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Introducing Myanmar

After a tumultuous recent past, Myanmar is now a peaceful and safe travel destination. This multi-religious country, nestled between neighboring giants India and China, and more similarly-sized Thailand and Bangladesh, is the perfect destination for those looking to experience a unique mix of local culture, architecture, and traditions. Read more

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.

Myanmar Tours

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Highlights of Myanmar - 10 Day Tour

See the best of Myanmar. This short but insightful holiday 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 colourful hill tribe groups.

Highlights of Mandalay and Bagan - 5 Days

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.

Hot air balloons flying over Dhammayangyi Temple in Bagan
Magnificent Myanmar - 8 Days

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.

Pindaya caves Myanmar
Myanmar Adventure Tour - 15 Days

Forget the typical tour bus holiday: lace up your trekking boots, grab a bike and bring a sense of adventure to discover the real beauty of Myanmar. Spend two weeks exploring the country’s main sites and hidden gems, forging a closer connection with the people and culture that make Myanmar so special.

Myanmar Encounters: People and Places - 14 Days

Get ready to experience the wonders of Myanmar! From encounters with colorful hill tribes to peaceful bike rides through rice paddies, this two-week trip has it all and is the perfect first trip for culturally curious travelers.

Shwezigon Paya
Essential Myanmar - 8 Days

This 8-day itinerary is designed for independent travelers who want to experience Myanmar's diversity but have limited time. You'll discover Mandalay's royal vestiges, wander amid Bagan's endless religious monuments, cruise the beautiful waters of Inle Lake and experience Yangon's intoxicating blend of old and new.

Myanmar Travel Advice

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Bagan, Myanmar
Why Visit Myanmar? 5 Reasons To Go

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...

Novice monks in a pagoda in Bagan
Festivals of Myanmar: Complete Guide

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...

Best Local Experiences in Myanmar

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...

Traditional Myanmar lunch
Myanmar Cuisine: What To Expect

'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...

Myanmar Travel Maps

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Highlights of Myanmar - 10 Day Tour
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Highlights of Mandalay and Bagan - 5 Days
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Magnificent Myanmar - 8 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Myanmar
Travel specialist Anne Cruickshanks
active 7 hours ago

Anne Cruickshanks

Myanmar is not an ordinary country. And it would be a waste of time to see Myanmar the ordinary way. For the last ten years, I have been creating and leading trips through this beautiful country...

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Travel specialist Su Shwe Yee Aung
active 1 day ago

Su Shwe Yee Aung

Myanmar, an undoubtful paradise where I call "home". The combination of long living history, culture, heritage, and artifacts and the modern metropolitan lifestyle which create a living colorful...

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Travel specialist Adam Platt-Hepworth
active 10 hours ago

Adam Platt-Hepworth

I discovered cycling travel and Asia in my early twenties. The moment when I realised that the two would combine perfectly, changed my life.

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Travel specialist Alex Nguyen
active 5 hours ago

Alex Nguyen

I am Alex Nguyen, travel expert from Hello Vietnam Travel. Choosing to work in the tourism industry is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I love traveling; I love the feeling on the road,...

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Trip Reviews for Myanmar

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Myanmar & thailand tour - 15 days, Myanmar - Jul 23 - Aug 6, 2018

Traveler: Rodney S. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

What a great trip! Loved Myanmar. The first time I visited was as a backpacker in my mid 20s in 1986. That as a remarkable time to visit what was then Burma but I certainly travelled rough.
This time I requested higher end accommodation for my wife and I. Anne excelled with her selection. For instance, the Sanctum Inn and Bagan Lodge were modern suites in 5 Star accommodation. But we loved every choice she made for us, plus she saved us some money by recommending we stay at the Savoy in... read more

What a great trip! Loved Myanmar. The first time I visited was as a backpacker in my mid 20s in 1986. That as a remarkable time to visit what was then Burma but I certainly travelled rough.
This time I requested higher end accommodation for my wife and I. Anne excelled with her selection. For instance, the Sanctum Inn and Bagan Lodge were modern suites in 5 Star accommodation. But we loved every choice she made for us, plus she saved us some money by recommending we stay at the Savoy in Yangon rather than the Strand.
As well the selected itinerary suited our preferred pace of travel. Every morning we were busy site seeing until after lunch and then most days we were free to swim and lounge around our hotel pool. We are in our late 50s so, for us, this was ideal. However, if we made the request our fantastic guides were only too willing to show us more. So to Nay, Arwar, NeeNee and Cherry, our guides, thank you. So too to the drivers.
We had lots of highlights but I think the pagoda strewn hills surrounding Mandalay, the railway journey to the viaduct, the cooking class in Bagan and the visit to the Elephant Camp near Kalaw will stay in my memory the longest.
Thank you kimkim.

Highlights of mandalay and bagan - 5 days, Myanmar - Jul 16 - Jul 21, 2018

Traveler: Stephanie L. - Local specialist: Su Shwe Yee Aung

Our guide in Mandalay, Thwe Thwe, was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about her country's history and culture. We really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Myanmar through a local guide. We liked visiting a Buddhist monastery and sharing a meal with a family. We also liked seeing a small village that produced palm oil and learning about their way of life. ToeHlaing was our guide in Bagan and he was very nice. Our most memorable part of Bagan will always be renting... read more

Our guide in Mandalay, Thwe Thwe, was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about her country's history and culture. We really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Myanmar through a local guide. We liked visiting a Buddhist monastery and sharing a meal with a family. We also liked seeing a small village that produced palm oil and learning about their way of life. ToeHlaing was our guide in Bagan and he was very nice. Our most memorable part of Bagan will always be renting e-bikes and going on dirt paths to see many beautiful temples. It was definitely the best way to get around and experience Bagan, and so we are thankful that our guide gave us this suggestion. It was a great trip!

See the highlights, Myanmar - Jan 6 - Jan 13, 2018

Traveler: Trevor C. - Local specialist: Wai Lin Tun

Had an absolutely fantastic 8 days in Myanmar with Kim Kim. From the very first email conversation with my consultant Wai Lin it was an absolute pleasure. He was incredibly patient and knowledgeable and built us an unbelievable trip! Everything ran to an absolute t! We chose the route Mandalay-Bagan-Inle Lake-Yangon route. The tour guides provided were absolutely top class and gave us such a great insight into the history of Myanmar. The transport was comfortable and very punctual.

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Had an absolutely fantastic 8 days in Myanmar with Kim Kim. From the very first email conversation with my consultant Wai Lin it was an absolute pleasure. He was incredibly patient and knowledgeable and built us an unbelievable trip! Everything ran to an absolute t! We chose the route Mandalay-Bagan-Inle Lake-Yangon route. The tour guides provided were absolutely top class and gave us such a great insight into the history of Myanmar. The transport was comfortable and very punctual.

Personal highlights include U Bein Bridge, the private cocktail cruise in Bagan, the hot air balloon ride in Bagan, all the temples (usually I get tired of temples after a day but Myanmar's are so amazing I never tired of them), the food, Inle Lake in general. Everything was just so well thought out and convenient. Would definitely recommend and will def use again! Thank you, Wai Lin and all of our amazing tour guides!

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Myanmar 4 Days

We are family of 3, husband(53), wife(51) and daughter(17yrs). After my business meeting, we have time from August 12 morning to August 15 evening. Our flight leaving Yangon is at 11pm. We want to experience Yangon about their culture for 2 days and Inle...

Family of 2 adults and 1 child visited Myanmar in August 2017

Myanmar Adventure Tour - 15 Days

I am interested in a 15-day tour of Myanmar with lots of adventure!

A couple visited Myanmar in October 2017

2 Weeks Exploring Inde Lakes, Mandalay, Bagan, and Yangoon

We don't like pre organised tours but like to pick them as we go. Would like to spend couple of nights at Inde Lakes, Mandalay, Bagan and back for 2 nights in Yangon to fly home, Would like to book 4 star accomodation and internal flights please

A couple visited Myanmar in November 2017

Myanmar July / August

I am interested in 'Highlights of Myanmar - 10-day tour'. We have already bought airline tickets and will be arriving during monsoon season. My son and I will be arriving first (I'm arriving July 20th and he is arriving July 23rd) and I think we can...

A couple visited Myanmar in August 2017

Myanmar highlights in April, 12 days

We are wanting to travel and see the main tourist highlights (definitely Golden Rock), we love to eat local and experience local culture as much as possible. Would rather use a private driver than bus or tour group. We have traveled a lot including india,...

Group of 2 friends visited Myanmar in April 2017