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Burma is a fascinating country. Pagodas dot the landscape, farmers tend to their emerald green rice paddies and the pace of life mirrors the slowly changing seasons. Home to friendly, welcoming people, the ancient golden spires and scarlet robed priests of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda are a memorable introduction to the country. Central Burma, the country’s cultural heart, is dominated by the mighty Irrawaddy River, source of a number of delightful cruises. Here, Mandalay gives way to the spectacular ruins of Bagan whilst the stilted homes of Inle Lake and minority villages of Keng Tung highlight the diversity of peoples and cultures. To the south is the Golden Rock of Kyaiktiyo and old British capital of Mawlamyaing whilst the beaches at Ngapali and Ngwe Saung provide a relaxing end to a holiday. All of our holidays and tours to Burma are unique and fully personalised.

Places to visit in Burma / Myanmar

A dynamic and energetic country, Burma is an intoxicating mix of peoples, landscapes and traditions. Southern Burma is centred on capital Yangon which is home to shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda. Further south Mawlamyaing and spectacular Golden Rock pagoda are key places of interest. Dominated by the Irrawaddy, central Burma is the setting for the country’s main historical sites. Explore breathtaking Bagan and climb Mt Popa then travel north to Mandalay, the Sagaing temples, Inwa and Amarapura – site of U Bein’s Bridge. From Mandalay you can travel by rail to Maymyo and Hsipaw, crossing the Goitek Viaduct, or head to Pindaya, Kalaw and Inle Lake with its stilt villages and floating farms. Remote northern Burma is best accessed by river, whether the upper reaches of the Irrawaddy or the little-explored Chindwin, whilst Keng Tung, close to the Thai border, is home to scenic minority settlements. The beaches of Ngapali and Ngwe Saung offer relaxation and excellent hotels.


When to Visit burma

There are three main seasons in Burma. The hottest and driest period is between February and May whilst the monsoon rains can stretch from late May right into September with Mandalay and the centre of the country receiving half the rainfall of Yangon and the south which has more of a tropical climate. The period between November and February is generally considered to be the best time to travel when temperatures are cooler, around 25°C, and the weather dry. This is also peak season and a popular time to travel especially Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake. Ngapali and the beaches of the west coast are at their best between October and May.

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Essential Information

flag of Burma Capital: Naypyitaw

Main Language: Burmese

Time Zone: GMT + 6.30

Currency: Kyat (MMK)

Burma / Myanmar Holiday Review

Our itinerary was varied and interesting at all times; the logistics were impeccable. We found the people of Myanmar to be kind and considerate. What we most enjoyed was the authenticity of all we did and saw. Once again, many thanks to the team for a truly great experience.

PB & MT - Burma / Myanmar - February 2018

Accommodation in Burma / Myanmar

Since opening to the wider world, there has been a notable increase in accommodation throughout the country. The main centres of Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach now offer an excellent selection of hotels, the majority with fine facilities and a full range of amenities. In rural areas and less visited destinations accommodation is varied but tends to be much simpler in style. In general, properties in Burma are smaller, locally owned and independently run although in Yangon there are a few international hotels. Nearly all accommodation has a distinct Burmese character. River cruises on both the Irrawaddy and Chindwin are a popular way to travel around the country and there is a vast range of options available from traditional shallow-draft teak river vessels to more modern cruisers.

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