Burma Tours and Holidays

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.

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Cross the U Bein Bridge in Mandalay on our Burma tours

Upcoming Burma Trips

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Best of Burma - 12 Days Yangon 15 Oct 2016 USD $3,685 Best of Burma - 12 Days Map
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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.

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.

Bagan | Burma | Southeast AsiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Best of Burma

12 Days | FROM USD $3,145

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

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.

Shwedagon Pagoda | Yangon | BurmaTailored To Suit You

Beautiful Thailand & Burma

8 Days | FROM USD $4,099

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

Fisherman | Inle Lake | BurmaTailored To Suit You

Essential Burma

8 days | FROM USD $3,239

Explore the splendours of this diverse and intriguing country and the...

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Other recommendations for a visit to Burma

Sitting on the east bank of the Irrawaddy 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 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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Recommended places to visit in Burma

With thousands of beautiful temples, grand royal cities and gorgeous landscapes, there's plenty to find appealing in Burma 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 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.

Irrawaddy River Cruise - Life on the Shores

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Irrawaddy River Cruise | Burma

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.

Ngapali - Burmese Beach

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Ngapali Beach | Burma

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.

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.

Burma Travel Guide

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Burma

U Bein Bridge | Mandalay | Burma

Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Burma

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Burma and info on getting your visa

A beautiful rush green river delta in Southeast Asia

Multi-country Tours

Combine Burma with other Southeast Asian countries

Get to know Burma

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 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.

Online Travel Resources for Burma:

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

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

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

Burma Entries in our #feelgoodtravel photo competition

Our winners have been announced! View the winners gallery..

Feelgood Competition Entry 'So many emotions'
When I travelled to Burma I felt
So many emotions

“It didn't feel real. It left me speechless and still does when I look back at it. I travel quite a bit but my trip to Myanmar was especially I've had...”

by Leah Yeung

Feelgood Competition Entry 'excited and amazed'
Feelgood Competition Entry 'Blown away'
Feelgood Competition Entry 'Serene. '
Feelgood Competition Entry 'Lovely'
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights OTG Signature
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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