Myanmar

Myanmar. Burma. The Golden Land. The Last Frontier of Untouched Asia.

No matter what you call Southeast Asia’s largest country, one fact remains the same: this destination is ripe with reasons to visit.

“Myanmar is my favorite destination in Southeast Asia. From the incredible spirituality of The Golden Temple in Yangon to stilted towns on gorgeous Inle Lake, Myanmar offers an amazing experience.”—Kayla Torgerson, Consultant

Highlights

See and do:

  • Float in a hot air balloon over the serene countryside of Bagan, dotted with thousands of temples and pagodas
  • Snorkel in the pristine waters of the Mergui Archipelago
  • Marvel at golden stupas and glittering pagodas in Yangon
  • Take part in the sacred Buddhist tradition of almsgiving to monks in Mandalay

Pairs well with:

  • Thailand and Singapore – A modern contrast to Myanmar’s historic simplicity
  • Vietnam and Laos – easily linked by flights

In a country where 90% of citizens practice Buddhism, it’s unsurprising that the temples of Bagan–the largest complex of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ancient religious ruins in the world–are a “must see” in Myanmar. While ancient temples, regal palaces and glittering pagodas throughout the country are impressive, Myanmar’s rugged mountains, rolling green hills, white sand beaches, sweeping coastline and gracious people remind travelers that the country’s majesty isn’t confined to manmade structures.

Myanmar’s spiritual and ancient past is additionally manifested in a variety of cultural encounters. Ancient folk art comes alive in traditional puppet shows in Mandalay. Skilled fishermen balance atop stilts in Inle Lake. Village markets are filled with traditional oxcarts, earthen cookware and traditional handmade lacquer ware. The untouched, authentic energy of Myanmar/Burma leaves a lasting impact on welcomed travelers.

Because development in Myanmar has been historically slow, the accommodation is not the focus of a visit. Travelers will find the accommodation simple, varying from basic to charming. For those looking for more lavish accommodation, a cruise on the historic Ayeyarwaddy River offers luxurious accommodation and comfortable exploration of Myanmar’s endless wonders.

Trip Inspirations

Romantic + Enchanting

14 Days in Myanmar

In 1885, Rudyard Kipling described Myanmar/Burma as "quite unlike any place you know about." Although more than 130 years later, Myanmar holds the same allure for modern travelers beholding the diamond encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda or feeling the pristine sands of Ngapali beach. Discover the truth behind Kipling's words on this trip to unspoiled Myanmar.

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