Myanmar (Burma) Tours & Holidays
Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays
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PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO RUN ANY TRIPS TO MYANMAR DUE TO ONGOING CIVIL UNREST AND ARMED CONFLICT. WE ARE STILL IN TOUCH WITH OUR LOCAL PARTNERS AND HOPE ONE DAY SOON TO BE ABLE TO OFFER OUR CLIENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THIS TROUBLED YET INCREDIBLE COUNTRY FOR THEMSELVES. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN BEING ALERTED WHEN WE RESUME TRAVEL TO MYANMAR, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO INFO@WILDRONTIERSTRAVEL.COM WITH THE SUBJECT LINE MYANMAR AND WE'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED. THE INFORMATION ...
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO RUN ANY TRIPS TO MYANMAR DUE TO ONGOING CIVIL UNREST AND ARMED CONFLICT. WE ARE STILL IN TOUCH WITH OUR LOCAL PARTNERS AND HOPE ONE DAY SOON TO BE ABLE TO OFFER OUR CLIENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THIS TROUBLED YET INCREDIBLE COUNTRY FOR THEMSELVES. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN BEING ALERTED WHEN WE RESUME TRAVEL TO MYANMAR, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO INFO@WILDRONTIERSTRAVEL.COM WITH THE SUBJECT LINE MYANMAR AND WE'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED. THE INFORMATION BELOW COMES FROM PRE-2021 TIMES
Myanmar, or Burma as it was once known, is becoming one of Southeast Asia’s most rewarding destinations. Our selection of Myanmar group tours and tailor-made holidays offer intrepid travellers a stunning combination of ancient sites and natural beauty in one of the region’s least explored countries, including the magnificent temples of Bagan, all 2,000 of them, and the remarkable tranquillity of Inle Lake.
The scenery in Myanmar is as varied as it is beautiful, alongside its hills, mountains, lakes and forests, it also boasts some of Southeast Asia’s best, and least known, beaches. This is a landscape ripe for the adventurous and the curious, where you can undertake epic journeys down the Irrawaddy River or go trekking in the hills and meet the isolated tribes who live in these remote forests, such as the Kayan people. Discover the floating gardens and iconic leg-rowing fishermen of Inle Lake and visit the Green Hill Valley Elephant project, an ethical project that enables you to get close to these amazing creatures and gain a better understanding of ongoing conservation efforts in Myanmar.
It's difficult to talk about Myanmar without mentioning the breath-taking sight of Bagan. A few hours journey from Mandalay are over 2,000 ancient temples and stupas stretching out as far as the eye can see over the plain. Once the capital of the Pagan Empire, this mighty city was abandoned before falling into disrepair, and as a result was largely forgotten by the outside world until the 19th century. Its vast scale can only truly be appreciated from the air which is why all our tours that visit Bagan offer an option of taking a hot air balloon flight over the plain. It is an experience that we guarantee you’ll never forget.
The architecture of Yangon – formerly Rangoon - and Mandalay offer a reminder of colonial rule and reveal the commercial importance of Myanmar to the British Empire throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries. The city of Yangon itself is dominated by the golden topped Shwedagon Pagoda, which stands at 326ft and is considered one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Myanmar. Walking the streets of Yangon provides a glimpse into an Asia where people still wear traditional attire and utilise Thanaka, a yellow paste made from bark, as a sunblock and a natural cosmetic. We recommend enjoying some amazing local street food on 19th Street or visit some of the upmarket bars in the area near the iconic Strand Hotel during your stay.
Despite some preconceptions in the outside world, those visiting this country on any of our Myanmar tours will be delighted by the smiling faces that greet them and the abundance of cultural sights and incredible experiences. That includes the numerous national and local festivals, it’s difficult to visit Myanmar without seeing at least one of these colourful extravaganzas!
Myanmar is just waiting to be explored, so why not discover this unique country for yourself with Wild Frontiers on one of our exciting Myanmar group tours or tailor-made holidays.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF MYANMAR (BURMA)
See the Shwedagon Pagoda turn gold
Visit the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, famous worldwide for its golden stupa which is the 'heart' of Buddhist Myanmar. Spend time watching the world go by as the day draws to an end and enjoy the sunset over Singuttra Hill.
Float in a balloon over Bagan
This is truly a once in a lifetime experience, as you rise with the sun and slowly soar over the magical temples of Bagan. Take in stunning views from your hot air balloon, as the morning mist rises and the golden light of dawn warms the valley.
Kayak on Inle Lake
Known for its weaving industry as well as scenic landscapes, Inle is a fascinating place to explore. Get up close and personal with the Intha fishing communities as you paddle through floating villages with tiny canals and tributaries.
Wander along Ubein Bridge
Enjoy a stroll along the famous Ubein Bridge, a popular spot at sunset when you can witness local families getting some air and the monks in their traditional robes returning from the monasteries.
Enjoy a train ride out of Yangon
Take a slow circle train from downtown Yangon into the colourful suburbs, a great way to meet local people and observe a little something of their daily lives.
Experience local life on the coast
Drag yourself away from the white beaches and explore the small local markets that dot this coastline. Sample fresh seafood and daily life as you sit back and take in sea views and delicious local food
Explore Bagan by bicycle
Enjoy the quiet and soak up your surroundings as you cycle between temples and villages, enjoying a new perspective of Bagan. Follow this with a sunset boat ride to enjoy an altogether different view of the temples in the late afternoon glow.
Learn to cook some local dishes
Visit the Inthar Heritage House established by a local family, where your host will introduce you to typical ingredients used from their organic garden, followed by an in depth cooking lesson, giving you an insight into Myanmar's culinary secrets.
Snorkel in turquoise seas
Explore the underwater world of Ngapali with its tropical fish and colourful coral. Enjoy deserted stretches of white beach, lush palm trees and crystal clear water as you relax and unwind after your Myanmar adventure.
TOP PLACES TO VISIT
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY
WHEN TO GO
The most popular time to visit Myanmar is between November and February. This is the dry season, when the skies are clear and the days warm. If you want to avoid the other tourists the shoulder seasons of October and April May are also good, but be ready for a bit of rain.
Health and Vaccinations
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Myanmar though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of Myanmar. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
In Myanmar the official unit of currency is the Kyat.
To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.
On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.
In Myanmar everyone should have their shoulders and knees covered when visiting temples and at Buddhist monasteries. Please note that on the whole the people of Myanmar are quite modest in their dress and it is advisable to follow suit.
Language & Religion
In Myanmar the major language is Burmese, although there are over 135 ethnic groups each with certain linguistic quirks.
The majority of people in Myanmar practice Theravada Buddhism, around 89% of the population. But this tends to be mixed with Nat (spirit) worship, particularly in rural areas where each village has a shrine. Nat worship is practised among the ethnic minorities as well as in mainstream Bamar society.
In addition, about 4% of the population are Christians, converted by various visiting missionaries. And around 6% are Muslim, mostly living in the states bordering Bangladesh.
Myanmar is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT.
A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.
Food and drink
Food in Myanmar can be a big attraction for visitors and is the centrepiece of domestic cultural activity. With culinary influence from neighbouring Thailand and India, the cuisine is both varied and excellent. Chinese style food is also prevalent, as are the traditional Burmese curries, served with an array of supporting dishes. The Shan people also have their own unique cuisine. One thing to bear in mind though, river prawns, no matter how delicious they look, are not quite as nice as their salt-water cousins.
Beer, rum and whisky are the most popular alcoholic drinks in Myanmar, whilst locally brewed toddy is also generally available, and wine can be found in higher-end restaurants and hotels.
Myanmar’s selection of domestic lager beers compare favourably with imported and ‘international’ brand beers; they have won European (Belgian) quality awards and are good for a refreshing cool drink in what can be a very hot climate.
Travelling Solo In Myanmar
All of our small group tours are designed to cater for solo travellers: the number of solo travellers will vary from tour to tour, but usually over half will be travelling alone. Get all of the excitement of discovering new places combined with the security of travelling with an organised group, with like minded people.