Myanmar Travel Guide

To say that your visit to Myanmar will be a holiday like no other would be a drastic understatement.

In the words of Rudyard Kipling, ‘this is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about’. He wrote that in 1898, and it’s still accurate today.

Myanmar is a country of incredible variation - a tailor-made holiday here typically combines unique cultural wonders, trekking through rural landscapes, relaxation on tranquil beaches and time spent adrift in evocative cities, where every corner reveals yet another mesmerising highlight (or four).

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Where to go in Myanmar

If this is your first holiday in Myanmar, you’ll probably want to visit the country’s ‘big five’.  Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is Myanmar’s largest city, where faded Colonial facades stand firm against gradual modernisation. The vast watery expanse of Inle Lake is home to unique leg-rowing fishermen and floating villages; in contrast the plains of Baganare dotted with thousands of ancient temples and pagodas.

A cruise along the mighty Ayeyarwady River is a leisurely way to travel between the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bagan and Mandalay, the country's cultural capital and location of the famous U-Bein Bridge. Finally, take time to reflect on your journey on the pristine beaches of Ngapali in the west.

For those with more time, or wanting to explore away from the tourist trail, the northern Shan State’s green mountains around Hsipaw are home to minority tribes, and offer trekking to tempt all abilities. In the far south, the virtually deserted islands of the Myeik Archipelago offer magical diving opportunities. The truly adventurous may also consider the remote National Parks of Putao, in the rarely visited Himalayan foothills, bordering China, or Muse on the eastern border. 

Reasons to love Myanmar

  • Traditional ways of life and simple pleasures endure. A holiday in Myanmar can feel like stepping back in time, which is a unique experience in an increasingly modernised region.
  • The Burmese people are welcoming and naturally curious of foreign visitors, and will happily take time to chat, with an eagerness to practice their English.
  • Breath-taking natural landscapes abound, from the serene expanse of water that is Inle Lake, to the temple scattered plains of Bagan and the forested Shan State mountains in the north.

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Population: – 56m
Capital: – Naypyidaw
Currency: – Kyat
Language: – Burmese, English
Religion: – Buddhism

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