Visit Myanmar (Burma)
Welcome to Myanmar, a country of often overwhelming beauty. It’s peopled with deeply spiritual communities, keen to preserve the traditions and natural assets of their homeland. Come for the archaeological treasures. Or the glittering stupas and vast Buddha statues laid thick with gold leaf. The white sand beaches bordered with coconut groves and the vast lakes where local people tend floating gardens. Soar above it all on an early morning balloon ride or glide effortlessly along on a sunset river cruise. Our destination expert has everything you need to do this magnificent country justice.
A most wonderful 8-day tour of Myanmar
Myself and my sister are just home in Ireland from a most wonderful 8-day tour of Myanmar. We visited Yangon with the wonderful Aye Aye, Bagan with Mr. Nay, Inle Lake with the superb Aye Aye (2!) who felt like our sister by the end of the trip! and finally Mandalay with the wonderful Phyu. … Read more "A most wonderful 8-day tour of Myanmar"
Enjoyed every minute.
We enjoyed every minute of our trip and your lovely company. You showed us so many interesting places along the way…. Lovely Shan villages, food, history , fascinating markets full of wonderful fresh food, local noodles for lunch and wonderful ethnic textiles which is one of my passions. This was our 3rd trip to Myanmar … Read more "Enjoyed every minute."
- Witness the towering golden Shwedagon Pagoda and wander the holy complex of stupas and statues that surrounds it
- Barter for bargains in Yangon’s frenetic Bogyoke market then try some traditional Burmese street food
- Take a pony cart ride among the 3000 temples of Bagan, one of Asia’s richest archaeological site
- Walk the teak boards of U Bein bridge, stretching 1.2 kilometres across Taungthaman Lake
- Have your palm read near the vast reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Temple
- Take time out in the cool climate of Inle Lake and watch the Intha people go about their business in their traditional boats
- Tour the imposing archaeological site of Mrauk U, dotted with temples and ruins
Biking on the River Island
Leave busy Yangon behind on a cycling tour of hidden backstreets, markets and the Indian village of Dhala, before crossing the Twante canal to the car-free River Island, probably the best-kept secret in this area.
Spend a morning as a Yangon local
Your chance to see the city as local people do. Ride the packed ‘Circular Train’ with the day’s commuters before jumping off for a ride on a trishaw. Browse the colourful markets piled high with fresh produce, before pausing at a tea shop for a drink and some traditional snacks.
Bagan by hot air balloon
A visit to the Bagan archaeological zone is a draw for any visitor to Myanmar. But seeing its temples and pagodas from a hot air balloon is something else. Glide over the Bagan plain for 40 breath-taking minutes before being greeted back on land with a glass of champagne and a slap-up breakfast.
Take the Pennywort cooking class
Learn to create typical Myanmar dishes with instruction from bio-gardening expert Ms May, crafted with help from the many plants in her garden. Class complete, you’ll sit down to savour the finished meal together.
Shop handicrafts at the Mary Chapman School for the Deaf
The Mary Chapman School is attended by around 300 deaf and dumb children who come here to learn a variety of skills, including arts and crafts using recycled materials. Meet the students, browse the handicrafts and buy some to take home.
Attend an oil lamp ceremony at Shwedagon
Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset for a private oil lamp ceremony, organised just for you. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about Buddhist culture as you proceed around the complex to light oil lamps and watch them set this truly spiritual environment aglow.
Dinner on a sandbank
Enjoy a dinner with a difference, served on a sandbank in the middle of the mighty Ayeyarwady River. It’s a unique opportunity to enjoy a meal in this peaceful natural landscape, watched only by a few shore birds and the last of the day’s fishermen paddling home in their canoes.
Uncover Bagan with an archaeological talk
Enjoy a professor-led talk about Bagan’s ancient architecture, including explanations of the cultural significance of its various temples, pagodas and stupas.
Witness Buddha’s morning wash
Take an early morning cab to Mahamuni Pagoda to watch this remarkable pre-dawn ritual, during which monks wash the face of the Buddha figure and brush its teeth. A unique insight into Buddhist practice.
Sunset boat ride by U Bein Bridge
Take to Taungthaman Lake as the sun goes down to admire the world’s longest teak bridge, cocktail in hand.
Lunch at a local nunnery
Grab the chance to meet the local pink-robed nuns in Sagaing, joining in with the preparation of their midday meal and sitting down to eat with these women who devote their lives to religious practice.