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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.

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.

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.

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 agents with a passion for Myanmar
Travel specialist Anne Cruickshanks
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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 35 mins 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 36 mins 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 3 days 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

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8 days myanmar highlights, Myanmar - Apr 30 - May 9, 2019

Traveler: Vasudevan K. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Anne is an exceptionally good tour organiser and we are so very happy to have chosen her (via KimKim) for our 10-day Myanmar tour. Anne was away in Turkey when we were in Myanmar but she kept monitoring our tour progress (through the guides), stayed in touch with us and NEVER took more than a few minutes to respond to our needs whenever we raised any issues. The tour itinerary she put together for us was also great and it covered everything we wanted to see and more.

Of course no trip... read more

Anne is an exceptionally good tour organiser and we are so very happy to have chosen her (via KimKim) for our 10-day Myanmar tour. Anne was away in Turkey when we were in Myanmar but she kept monitoring our tour progress (through the guides), stayed in touch with us and NEVER took more than a few minutes to respond to our needs whenever we raised any issues. The tour itinerary she put together for us was also great and it covered everything we wanted to see and more.

Of course no trip would be enjoyable unless the tour guides are good. All our guides (Yangon: Maung Maung, Bagan: Thinzar, Mandalay: Nay and Inle Lake: Naing) were very knowledgeable, passionate about their country and went out of their way to make sure we all had a great time. It was a pleasure to have such fantastic tour guides.

We highly recommend Anne/KimKim to anyone wishing to have an amazing Myanmar experience and exposure to a very pious Buddhist society.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Madhu,
Thanks for your kind feedback! Glad the trip itinerary fit your personal travel style and that you enjoyed the company of Maung Maung, Nay, Thinzar and Naing- it makes me smile to know you appreciated their passion and knowledge! Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet while you were in Myanmar but hopefully our paths will cross when I visit Australia in the near future.
Best regards,
Anne

Myanmar, Myanmar - Apr 18 - Apr 28, 2019

Traveler: DANE W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

WE had a fantastic experience using Kimkim again this trip. We were linked with Anne and here tour guides really did their best to make our trip perfect. We really did not need to worry about anything and every day we had something interesting to do. The selection of accommodation was really comfortable even in the remote town's and we really felt like we were having thw 'boutique' and personalised trip we wanted. I am really happy we did it this way and let Anne organise everything because... read more

WE had a fantastic experience using Kimkim again this trip. We were linked with Anne and here tour guides really did their best to make our trip perfect. We really did not need to worry about anything and every day we had something interesting to do. The selection of accommodation was really comfortable even in the remote town's and we really felt like we were having thw 'boutique' and personalised trip we wanted. I am really happy we did it this way and let Anne organise everything because we would have never been able to have so many local experiences and have been so well looked after if we'd tried to organise everything ourselves. The highlights were Bagan and Inle Lake, it was boiling hot during the time of year we visited but when we got to more altitude the weather was more pleasant. I definitely will be using Kimkim again, twice now I have had great holidays and such memorable experiences through using these guys.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Dane,
Delighted we made your second experience with KimKim a memorable one! We always try to take the hassle out of the holiday - so I'm glad you felt you didn't have to worry and could enjoy the different experiences along the way, despite the soaring temperatures!
We'll look forward to helping you plan your next kimkim journey soon!
Best,
Anne

Magnificent myanmar - 8 days, Myanmar - Apr 20 - Apr 29, 2019

Traveler: REbecca R. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our trip to Myanmar has been just excellent. From the start until the end the communication with Anne was great, as she organised in a very short time a trip which allowed us to see as much as possible of Myanmar in the limited amount of time that we had. Our guides were all knowledgeable and we felt always safe with our drivers, and we were able to experience local highlights which allowed us to get to know Myanmar and the people of Myanmar better (cooking class, eating lunch in the homes of local families ). All in all we were very happy with our trip and would definitely recommend Anne!

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Rebecca! It was a pleasure to plan this trip- and especially fun as you two were up for anything! I'm glad you felt safe with our drivers and enjoyed all of the local experiences with our guides. Hope you can come back for a longer visit in the near future!