Myanmar (Burma) Travel Guide
This Southeast Asian gem has only just recently opened to tourism and retains a charming air of mystery that entices travellers. A few things are far from mysterious and they're the sort of things you'll want to be aware of before you go. Here you'll find a selection of travel guide resources that include must-see destinations, what time of year is best to visit, what visas you'll need and a range of tips on topics as varied as food, shopping, money and health.
Don't visit Myanmar without checking out these top destinations from temples to lakes
- Burmese Days
by George Orwell
- The Glass Palace
by Amitav Ghosh
- From the Land of Green Ghosts
by Pascal Khoo Thwe
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 for UK Travellers
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 FCO before you travel.
Flying to Myanmar from the UK:
The flight time between the UK and Myanmar is around 15 hours with no direct options, only indirect flights that will make a transit stop somewhere en route. The city of Yangon is Myanmar's main international gateway with a number of airlines flying between Myanmar and the UK. From London some of the fastest options are with Thai Airways via Bangkok and Singapore Airlines via Singapore. If you're flying from Manchester then the Middle Eastern airlines are the better option, especially Emirates via Dubai who also fly from London. Most other airlines, such as Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi and Bangkok, make two stops en route. We have a full ATOL licence (ATOL 6109) and would be delighted to provide assistance with your flight booking.