See the best of Myanmar. This insightful itinerary covers a lot of ground, starting from the vibrant city of Yangon and traveling onwards to the temple-filled plains of Bagan. Explore Mandalay’s ancient capitals and then fly to the Shan State, a region of stunning landscapes and colorful hill tribe groups.
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Best time to visit
Although Myanmar is accessible year-round, the best months for travelers are September to March when the temperatures are cooler and the weather is dry. For those willing to put up with a bit of rain and heat, the off-season months see far fewer crowds and prices drop significantly.
Where to go
One could spend a lifetime exploring Myanmar and not see all that it has to offer! But for first-time visitors, the best introduction to the country’s diversity would include the bustling yet traditional city of Yangon, Bagan’s ancient pagodas, Mandalay’s former royal capitals and the majestic Inle Lake.
What to do
Whether an adrenaline-junky or a culture buff, Myanmar has something for you. Browse for art at Yangon’s galleries, trek to remote hill tribe villages in the Shan State, cruise in style down the Irrawaddy River, meet with monks in a countryside monastery or dozens of other options. Myanmar is the ideal place to indulge in your passions and discover a culture unlike any other.
Domestic airfare in Myanmar is cheap and flights are frequent, making this the preferred travel option between cities and regions. If you decide to travel by land, private transfers are usually your best bet. You can also find buses that are surprisingly comfortable—buses labeled “VIP” have air conditioning, reclining seats, charging ports, and snacks. Learn more
This 5-day Myanmar introduction showcases the best of the two cities plus ensures you forge a genuine connection with the people and culture. Whether as an introduction to Myanmar or as an add-on to a Yangon stopover, this trip is sure to satisfy the history-loving traveler.
Discover Myanmar — a destination rich in culture with stunning scenery — by venturing off the beaten path on this 8-day tour. You'll visit dazzling pagodas, local villages, float down the Irrawaddy river, as well as catch the country's most famous sites.
If the idea of combining stunning mountains and white sandy beaches into one trip sounds good to you, then this is your trip. The narrow southern region of Myanmar is a fascinating, largely uncharted place that combines farming villages, colonial history, and pristine islands.
Discover the best of Myanmar at a relaxed pace on this two-week itinerary. You'll start and end in Yangon, stopping along the way to wander through the ancient temples of Bagan, explore the former royal capital of Mandalay, and gaze upon the spectacular waters of Inle Lake. We've also included a few local neighborhoods and hidden corners not featured in most ordinary Myanmar journeys.
This 8-day itinerary provides a local perspective on the main highlights of Myanmar — Yangon, Bagan, and Inle Lake. You'll dine with a local family, visit lively markets and places of pilgrimage, and enjoy the company of knowledgeable local guides who will share their stories and insights.
Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore Myanmar. If you have less time, you can still have a great experience but it requires careful planning. At a minimum, five...
Even if you have less than a week to explore Myanmar, you can still visit more than one region—just as long as you're prepared to take a few domestic flights. Pair Mandalay with...
Travelers with two weeks in Myanmar can take a grand tour of the country, stopping in must-see places like Mandalay, Inle Lake, Bagan, Yangon, and Ngapali Beach. Those...
With ten days in Myanmar, it's possible to spend ample time in each of the country's three major cities—Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay—plus day trips. The itineraries below...
Myanmar is quite unlike anywhere else in Southeast Asia or the world. The term ‘Southeast Asia’ is regularly used as a catch-all for the countries south of China and north of...
Myanmar is an amazing place to witness some of the most unique festivals in the world. There is always something taking place somewhere in the country. Most festivals are...
'Sar pi bi, lah?' Meaning 'Have you eaten?', is a common greeting throughout Myanmar. That just goes to show how seriously they take their food! But most travelers do not know...
The people of Myanmar are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Meeting and mingling with them is often a highlight of people's trip to Myanmar. Below, we've outlined a few of our...
This 19-day tour of Myanmar and Thailand has been especially designed for families with children aged six and above, as there's a delightful combination of activity and down time, natural and cultural sights. Create happy memories cruising on Inle Lake, touring the sparkling pagodas of Myanmar, island hopping and relaxing on beaches in Thailand, and much more. All family members, young and old, will find many experiences to enjoy on this unforgettable tour of some of Southeast Asia's highlights.
Travelers with two weeks in Myanmar can take a grand tour of the country, stopping in must-see places like Mandalay, Inle Lake, Bagan, Yangon, and Ngapali Beach. Those interested in local culture will have time to incorporate activities like cooking classes and a stop at a "retirement home" for elephants, while an adventurous itinerary can include biking and trekking. A multi-country trip is also possible, spending a week each in Myanmar and Thailand.
Experience the natural wonders and cultural highlights of two countries—Myanmar and Thailand—on this two-week journey. You'll see magnificent temples in Bagan, the "World's Biggest Book" in Mandalay, and floating gardens on Inle Lake in Myanmar before moving onto Thailand to see the famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak in Bangkok and the ruins of Ayutthaya, a city that was almost entirely destroyed in the late 18th century. Then finish the fast-paced trip with a few days of relaxation on the island paradise of Phuket.
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Our experience with Kimkim was exceptional. · Myanmar - Nov 14 - Nov 20, 2019
Our experience with Kimkim was exceptional. To start with Anne was one of the best communicators I have worked with. She was professional, helpful and knowledgeable. Our guides were also wonderful and understood what we were looking for in experiences. In Yangon we learnt so much from our guide. Inle Lake was the highlight of our trip. We loved the 2 days and wished we had more time. This was enhanced by our wonderful guide, Wei. He was delightful. In Bagan we were once again thrilled with... read more
Rich, rewarding trip · Myanmar - Oct 17 - Nov 11, 2019
From start to finish, in country operator Myanmar Pure made our 26-day trip to Myanmar a seamless, rewarding experience. Passing off logistical arrangements allowed us to focus on all this geographically and ethnically diverse country has to offer. Our requested itinerary included the well known "don't miss" sites and a peek into the often unseen "real" life of Myanmar people. Myanmar Pure delivered. Owner Anne's relationship with her local guides brought us into homes for meals, tea, and... read more
An excellent time in Myanmar! · Myanmar - Sep 29 - Oct 11, 2019
Our family of five (with three kids aged 9-14) travelled to Myanmar in October 2019 having a wonderful experience. We had made some initial arrangements and bookings by ourselves as we were including a visit to our friends who were volunteering in Bagan. Because our trip was quite short in duration and we were unfamiliar with the country (and our kids haven't travelled much), I researched a lot on line about places to visit and people's blogs. I came across KimKim. We had an excellent... read more