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Burma

Feel the magic of the east

Discover the cultural treasures of the exotic east on a Burma vacation, from temple-strewn landscapes to atmospheric floating villages.

Warm, friendly locals make you feel welcome in Burma, a country that’s only just come out of years of political isolation. Still largely untouched by the trappings of tourism, Burma offers a rewarding and authentic experience for adventurous travelers.

Plunge yourself into Burmese culture by visiting its greatest treasures, such as the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, or the archaeological ruins of the enigmatic Plains of Bagan. Experience the country’s natural beauty at serene Inle Lake, and witness the unchanged lifestyle of the locals who make their home in its floating villages.

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*Conditions apply. 20% discount valid on all new Asia Small Group Tour bookings for departures between 29 January to 31 December 2016. Offer valid for sale: 29 January - 28 February 2016. US$2,063pp savings based on single occupancy gold accommodation on the Indochina Explorer November - December 2016 departures. US$1,583 pp savings based on single occupancy on the Thailand, Laos & Burma Explorer October - December 2016 departures. US$2,055pp savings based on single occupancy gold accommodation on the Yangtze & Beyond April, May, September - November 2016 departures. Offer subject to availability. Offer may be withdrawn without notice and is not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Prices correct as of 28 January 2016 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Insider Journeys online booking conditions apply. Issued 28 January 2016. CST#2001136-50.

burma-myanmar highlights

  • Visit local villages

    Visit local villages and markets for a glimpse of local life in rural Burma.

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  • Sunset at Bagan

    Watch the sun set behind the thousands of intricate stupas dotting the Bagan Plains.

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  • Inle Lake by riverboat

    Board a small riverboat to explore the floating villages and gardens of Inle Lake and see how the locals live.

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  • Visit a nunnery in Mandalay

    Many tourists visit the monasteries to see monks in Burma, but a visit to a local nunnery to share lunch with the resident nuns and learn about their way of life on Sagaing Hill, outside Mandalay, is an unforgettable experience.

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  • Traditional breakfast at a teahouse

    Perhaps a left-over from the British, Burma has an obsession with tea and visiting a tea house is a thoroughly local experience. Try the local noodles or mohinga, a fish soup with rice noodles that is widely considered to be Burma’s national dish, all washed down with a steaming cup of milky tea.

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  • Cruise the Irrawaddy

    Enjoy a couple of nights aboard a traditional-style boutique river cruiser, stopping to visit a tiny local village school to learn about the daily lives of schoolchildren in rural Burma.

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  • Cool off in Kalaw

    Wander the colonial hill station of Kalaw, high on the pine-clad hill or join a trek to nearby hill tribe villages.

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  • The glittering Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

    Nearly 100 metres tall, this gold-plated temple sports over 7000 precious jewels. The glittering edifice is a meeting place for families and pilgrims and can be seen from most of Yangon.

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  • Relax on Ngapali Beach

    Spend a few days relaxing on the pristine white sands of Ngapali Beach amidst turquoise waters and swaying palm trees.

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  • See Golden Rock

    Surrounded by untouched jungle, join pilgrims making the hike up Mt. Kyaiktiyo to the extraordinary Golden Rock.

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Burma reviews verified by Reevoo

Sights / Places to go
10.0
Cuisine
9.0
Overall Rating
10.0
Scores 10.0 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10

Robert

Los Angeles, CA Single traveller
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pagodas, Inle Lake, food, people
very slow internet, still developing infrastructure
Confirmed traveler: January 04 2016
Published on: January 18 2016
10 out of 10

LAURIE

Seattle, WA Family
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The people in Myanmar are SO sweet and eager to make our experience a positive one. It's a very interesting country with lots of things to see and experience.
Nothing.
Confirmed traveler: January 04 2016
Published on: January 13 2016