The austere isolationist years that followed Burma’s independence, through its name change and inner political struggle, has paradoxically had a positive consequence for the visitor, preserving the authenticity of its profound cultural identity and landscape well beyond that of its neighbours. 

Having opened its doors to the world, the fast food giants and huge commercial enterprises will inevitably grab a foothold in this remarkable land, but for the present, the visitor can explore this great culture, with enough infrastructure to allow for a comfortable, even luxurious stay, yet with the essence of that culture remaining very well preserved and genuinely vibrant, these precious years of transformation are undoubtedly the time to visit. 

Myanmar has great riches to share, from the colonial era capital of Yangon (Rangoon) and the awe inspiring contrast of its ancient city of Bagan, a splendrous and timeless scattering of ancient temples on the plain of the same name, and on, through the shifting classic capitals of its middle years, the remarkable light of this country suffuses its countless beautiful monuments with a deep evocative charm that lifts the traveller beyond all past experience. 

The glittering golden pagoda spires are the cultural signature of the country and, along with its charming peoples, will leave an unforgettable dreamlike recurrence of memory within your soul. 

One of the best ways to see the country, or augment a land based sojourn, is via a cruise of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River. With a variety of options from a full cruise of the river to shorter journeys around the root historic areas of Bagan and Mandalay. 

Away from the great cities, visitors can explore the calm and delightful waterborne culture of Lake Inle, with its floating gardens and ethic colour, the remote Shan Mountains and the ancient practice of Nat worship around the remarkable Mount Popa. 

For oceanic relaxation, spend time at Ngapali Beach, or explore the magnificent magical waters of the virtually untouched Myeik Archipelago and its eight hundred beautiful islands, a snorkelling and diving paradise, likely, in years to come, to metamorphose into one of the world’s most amazing beach holiday locations.

Country: Myanmar
Type of holiday: Cruising
Destinations: Yangon, Mandalay
Duration: 9
Guideline price: US$ 800     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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Step aboard the Amara River Cruise to trace the path of the Ayeyarwady River, exploring the remote reaches of Northern Myanmar. You will visit the incredible Mingun Paya just outside of Mandalay, and explore one of the country’s oldest capital cities at Tagaung. As you proceed up the Ayeyarwady, some of the riverside hills are still covered with teak forest. Stop by the town of Katha, straight from the pages of George Orwell’s “Burmese Days”, and disembark at Bhamaw, the northernmost point the cruise vessel can reach. Myanmar is an exceptional destination and there is no better way to experience it than a river cruise.


Country: Myanmar
Type of holiday: Classic
Destinations: Yangon, Mandalay
Duration: 5
Guideline price: US$ 600     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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After a look at the colourful city of Yangon, head north for a one-of-a-kind experience on board the Road to Mandalay cruise vessel. Board near the legendary city of Mandalay and enjoy a leisurely trip downriver to the ancient capital of Bagan. Shore excursions to many sites along the way and an on board guide provide insight about local customs and culture. This cruise brings you some of Myanmar’s flagship attractions, while ensuring that you enjoy truly luxurious accommodation.

Country: Myanmar
Type of holiday: Honeymoon
Destinations: Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake, Mandalay
Duration: 15
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This comprehensive 15 day tour of Myanmar explores Yangon, the ancient site of Bagan, Mount Popa and Mandalay, before a relaxing stay on peaceful Inle Lake and ending with a stay on Ngapali Beach and is a perfect blend of sightseeing and leisure to appreciate the best of this remarkable land.

Country: Myanmar
Type of holiday: Classic
Destinations: Yangon, Bagan, Mount Popa, Inle Lake, Mandalay
Duration: 8
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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From the delightful locally made palm sugar candy to the serene views from a pagoda-clad hillside overlooking Inle Lake, this tour brings you the most memorable of what Myanmar has to offer. Experience local markets and villages, workshops producing everything from gold leaf to fine silk, Inle Lake’s floating gardens and Yangon’s royal barge. Visit some of Myanmar’s many sacred sites, and return home with a genuine experience in the wonders of this amazing country.

Country: Myanmar
Type of holiday: Classic
Destinations: Yangon, Bagan, Mount Popa, Inle Lake, Mandalay
Duration: 14
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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Myanmar offers a staggering number of ancient sites. From Yangon’s glittering Shwedagon Pagoda to Bagan’s vast plain of monuments, many of Myanmar’s historical sites remain vibrant centres of community for the devout local people. Amid all the history, people go about their daily lives, tending floating gardens on Inle Lake or producing colourful paper umbrellas. Myanmar, long an enigma, remains a place difficult to describe, which is all the more reason to see it for yourself.

Country: Myanmar
Type of holiday: Adventure, Heritage
Destinations: Yangon, Bagan, Mount Popa, Inle Lake, Mandalay, Southern Myanmar
Duration: 20
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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The vast plain of Bagan studded with timeless temples, the relics of ancient capitals around Mandalay, and the countless glittering golden spires piercing the skies throughout the country; all these sites and more await you on the Myanmar Explorer tour. Take the time to get to know this mystical place, from Inle Lake to former British hill stations to the 777 steps of Mt. Popa. The history, natural grandeur and cultural riches of Myanmar make touring here an unforgettable experience you don’t want to miss.

Country: Myanmar
Type of holiday: Heritage, Beach
Destinations: Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake
Duration: 10
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This 10 day romantic holiday in Myanmar, combines very relaxed sightseeing of the country’s visual treats, including Bagan. Mount Popa, and Lake Inle with free leisure time at Ngapali Beach. A perfect and relaxing way to enjoy Myanmar in laid back style.

Country: Myanmar
Type of holiday: Classic
Destinations: Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay
Duration: 8
Guideline price: US$ 0     (per person for Superior accommodation)
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This meditative excursion explores the treasures of Myanmar from both within and without, combining sightseeing of its most iconic destinations with meditation and instruction at some of the country’s most revered monasteries, helping to bring your inner spirituality into harmony with the ancient teachings so prevalent in both the fascinating history and resonant present of this colourfully evocative land.


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