Reasons to Visit
The famous Irrawaddy River flows through the heart of the country for 2,000km to a vast Delta region southwest of Rangoon and provides an important role in everyday life. A journey on this most majestic of rivers is a highlight of any trip.
Burma is home to an astonishing number of ethnicities each with their own traditional dress and customs, and in many cases, language and religion. For the most rewarding encounters we recommend heading to the hills of Shan state where it’s possible to stay in remote villages and receive the most genuine of welcomes and hospitality.
Burma is steeped in history and the legacy of various kingdoms and rule is very much in evidence throughout the country from former ancient capitals and grandiose royal palaces around Mandalay to the faded colonial grandeur of Rangoon’s municipal buildings built by British hands.
Whether you are shopping for gems in Rangoon’s Scott Market, betel nut in Kalaw or intricate lacquerware in Pagan there is no better way to immerse yourself in the way of life than to soak up the atmosphere of a local market.
Wherever you travel in Burma you will only be footsteps away from a temple providing an opportunity to witness the quiet reverence of the Burmese people. Climb up to a viewpoint amongst the ancient stupas of Pagan at sunset, visit stilted temples by boat at Inle Lake or marvel at the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda.
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Audley tailor-made family holidays in Burma can combine family activities such as a balloon trip, elephant trekking, or cruising down the famous Irrawaddy River. Burma is known for its child child-friendly culture and its safety.
Burma, or Myanmar as it is officially known, is one of Audley's original destinations - we've been planning tailor-made trips to Burma for over 15 years. Now that Burma is 'back on the map', visitors are discovering its wealth of highlights and especially its charming hosts, the Burmese people themselves.
Burma is not your archetypal honeymoon destination but that's why you should consider it. An Audley tailor-made Burma honeymoon will leave you with lingering memories of stunning temples, smiling faces and a wonderfully laid-back way of life. It also has some beautiful beaches.
Audley tailor-made trips to see the temples of Burma are the perfect way to combine one of Asia's "must see" sights with this intriguing, beautiful and still very much emerging country.
Discovering out-of-the-way places, meeting local people, seeing stunning views or just challenging yourself - a walking or trekking holiday in Burma will give a completely different perspective on the environment around you that is simply impossible to get from a vehicle.
Explore the fascinating sights of Southeast Asia while on a relaxing cruise and observe everyday life, wildlife and scenery.
Explore Audley's guide to eco-friendly holidays in Southeast Asia. View the charities we support, recommended eco-accommodation options, and selected eco-friendly itineraries.
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