Spend plenty of time in Bagan exploring - preferably by bicycle. Don't miss watching the sunrise from one of the pagodas, but remember to take a head torch and be careful climbing - health and safety-approved, it's not!
Miranda, Original Traveller
Myanmar is a country of history, culture, and incredibly beautiful landscapes, and we are delighted to be offering holidays there.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Little has changed since colonial times, and there are incredible sites around every corner you turn
- The views are spectacular. Watch the early morning sun rise over the temples of Bagan, or the sun set in Mandalay, walking along the U Bein Bridge for equally fabulous panoramas. This 200 year-old bridge is constructed entirely from teak and spans over 1.2 miles in length
- Take a slow boat up the Irrawaddy river - you'll witness everyday Burmese life
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Luxury Myanmar Holidays: The Detail
After much discussion in recent years about the morality of sending people to a country ruled by a brutal military junta, dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced that tourism might actually help draw attention to her country's plight. Finally, you can visit such evocative places as Mandalay, Rangoon (or Yangon as it's now formally known) and the Irrawaddy River as well as the rest of this beautiful and bewitching country.
Original Travel offers different ways to see the best of what Myanmar (Burma) has to offer: be it a tailormade tour of the best bits from Yangon to Bagan and Lake Inle; or a set departure cruise along the famous Irrawaddy River from Bagan to Mandalay. Whichever way you choose to see this magical country, you will never forget the eye-catching pagodas in Yangon, the village life around Inle Lake and the sheer charm of the local inhabitants.
Did you know
- Burmese people don't have surnames
- The world's biggest book - a book of sacred Buddhist texts with 1460 pages - is in Myanmar
- A famous snack in Myanmar is 'laphet thote' - tea leaves pickled with garlic and salt
Most visitors will arrive into Yangon, which is a relatively quiet and charming city. The undoubted highlight here being the Shwedagon Pagoda, a stunning and extremely humbling place where we can arrange for visitors to take part in a robe offering ceremony with some of the temple monks.
There is a relatively well worn path for travellers exploring Myanmar - and for very good reason. The temple strewn landscape of Bagan is a photographers dream, so ensure all camera batteries are suitably charged. This is also the perfect spot to view the landscape from above, with a serene hot air balloon journey.
In the interests of expediency, the flight to Mandalay has replaced the road, but a visit is still well worthwhile. Highlights here include the wonderful alms collection at Mahagandayon monastery, when over 1,000 monks gather to collect their daily meal from the local Buddhists.
The tranquil setting of Inle Lake also feature highly on most visitors lists, where the labryinth waterways are best explored by boat or kayak.
Finally, if all that culture starts to overwhelm (unlikely, but not out of the question), then might we recommend a bit of beach action? Yes, even Myanmar has its elite beach retreat, in this case Ngapali Beach, a quintessential white sandy beach with palm tree backdrop sort of place.
While Ngapali might be the last stop before returning to Yangon, there is another way to see the wonders of Myanmar that we strongly recommend - namely a boat trips along the Irrawaddy between Yangon and Bagan on board a luxurious river boat.