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

The Very Best of Myanmar

16 Days in Magical Myanmar

For those looking to explore authentic Southeast Asia, Myanmar is the ultimate destination. Whether wandering the historic temples of Bagan or visiting artisanal workshops in local villages, you can't help but develop a profound appreciation for the country and those who call it home. Its unspoiled beaches, pristine pagodas, and ancient traditions only scratch at the surface of what makes Myanmar absolute magic.

View Full Trip Inspiration

Travel Blog

Making Friends with the Karen Tribes of Myanmar’s Shan State

Myanmar is home to more than 130 different tribes, each possessing their own language, religion and culture. A visit to the Southeast Asian nation will introduce you to a myriad of peoples with different stories to tell and traditions to teach you. From the one-legged rowing techniques of the “alligators” who live on Inle Lake Read more…

Travel Experiences We Love Right Now

We asked five of our consultants to recommend their favorite destination or experience right now–their top answer to the popular question “Where should I go next?” Whether you’re a seasoned traveler looking for your next adventure or planning your first international trip, here are five trip ideas to explore. A Luxury Train Ride Through Peru Read more…

Kayla and Katie’s Trip to Myanmar

In fall 2015, Travel Beyond consultants Kayla Torgerson and Katie Blackstone traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. The trip was Katie’s first experience in Asia and Kayla’s first time back in Asia since living in India. Below is Kayla’s account of their time in Myanmar. After our adventures in Vietnam and Cambodia, we wrapped up Read more…