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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 & Itineraries

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Yangon
Map of Highlights of Myanmar - 10 Day Tour
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
Map of Highlights of Mandalay and Bagan - 5 Days
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
Map of Magnificent Myanmar - 8 Days
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.

Kalaw, Shan State
Map of Local Highlights of Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake - 8 Days
Local Highlights of Yangon, Bagan and Inle Lake - 8 Days

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.

Young Buddhist nuns preparing offerings
Map of Essential Myanmar - 2 Weeks
Essential Myanmar - 2 Weeks

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.

South of Myanmar
Best of Southern Myanmar - 7 Days

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.

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...

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...

Best Local Experiences in Myanmar
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...

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Temple visitors
Luxury & Adventure in Myanmar - 9 Days

Spend nine days traversing the sights of Myanmar on this itinerary. You'll visit the urban highlights of Mandalay and Yangon, cruise through the heart of the country down the Irrawaddy River, soar above the 3,000 pagodas of Bagan in a hot air balloon at sunrise, and sample handicrafts in village markets as you make your way through your tour.

Biking cross the U Bein Bridge
Map of Explore Myanmar by Bike - 10 Days
Explore Myanmar by Bike - 10 Days

Explore Myanmar's stunning and diverse landscapes by bike. Start in the bustling Yangon to see busy Bogoyoke Aun San Market and the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda, then visit the sprawling temples of Bagan. See historical sites in the ancient capital of Mandalay and Amarapura. End your journey with a ride around the famed Inle Lake to explore local culture, meet local Inthar artisans, and enjoy the beauty of Myanmar's lush countryside.

The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda
Map of Highlights of Myanmar - 10 Days
Highlights of Myanmar - 10 Days

This highlights itinerary checks off Myanmar's top historic and natural sites. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda and busy markets in Yangon, explore nature in Shan and Kayah States, and explore the world-famous Bagan archaeological site. Walk across the world's longest teakwood bridge on Inle Lake and tour the revered Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, then end the trip with two days of tropical sunshine and turquoise water in the Myeik Archipelago.

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 15 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 Hsu Hlaing Phyo
active 14 hours ago

Hsu Hlaing Phyo

Mingalaba! I am Hsu Hlaing from Myanmar. I love traveling within my country, as well as to my neighbors countries, and these experiences made me become a travel consultant for the past 5...

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Travel specialist Linn Linn
active 13 hours ago

Linn Linn

Myanmar, a country rich in culture and history, is welcoming you with amazing views and sincere smiles. With more than five years of experience in the tourism sector, I am both passionate and...

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Travel specialist Oriol Mayol
active 22 hours ago

Oriol Mayol

I moved to Myanmar when my company started offering off the beaten track itineraries and unique experiences in this amazing country. Since then, we have created many new routes together with the...

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Trip Reviews for Myanmar

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Buddhist highlights of burma, Myanmar - Mar 18 - Mar 25, 2019

Traveler: Don W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Don't know where to begin - Everything was great!

Anne made planning the trip an easy and interesting experience. We changed our format, timing and group numbers several times and she worked with us to ensure the trip went off without incident. She had excellent recommendations on where to go (we customized the format).

Tin, our River guide, was amazing. Comprehensive knowledge of Myanmar, the areas we traveled and of Buddhism; excellent English, friendly but non-intrusive, and... read more

Don't know where to begin - Everything was great!

Anne made planning the trip an easy and interesting experience. We changed our format, timing and group numbers several times and she worked with us to ensure the trip went off without incident. She had excellent recommendations on where to go (we customized the format).

Tin, our River guide, was amazing. Comprehensive knowledge of Myanmar, the areas we traveled and of Buddhism; excellent English, friendly but non-intrusive, and flexible. He was always ready to work with us to make sure the group's varying needs were met. Far superior to any guide we have experienced so far.

The boat was exactly what we needed. Our cabin was roomy and bed was comfortable. The HVAC wasn't able to keep our cabin cool but others said they were very comfortable. Food was very good. Boat staff was excellent- pleasant, attentive and professional.

Trip up the Chindwin to Buddhist caves and monuments was most memorable. The "beach BBQ" the last night on the river was very special too. I had several comments from friends of "Trip of a Lifetime" and these people travel almost constantly.

I also appreciate the extra effort given by Anne and the Staff. For example, I left my phone on a Singapore Air Flight. Anne arranged for the phone to be picked up at Yangon airport and delivered to me during a stop on the Irrawaddy!

Kim-kim provided a great experience from design to conclusion.

First trip to myanmar, Myanmar - Mar 17 - Mar 26, 2019

Traveler: Zulfikar J. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

All guides were amazing. We enjoyed the entire trip. Special thanks to Anne for taking care of all the details.

Naresh

Highlights of myanmar - 10 day tour, Myanmar - Feb 12 - Feb 22, 2019

Traveler: Naresh C. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Thanks Anne for re-scheduling according to our needs - especially in light of the flight problems.

All went according to plan. All guides and drivers were helpful. We will be visiting Myanmar again with Kimkim.

Naresh and Nila

Example Trip Requests

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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