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 Australia. While these countries certainly have their similarities, they each retain their own unique features. Below, we've outlined 5 things that make Myanmar special and unique.
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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.
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.
Myanmar is a land of sacred pagodas, deep-rooted traditions, and mile after mile of spectacular landscapes and friendly, hospitable people. Few places in the world offer such a remarkable selection of natural and cultural wonders.
With endless miles of quiet roads and trails, Myanmar is an ideal place for an outdoor adventure. Trekking and cycling bring you to areas less-frequented by travellers and often the trail leads to spectacular villages or viewpoints.
Myanmar may still be an up-and-coming travel destination, but certain areas already receive a lot more attention than others. If you're looking for places that are a bit more off-the-beaten-path, here's a great list of experiences that will provide a better understanding of the local culture, nature, and customs unique to certain regions.
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.
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Cultural and beach trip of myanmar, Myanmar - Jan 1 - Jan 16, 2018
Myanmar Diaries represented by Wai Lin, our local kimkim specialist for our Myanmar Trip, was exemplary .... Wai Lin was highly professional, helpful, accommodating and informative, we could not have asked for better. All our guides were most respectful with very good English speaking skills and knowledge of their areas, likewise our drivers skilful and very safe, the cars in excellent condition.
Our 16-day Trip was absolutely amazing ... we were very pleasantly surprised at how totally... read more
Visiting birth place, Myanmar - Jan 1 - Jan 12, 2018
The whole trip was wonderful. Our guide in Mandalay and (July) in Yangon were exceptional. Just one thought, 4 nights in Bagan was a bit much. Maybe adding a little more north city might be interesting. In my case, I should have done Lashio. If guides could have more info for dinner, might be helpful. Loved the country & the people. Food was good too.
My own myanmar experience, Myanmar - Dec 26 - Jan 9, 2018
I just came back from Myanmar and it was amazing!
Kimkim paired me up with Wai Lin, I couldn't have asked for a better person to help me plan my trip he was responsive, helpful and he definitely made my experience in Myanmar truly enjoyable.
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
I am interested in a 15-day tour of Myanmar with lots of adventure!
A couple visited Myanmar in October 2017
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
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
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