Myanmar (Burma) – Let the Journey Begin

Rich in culture, history and natural beauty, Myanmar is quickly emerging as one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in Southeast Asia after decades of sanctions and international isolation.

Thousands of temples are scattered across the countryside in Bagan; you will find leg-rowers and floating gardens in Inle Lake; and the impressive Shwedagon Paya in Yangoon is a site not to be missed. Influenced by the cuisines of neighbouring Thailand, India and China, whilst, at the same time, distinctively unique, we recommend exploring the relatively undiscovered, but yet delicious Burmese cuisine.

  See also our idea lists Mesmerising Myanmar (Burma) and Flavours of Burma with selected books and recommended reading before, during or after travelling to Myanmar.

Featured tours and flavours of Myanmar (Burma)

Intrepid Travel

Classic Myanmar

Full of rarely seen sights and stories just waiting to be told, ‘Classic Myanmar’ will showcase a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. From the glittering spires of the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and the ancient temples of the fabled 11th century capital of Bagan, to the tranquillity of Inle Lake and the lively atmosphere of Mandalay. Myanmar is a destination that will excite, impress and intrigue you.

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Wendy Wu Tours

From Laos to China

On this epic adventure along the upper reaches of the Mekong River, participants will pass through the beauty of Laos, Thailand, explore the rich and varied culture of Myanmar (Burma), before venturing into the dramatic landscapes of China’s Yunnan province. Highlights include the former Royal City of Luang Prabang; Pak Ou Caves and Nam Ou River to Pak Beng; an opportunity to visit Thailand’s infamous Golden Triangle and travel along the Old Mandalay Road in Burma.

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Hidden Treasures of Burma

Often referred to as ‘Southeast Asia’s hidden gem’, Myanmar (Burma) is a destination bursting with magnificent monuments, glittering golden stupas and enigmatic ruins. Just the name invoke images of mysterious wander and raw adventure. This tour allows participants to explore the architecture and colourful markets of Rangoon; a cruise on the idyllic Irrawaddy River; venture through Mandalay, Burma’s colonial capital; the Temples of Bagan; admire the fishing skills of the Intha People on Inle Lake.

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  • The Mekong River boasts the world’s largest inland fishery, accounting for up to 25 percent of the global freshwater catch. –World Wildlife Fund

  • At least 1,100 freshwater species swim the waters of the Mekong River – including the last remaining populations of the Irrawaddy dolphin, giant freshwater stingray, and the Mekong giant catfish.–World Wildlife Fund

  • The Greater Mekong region is home to more than 300 million people from nearly 100 distinct ethnic groups.–World Wildlife Fund

  • The Mekong giant catfish can weigh up to 770 pounds and is the third largest freshwater fish on the planet.–World Wildlife Fund

  • Often called ‘the Asian unicorn’, the enigmatic saola are found only in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos.–World Wildlife Fund


Myanmar at a glance:

Official Name: Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Capital: Naypyidaw – population 1 million (est 2015)
Population: 56.3 million (est 2015)
Area: 676,578 sq km
Language: Burmese. Minority languages. English widely spoken in tourist areas.
Currency: Kyat (MMK). Pristine US$ notes increasingly accepted.
Time zone: GMT+7 (Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta)
Dialling code: +95
National Animal: Tiger

Famous sights and popular places:

Yangoon – ‘Garden City of the East’. Lakes, parks and green tropical vegetation
Shwedagon Paya – Arguably the greatest and most impressive Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and Southeast Asia
Bagan – Thousands of magnificent stupas and pagodas
Inle Lake – Floating villages and impressive fishermen
Mandalay – The cultural heart of Myanmar with arts, dance, music and drama