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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
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.

Kalaw, Shan State
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.

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...

Our Latest Myanmar Content

The pagodas of Bagan
Highlights of Myanmar - 12 Days

Experience vibrant Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, on this 12-day tour of the highlights. From the buzzing and colorful city streets of Yangon to the magnificent Inle Lake, this trip offers something for everyone. Find hidden treasures in the bustling markets, relax in the countryside of Kalaw and the Shan Hills, and explore culture and religion as you tour ancient pagodas and temples.

Traveler Interview: Multi-Country Trip to Asia

Jo and Jens are no strangers to the Himalaya. With plenty of trekking experience in Bhutan and Tibet, this ambitious couple set their sights on the Three Passes Circuit in Nepal. But that only piqued their appetite for adventure - after sixteen days of trekking, they headed to Myanmar for a totally different kind of fun, complete with a hot air balloon ride over the floating gardens of Inle Lake. Read on to hear more of Jo's travel reflections.

Traveler Interview: Off the Beaten Path in Myanmar

It's an understatement to call kimkim traveler Sara Pfrommer an experienced traveler. She recently returned from nearly four years of round-the-world travel, and her itch to explore continues bringing her to new places. Myanmar, still off the well-trodden Southeast Asia tourist circuit, was the location of her most recent adventure. Read on to see what surprised her most about Myanmar, and where she's going next!

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

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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 Linn Linn
active 7 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 Hsu Hlaing Phyo
active 15 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 Monica Hernandez
active 17 hours ago

Monica Hernandez

Colombian by nationality, curious about other cultures, and passionate for stories, I have been traveling since I was 10. After a hike in the Anapurna in 2010, Asia got my attention, so I moved to...

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Trip Reviews for Myanmar

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Lexi

Spiritual and physical exploration, Myanmar - Nov 20 - Nov 29, 2018

Traveler: Lexi C. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

This review will inevitably be too short to capture the brilliance and splendor of Myanmar -- both its people and its places. My guides: Minthu, Thinzar, and Wai were all fantastic. Anne, owner of Myanmar Pure and all-around amazing human, used my input to handcraft a one of a kind spiritual and physical journey that had me interacting with locals, cooking meals, watching handmade crafts be made, and involved planes, trains, automobiles, e-bikes (think vespa), and boats. I met local fortune... read more

This review will inevitably be too short to capture the brilliance and splendor of Myanmar -- both its people and its places. My guides: Minthu, Thinzar, and Wai were all fantastic. Anne, owner of Myanmar Pure and all-around amazing human, used my input to handcraft a one of a kind spiritual and physical journey that had me interacting with locals, cooking meals, watching handmade crafts be made, and involved planes, trains, automobiles, e-bikes (think vespa), and boats. I met local fortune tellers and got a traditional tattoo. I took in the wonders of Old Bagan and the radiance of Inn Lay lake. I meditated for 20 minutes in a small crawlspace within the Pindaya Cave. Overall, this will forever be my favorite trip, partially because it is the trip of a lifetime, but partially because my guides and the local people made it so effortlessly special. THANK YOU.

Myanmar’s 'big four' destinations, Myanmar - Nov 27 - Dec 3, 2018

Traveler: Stephen M. - Local specialist: Linn Linn

We had a fantastic time in Myanmar; it's a magical place. Our itinerary: One day, Yangon, two days in Bagan, two days in Mandalay, one day in Heho.

We took four internal flights, and we found the domestic airlines to be excellent. I felt more safe than on some US airlines. All we're prop planes.

The whole tour was great and the guides we're wonderful. They all had different strengths
Our guide in Yangon, Ong, was extremely knowledgeable. We called him as a nickname Google. And his... read more

We had a fantastic time in Myanmar; it's a magical place. Our itinerary: One day, Yangon, two days in Bagan, two days in Mandalay, one day in Heho.

We took four internal flights, and we found the domestic airlines to be excellent. I felt more safe than on some US airlines. All we're prop planes.

The whole tour was great and the guides we're wonderful. They all had different strengths
Our guide in Yangon, Ong, was extremely knowledgeable. We called him as a nickname Google. And his English was fantastic. Our guide and Bagan, Tin, was enthusiastic. He was very much concerned with us understanding Buddhism and the cultural practices surrounding the religion. He was thorough and seemed to really enjoy his job. Our guide in Mandalay, Ben, was more on the personal and caring side. He was quick to assure us when our children were running around not to worry about it that Burmese children do that as well in temples. Our final guide, a young lady in Inle was really sweet. We we're with her only for a short time and we were on the boat all day so there was a little less interaction. She actually gave her shoes to a woman who list hers in a temple. Talk about a good deed; ring the bell in a temple. Very kind. Of course my wife gave her her shoes at the end of the day.

The drivers in each stop we're attentive and careful.

The highlights of the trip both involved water. The sunset river cruise on the Irrawaddy in Bagan was once in a lifetime. We we're really moved by the experience. And the day on Inle Lake was fascinating. We loved every minute.

We experienced only one low point which was U Bein bridge. I saw it as a crowded tourist trap and we were out of there in 15 minutes. There is really no need to go there.

My only recommendation for future tours has to do with the hotels. Hotel Hazel in Mandalay had essentially no Wi-Fi. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things; however, it's nice to post pictures to Facebook at the end of the day so your friends and family can see what you're up to. Additionally the hotels were a little far from the city centers so in the evening we really couldn't stroll anywhere just to relax and taken some more of the cultural experience.

Our agent Linn did a really nice job; often following up with us.

I highly recommend using Kim Kim, especially if you have children, ours 11 and 5. I would use Kim Kim again. Thinking of Bhutan next!

Trip to myanmar, Myanmar - Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2018

Traveler: donn d. - Local specialist: Linn Linn

I enjoyed the complete trip, my guides, Thwe Thwe Gmtt, May Han Thu, Kyikyi Aye and Ko Zay were all very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Riding the bike in Yangan visiting the villages and seeing all the markets were very special for me not only as a photographer but to interact with the people. Being able to go to peoples homes and have shared meals was very memorable. Seeing lots of things and never feeling rushed. The Balloons over Bagan was an experience not to be missed.

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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