Visit Myanmar, Burma Holiday Information and great Pictures

Holiday Information plus Pictures and Videos

What makes Myanmar (Burma) different to other tour destinations is the unique cultural background from about 135 different ethnicities reaching deep into India, China, Malaya and Negritos of the south sea. There is 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 mountain destinations.

The country has 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 south tip at Kawthaung, read more.

Dry Central Myanmar
Dry Central Region
North Myanmar Mount Hkakabo Razi

West Myanmar Waterfront
Western Waterfront at Ngapali
South Myanmar Islands and Beaches

East Myanmar at Inle Lake
East at Inle Lake
Unfortunately to reach almost all places is not easy because road travel takes long timeIt is difficult because most surfaces are in real bad condition and quite narrow.

Best are aircraft, in remote areas this is the only solution anyway. There are several domestic airlines starting every day from Yangon airport domestic and international.

Here are plenty of great travel pictures

Myanmar travel pictures
Myanmar travel pictures here are plenty of informative and
colorful pictures from a great country. Enjoy the scenes they will tell 
you better that most written content.

Attractions in Bagan with hot temperature
Attractions in Bagan with hot temperature, the dry zone of 
Burma. Visiting the country the first time a trip to Bagan is almost 
mandatory since this monument city which became relevant around
600 years ago is truly unique.

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 a important part of your trip.

Shwe in bin monastery Mandalay
Shwe in bin monastery Mandalay
Vipassana meditation center at sagaing
Since the country is 
predominantly Buddhist 
there are several monasteries
and Vipassana plus 
other meditation center at 
Sagaing and Yangon

For meditation it's mainly Yangon and Sagaing, monasteries are everywhere. 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.

country tour myanmar at mingun
Tour Myanmar at Mingun
Best local attractions are visiting pagoda and temples at Bagan and elsewhere, exploring 130 ethnicity, attending festivals, enjoy the climate, fishing and boating trips, national parks and wildlife reserves, islands and trekking adventure, read more.

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.

Visit south Myanmar island and beaches
Visit south Myanmar islands

The country borders Thailand to the east, Bangladesh and India to the north east plus China to the north.

Local attraction at Ngapali Beach
At Ngapali Beach
Beaches are real highlights of the country and there are thousands on the mainland and on the islands in the Bay of Bengal and in the Myeik Archipelago all the way down to Kawthaung in south Myanmar. Most prominent are Ngapali in the North West close to Bangladesh, this is reachable by aircraft and  Ngwe Saung and Chaungtha west of Yangon via road travel of about 5 hours. Since they improved the road there is no problem to drive there anymore. The most interesting are the island waterfronts but it is difficult to reach them, read more

In the Myeik archipelago
In the Myeik archipelago
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 the development of  the country. The hills reach down in a narrowing peninsula to Victoria Point - or Kawthaung , the southernmost limit, read more.

Now get your flight to the "Golden Land" and touch down at Yangon Airport. 

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 and put your holiday itinerary together, 

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 
yangon nightclub show
Yangon nightclub show
bars, shows, restaurants, nightclubs, karaoke, sexy fashion shows plus native dancing, marionettes and puppet shows. There 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 have good clubs and all variants of crossover, read more.

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

Tropical beaches for great holidays
Tropical scene for holidays
Perfect Myanmar Holiday can 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 includes a temperate part which is Shan State with around thousand meters height including the great Inle Lake district with leg lower and floating gardens, read more.

Best Myanmar trip to the mountains in Kachin State
Trip 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.

Yangon shwedagon pagoda 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 Myanmar country side at Mount Popa near Bagan.

Mount Popa near Bagan
Mount Popa near Bagan
Visit Mount Popa near Bagan
Visit Mount Popa near Bagan


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.

A sexy fiesta in the night

Nightlife holiday with young local women.

This are a kind of break to relax, get your mind tuned and feel good here are perfect possibility, just follow the link you maybe won't believe it but it's totally true. 

Island Holiday

Myanmar is a ideal place for tropical holiday

This is a pristine area ideal for tropical holidays somehow similar to the Indian side. Since colonial times the government didn't allow anyone in. The only issued fishing licences to Thai vessels and allowed some live aboard yachts for scuba diving from Phuket. 

They have to clear formalities at Kawthaung and move into the island world for underwater exploration. That is probably the best until now for travelers, the islands could be a prime exotic travel destination but they don't do anything. Although they allow now (2014) to enter the country at land borders (Kawthaung) it wont mean a lot because it still needs a visa from the embassy, e.g. Bangkok. But there is a way do do you it with less problems, call Thailand 022 670 390 that is Friendly Star Travel in the capital, they can handle it.

Bagan Holiday    Mandalay    Inle Lake    Beach    Mountain     Irrawaddy    Island

Day trip Mount Popa

Myanmar Andaman Sea Holiday
Myanmar Andaman Sea Holiday

The southernmost point of the country in that area is Kawthaung and the interesting part for south Myanmar island holiday starts at Myeik.

South Myanmar island beaches
South Myanmar island beaches

It seems that the first people came into the Andaman Sea 

to settle there in the ninth century a. D. but there is some evidence that the waters where known since long time before, already Ptolemy wrote about it. Today about 200 islands in the Ocean belong to India and the other more close to the shore to Thailand and Myanmar, in the Mergui Archipelago are  around 800.

The native inhabitants are the Salone or Moken, they are the "sea gypsies" plus a mixed population of Malay, Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, English, Burmese, Karen they are offspring's of other travelers who passed over the centuries and left behind their genes. 

This are limestone islands with dense jungle, coconut palms and mangrove around. Sea Gypsies go hunting with harpoons catching fishes and small mammals. In times when nothing of the normal "menu" is not available they eat lizards, snakes and other animals. Alcoholic drinks are very popular, they either ferment coconut milk or just buy rum, gin an other spirits plus beer.

Beach parties are popular among the sea gypsies, they like dancing and music but there is no nightlife as we know with bars, nightclubs and girls such as it is in Yangon and in southern Thailand. 
Doing some music with a local drum with monitor lizard’s skin, when a male skin is used  it is called a male one; with a female skin, it's the other gender. Most of Salones or Moken as they are called in Thailand still prefer to live on their houseboats, also dugouts are used, and enjoy a totally independent life. 

The British made them addicted to it and opium to get their main treasure for cheap, that were the famous South Sea Pearls brought up by the divers. Before that Chinese junks which came in periodically every year were the main trading partners of the groups inhabited the different islands. The English had one positive effect they enforced peace by stopping the various groups from fighting against each other.

The Mergui Archipelago is a spot with lots of rain

that includes the coast all the way to the south to Thailand's Phuket which is about 2000 km north of the equator. The clouds coming in from the Indian Ocean offload the moisture onto the hills, this made Mergui or today Myeik one of the wettest places on earth. But there is still enough cloudless sky and a blazing sun over the long stretches of yellow beaches touched by a calm sea of emerald green and turquoise color.

The spots in the Indian Ocean are covered with swelling hills and dense jungle but not many palm trees, most are with leaves and coniferous, a relaxed life is going on at the sandy shores. Sometimes palm trees and nipa huts line the waterfront. Actually the Salones prefer to live on their house boats and only come on shore when the weather is to bad during monsoon time.

This is a somehow paradise setting by palms, beaches, sunlight and the sea. Birds and other animals can be seen and are hunted, a great lush tropical vegetation supports an easy living. Live aboard yachts anchor in front of the waterfront , this are catamarans and  other sailing ships which moved in over the Indian Ocean. People come in for scuba diving to enjoy the great underwater world and a pristine surrounding. 

Live aboard scuba dive excursions 

into the great underwater area are offered out of Phuket Thailand, there is no infrastructure supporting any kind of tourist activities, except at the coastal cities but only minimal.
Harpoon some fish for a tasty dinner and BBQ the catch right at the beach, there is enough firewood around, don't forget some matches otherwise it needs to play Robinson. Typical is naturally seafood, chicken and pork. During the rainy season the  hunt is on in the forest. 
They catch Boa snakes, lizards and wild boar, a snake steak tastes like tuna, rice is common but when not available it is substituted by yam.

Around is the calm flat sea and in the night the bright stars of he southern globe. ,  have some drinks and just slip away tomorrow will be another few dives. The breeze whistle in the rigging and rolling waves let the catamaran banging up and down.

Not much has changes since the century when the Portuguese adventurer De Brito sailed  through here with the idea to get rich quick and after came the British colonialists with the same idea. 

Bagan Day Trips

There are a few day trips to explore Bagan's vicinity

This is worth doing it to get a much better understanding how people are living here, actually for most of them this is not an easy time. But the area is ideal for great excursions, discoveries, temples, pagodas, the Irrawaddy and more. 

The worst probably is the majority of the people has no access to clean water and electricity.

Trip with the Balloon
Trip with the Balloon

Buddhist Novices

Buddhist Novices Begging for Alms

When traveling to Burma and seeing this large amount of people male and female in their purple and light blue / red robe the question is why? 

This is not only a dedication to Buddha it has a other reason and that is a social one. The fact is Myanmar is an extremly poor country without any kind o social hammock. What are the people doing who fall off the grid? Who are orphans, old people, invalided or anyone in the direction? There is no place to go, only the monastery can look after them. Although the living is not as easy but at least they can survive.  

Buddhist novices
Buddhist novices trying for alms

Novitiation Ceremony

Island Holiday

Want to play Robinson? 

The south Myanmar Islands between Myeik and Kawthaung are the best destination for that kind of holiday

Island holiday in Myanmar are really pristine and unique since the almost one thousand spot in the Andaman Sea are mostly inhabited only a few are used by the Salones also known as "Sea Gypsies" during the monsoon when the ocean is to wild for their houseboats.

River Cruise Holiday

One of the absolute best holiday in Myanmar is a river cruise and the top is on the Irrawaddy

Cruising on the famous river everyone should enjoy at least one time, although it's an expensive pleasure, it's worth it. If you are on a slim budget no problem just hire a a small sailing boat in Mandalay or Bagan and let the river cruise begin.