Magnificent and still largely undiscovered, this glorious country is slowly unfolding its secrets – its ancient palaces, elegant pagodas, legendary rivers, tranquil lakes and pristine beaches which open out onto either the Bay of Bengal or the Andaman Sea. Wonder at the floating villages and gardens as well as the golden stupas and Buddhas, and fall under the spell of some of the gentlest people. It’s a country which seduces all who visit.
- Explore the floating gardens of the magnificent Inle Lake
- Relax on the pristine beaches of Ngapali
- Take a cruise on the Irrawaddy River
- Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
- Soar above Bagan in a hot air balloon
- Experience local life on Yangon's Circular Railway
- Meet the locals in cultural Hsipaw
- Delve into the pine forests of Kalaw
- Meditate with Burmese monks
- Explore the range of craft workshops and arts performances in Mandalay
Myanmar experiences a tropical monsoon climate and only three seasons:
Summer: March to May is very hot, with temperatures reaching 43°C, and high humidity.
Monsoon: May to October is wet and humid, raining almost daily with the occasional typhoon. The average temperature is 30°C, with slightly cooler evenings.
Winter: Cool and dry winters run from November to February, with temperatures ranging from 15°C at night to about 25°C in the day.
Best time to go
November to April are the recommended months to visit Myanmar, missing the monsoon season and the worst of the heat. Most hotels in the Ngapali Beach area are closed during the low season which is from May to October.
- Capital – Naypyidaw
- Currency – kyat
- Point of Entry – Yangon
- Airlines – Thai Airways. Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Vietnam Airlines
- Flying Time – 14 hrs 30 mins
- Visa – Required, must be obtained in advance
- Burmese food can be every bit as delicious as its Thai and Vietnamese cousins. But eating meat here can be a chastening experience. The meat is hardly succulent and tender but thanks to the huge Buddhist population, vegetarian options are plentiful.
Events & Festivals:
• January: Ananda Pagoda Festival, Bagan
• February: Mahamuni Pagoda Festival, Mandalay
• April: Thingyan Water Festival (Burmese New Year)
• September: Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake
• October: The Thadingyut (Festival of Lights)
• November: Robe Weaving Contest
10 Day Cruising The Ayeyarwady
From £2,565 per person based on 2 people sharing
Duration: 10 days
Explore Myanmar and cruise down the Ayeyarwady River on this enchanting 10 day itinerary. Starting in Yangon, you’ll have the chance to explore the different sights and wonders of this city, before heading on to Bagan where you will board the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda for a 3 night cruise. Al...
11 Day Classic Myanmar
From £3,759 Per person based on two adults sharing a room
Duration: 11 days
Travel to Myanmar and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. This 11-day itinerary encapsulates the best of Myanmar from golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquillity of Inle Lake....
12 Day Myanmar Group Tour
From £3,495 per person based on 2 people sharing
Duration: 12 days
Journey through the magical world of Myanmar and discover all the unique wonders that it holds on this exceptional group tour departing in October 2017. A country that only very recently opened its doors to tourism, Myanmar possesses so many secrets for you to uncover, something that this itinerary ...
13 Day Wonders of Myanmar
From £5,149 per person based on 2 people sharing a room
Duration: 13 days
Uncover all the wonders and secrets of Myanmar on this captivating itinerary that gives you the chance to take in all the highlights and get a real feel for this diverse and vibrant nation. Starting in Yangon you will have the chance to explore all the sights of this enchanting city, before heading ...
14 day Journey through the Chindwin River
From £4,190 per person based on two adults sharing
Duration: 14 days
This one off sailing experience on July 22nd with Sanctuary Ananda travels from the intriguing city of Mandalay to the iconic temples of Bagan. It’s a fascinating 10 night itinerary that meanders along the Chindwin River. Immerse yourself in Burmese tradions as you glide past lush gorges and t...
14 Day Thailand and Myanmar Exploration
From £3,169 per person based on 2 people sharing (between 1 May and 15 Sep 2017)
Duration: 14 days
Two of the most intriguing destinations in Southeast Asia, this 14 day itinerary gives you the chance to explore and discover all the wonders of both Myanmar and Thailand. Beginning in Myanmar you’ll start in lively Yangon before heading to the ancient city of Bagan where you can explore the m...
16 Day Highlights of Myanmar
From £4,000 per person based on 2 people sharing
Duration: 16 days
The perfect itinerary for first time visitors to this enchanted country. Myanmar boasts many wonders and rich traditions - enjoy the temples and pagodas in Yangon and the golden stupas of Bagan before heading to the cultural centre of Mandalay. At Inle Lake see how the Intha people live and work, en...
16 Day Safari in the Shan State
From £5,299 per person based on two adults sharing a room
Duration: 16 days
With Myanmar still relatively undiscovered, it would be difficult not to feel a sense of adventure when you visit - and this itinerary embraces the spirit of the magnificent country. With a diverse range of transport from boat trips, balloon rides, bicycle tours, train journeys, and e...
6 Night Myanmar Exploration and Cruise
From £2,850 per person based on 2 people sharing a room
Duration: 6 days
Enjoy 6 nights exploring the exciting and enchanting country of Myanmar on this itineray that gives you the chance to stay at the luxurious Governor's Residence, Yangon as well as explore the many different cultural and historical sights on a 4 night cruise on the Belmond Road to Mandalay. ...
8 Day Seventh Heaven Honeymoon in Myanmar
From £2,300 per person based on two people sharing
Duration: 8 days
Escape to magical Myanmar to your picture perfect romantic holiday experience. From the colonial cities, busy market places, relaxing spas and glittering temples, Myanmar is a country you won't soon forget. Discover the Bhuddist stupas and temples opulently decorated and intricately painted in h...
8 Day The Temples of Cambodia & Myanmar
From £2,275 per person based on two people sharing
Duration: 8 days
This itinerary is a snapshot tour for those short on time to two of South East Asia’s most impressive temple complexes – the fabled monuments of Angkor Wat and the untouched wonders of Bagan.
9 Day Ayeyarwady River Cruise
From £2,999 per person based on 2 people sharing
Duration: 9 days
Explore the beauty of Myanmar on this 9-day itinerary which includes a 4 night cruise down the Ayeyarwady River on the amazing Strand Cruise, as well as stays at other luxurious hotels including an overnight in Bangkok. The cruise is packed full of interesting and exciting excursions which...
Ayeyarwady and Chindwin River
The Strand Cruise
The grandeur of the iconic Strand Hotel departs from the land and sets sail down the Ayeyarwady River in the form of the luxurious Strand Cruise. The locally built vessel will offer just 27 cabins, each of which has been decorated with the finest Burmese craftsmanship and complimented by pieces of l...
Belmond Road To Mandalay
Exploring Myanmar from the comfort of a river cruise ship allows travellers to see the real countryside - complete with villages, temples, farms and people giving a true insight to the fascinating sights of this amazing country. Let memorable landscapes unfold as you cruise the Ayeyarwady River on t...
Embark on an enchanting journey along Myanmar’s intriguing rivers on the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda. Journey down the Ayeyarwady and gaze at temples, pagodas, monasteries and palaces, or take a unique trip down the Chindwin and explore charming villages and old towns. Enjoy the opulence ...
The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate
Located in the enchanting region of Bagan you will discover the equally enchanting The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate. Offering luxury in the heart of this ancient land, a stay at The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate will not only offer you a truly comfortable stay but also superb access to the pagodas that scatte...
A charming boutique hotel located in the heart of beautiful Bagan, Bagan Lodge with its fusion of traditional Burmese design and contemporary features provides the perfect basepoint to get out and explore the archaeological delights of this ancient city. Rooms here show a clear influence from the 19...
Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort
This property was originally established as a government guesthouse more than 30 years ago, and even though it has changed hands since, it has welcomed world leaders, captains of industry as well as tourists and travellers. On the banks of the Irrawaddy River, set in 24 acres of glorious gardens, it...
Inle Princess Resort
On the eastern shore of the lake close to Magyizin village, this peaceful retreat is set in tranquil gardens and is designed along traditional Burmese architectural precepts, made entirely of wood. With just 46 chalets, each with either a lake or garden view and all with private outdoor space, it is...
Inle Lake View Resort and Spa
This luxury boutique resort on the western shores of the lake is just a short boat ride from all the cultural sights, as well as from the floating markets, handicraft and fishing villages. Each of the 38 rooms is spacious, made from indigenous materials and is decorated in traditional Shan-Burmese s...
VILLA INLE RESORT & SPA
Villa Inle Resort & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel on the banks of Inle Lake. This idyllic location boasts 20 acres of lush indigenous gardens as well as stunning views of the lake. The villas in this tranquil resort are designed along traditional Burmese archi...
Golden Island Cottages
Enjoying an idyllic location on the lake, the resort is in two halves - Nampan, which is built on stilts over the lake, and Thale U, set on the shores of the lake. Both consist of traditional style cottages made of local bamboo, and each has a private balcony from which to enjoy life on the lake.
Facing the former Royal Palace & Mandalay Hill, this hotel is located in the heart of Mandalay and is close to many places of interest. Accommodation is available in a selection of rooms and suites which are a fusion of ethnic and modern design.
Rupar Mandalar Resort
A fusion of contemporary comfort and Burmese culture, this boutique property is located just 15 minutes from the centre of Mandalay. There are just 15 spacious and well-appointed rooms, all set within a private landscaped garden and opening onto a free-form swimming pool. Guests have a choice of res...
Mandalay Hill Resort
Mandalay Hill Resort is located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, close to the city centre and with great views of the pagodas, temples and the Royal Palace. Accommodation is available in a selection of charming rooms, suites and villas.
The Sandoway Resort
With six acres of tropical gardens and 450 metres of near-perfect beach, guests here enjoy a totally relaxing hideaway holiday. The ultimate in barefoot luxury Burmese style, the resort overlooks a long stretch of beach and is perfectly positioned nearby the best local restaurants. All of the villas...
NGAPALI BAY VILLAS & SPA
Ngapali Bay is an exclusive and unique beach resort located on a beautiful natural beach in Myapyin Village, Rakhine State. Designed by acclaimed British architect David Wordsworth, each of the hotel’s villas has a modern Burmese inspired design and a view of the ocean...
Thande Beach Hotel
On a prime stretch of white sand beach and crystal blue waters, this hotel is regarded as one of the area's finest. Set amongst pleasant and picturesque landscaped gardens, the hotel offers modern facilities and impeccable Burmese hospitality. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and tastefully d...
Bayview Beach Resort
Sheltered by palm trees and overlooking the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal, this 4 star boutique hotel is the archetypal beach hotel. The resort offers a swimming pool, spa, sunset bar and restaurant offering both international and Asian food.
Amata Resort and Spa
Peace, tranquillity and unspoilt sceneries are the highlights of this beautiful resort in Ngapali Beach. Fringed by miles of white sand and the Bay of Bengal, it is the ultimate sanctuary of relaxation after a sightseeing tour of the surroundings. Accommodation is in cabanas designed and decorated i...
Built in 1901, the Strand is undoubtedly Yangon's grandest hotel, exuding charm and splendour of a bygone era. Furnished with marble floors, chandeliers and antiques, it is the ultimate spot to discover Yangon's magnificent atmosphere in style. Having undergone an extensive renovation in 201...
A colonial-style residence, the Savoy Hotel features Burmese motifs and artefacts which give personality to this boutique property in central Yangon. Overlooking the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's "twinkling wonder", the 30 luxury rooms and suites all have modern amenities alongside the a...
Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon
On the western shore of Royal Lake, it is one of Yangon's most modern hotels. This beautiful 5-star luxury city hotel has great views of both the lake and of the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda and within walking distance of the capital's highlights. Rooms are spacious, the service exceptional and t...
Located in the heart of one of Asia’s liveliest and most exciting cities is the elegant Sule Shangri-La. Boasting both ultra-luxurious accommodation and superb location in the centre of Yangon and close to the entertainment and shopping districts, this is the perfect hotel for those who want t...