LUXURY MYANMAR TOURS
ENJOY THE BEST OF BURMA WITH A PRIVATE LUXURY TRAVEL DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU
MYANMAR LUXURY TOURS: SEE CAPTIVATING & COLOURFUL NATURE, TIMELESS CULTURE, GLITTERING PAGODAS
We offer you a rare authenticity on our Luxury private travel to Myanmar. Few travelers have set foot on the Road to Mandalay, making Myanmar a timeless enigma. Until recently, this predominantly Buddhist country had shut itself off from the rest of the world. Beyond the headlines lies a Myanmar that will captivate you with its innumerable glittering pagodas. Myanmar luxury tours introduce you to a country teeming with Buddhist pilgrimage sites, breathtaking local crafts, and a vivid natural beauty untouched by development.
Myanmar is known as the `Golden Land’ because of the countless number of pagodas and temples, which dominate the landscape. While we endeavour to include varied sightseeing experiences on our Myanmar luxury holiday packages, please be aware that Myanmar is a Buddhist country and so sightseeing will be predominantly pagodas and temples. Myanmar has a vast topography; it contains almost every type of environment you could think of from alpine country, grasslands and mountain ranges to jungles and coral reefs.
Featured Myanmar Luxury Tours
Luxury Myanmar Travel: See Smiling locals, Myriad traditions N beautiful innovations
Asia’s best kept secret! With centuries of history and spiritual traditions, Myanmar presents an amazing insight into the past and present of the hospitable Burmese people. Travelling through Myanmar now is like travelling through Asia 30 to 40 years ago. The country is beginning to flourish as a tourist destination and there will not be a better time to plan a trip to Burma than now. Our luxury Myanmar tours introduce you with a wealth of things to experience from comfortable and slow paced to active and or adventure travel itineraries.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO MYANMAR
Myanmar has three seasons – hot, rainy and cool. The hot season runs from March to May, with intense heat of up to 40°C in some areas. The rainy or monsoon season is from June to October, peaking in July and September. The cool season is from November to February and is a more comfortable time to travel, with average temperatures from 20-24°C. The mountainous region of the Shan State is generally cooler year round, whereas central Myanmar can be warm year round.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR OUR TOURS
Yangon and Mandalay offer a wide choice of accommodation including luxury boutique hotels and international five star accommodation. In Bagan and the Inle Lake region, travellers should not expect deluxe properties, but you will have a choice of charming, traditional accommodation or Chinese style multiple-storied hotels. There are no official hotel categories in Myanmar though we have rated them in conjunction with our land partners according to general international hotel criteria. Travellers are reminded that in some areas of the country accommodation can be simple and basic. However, our Myanmar luxury tours are always included best and top hotels in any destination.
LANGUAGE & VISA REQUIREMENTS
The official national language is Burmese, however, it is estimated that there are 107 languages spoken. English is also widely spoken in major cities and tourist areas. Passports must be valid for six months beyond the length of stay. Myanmar Visas are required for US, Canadian, Australian, NZ, European. ASEAN passport holders are exempt to apply visa and granted a 15 day permit on arrival
Places to visit in Burma
Yangon / Rangoon
With a pleasing combination of old and new, Myanmar’s former capital possesses a peaceful atmosphere with colonial boulevards and tranquil lakes. This charming city is thriving by night with bustling streets filled with stalls selling everything from locally made handicrafts to fruits and cigars.
The city of Bagan was once the glorious capital of the first Empire of Myanmar. It is home to over 3,000 ancient temples and pagodas and is also the centre for the manufacturing of lacquerware.
Mandalay is the second largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. Located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River and centred around the Royal Palace, Mandalay is within easy distance to former colonial hillstations, ancient cities and other cultural attractions.
Stretching just over 10km wide and 22km long, this water paradise is inhabited by over 200 villages constructed on stilts. Visitors can witness the daily lives of the locals, including the ‘leg rowers’ who row their fishing boats with oars attached to one leg.
Pindaya is a small town located in the west of the Shan State. It is most famous for its limestone caves called Pindaya Caves, where thousands of Buddha images have been blessed for worship over the centuries.
This charming destination is located northwest of Mandalay on the banks of the River Chindwin. The major tourist attraction in Monywa is the Mohnyin Thambuddhei Paya, a Buddhist temple with a huge stupa reminiscent of Indonesia’s Borobudur. Built in 1303, it was reconstructed in 1939. It is said to hold over 500,000 images of Buddha.
Pyay is located in southern Myanmar, on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. This historic city houses the ruins of the ancient city Sri Ksetra, the former capital of the Py Kingdom and the gilded Shwesandaw Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda in the center of Pyay.
Most of Myanmar’s Festivals generally take place or culminate on full-moon days. There’s often a country fair atmosphere about these celebrations – they may feature stalls, pwes (feasts), music and boxing bouts. Independence Day, on 4 January, is marked by a seven-day fair in Yangon. Around mid-April, the three-day Thingyan (water festival) starts the Burman new year. This is the height of the hot season, and it’s sensibly celebrated with buckets of cold water thrown at anyone who dares venture into the streets. Girls chase boys, covering their bound victims in soot and parading them about; later, cows and fish are dressed up, adorned and set free by processions of dancing drummers. In October, the sober three-month Buddhist ‘Lent’ ends, and the Festival of Light celebrates Buddha’s return from heaven. For three days, Myanmar is lit up by fire balloons and paper lanterns, and families make offerings at the local pagoda.
street foods and Burmese foods
It’s easier to buy authentic Burman dishes from food stalls rather than restaurants. Rice is the core of any Burman meal, along with a number of curry options and a spicy raw vegetable salad. Almost everything is flavoured with ngapi – a dried and fermented shrimp paste. At teashops, ‘Burmese tea’ or ‘Indian tea’ comes thickly spiked with condensed milk unless you say cho bouk to get a less sweet version. Chinese tea is generally preferable to the over-strong, over-sweet and over-milky Burman tea.
Above all, Sugarcane juice is a very popular streetside drink, and stronger tipples include orange brandy, lychee wine, white liquor and the alarmingly named jungle liquor.