Myanmar (Burma) Tours and Holidays

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After many years of isolation, Myanmar finally offers travellers the opportunity to experience its rich culture. Myanmar 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.

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Discover the best of what Myanmar has to offer on a group tour, slow the pace down with a private journey or consider a tailor-made holiday that suits you perfectly.

Top Myanmar (Burma) Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

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Best of Myanmar & Beach - 14 Days Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) 11 Mar 2017 USD $3,523 was $4,145 15% off Best of Myanmar & Beach - 14 Days Map
Best of Myanmar - 12 Days Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) 28 Jan 2017 USD $3,074 was $3,415 10% off Best of Myanmar - 12 Days Map
Meet Me in Myanmar - 8 days Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) 07 Jan 2017 USD $2,550 Meet Me in Myanmar - 8 days Map

Myanmar (Burma) Group Tours

Glittering stupas at night | Yangon | Burma Yangon City Stay - 5 Days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Yangon City Stay

5 Days | FROM USD $985

Spend five days soaking up the colonial sights and vibrant atmosphere...

Bagan Temples | Burma | Southeast AsiaMeet Me in Myanmar - 8 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Meet Me in Myanmar

8 days | FROM USD $1,975

As Rudyard Kipling wrote ‘this is Burma and it is quite unlike any...

Best of Myanmar

12 Days | FROM USD $2,965

Discover Myanmar, an exotic land of tradition and sacred sites from of...

Best of Myanmar & Beach

14 Days | FROM USD $3,785

Enjoy the classic sights of Myanmar, a land of ancient traditions, and...

As Myanmar (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 range of group tours you'll discover the very best of the country, from the royal capitals of Yangon and Mandalay to the watery paradise of Inle Lake.

Myanmar (Burma) Private Tours

Shwedagon Pagoda | Yangon | BurmaBeautiful Thailand & Burma - 8 Days MapTailored To Suit You

Beautiful Thailand & Burma

8 Days | FROM USD $3,815

Combine the buzz of Bangkok and history of Kanchanaburi in Thailand of...

Fisherman | Inle Lake | BurmaEssential Burma - 8 days MapTailored To Suit You

Essential Burma

8 days | FROM USD $3,025

From the ancient temples of Bagan to the tranquil shores of Inle Lake,...

Visit Myanmar'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.

Myanmar (Burma) tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews — See All Myanmar (Burma) Reviews

What an amazing experience ! Daut was the perfect host, organized, helpful and truly passionate about his homeland. Everyday he surprised us with some authentic local experience whether it was stopping by a family home to sit on the porch and sip tea or taking us to the morning alms in a revered location. The tour offered the ideal balance of sightseeing in the morning and lazy afternoons to head out and explore independently or laze by the pool. ”  

Debbie Flintley • Submitted 3 Nov 2016

Hi Caroline. This was yet another great trip. The itinerary, included airport transfers and accommodation was great and the local guides were excellent. This was our 5th time with On the Go!”  

David Brimmer • Submitted 3 Sep 2016

The 12 day Best of Burma tour was inspirational in terms of the different cultures in the states that we visited, the religious buildings (Buddahs, Temples, Monasteries) and the activities and adventures undertaken. I was so pleased to be able to see this country while it is still developing and progressing after years of repression and before the tourism industry takes it over (5 million tourists expected in 2015). There were only three of us on the tour and we were all over 60 years of age! Being used to a lot of walking and other exercise at home I was able to climb steps and get on and off boats quite easily but the other two ladies in their 70's struggled a bit sometimes particularly with the "light" trekking in Kalaw. However, they were very determined and managed most activities.

The organisation of the tour ran smoothly and the first guide who met us at Yangon airport (Win) was helpful and informative when we were seeing various sights in the city. He also gave us quite a lot of information about Buddism in order that we could understand the reasons for so many archeological religious buildings.

The guide who met us at Mandalay was also very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and various stupas and temples. He noticed that the two older ladies needed help at times and was very helpful in getting them on and off boats.

The 11 hour boat trip from Mandalay to Bagan was very pleasant but too long and I think the concensus of opinion was that we would have rather have flown to Bagan and had more time for further sightseeing. The food on board was not very good and stomach upsets ensued!

We were met by our Bagan guide (whose name escapes me!) who was probably the most knowledgeable and helpful of all our guides. He took particular care to help the two older ladies in Kawlaw and when they decided not to attempt the steps at Mt Popa temple, he ensured that they were well looked after by the bus driver. He had a good sense of humour and kept us all cheerful. We were very sad to say goodbye to him at the jetty of Inle Lake but was then looked after by yet another guide (Sai) for the day. He gave us information of the Lake and accompanied us to the restaurant, a monastery and silk making factory before taking us to our water world hotel. At the end of our stay at Inle Lake, we were met by a Columbus driver who took us to Heho Airport for the return journey to Yangon.

Cost wise the tour was fairly expensive compared to the Vietnam/Cambodia tour as there were no meals included (apart from breakfast) and there were 5 guides to tip!! However, I appreciate that it is early days for tourism and that hotel costs may still be expensive. We were asked by OntheGo to take USD as there were no ATM's in the country but this was not correct in our experience. The restaurants/hotels were quite fussy about the state of the dollar bills and I had some refused on one or two occasions. Luckily I had no money stolen on this tour but there was an attempt to cut the strap of my shoulder bag whilst we were at the Indein market at Inle Lake which I discovered when getting back into the boat.

Altogether I loved this country and would return for a further tour should the north and western areas be more accessable in the future. ”  

Damaris Perry • Submitted 2 May 2015

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Cruising on the Irrawaddy River

What better way to journey between the royal capitals of Mandalay and Bagan than aboard a luxury cruise ship on the Irrawaddy River? With itineraries ranging from 4 to 11 nights, an Irrawaddy cruise offers you the chance to watch river life play out from the comfort of a sun deck while making daily excursions to picturesque villages, ancient pagodas, decorated caves and much more. If that sounds tempting to you, contact our tailor-made team who will be happy to recommend the perfect itinerary.

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Recommended places to visit in Myanmar (Burma)

With thousands of beautiful temples, grand royal cities and gorgeous landscapes, there's plenty to find appealing in Myanmar and to get you inspired, here we've listed some of our favourite places.

The plains of Bagan - Historic Temples

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Bagan | Burma | Southeast Asia

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.

Inle Lake - Heaven on Earth

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Inle Lake | Burma | Southeast Asia

An real highlight of Myanmar 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.

Irrawaddy River Cruise - Life on the Shores

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Irrawaddy River Cruise | Burma

Flowing north to south through the centre of Myanmar, 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.

Ngapali - Burmese Beach

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Ngapali Beach | Burma

The idyllic palm-fringed beach of Ngapali is Myanmar'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.

Yangon - The Last Royal Capital

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Glistening Stupas | Burma | Southeast Asia

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.

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U Bein Bridge | Mandalay | Burma

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A beautiful rush green river delta in Southeast Asia

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Recommended Reading

  • Burmese Days
    by George Orwell
  • The Glass Palace
    by Amitav Ghosh
  • From the Land of Green Ghosts
    by Pascal Khoo Thwe
Did you know...?

Facts about Myanmar (Burma)

  • The Burmese are a superstitious bunch and will not cut their hair on Mondays, Fridays or their birthdays.
  • The village of Taukkyan in Myanmar is home to the world's third largest World War II cemetery.
  • Surprisingly, Myanmar has a thriving wine-producing industry with Sauvignon and Chardonnay just some of the popular varieties.

Myanmar Travel Advice:

We keep abreast of the latest travel guidance to Myanmar 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.

Online Travel Resources for Myanmar:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Myanmar Tourist Organisation site and the latest Myanmar Weather Updates from the BBC.

MYANMAR TRAVEL BLOGS: Get to grips with Myanmar with our selection of travel blogs - Myanmar Travel Blog and Go Myanmar.

Other recommendations for a visit to Myanmar

Sitting on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River is Mandalay, the last royal capital of Myanmar 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 Irrawaddy 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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