimony to the immense wealth of the past, which is especially apparent when standing atop a pagoda in the light of the sunset.
At the Bagan plains, you visit sites such as the Shwezigon Pagoda, Nathtaukkyaung Monastery (built in teak), the Ananda Temple and the Dhamayangyi Temple.
The plains are surrounded by small villages with colourful markets. You might like to visit a local factory where beautiful, soft varnished goods are produced which are unique to Bagan.
Around 50 km from Bagan stands Mount Popa, an extinct volcano that rises majestically in the otherwise flat landscape.
The mountain is the most important place for worshipping the “night” spirits, which, according to the praying Buddhists, live in the mountain.
From the foot of the mountain, there are 777 steps up to the monastery at the top, where you enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the countryside.
Another of Myanmar’s major highlights is Inle Lake, which takes most people’s breath away. It is one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, where the water is almost always perfectly calm.
The lake is 22 km long, 11 km wide and located at an altitude of 900 m, surrounded by mountains that form a magical, floating world. The villages stand on poles, the fields float on the water and the fishermen have a very special fishing method which is breathtaking to observe.
Beach holiday at Ngapali
On the west coast of Myanmar, you will find Ngapali, which is scenically located on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
It is the country’s premier beach holiday destination, which, with its 3 km of palm-fringed sandy beach and crystal clear, turquoise blue waters, is the ideal place to relax at the end of your holiday.
Ngapali offers a relaxed fishing village atmosphere, and the area’s original fishermen still sail out from the village to catch fish – something you can enjoy in the evening.
Other highlights of Myanmar
- Around 10 km from Mandalay is Amarapura, with its famous Mahagandayon Monastery, where you can experience more than 1,000 Buddhist monks going about their everyday lives with studies and other chores. Being a monk carries great prestige, and in Myanmar, most men have been monks for at least three months of their lives.
- In Pindaya, you will find one of Myanmar’s more hilly areas, where you can visit the caves containing 8,094 Buddha figures, as well as a small industry producing paper umbrellas.
- The hill station Maymyo in Pyin Oo Lwin is situated at an altitude of around 1,000 metres. During the colonial era, the British established a military outpost here, but it soon evolved into a sanctuary for the British administration during the summer months. Discover the numerous colonial buildings and a lush, green area with a cooler climate than on the low plains. Visit the local market, the former botanical garden (Kandawgyi National Park), Pwekaku waterfall and Peikchinmayaing caves.
Want to know more about Myanmar/Burma?
You can read more about the practical issues of travelling to Myanmar/Burma on our practical information page.
Read more about the different holidays by clicking on “Read more” further up the page. On each page, you will find more information about the content of the tour, prices and itinerary.
Obtain a no-obligation quote based on the details you provide about the number of people travelling, the departure date and the airport by completing the information under “ENQUIRE NOW”. We will then send you a quote as soon as possible.
If you would like to book the tour, please follow the instructions in your quote.
If you have any questions about our holidays to Myanmar/Burma or other tours to East and South-east Asia, please call us on tel. 0845 528 1416 on weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm. You can also send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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