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Fishermen on Inle Lake

Things to do in Myanmar (Burma)

As Myanmar reopens, visitors are discovering a wealth of new experiences and attractions from little-known historic sites to traditional villages and remarkably friendly people.

Explore the bustling streets of Yangon with its Chinese and Indian influences and crumbling colonial architecture, board a wooden canoe on Inle Lake and watch the sun set behind the stilted houses and gardens of the Intha people, or visit Bagan for a hot air balloon flight over a sea of ancient temples. Alternatively, sail around the 800 sparsely-populated islands of the Mergui Archipelago to experience life in some of its remote villages.

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Ideas for experiencing Myanmar (Burma)

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Myanmar (Burma), and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • A leg rower transports his goods on one of the channels to Inle Lake

    Inle Lake Boat Trip

    Inle Lake

    Around Inle Lake there are many small villages which connect to the main lake by means of narrow canals. Once out on the lake you may see the unique leg-rowing fishermen who stand up on their boats to give them a bird's eye view of the fish in the very shallow waters.

  • Dawn balloon flight over Bagan, Burma (Myanmar)

    Dawn balloon flight over Bagan

    Bagan

    An early morning balloon flight over Bagan is a fantastic way to see the temple landscape. You'll trip will end with light snack and celebratory glass of champagne.

  • Sagaing is home to over 10,000 practicing monks and nuns, Burma (Myanmar)

    Experience Sagaing’s spiritual side

    Mandalay

    Together with 15 resident nuns, you'll enjoy a simple lunch. After an early meal there will be time for a discussion with the nuns about their way of life, Buddhism and any other questions you might have.

  • Mandalay, Burma (Myanmar)

    Mandalay morning explorer

    Mandalay

    Mandalay has a surprising amount to offer for those who know where to find it. This tour has been designed to reveal Mandalay from a diverse and interesting perspective.

  • Village girl relaxing, Bagan, Burma (Myanmar)

    Bagan by bicycle

    Bagan

    Prepare to be astounded by Bagan, a grassy plain scattered with pagodas. A full day of cycling will take you to the city's most fascinating sites, including the teeming Nyaung Oo Market, the glittering Shwezigon Pagoda, and the atmospheric cave temple of Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi.

  • Mount Popa, Burma (Myanmar)

    Mount Popa villages on foot

    Bagan

    Driving 80 kilometres southeast of Bagan you reach the famous Mount Popa. Rising 1,518 metres out of the Ayeyarwaddy flood plain, Mount Popa is one of the most sacred sites in Myanmar and home to the 'nats'.

  • Win Sein Taw Ya, South of Mawlamyine, Burma (Myanmar)

    Discovering Mawlamyine

    Mawlamyine (Moulmein)

    Your guided tour will take in all the major attractions that will let you get a general feel for the town and observe local its life. You'll see colonial buildings and churches on the way, its two main mosques, Sein Don monastery and pagoda, a market and a stop at a restaurant for lunch.

  • Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake

    Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival

    Inle Lake

    Set in and around the stilted villages of Inle Lake the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Myanmar.

  • Bodhi Tataung, Monywa

    Monywa’s sandstone caves

    Mandalay

    The drive to Monywa is 140 kilometres from Mandalay and takes around four hours. It is possible to make various stops along the way which would increase the length of the journey to around six hours.

  • Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar)

    Stilted villages of Inle Lake by traditional canoe

    Inle Lake

    Your rower will guide you through the canals, among the stilt houses and floating gardens of the Intha people who live on the lake. The setting sun will provide at atmospheric light for some memorable photos.

  • Shwedagon Pagoda

    Shwedagon sunset & a local beer

    Yangon

    At around 4pm in the afternoon you'll be met by your driver and guide for a visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Visiting at this time affords a wonderful opportunity for people to watch as the city's residents come to pay their respects after finishing work or school.

  • Grand colonial buildings, Downtown Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)

    Walking tour of Yangon

    Yangon

    This morning you'll enjoy a flexible tour of Yangon with your driver and guide. The highlight of your tour will most certainly be a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the jewel in the city's crown.

  • Local house at Thay et Pya village, PIndaya

    Visit to Thay et Pya village near Pindaya

    Pindaya

    The village of Thay et Pya is a 30 minute drive from the town of Pindaya in Shan State. It's a charming, well-kept village and is home to Danu families - an ethnic group of the Shan people.