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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.

Getting Around 
Domestic airfare in Myanmar is cheap and flights are frequent, making this the preferred travel option between cities and regions. If you decide to travel by land, private transfers are usually your best bet. You can also find buses that are surprisingly comfortable—buses labeled “VIP” have air conditioning, reclining seats, charging ports, and snacks. Learn more

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 insightful itinerary 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 colorful 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.

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.

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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Myanmar

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Sunset over ancient pagodas in Bagan
How Many Days Should You Spend in Myanmar?

Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore Myanmar. If you have less time, you can still have a great experience but it requires careful planning. At a minimum, five...

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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Inle Lake
Myanmar & Thailand for Families - 19 Days

This 19-day tour of Myanmar and Thailand has been especially designed for families with children aged six and above, as there's a delightful combination of activity and down time, natural and cultural sights. Create happy memories cruising on Inle Lake, touring the sparkling pagodas of Myanmar, island hopping and relaxing on beaches in Thailand, and much more. All family members, young and old, will find many experiences to enjoy on this unforgettable tour of some of Southeast Asia's highlights.

A woman harvesting red chili near Kalaw, Myanmar
Map of 14 Days in Myanmar - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in Myanmar - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Travelers with two weeks in Myanmar can take a grand tour of the country, stopping in must-see places like Mandalay, Inle Lake, Bagan, Yangon, and Ngapali Beach. Those interested in local culture will have time to incorporate activities like cooking classes and a stop at a "retirement home" for elephants, while an adventurous itinerary can include biking and trekking. A multi-country trip is also possible, spending a week each in Myanmar and Thailand.

A boat below U Bein Bridge in Mandalay, Myanmar
Myanmar & Thailand Adventure - 14 Days

Experience the natural wonders and cultural highlights of two countries—Myanmar and Thailand—on this two-week journey. You'll see magnificent temples in Bagan, the "World's Biggest Book" in Mandalay, and floating gardens on Inle Lake in Myanmar before moving onto Thailand to see the famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak in Bangkok and the ruins of Ayutthaya, a city that was almost entirely destroyed in the late 18th century. Then finish the fast-paced trip with a few days of relaxation on the island paradise of Phuket.

Myanmar Travel Maps

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5 Days in Myanmar - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Myanmar
Travel specialist Anne Cruickshanks
active 13 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 9 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 14 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 Jack Burma
active 10 hours ago

Jack Burma

After various roles and many years in the travel industry, I founded my own travel company, Green Season Travel. My approach is learning through working. Using the experiences from my own...

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Trip Reviews for Myanmar

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Our experience with Kimkim was exceptional. · Myanmar - Nov 14 - Nov 20, 2019

Traveler: Christine C. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

Our experience with Kimkim was exceptional. To start with Anne was one of the best communicators I have worked with. She was professional, helpful and knowledgeable. Our guides were also wonderful and understood what we were looking for in experiences. In Yangon we learnt so much from our guide. Inle Lake was the highlight of our trip. We loved the 2 days and wished we had more time. This was enhanced by our wonderful guide, Wei. He was delightful. In Bagan we were once again thrilled with... read more

Our experience with Kimkim was exceptional. To start with Anne was one of the best communicators I have worked with. She was professional, helpful and knowledgeable. Our guides were also wonderful and understood what we were looking for in experiences. In Yangon we learnt so much from our guide. Inle Lake was the highlight of our trip. We loved the 2 days and wished we had more time. This was enhanced by our wonderful guide, Wei. He was delightful. In Bagan we were once again thrilled with the guides we had. May really assisted and made the market and cooking class a day to remember. I have absolutely no negative feedback and will be recommending Kimkim at any opportunity. I hope to have the pleasure of travelling with your help in the future. Thank you

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for your review! It was fun planning this mother-daughter trip and our guides had a blast sharing their hometowns with you. We'd love to welcome you back to Myanmar again or another kimkim destination soon!
Best regards,
Anne & The Myanmar Pure team

Rebecca

Rich, rewarding trip · Myanmar - Oct 17 - Nov 11, 2019

Traveler: Rebecca W. - Local specialist: Anne Cruickshanks

From start to finish, in country operator Myanmar Pure made our 26-day trip to Myanmar a seamless, rewarding experience. Passing off logistical arrangements allowed us to focus on all this geographically and ethnically diverse country has to offer. Our requested itinerary included the well known "don't miss" sites and a peek into the often unseen "real" life of Myanmar people. Myanmar Pure delivered. Owner Anne's relationship with her local guides brought us into homes for meals, tea, and... read more

From start to finish, in country operator Myanmar Pure made our 26-day trip to Myanmar a seamless, rewarding experience. Passing off logistical arrangements allowed us to focus on all this geographically and ethnically diverse country has to offer. Our requested itinerary included the well known "don't miss" sites and a peek into the often unseen "real" life of Myanmar people. Myanmar Pure delivered. Owner Anne's relationship with her local guides brought us into homes for meals, tea, and conversation. We were even serendipitously invited to join wedding receptions in two small villages, an opportunity missed if our guides had not been there to translate. More often than not, we were the only foreign visitors in places off the standard tourist trail.

While the known sites were certainly worthwhile, the overall best part of the trip for us was the brush with day-to-day life. The depth of that experience we owe to Myanmar Pure. Anne chose well when she selected local guides Zayyar, Lu Wine, Thinzar She and Aung Naing Thu. They were our gateway to rewarding interactions with the people we met on the course of our travels. And, they were just plain fun to be around.

We recommend "the kimkim team" for anyone considering Myanmar. Your pre-trip questions will be answered promptly, courteously and completely, and in-country logistics will, if our experience is an indicator, run smoothly.

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Anne Cruickshanks, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Becky & Rich,
Thanks for sharing your feedback of your recent Myanmar journey - I'm glad we were able to design a rewarding, smooth trip for you! The unexpected experiences (like weddings!) and interactions are magical and delighted that our guides were able to bring you a bit closer to their local culture through these events.
All the best to you and we hope 2020 brings many more rich travel experiences,
Anne

An excellent time in Myanmar! · Myanmar - Sep 29 - Oct 11, 2019

Traveler: Margot R. - Local specialist: Hsu Hlaing Phyo

Our family of five (with three kids aged 9-14) travelled to Myanmar in October 2019 having a wonderful experience. We had made some initial arrangements and bookings by ourselves as we were including a visit to our friends who were volunteering in Bagan. Because our trip was quite short in duration and we were unfamiliar with the country (and our kids haven't travelled much), I researched a lot on line about places to visit and people's blogs. I came across KimKim. We had an excellent... read more

Our family of five (with three kids aged 9-14) travelled to Myanmar in October 2019 having a wonderful experience. We had made some initial arrangements and bookings by ourselves as we were including a visit to our friends who were volunteering in Bagan. Because our trip was quite short in duration and we were unfamiliar with the country (and our kids haven't travelled much), I researched a lot on line about places to visit and people's blogs. I came across KimKim. We had an excellent experience using the KimKim platform, and working with Hsu Hlaing at Pegu Travel, to help design our itinerary and organise logistics. Hsu Hlaing synthesised our existing bookings into the Itinerary so that we left Australia with a well organised holiday that exceeded our expectations. We had a guide, driver and mini-van in Yangon, Inle Lake, Mandalay and a driver from Inle Lake to Bagan. This made our travel logistically easy and comfortable as we moved around, a priority for us to have a great family holiday together. We learnt so much because our three guides were really nice people, knowledgeable and fun. I feel that Hsu Hlaing interpreted our style of holiday well and matched us with great guides and activities. Hsu Hlaing communicated extremely well and was helpful when developing our itinerary or providing guidance about travel times and distances. We loved our time in Myanmar, and were very impressed by the friendly people we met, as well as the culture, history, food, temples, crafts etc.

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Hsu Hlaing Phyo, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Margot,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for us. I am really happy that everything went great and your family had a great time in Myanmar. It was a pleasure for me to be a part of this memory! I hope that you decide to come another time and we look forward to welcoming you again to our beautiful country.

Kind regards,
Hsu Hlaing