Discover Burma with On The Go Tours
After many years of isolation, Burma, or Myanmar as it is officially known, finally offers travellers the opportunity to experience its rich culture. Burma retains the aura of a bygone era with a winning combination of diverse landscapes, stunning temples - 2,000 alone on the plains of Bagan, smiling faces and a wonderfully laid-back way of life. The Himalayan foothills in the north tumble into the watery world of Inle Lake - home to floating gardens, stilted villages and crumbling stupas, before giving way to the jungles of the south with thousands of ornate pagodas and temples dotting the countryside in between.Read More
Upcoming Burma Trips
|||12 Mar 2016||Best of Burma - 12 Days
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See the unique one legged rowing style of the Intha men on Inle Lake, walk the U Bein bridge to meet the monks at sunset, watch the sunrise at the temples of Bagan, shop for lovely handmade fabrics in the Shwe-gyi-do Quarter in Mandalay and take a scenic cruise along the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Burma Group Tours
As Burma moves closer to democracy and away from the military oppression that has governed the country since the 1960s, it is steadily becoming a top-class destination in Southeast Asia. On our two-week group tour you'll discover the very best of the country, from the royal capitals of Yangon and Mandalay to the watery paradise of Inle Lake.
Burma Private Tours
Visit Burma's most popular highlights in 8 days or combine a visit with neighbouring Thailand - its legendary capital Bangkok and the historic town of Kanchanaburi - on a private tour that can depart on any day of the year with your choice of accommodation.
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Sitting on the east bank of the Ayeyarwady River is Mandalay, the last royal capital of Burma with the magnificent complex of Mandalay Palace being a key drawcard. At the ancient city of Amarapura, Mahagandayon Monastery is home to several thousand young monks and if you get there for mealtime you’ll see hundreds of robe-clad monks queuing up for their lunch. The U Being Bridge in Amarapura, the oldest and longest teak bridge in the world set over the beautiful Taungthaman Lake is a popular spot for travellers, as is the laid back cruise of the Ayeyarwaddy River towards Bagan. For a real local experience, after you’ve seen Bagan’s famous temples, head to the riverside town of Nyaung-U and into the hustle and bustle of the morning market It’s a real hive of activity, there’s an abundance of local produce and handicrafts on sale.
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The plains of Bagan
One of the most remarkable sights in Southeast Asia are the scores of exotic Buddhist temples of Bagan, scattered across a vast dusty plain. The view of stupa upon stupa dotting the plain and filling the skyline is truly spectacular. Climbing to a temple lookout for sunset is an important part of the Bagan experience though it is best seen from a hot-air balloon at dawn.
An real highlight of Burma is the watery world of Inle Lake. Described as Heaven on earth by many travellers, you'll be charmed by the floating farms, stilted villages and crumbling stupas. While away the days canoeing, cycling or walking through the lush countryside while the people of the lake, known as the Intha, go about their daily business.
The dynamic city of Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, contains the largest number of colonial buildings in Southeast Asia today and is a unique example of a 19th century British colonial capital. Sitting on top of Singuttara Hill, the gleaming golden stupa of Shwedagon Pagoda is the centrepiece of the city and the single most important religious site in the country.
Irrawaddy River Cruise
Flowing north to south through the centre of Burma, the Irrawaddy River is the watery artery of the country, providing an important trade and transport route. Cruising down the river on a luxury ship making excursions to shore en route is one of the best ways to travel between Bagan and Mandalay, watching rural life unfold before you.
The idyllic palm-fringed beach of Ngapali is Burma's premier getaway destination with an ever-growing selection of sophisticated hotels, clear blue waters and welcoming fishing village charm. Enjoy freshly caught fish, relax with a massage on the beach or kayak around beautiful bays.
Burma Travel Guide
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Information on climatic and weather conditions in Burma
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Burma
Visa requirements for Burma and info on getting your visa
Combine Burma with other Southeast Asian countries
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by George Orwell
- The Glass Palace
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- From the Land of Green Ghosts
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Facts about Burma
- The Burmese are a superstitious bunch and will not cut their hair on Mondays, Fridays or their birthdays.
- The village of Taukkyan in Burma is home to the world's third largest World War II cemetery.
- Surprisingly, Burma has a thriving wine-producing industry with Sauvignon and Chardonnay just some of the popular varieties.
Burma Travel Advice:
We keep abreast of the latest travel guidance to Burma and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.
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“A trip to Burma isn't complete without an early morning long tail boat trip on Inle Lake. The tranquility you feel cannot be experienced anywhere else...”
by Rebecca Walker
Posted on 30 Nov 2015