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.