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 February 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.
16 Day Highlights of Myanmar
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...
8 Day Seventh Heaven Honeymoon in Myanmar
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...
Bagan | Bagan Thande Hotel
Bagan Thande Hotel is a traditional colonial-style building set on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. It was originally built in 1922 for the visit of the Prince of Wales and since then, it became a world-class property for discerning travellers. Nestled in spacious tropical gardens, the accommodatio...
Bagan | Bagan Thiripitsaya 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 Lake | 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.
Inle Lake | 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...
Inle | 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...
Mandalay | 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.
Mandalay | 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 | Sedona Hotel
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.
Ngapali | 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...
Ngapali | 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.
Ngapali | 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...
Ngapali | 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...
Sanctuary Ananda Cruise Boat
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 ...
Yangon | 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...
Yangon | Savoy Hotel
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...
Yangon | The Governor's Residence
A 1920's colonial mansion in the embassy quarter of Yangon, this property has been brought back to life with great care and attention and is now part of the Belmond Group. The spacious rooms and suites are elegantly furnished with tropical furniture and local silks.