Myanmar/Burma

Overview

Myanmar is a mysterious and beautiful land of ancient temples, secret beaches and deeply spiritual people.

Nestled between China, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh, India and the Andaman Sea, Myanmar is a fascinating fusion of culture, history and intrigue. Due to its long period of inaccessibility, visiting Myanmar is like stepping inside a time capsule – Asia’s Cuban equivalent, if you will.

Yangon is today Myanmar’s biggest city and the site of the awe-inspiring pure-gold Shwedagon Paya, apparently 2,500 years old if you take heed of the the tales. Visible from almost anywhere in the city, it is nonetheless a heart-stopping sight and ideal to visit in the last rays of sunlight and the cooler temperatures of the evening. This holy site is also testament to the stout faith of the Buddhist Myanmese, one will always see steady flow of offerings brought to various shrines in the complex.

The ancient Bagan temples are a site to behold from any perspective – we suggest an early morning hot air balloon ride for extraordinary views over the ruins of hundreds of Angkor temples, which peek out from thick, isolated jungles. Back on solid ground, explore these ruins on an extraordinary horseback excursion.

Inle Lake‘s canals and tributaries outlined by tall reeds stretch for 35 kilometres, where the Intha people traverse the waterways in their unique leg-rowing technique, the same way they have done for years.

Some of our favourite offbeat experiences include spending time in a luxury safari lodge in the remote state of Kachin and hopping on a luxury river vessel to meander up the river. Trekking in the Golden Triangle is magnificent tpp – a lush, fertile area where the Ruak and Mekong Rivers converge, speckled with colourful hill tribes.

We always recommend ending your journey in the south, where there’s a thin strip of beautiful, undiscovered beaches with amazing diving and snorkelling – Ngapali. For the ultimate in lost-world adventures, let us help you plan a luxury diving trip amongst the Mergui archipelago, you’ll practically be the only vessel cruising these waters.

While an enrapturing country, a visit to Myanmar is not without its difficulties – tourist infrastructure is presently almost non-existent and ill-equipped to cope with the burgeoning influx of travellers. We’ve visited the country and can best advise you on everything from what to wear, restaurants to visit, and tipping. Most importantly we are well-placed to ensure you make the most out of your time in the country – providing a hassle-free booking experience including flights, hotels and excursions.

Myanmar/Burma Regions

Bagan

Bagan’s ancient royalty instructed for more than 4000 Buddhist temples to be built. Despite centuries of neglect, looting, erosion, regular earthquakes, this gleaming tableau of stupas and…

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Inle Lake

Home to the Intha people, the canals and tributaries outlined by tall reeds stretch for 35 kilometres, where they traverse the waterways in their unique leg-rowing technique, the same way th…

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Yangon

Yangon is today Myanmar's biggest city and the site of the awe-inspiring pure-gold Shwedagon Pagoda.

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Coastal Myanmar

One of the last few unspoilt seasides in South-east Asia, Ngapali Beach's sands stretch seemingly for miles on this largely undeveloped coastline.

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Kalaw

Kalaw started life as a backcountry hill station, built by British colonialists escaping the tropical heat of lower-lying regions. It’s set at altitude of 1320 above sea level – where th…

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Myanmar/Burma Itineraries

Myanmar/Burma Properties

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Amara Mountain Resort

Kalaw, Myanmar/Burma

In the centre of Kalaw located to the West of Inle Lake, lies this charming colonial residence, originally built in 1909 and restored in 2002. The property is a cluster of timber-frame build…

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Amara Ocean Resort

Coastal Myanmar, Myanmar/Burma

With the unique symbiosis of European standard and quality and Asian hospitality, the Amara Ocean Resort aspires to create an unforgettable experience for guests. The resort features 28 p…

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Aureum Palace Hotel

Bagan, Myanmar/Burma

Set within Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone amongst the ancient temples of The Kingdom of Bagan, this luxury boutique-style resort offers a relaxed retreat for guests, and is the ideal…

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Aureum Palace Resort & Spa

Inle Lake, Myanmar/Burma

Perched on the edge of the breathtaking Inle Lake in Myanmar, Aureum Palace Resort & Spa is a haven of peace and tranquility. The closest airport is Heho, about an hour taxi-ride away. …

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Bagan Lodge

Bagan, Myanmar/Burma

Perched on the edge of one of Southeast Asia’s greatest archaeological sites, Bagan Lodge is Myanmar’s newest luxury boutique resort. The hotel is situated in Bagan, a two-hour flight fr…

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Bagan Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort

Bagan, Myanmar/Burma

This luxury boutique resort is situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy, a river steeped in history and legend. The resort sprawls over 24 acres of landscaped gardens with wonderful panoramic …

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Belmond Orcaella

Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

Launched in July 2013, this new luxury river cruiser from Belmond Hotels offers travellers the perfect vantage point from which to explore Myanmar, a country emerging as one of the hottest n…

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Belmond Road to Mandalay

Bagan, Myanmar/Burma

Special offers: Book before 30 May to save up to 40% off your stay at the stunning Belmond Napasai Book by 16 June to receive two nights at Belmond Governor's Residence and a USD100…

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Belmond The Governor’s Residence

Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

This Belmond hotel brings with it olden-day elegance and the prestige of a ruler’s home, Belmond the Governor’s Residence embodies the spirit of colonial Yangon and is ideally situated …

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Drenec

Coastal Myanmar, Myanmar/Burma

Explore the wonders of Myanmar’s hidden islands in style aboard Drenec, a luxury motor yacht. Refitted in 2012, this beautifully crafted yacht features three decks with teak wood flooring …

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Inle Princess Resort

Inle Lake, Myanmar/Burma

Built as an extension of Inle Lake's serene beauty, the luxurious and well appointed Inle Princess Resort embodies Myanmar's rich history and is an ideal base from which to explore the cultu…

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Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa

Coastal Myanmar, Myanmar/Burma

Situated at Ngapali, Myanmar’s premier beach destination, new kid on the block Ngapali Villas, caters to those looking for an exclusive and unique luxury escape. This high-end, boutique-st…

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Raja Laut

Phuket & Khao Lak, Indonesia, Coastal Myanmar, Luxury Yachts & Liveaboards, Myanmar/Burma, Thailand

At 100ft in length, this stunning schooner was designed for private yacht charter and luxury expeditions in the tropical waters of Southeast Asia. Journeys onboard ensure a mix of culture,…

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Sandoway Resort

Coastal Myanmar, Myanmar/Burma

A traditional hotel with breathtaking views set right on Ngapali Beach, the Sandoway Resort is the perfect base from which to discover Myanmar's forgotten coast. Spanning over 6 a…

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Savoy Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

Situated in Yangon overlooking Myanmar’s famous glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, the Savoy Hotel is a colonial boutique hotel that has retained the charm of a bygone era. This luxury boutique …

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Sule Shangri-La Yangon

Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

In the heart of Myanmar’s capital, lies the Sule Shangri-La Yangon, formerly Traders Yangon, conveniently located in the central business, cultural and shopping district of Yangon. The hot…

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The Strand

Yangon, Myanmar/Burma

Built in 1901, this three-story Victorian hotel was once one of the most luxurious hotels in the British Empire. It is now an all-suite, top-of-the-range boutique hotel located in Myanmar's…

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The Strand Cruise

Bagan, Myanmar/Burma

Embark on a historical journey aboard The Strand Cruise, the latest luxury cruise on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Launched by the iconic Strand Hotel in Yangon, the ship reflects its heri…

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Villa Inle Resort & Spa

Inle Lake, Myanmar/Burma

Villa Inle Resort & Spa is a charming resort nestled amid 20 acres of tropical gardens on the shores of Inle Lake, near Heho, an hour flight from Yangon, in Myanmar. Offering warm hos…

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