A trip to Myanmar

Travel to and in Burma.

What makes the country different to other tour destinations is the unique cultural background from about 135 different ethnicity reaching deep into India, China, Malaya and Negritos of the south sea ideal for interesting holidays.

More 2000 km coastline with plenty of tropical beaches along the main coast and on around 1000 islands scattered in the Andaman Sea off the southern coast plus great mountains are also not great tour destinations.The country borders Thailand to the east, Bangladesh and India to the north east plus China to the north. 
  • Main attractions is the unique Buddhist oriented atmosphere which culminates in the pagoda and temples at Bagan and exploring some of the 130 ethnicity attending festivals enjoy the climate fishing and boating trips national parks and wildlife reserves islands and trekking adventure read more.

  • Here are all possible temperature and climate zones, from the icy glaciers of the north in Kachin State which are an extension of the Tibetan Himalayas to the tempered environment of Shan State with hills Inle Lake and an average of 1000 m height, see the travel pictures for more the tropical climate covers the center and all the way down until the souther tip at Kawthaung read more.
The dry central region around Bagan

  • The dry central region is the destination of most tourists with Bagan as the unique temple and pagoda destination this old city is famous for the Buddhist monuments which are something really new in particular in the quantity read more

people of different ethnicity there are 130
common transportation in the countryside
  • The high mountains in the north are rather unusual adventure trips they are snow capped the whole year and covered with with glacier this are the extensions of the Tibetan Himalayas reaching up to almost 6000 m with the Mount Hkakabo Razi the highest peak in South East Asia read more.
North Myanmar Mount Hkakabo Razi with plenty of snow

Countless attractive beaches are along the west-coast and the islands.

West coast at Ngapali Beach the top waterfront

  • Ngapali Beach is the most popular for foreigner at the west-coast is facing the Bay of Bengal here are the currently most popular beaches all current developed waterfronts are on the west-coast read more.

South island beaches in the Myeik archipelago

  • South Islands and Beaches are around in the Myeik Archipelago and all the way down to Kawthaung which is the southernmost city in the country bordering Ranong in Thailand a ideal holiday destination for scuba diving and adventure travel read more
The start for tours is Phuket using small yachts on live aboard trips. Other beaches with hotels and resorts are Ngwe Saung and Chaungtha west of Yangon reachable via road travel of about 5 hours. Since they improved the street there is no problem to drive there anymore. The most interesting are the island waterfronts but it is difficult to reach them.

Cruise to Kawthaung and the temple island
  • Kawthaung is the southernmost town this was Victoria Point during the British occupation across the bay is Thailand the city is well known for the visa run means when it expires take a tour and get a visa extension stamp which is very convenient if you are on vacation read more.
In the Myeik archipelago the harbor of the city

  • The Myeik Archipelago lies off the south west coast down to Kawthaung with almost thousand islands this has a great tourist potential once the area is opened completely and developed this coast strip is known as Tenasserim or Thanintharyi read more.
It is thinly populated and never played any substantial part in holiday travel or any development of  the country. The hills reach down in a narrowing peninsula to the former Victoria Point the southernmost limit.

Inle Lake Fisherman they are called leg rower
  • In the center east is Shan State with the great Inle Lake since this part of the country has an average altitude of around thousand meters the climate is just right to raise all flowers fruits and other plants similar to western Europe they supply the whole country with them although there are plenty of logistic problems because of the lousy roads read more.  
Road travel in Shan State by coach
  • Unfortunately to reach almost any places is not easy because road travel takes long time it is difficult because most surfaces are in real bad condition and quite narrow the network has not much improved since the British left it is a real mess when compared to neighboring Thailand where they have the best network in South East Asia read more.
Best are aircraft, in remote areas this is the only solution anyway. There are several domestic airlines starting every day from Yangon Mingalardon Airport domestic and international.

Yangon airport arrival hall with immigration
Myanmar travel pictures from different perspectives
Attractions in Bagan with hot temperature
Maha Muni information from Mandalay
  • Maha Muni Temple in Mandalay this temple is the most venerated in the second biggest city of the country visiting is highly recommended otherwise you really miss an important part of your trip read more.
Vipassana meditation center at sagaing
Shwe in bin monastery Mandalay

country tour myanmar at mingun
Tour at Mingun

Since the country is predominantly Buddhist oriented there are countless monasteries and Vipassana plus other meditation center at Sagaing and Yangon. They also have a touristic component because if you are somewhere in a remote corner and cant find accommodation ask for at the next monastery they let you stay there.

Myanmar information about pagodas
Information about pagodas

Actually there is plenty of information available at many small book shops along Bogyoke Aung San Street opposite the market but most are in the local language only. They also sell various maps, it makes sense to buy one for a better understanding. 

information on daily life
Myanmar information on daily life

kandawgyi palace hotel
Kandawgyi palace hotel
About Hotels, resorts and accommodations, there are mid-range and low cost hotels, budget and family run accommodations all have more or less the same features, some have internet, some don't, most have more than 20 TV channels in the room including CNN and BBC, HBO etc.

Means here you are always up to date if you want to be. The main problem is the electricity, the big houses have their own generator, but at smaller places it can be a bit difficult, especially during the day, read more.

They have often not a good standard, but in bigger cities such as YangonMandalay, Bagan and at the sea-fronts of Ngapali, Ngwe Saung and Chaungtha are even some luxury hotels. There are also plenty of guesthouses and family run places with up to around 15 rooms which are quite Ok and not expensive. When on a adventure trip in remote areas and no accommodation available check for the next monastery, they are usually positive to have you stay for some days, when you leave don't forget some donations. When in the wilderness the tour operator will take some tents, food and a cook with, means no starving.

In the Myeik archipelago the harbor of the city

The Myeik archipelago lies off the south west coast down to Kawthaung with almost thousand islands, this has a great tourist potential once the area is opened completely and developed. This coast strip is known as Tenasserim or Thanintharyi. It is thinly populated and it has never played any substantial part in holiday and travel or any development of  the country. The hills reach down in a narrowing peninsula to Victoria Point - or Kawthaung , the southernmost limit, read more.

Now travel to Burma and touch down in the "Golden Land". 

First thing, don't change money at the airport, the rate is not good at all, for the start take some small dollar bills with, change downtown at the Bogyoke Market inside. Don't use the banks at the front, since the employees there either sleeping or do strange tricks. They only take totally clean and undamaged dollar bills, if there is even the slightest problem such as something written at the note or the paper is broken at the fold, which is rather natural they wont take it. This effects many people very seriously who simply don't know about, read more.

Beside of this little things there are no bigger problems anymore. 

arriving at yangon airport
Arriving at Yangon airport
Myanmar information at the airport
Myanmar information at Yangon airport

To make orientation easy for you we included the map at the right, just open it up and type in any destination, you will find it immediately, here are highlights of Yangon city.

Visit a local agent for lazy holiday or travel adventure. 

Myanmar countryside in the north
Visit Myanmar countryside
in the north
this way you could save a good amount of money on your holiday in comparison when you book a package in your country. 

They have a usual itinerary which is called Burma classic, the well known travel triangle Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and back. But it also has something to do with classical dancing and music which is very special. But the best for sure is click at banner from Asian Trails which is on top and let them work it out, they are travel expert and will keep away all trouble from you. At least when you visit the first you should take a package otherwise you miss a lot.

Make Myanmar holiday insurance
Myanmar holiday insurance
Here are some insurance information,  be aware that most tour operators have none at all, means if you have an accident you are in real trouble. That means one of the most important you must do is to get a good insurance. I am not a insurance broker but I have some experience. Don't underestimate this, because the country is quite rotten, this is not a negative evaluation it simply is the fact, here are more information.

Before you travel buy a travel insurance and you are a bit on the safe side for the journey. But in any case talk with your local insurance what to do, this makes some sense because they are locally available, their connection to handle this is a Thai company.

About nightlife in Yangon and elsewhere, most people don't know that there is a vibrant nightlife scene with great bars, shows, restaurants, nightclubs, karaoke, sexy local made fashion shows shows plus native dancing, marionettes and puppet  shows. 
yangon nightclub showThere is a substantial nightlife, it's not like Bangkok but not so bad. For something special try Chinatown which is in the center, read more

Several big hotels and at other places downtown are good clubs and all variants of crossover.

Myanmar nightlife show
Myanmar nightlife show
Nightclub in Yangon

Nightlife is quite interesting, it's not on a scale such as Bangkok but there is an amazing amount of bars, nightclubs, pubs, shows, discos, karaoke and more. As it is in every excellent oriental city the "butterflies" are around in all mentioned places above, read more.

Pretty Myanmar girls who help they men drinking, singing and find other pleasure afterwards are plenty. This are mainly local run businesses the bars and pubs in the hotels are just the same as everywhere without a local flavor.

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon seen from people park

The biggest city is Yangon visually dominated by the great Shwedagon Pagoda. It is said that the pagoda is around 2000 years old. This is an old fashioned metropolis with an oriental colonial style and the best bazaar in the country  with is the Bogyoke Market named after the father of Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, read more.

Pure country side at Mount Popa near Bagan >

Mount Popa near Bagan
Visit Mount Popa near Bagan


Myanmar holiday travel will be the experience of a lifetime.

Tropical beaches for great holidaysJourneys could be very divers since the climate zone is from icy peaks in the Kachin State to the tropical beaches of the Andaman Sea in the rest of the country. That is holiday travel at it's best since it also includes a temperate part which is in Shan State with around thousand meters elevation including the great Inle Lake district with leg lower and floating gardens, read more.

Best trip to the mountains in Kachin State

Geography, the country is in a remote corner of South-East Asia.

It is hidden away in the folds of mountains which reach down like the fingers of a hand from the heights of the Himalayas to the sea, it has had leisure to develop a character and a personality of its own. 

Its best friends in this sense have been these mountains, which have protected it on the one hand from the aggression of Indian invaders, on the other from the enormous absorbing power of China, read more.
High end Myanmar jewelry
High end Myanmar jewelry
Buddhist Art Painting
Buddhist Art Painting
About Myanmar jewelry of jade, ruby, sapphire, pearls, semi precious stones and ethnic jewelry.

About Buddhist art in Myanmar as statues, wood carvings, paintings, sculptures, images and wall murals.

Holiday in an exotic country

Have a break in exotic Burma.

When visiting many variants  are available such as at the beach, adventure, cultural, island, fishing and mountain trekking plus more. People dream about the whole year to make an exotic trip, for a break which brings fun and improves the moods to pull up spirit and health. Start thinking about naturally the first is where to travel? 

Climate and temperatures are about Jan 27°c, Feb 31°, Mar 35°, Apr 37°, May 36°, Jun 33°, (monsoon starts) Jul 33°, Aug 33°, Sep 32°, Oct 31°, (monsoon ends) Nov 29°, Dec 27°.
Take a few days at an exotic coast getaway or island in the Andaman Sea, maybe the Bay of Bengal. At Ngapali, Chaungtha and Ngwe Saung, this is real quality time for singles or with family. If you are single an option could be to take a local young women with you.

Myanmar beach holiday
Beach Holiday in this Southeast Asian country is not like going to Florida or Thailand since the place was hidden away and closed for almost a century, the last people holidaying here were some British during colonial times and after a few Russians and East Germans, read more.

A trip to Mandalay is a must when in the country because thats quite different to other places especially in terms of culture plus arts and crafts. That quarter is around the Mahamuni complex, it should be visited, read more.

Myanmar Mountain Holiday
Mountain Holiday
Hkakabo Razi mountain holiday glazed with snow
Hkakabo Razi glazed with snow
The maha muni buddha statue
The Mahamuni Buddha face washing ceremony

Trek the mountains of the north or maybe just climb up Mount Popa near Bagan when you come to the country, it might be useful since there are plenty of not so excellent things; one is continuous electricity cuts, although most hotels have their own generator, read more.
Inle Lake leg rower

The best probably would be to combine a culture oriented trip with a fresh environment in a pleasant climate range at Inle Lake in Shan State.
A beautiful lake with traditional boat races on the Shan Plateau they are a pleasure for your eyes and mind. A pretty accommodation there is golden Island cottages built on stilts right into the water, a great location, come and go by boat only, read more.

ox cart adventure
Ox cart adventure at Bagan
journey to Bagan is almost a must. There are myriads of others interesting places to have a look for. On the other hand for a breakaway scenario to get rid of the stuff you are bored with everyday. This would also be a very private vacation since there are not many tourists yet and lots to see and explore. 

This are not so much self-catering tours the best is either a guided one in a group or more individually take a guide at the destination, you can easily find one through the hotel or guesthouse. Guides are not expensive maybe up to $ 20,- a day plus a car with driver for about $ 50,- and you will see the stuff you would have never seen and experienced on your own. Even more important is you save a lot of time on searching around at a destination, it will take you one or two days as orientation and after you only about half of the interesting stuff you actually will find, read more.

Yangon nightlife girls
Yangon nightlife girls
Have a break with a sexy twist in Yangon's nightlife scene and do something good for yourself. Since a few years it is possible to hire some pretty Myanmar girls in the nightlife scene and they try to lift you higher. What does it need for that? Make some presents in form of crispy notes, finally everyone is happy, read more.

When you are there for a tour it needs to do some shopping, they such a lot of wonderful exotic things to buy and there is real beautiful stuff with a value. 

Exotic shopping at Bogyoke Market
Exotic shopping at Bogyoke Market
Shop for exotic items you have never seen before at Yangon’s Bogyoke Market (a must but closed on Mondays and open from 10 am to 5 pm), that’s also the place to change money just ask at a shop where and don’t listen to the guys running around whispering “change money” they will cheat you. Don’t do this at the airport and at a bank, in Yangon and Mandalay you could also use your credit card, but in general its cash in dollars, take enough with you, read more.
monastery and a place to place to sleep
Monastery can also function as accommodations
Staying in a monastery, if you ever are on a trip on your own and can't find accommodation in a remote area don't be shy to ask if you can stay in one of them. This places are everywhere and the monks are open minded, if you do don't forget a donation. It needs to stand up and go to sleep very early, read more.

   Mandalay    Irrawaddy Cruising   Island   Day trip Mount Popa

at the beaches you could rent a room or cottages when traveling along with other, friends and family. Don’t start cooking your own food but be very vigilant where to go for a dinner or so, don’t eat sauces, salads and vegetables and have food in your hotel or in one of a bigger restaurant around to make sure not to get sick and lose your precious time. 

Myanmar street food
Myanmar street food

Avoid street food since the hygienic circumstances are "hair raising" they also mostly dont use ice, you can imagine what happen with seafood laying around in the bristling head heat the whole day without any cooling.  When you are through with it and take your airplane home you got a wonderful experience creating great memories cherished for years. 

Burma nightlife tourism
Burma nightlife tourism
It is quite different  to any other holiday destination on this planet and it is becoming increasingly popular. 

Burma tourism has plenty to offer among others friendly people of about 130 ethnic groups with an exotic style and festivals, pagodas, temples, beaches, islands just the right place to have fun and a good blend of everything. 

Regatta festival on Kandawgyi Lake
Shan highland with Inle Lake
Shan highland with Inle Lake

Icy mountains with the highest peak in South East Asia, temperate climate on the Shan highland with Inle Lake and tropical spots in he Andaman Sea. 

A trip is usually focused on cultural themes adventure tours and visiting beaches.

Plenty of islands in the Andaman Sea and excellent beaches with first class hotels at Ngapali Beach, Ngwe Saung Beach, Chaungtha Beach and elsewhere, hotels there can easily match others in Thailand.
Ngwe Saung Treasure Beach Resort
Ngwe Saung Treasure Beach Holiday
Ngapali Beach

More than 2000 km coastline and countless islands make it for sure a attractive destination. You can find trip packages in our site, some offer interesting deals. Scuba diving and live boards trips to the emerald waters of the Myeik Archipelago are also available but mainly out of Phuket Thailand since there is no infrastructure for it yet.

If you want to have it simple, laze at the waterfront, there are plenty of empty stretches of fine sand at the waterfront you could also watch the fishermen to bring their catch in in rather small boats.
Empty stretches of fine sand at south Myanmar Islands
Empty beaches with stretches of fine sand at south Myanmar Islands
This is not such a top destination for nightlife such as Thailand, but there is some in Yangon. For more exciting spots pls. check the other pages in our web site. The country is also suitable for family trips and expect a worry free time beside of some little problems which are everywhere. You can find it cheap and very expensive luxury, it is for everyone, its also ok for the kids.

In our site you will also find tons of exciting photo to give you a idea what you can expect. 

Pagoda, Buddhist Shrines, Temples and Buddha related

The first you will probably see and visit is the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, this is the most famous one in the country, there are other popular such as the Shwezigon at Bagan, Mahamuni at Mandalay, Shwemawdaw at Bago, the beautiful sacred pagoda and temples at Mrauk U and other.

One of the main problems on a trip is the infrastructure, only small scale electricity is available and most roads are real bad except some where the "big shots" are traveling. 

By taking an  airplane you can completely bypass this, in any case it's worth it to ignore problems sometimes, a Burma trip bring great panoramas, views and excitement in exchange.

Myanmar holiday without shopping?

is like a Ferrari without petrol ! that is the reason we make some suggestions here for your "super dupy" shopping.

The main destination is the Bogyoke or Scott Market in Yangon, a real oriental bazaar. Just take a taxi everyone know the place, be aware that at 5pm sharp almost all shops are closed. 

You can also change some money there, actually you should, its the only place where you can ask a few different shops for the exchange rate so you can figure out the best and won't get cheated. 

Don't listen to the guys who approach you and whisper ..change money... don't do it they just will cheat you, go through the shops, also forget the banks they even cheat more. Very important never change at the airport, "they pull you over the table".

Ask at least 2 shops, now they take US$ and EURO, other currency such as Thai Baht and Singapore Dollar are also take but at a much worst exchange rate. Credit cards are slowly floating again but by no means depend on them you always need plenty of cash and the only reasonable place to get this local cash for a good rate, in the whole country, is this market.