Travelling to Myanmar can present a number of challenges, including a shortage of accommodation in some areas, and our specialists' local knowledge and expertise is invaluable when planning a holiday to this mystical country. Having travelled the length and breadth of Myanmar to seek out new ways of seeing the country's highlights as well as its lesser-known attractions, our team can advise on the complexities of travelling to remote areas, providing honest, straightforward guidance at every stage of planning.
Our itinerary ideas are devised to act as a starting point when planning your route and can be tailored to your interests for a bespoke tour of the country.
Ideas for your trip to Myanmar (Burma)
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Myanmar (Burma), and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
See the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
Explore the temples of Bagan.
Spend the night in the quaint town of Pindaya and enjoy lunch with a local Danu family.
Relax and enjoy the serenity of Inle Lake.
Admire the splendour of the Shwedagon in Yangon.
Explore the incredible temples of Bagan.
Enjoy a two-night cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Visit the famous five-day market on the shores of Inle Lake.
See the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
Explore the temples of Bagan.
Rub shoulders with locals on the boat from Bagan to Mandalay.
Relax and enjoy the serenity of Inle Lake and Ngapali Beach.
Experience traditional river life on the banks of the Ayeyarwady
Get an authentic insight into the diverse tribal communities in Kayah state
Learn how to cast a fishing net and help in the conservation of the wonderful Irrawaddy dolphin
Cycle through Bagan's many pagodas, exploring them from a unique perspective
Navigate through the huge metropolis of Bangkok.
Enjoy an immersive Thai cooking experience in Chiang Mai.
Explore Sukhothai Historical Park.
Take in the colonial remnants of Mawlamyine (Moulmein).
Trek through beautiful Hpa An.
End your trip with a highlight tour of Yangon.
Get up close and personal with the tattooed Chin tribes.
Drive on rural tracks to untouched parts of the country.
Climb Myanmar's second highest mountain, Mount Victoria (Natmataung).
Trek in the Shan hills around Inle Lake.
Explore the majestic city of Mandalay and its even more memorable surrounding ancient enclaves, Mingun and Amarapura.
Travel overland between Mandalay and Bagan, with time to explore the riverside town of Monwya and its interesting sandstone caves.
Trek into the beautiful countryside around Pindaya staying overnight in a local monastery.
Visit Yangon's iconic Shwedagon Pagoda and admire the city's grand colonial buildings.
Enjoy the quieter pace of life around the southern edge of Lake Inle at Sagar.
Experience the spectacular temples of Bagan.
Visit Monwya and explore villages on the Chindwin River.
Head further south from Inle Lake to the little-visited Tha Khauk pagoda complex.
Cross the border at Tachilek and explore the far north of Thailand.
Wander through the colonial remnants in a fast changing Yangon.
Cruise alongside the leg rowing fisherman on the waters of Inle Lake.
Cruise back in time with an adventure to Katha, Tagaung and the Upper Ayeyarwady.
Watch the sunset over Bagan.
Walk through the Shan hills and stay in a local monastery.
Explore the Ayerwaddy River by boat with a stay at a local village en route.
Take an iconic rail journey across the Goteik Viaduct.
Visit the sandstone caves of Monywa.
Sail the beautiful clear waters of the Mergui archipelago by yacht.
Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of Yangon's shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda.
Explore the many beautiful and impressive temples of Bagan.
Enjoy an early morning balloon flight over Inle Lake for a unique vantage point of the stilted villages and floating gardens.
Imagine the former splendour of Inwa, a lost royal city.
Witness a little seen side of Mandalay.
Explore the colonial remnants and gold gilded pagodas of downtown Yangon.
Sail along the Ayeyarwady in luxury visiting quaint villages and historical sights along the way.
Watch the sunset over Bagan's spectacular archaeological site.
Embark on a cruise around the unspoilt Mergui archipelago.
Enjoy a relaxing meander along the famous Ayeyarwady River.
Swim in the waters of the Bay of Bengal at Ngapali Beach.
Take a leisurely boat trip around the picturesque Inle Lake.
Marvel at the 3,000 temples and stupas of Bagan.
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