MYANMAR (BURMA) - THE DESTINATION

With amazing landscapes, tropical climate, beaches, cheap transportation, incredibly friendly locals and truly awesome sights, Myanmar is a fascinating destination where you can often feel like you have

stumbled into the Asia of a hundred years ago. Read more...

ITINERARY IDEAS

Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.

Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience Myanmar with Seven Senses.

SOUTHERN MYANMAR EXPLORER

8 Days / 7 Nights

From £955  pp / with standard hotels and local houses

Yangon - Bago - Golden Rock - Hpa-an - Mawlamyine - Yangon

After your sightseeing in Yangon head to Bago and the fascinating Golden Rock. Visit small tribal villages, limestone caves housing Buddha images, hidden monasteries and Bilu Island, that has been largely untouched by development

CLASSIC MYANMAR

8 Days / 7 Nights

From £1,245  pp / with standard hotels

Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay - Mingun - Amarapura - Heho – Pindaya – Inle Lake – Yangon

Soak up Yangon's atmosphere, then head to Bagan, the most amazing arcaeological wonder of Asia. Explore Mandalay and the surrounding ancient kingdoms of Myanmar. Visit the Pindaya caves, finally relax in your boat on Inle Lake while experiencing this surreal waterworld.

MYANMAR SOFT TREKKING ADVENTURE

9 Days / 8 Nights

From £1,600  pp / with standard hotels and local houses

Yangon – Heho – Kalaw – Inle Lake – Keng Tong – Yangon

Visit the sights of Yangon, then start your trekking from Kalaw, a former British colonial hill station. Trek through villages and enjoy visiting their long huts, old monasteries, their mountain plantations and the scenic surroundings. Visit Inle Lake, then continue trekking to tribal villages from Kyaing Tong.

TASTE OF MYANMAR

10 Days / 9 Nights

From £1,900  pp / with deluxe hotels

Yangon - Bagan - Popa - Mandalay - Ava - Sagaing - Amarapura - Heho - Inle Lake - Yangon

Soak up Yangon's atmosphere, then head to Bagan, the most amazing arcaeological wonder of Asia. Spend more time here exploring, and take a side trip to Mt. Popa before continuing to Mandalay and the surrounding ancient kingdoms of Myanmar. Finally relax in your boat on Inle Lake while experiencing this surreal waterworld.

MYANMAR OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

12 Days / 11 Nights

From £2,120  pp / with standard hotels

Yangon - Inle Lake - Loikaw - Kalaw - Mandalay - Bagan - Yangon

Explore Yangon and the Inle Lake, ride down the lake along the scenic Bilu river, visit the Kayan and Kayah Tribes, then head to Kalaw, a former British colonial hill station, the Pindaya caves, the ancient kingdoms of Myanmar near Mandalay before concluding your trip in Bagan.

EXPERIENCE RURAL MYANMAR

14 Days / 13 Nights

From £2,600  pp / with standard hotels

Yangon - Bagan - Mindat - Kanpatlet - Bagan - Monywa - Mandalay - Pindaya - Inle - Yangon

After being amazed by the sights of Yangon and Bagan, set off on a 4WD adventure deep into the countryside. Trek to Chin villages and explore the native village life for the next three days then continue to Pakokku, visit cave temples in Monyva, explore the ancient kingdoms around Mandalay and finally see the sights of Inle Lake.

MYANMAR'S FINEST

14 Days / 13 Nights

From £2,735 pp / with standard hotels

An amazing tour with almost everything you can discover in Myanmar: Yangon - Kyaikhtiyo - Bago - Yangon - Mandalay - Amarapura - Mingun - Sagaing - Monywa - Pho Win Daung - Pakkoku - Bagan - Kalaw - Pindaya - Nyaung Shwe - Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon

WONDERS OF MYANMAR

15 Days / 14 Nights

From £3,190  pp / with deluxe hotels

Yangon – Mandalay – Monywa – Pakokku – Bagan – Heho – Nyaung Shwe – Inle Lake – Yangon

Discover the daily life of Yangon on a walking tour. Continue in a trishaw in the village of Dalah, visit the ancient kingdoms around Mandalay, discover the sandstone caves of Hpo Win Taung, tour Bagan and the surrounding villages by bike, take part in a cooking class at Inle Lake and continue by bike to discover the villages around the lake.

THE MAGIC OF MYANMAR

15 Days / 14 Nights

From £3,250  pp / with deluxe hotels

Yangon – Bagan – Mandalay – Heho – Kalaw – Shan Hills overnight trekking – Inle Lake – Yangon

Discover the daily life of Yangon on a walking tour. Continue to Dalah, tour Bagan and the surrounding villages by bike, spend some time in a monastery, discover the ancient kingdoms around Mandalay, then head to an elephant camp, trek in the Shan hills, take part in a cooking class at Inle Lake and continue by bike to discover the villages around the lake.

LUXURY TOUR WITH RIVER CRUISE

13 Days / 12 Nights

From £4,990  pp / with deluxe hotels

Yangon - Heho - Pindaya - Inle Lake - Mandalay - Amarapura - River Cruise - Bagan - Mt. Popa - Yangon

Experience Myanmar in luxury while you fully immerse yourself in local culture. Explore the most important sights, sip premiere local wines at a lush vineyard, cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River while relaxing on the sundeck, visit a monastic school, and a small village where you can help the locals with their daily activities.

MYANMAR CYCLING TOUR

13 Days / 12 Nights

From £3,360 pp / with standard hotels

Experience the most famous sights of Myanmar on this fully guided and supported cycling journey. Your trip starts from Yangon (Rangoon) and continues northbound to rural Shan State and the beautiful Inle Lake region inhabited by minority peoples. We sample local wines; visit markets, floating gardens and cultural highlights on the lake and vicinity. Visit Mandalay then continue to the ancient kingdom of Bagan, the greatest archeological treasure of Myanmar with over 4,000 pagodas and temples ruins located on the plains of Bagan by the Ayeyarwaddy river (Irrawaddy).

 

TAILOR MADE TOURS MYANMAR

An Extraordinary Land Where the Traditional Ways of Asia Endure

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MYANMAR

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RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

 

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Go Cruising on the Andaman Sea, 

Explore Mrauk U, the Second Most Important Archaeological Site in Myanmar,

Go Trekking to Tribal Villages, and more...

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THE LOST CITY OF MRAUK U

5 Days / 4 Nights

From £1,300 pp / with standard hotels

The abandoned city and hundreds of temples and pagodas at Mrauk U form an awe-inspiring sight, whilst providing an experience quite unlike anything else in Myanmar. 

​From the 15th to 18th centuries, Mrauk U was the capital of a mighty Arakan kingdom, frequently visited by foreign traders (including Portugese and Dutch), and this is reflected in the grandeur and scope of the structures dotted around its vicinity. Today part of its allure lies in its isolation from the rest of the country; the lack of development; and that (for the moment) you are more likely to bump into a cow or a goat than into another tourist.

HSIPAW EXPERIENCE

4 Days / 3 Nights

From £585 pp / with standard hotels

Visit a former colonial hill station, Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo) to see the beautiful colonial architecture of houses built during the British rule. Then take a train to to the sleepy town of Hsipaw, the heart of one of Myanmar’s oldest Shan kingdoms. Take a boat trip up the Dottawaddy river and watch the charming buildings of ‘Hsipaw’ along the river, then set off for a soft tracking tour that will bring you through fruit plantation gardens to 150 years old Lon Yon monastery where you will mingle with young Buddhist novices who are ethnic Shan and Palaung boys learning literature and ethics. 

HILL TRIBE TREKKING IN KYAING TONG

4 Days / 3 Nights

From £420 pp / with standard hotels

Trekking from Kyaing Tong (Keng Tong) to Ho Jong Mountain to see 4 different Akha villages. In some villages there are 3 different religions; some people are Buddhists, others are still animists or have converted to Catholicism. The Akha are very hospitable and enjoy welcoming you to their houses for a chat around the stove. Trek to several more villages in the area. Visit Keng Tong market, Wan Kan village to sample the local whisky then continue to the unique Ahn, Akah and Lahu ethnic minorities and more around Loimwe.

RAWANG TRAILS TREKKING

4 Days / 3 Nights

From £1,125 pp / with standard hotels

Trekking in the far north of Myanmar close to the Indian and Chinese borders. Visit the attractive Putao market often busy with local ethnic tribes. Trek through Rawan villages situated at the bottom of the Namhti mountain range rich with biodiversity of flora and fauna. Continue via smaller villages such as Inwaingbaw and Inbubaw. Machanbaw is a small colonial style town. Visit the attractive Lisu settlement and suspension bridge across the Mula river. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings with a back drop of snow-capped mountains in the distance.

MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO CRUISE 5D/4N

5 Days / 4 Nights

From £   pp / with standard hotels

Discover the deserted islands, pristine beaches and

crystal clear waters of the

Mergui (Myeik) Archipelago in the south of Myanmar

MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO CRUISE 7D/6N

7 Days / 6 Nights

From £   pp / with standard hotels

Discover the deserted islands, pristine beaches and

crystal clear waters of the

Mergui (Myeik) Archipelago in the south of Myanmar

MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO CRUISE 9D/8N

9 Days / 8 Nights

From £   pp / with standard hotels

Discover the deserted islands, pristine beaches and

crystal clear waters of the

Mergui (Myeik) Archipelago in the south of Myanmar

 
 
 

MYANMAR (BURMA) - THE DESTINATION

With amazing landscapes, tropical climate, beaches, cheap transportation, incredibly friendly locals and truly awesome sights, Myanmar is a fascinating destination where you can often feel like you have stumbled into the Asia of a hundred years ago. The country has some of the most stunning temples in Asia and you will be tempted to visit more than you think. Bagan, located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component taking on a spiritual meaning. 

Myanmar's culture is heavily influenced by Buddhism. Influence of ancient Indian culture intertvened with local traditions and some Chinese influences can be clearly seen in local architecture and food habits. Various stupas and temples throughout the country bear a distinct resemblance to those in northern India. Like neighbouring Thailand, Theravada Buddhism is the single largest religion, and even some of the most remote villages will have a village temple for people to pray. Burmese people are incredibly friendly and polite, and will do their best to make you feel welcome in their country.

All in all Myanmar is an extraordinarily unique destination to visit. Not to be missed.

CLIMATE AND WHEN TO GO

Myanmar is considered to have three seasons. The hot season is usually from March-April, and temperatures then cool off during the rainy season from May-October. The peak tourism season is the cool season from November-February. Temperatures can climb as high as 36°C in Yangon in the hot season while in the cool season, noontime temperatures are usually a more bearable 32°C, with night temperatures falling to around 19°C. Mandalay is slightly cooler in the cool season, with temperatures falling as low as 13°C, while temperatures in the hot season can go as high as 37°C. Generally, Lower Myanmar, the area around Yangon, receives more rainfall than the drier Upper Myanmar (around Mandalay).

In the highlands such as Inle Lake and Pyin U Lwin, winter temperatures can fall below 10°C at night, while daytime temperatures tend to be very pleasant. Even in the summer, temperatures rarely climb above 32°C. Near the Indian border in Kachin State, there are mountains which are permanently snow capped throughout the year.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

All temples in Myanmar are considered sacred by the Burmese. Therefore you should dress modestly (cover your knees and shoulders). This dress code is also shown on many signs in front of bigger temples, but mostly ignored by western tourists. It might not be too obvious, but the locals and other Buddhists tourist are strongly offended by this behaviour. Since Buddhists are non-confronting, they will keep silent and just look at you. Be respectful and dress appropriately even though it is 40 degrees out!

Practically this means two things: no shoes and no shorts above knees would get you into temples without any issues. Shorts covering knees and a t-shirt covering shoulders is perfectly ok. You will also have to remove your footwear, so loafers and flip-flops that can be slipped on and off are highly recommended.

Despite recent developments, Myanmar is still a conservative country and visitors should keep that in mind.

With the opening of the country the population also opened up, and now Burmese living in the large cities such as Yangon and Mandalay tend to dress up more openly, including short skirts, pants and shorts - while around the Inle Lake the vast majority of men and women are dressed up traditionally in a longyi.

Both men and women wear a longyi, a sort of sarong sold everywhere and worn by the vast majority of the population. Even in the most cosmopolitan areas of Yangon and Mandalay, longyi are the rule rather than the exception. Even the president and top army generals wear longyi. They are wrapped in different ways for men and women, so find out how to tie yours. If you turn up at a temple in inappropriate dress, you can always rent a longyi for a pittance. It is certainly permissible, and, in fact, recommended, for foreigners to buy and wear longyi, as they are comfortable and acceptable in any social situation whatsoever. Though women will need to have theirs tailored, generic men's longyi can be bought anywhere. Though locals will shout "white man in lyongi!" occasionally, this should be construed as both pleasant and a compliment as opposed to a form of harassment.

Also avoid t-shirts with images of Buddhas or Buddhist imagery, which is considered highly disrespectful.

Give generously at temples and monasteries but women are not allowed into some sacred areas; actually the restriction should cover only women in menstruation, but since it would be rude to ask and unthinkable to verify, they keep all ladies out. You will often see monks with alms bowls on the streets in the morning (they are not allowed to eat after noon). Note that monks are not allowed to come into physical contact with the opposite sex, so be careful not to touch hands if offering a donation. In addition, you should only donate food to the monks, as they are not allowed to accept money under any circumstances and giving money to a monk is considered a sign of disrespect; those that accept money are almost always fakes. Never touch a monk's robes, no matter what sex you are.

You can also purchase little squares of gold leaf to apply to consecrated statues.

When praying or paying respects, it is important to ensure that the *soles* of your feet do not point towards the Buddha or anyone else. However, statues are arranged so that won't happen unless you get acrobatic about it. Tuck your feet underneath you when kneeling at shrines and temples.

Public displays of affection such as prolonged kissing are shunned. Physical contact such as shaking hands with strangers is uncommon, especially between members of the opposite sex, except in business settings. A friendly smile and a nod of acknowledgement will suffice when introducing yourself.

When receiving items from people who could be considered equal to or higher than you in status, it's respectful to use your left hand to support your right elbow, and receive it with your right hand.

Tourists of Caucasian descent are commonly referred to as bo, which translates "leader", as a sign of respect. Address elders with U (pronounced "oo", as in soon) or "Uncle" for men, and Daw or "Auntie" for women. If these honorifics are too complicated for you, address people with the prefixes "Mister" and "Miss" and you will be understood.

Customer service is in general very good (some say better than in Thailand) but customer service staff are invariably poorly paid, so you might wish to tip service staff generously to ensure your money goes into the right hands.

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