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Jade Market

Highlights Photograph the different colours of jade. See the raw materials as well as finished goods. Watch professional traders in

Artistic Alleyways & Handicraft Workshop

Highlights Walk Yangon’s artistic alleyways adorned with vibrant murals. Admire artworks from local artists in a renowned art gallery. Try

Myanmar Photo Tour with Albert Normandin (13D/12N)

Highlights Photograph the floating gardens, Intha fishermen and lakeside temples of Inle Lake. Witness monks receiving alms and the sunrise

Football Fever

Highlights Enjoy an away game with enthusiastic football fanatics Play against a famous midfielder for Myanmar Look the part in

Evening Riverside Retreat

Highlights Relax in a peaceful garden with views of distant temples. Absorb the spiritualty of Bagan with an outdoor yoga

Burma Boating (Ultimate Archipelago Adventures)

Unique Selling Points Explore 800 pristine islands of the Mergui Archipelago, a national park and indigenous tribes for an unforgettable

The People and Villages of the Tanintharyi River

Highlights Cruise along the Tanintharyi River untouched by tourism. Walk inside a unique reclining Buddha on Pahtet Island. Admire the

Kyaukse and Elephant Dance

Highlights Watch a performance of the traditional Kyaukse Elephant Dance. Visit a recently excavated temple with exquisite masonry. Photograph panoramic

Exploration of Myanmar Spirits

Highlights Climb to the top of a sheer-sided volcano dedicated to ‘nat’ spirits. Join the many pilgrims as they worship

Burma Bus

Burma Bus Vehicle Overview Welcome to Yangon! The cultural and economic center of Myanmar awaits you with beautiful avenues, an

Bagan – Community Connection

Highlights Travel by electric scooter to a village where the locals collect toddy juice. Visit social enterprises that help build

Foodies afoot in Mandalay

Highlights Take a gastronomical tour of Mandalay by twilight. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the vibrant night market.

Mt.Popa Soft Trek

Highlights Climb Mount Popa, an extinct volcano rising 1518 metres above sea level. Enjoy breathtaking views of surrounding areas. Take

Kalaw Rafting and Local Culture

Highlights Paddle along the calm waters of a scenic meandering creek. Pass craggy cliff sides, waterbirds and local villagers. Enjoy

Essential Myanmar (10D/9N)

Essential Myanmar (10D/9N)

Myanmar on Rail (13D/12N)

Myanmar on Rail (13D/12N)

Elephant Valley Experience - HD

Highlights Visit Chiang Rai’s first ever elephant sanctuary. Watch elephants just being real elephants. Photograph, feed and observe the gentle

Pindaya Countryside Walk

Highlights Trek to traditional Danu villages and witness their simple way of life. Wander through bamboo forests and tea, coffee

Spirit of Myanmar

Highlights A spiritual evening taking part in a traditional oil lamb offering ceremony. Visiting the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda, the most

The Art of One-Legged Rowing

Highlights Learn the traditional Intha skill of one-legged rowing. Enjoy a typical Intha lunch in the home of a local

Colonial Walking Tour

Highlights Visit a local non-profit organization that’s working to preserve Yangon’s urban heritage. Stroll along the city streets exploring the

Portraits of Yangon

Highlights Get an intimate insight into everyday life beyond the main tourist sites. Meet Yangon’s locals and learn about their

Portraits of Mandalay

Highlights Get an intimate insight into everyday life beyond the main tourist sites. Meet Mandalay’s locals and learn about their

Portraits of Inle

Highlights Get a rare insight into the daily struggles and pleasures of life on the lake. Witness the traditional techniques

Portraits of Bagan

Highlights Get an intimate insight into everyday life beyond the main tourist sites. Meet innovative and enterprising locals and entrepreneurs.

Shittaung Pagoda Festival 2018 (5D/4N)

Shittaung Pagoda Festival 2018 (5D/4N) 27 April 2018 - 1 May 2018  

Inle Balloon Ride

Highlights Get a bird’s eye view of the shimmering Inle Lake from a hot air balloon. Look down on floating

Kalaw to Inle Bike & Hike (5D/4N)

Highlights Bike and hike in the forested hills of Kalaw, enjoying the cool mountain air. Visit remote villages of the

A Day to Remember in Sagaing and Amarapura

Highlights Exploring Sagaing and Amarapura ancient capitals of Myanmar. Crossing Yodanapon Bridge, known as New Ava Bridge overlooking to the

Epic Train Ride over Highest Railway Bridge in Myanmar (2D/1N)

Highlights Take a sunset stroll across the beautiful U-Bein Bridge. Enjoy an epic train in a chartered carriage over Myanmar’s

Hidden Treasures by Circular Train

Highlights Travel by circular train to discover some of city’s best kept secret – shattered glass factory and scenery leafy

Sunset Cycling to Red Mountain

Highlights Cycling to the Red Mountain Vineyard in the after and stopping by some interesting places for photography of Kyauk

Explore Ancient Bagan by Electric Scooter

Highlights Explore ancient city of Bagan by eco-friendly electric bike. Stop at temples for photography and listen to history and

Belmond Road to Mandalay: Images of the Golden Land (5D/4N)

Belmond Road to Mandalay: Images of the Golden Land  

Camping in Paradise – Mergui Archipelago (4D/3N)

Highlights Explore the untouched island Nyaung Oo Phee as well as Mergui-Archipelago. There you can swim, snorkel to see fishes

Sunrise Balloon Ride over Temples

Highlights Lifetime experience with breathtaking scenery over temples of Bagan. Bagan is rated as one of the top 5 places

Sunset Cocktail Cruise and Sandbank Dinner

Highlights Cruise down the Irrawaddy River in a private wooden river boat Sunset cocktails on the boat and a private

Home Hosted Inthar Meal on Inle Lake

Highlights Discovering Inthar people daily life, culture and cuisine. Taking a longtail boat exploring a local farm and meet the

Pindaya Caves with Home Cooked Lunch

Highlights Discover hundreds of Buddha images in a vast limestone cavern. Join a local family in their home for an

Myanmar :

Enigmatic and enchanting, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is often referred to as the Golden Land. Myanmar’s long-term isolation has bequeathed a corner of Southeast Asia full of traditional culture, spirituality and old-world charm. A visit to Myanmar is like turning back the clock. Phone and internet connections can be erratic in areas so you may peacefully experience a culture which emphasises spirituality and reveres monks and holy men.

One of the highlights of a holiday to Myanmar is a visit to the mysterious and striking plain of Bagan. Situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, this 42 square kilometre plain is the largest area of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ancient religious ruins in the world. These date from as early as the 11th and 12th centuries and are particularly atmospheric when viewed from above in a hot air balloon.

In Yangon, once known as Rangoon, you can stroll along tree-shaded avenues and marvel at golden stupas and glittering pagodas. A walk around downtown Yangon reveals the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda, and some of the most impressive colonial era architecture in the region. Mandalay offers the chance to offer alms and food to the monks and novices from the Mahagandayon Monastery before visiting the hundreds of peaceful stupas on Sagaing Hill.

In Myanmar you can journey to colonial hill stations set amongst rolling pine-clad hills. Or drift around Inle Lake with its stilt house villages at the water’s edge. You can feel the power of a Buddhist relic at Kyaiktiyo, also known as Golden Rock, where a huge golden stupa perches precariously on the edge of a hill.




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Time Zone

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When to Go

The most ideal time to visit the beauty and mystery of Myanmar is in the cool dry months from November to February.

The monsoon weather patterns of Southeast Asia bring with it a distinct dry season which is typically split between a cool season from November to January/February and a hot season from March to May. After the scorching heat of the hot season monsoon rains bring a distinctly rainy season which lasts from June to October. The central region, which is protected by the Arakan mountain range, experiences significantly less rain than other regions of the country

The cool season weather in Myanmar brings with it humid warm days with cool refreshing evenings. It rarely rains during the cool season and the weather can get quite chilly in the mountainous areas, sometimes close to freezing at night. The hot season brings with it high tropical temperatures that reach their peak in April and May. Myanmar’s central region experiences the highest temperatures in the country during this time. The rainy season brings much needed relief to the country with tropical heavy rain showers in the afternoons. The most rain occurs in the delta and coastal areas of the country. The central region of the country usually experiences about half as much rain as the delta and coastal areas. The north of the country is cooler in the hot season; however it receives more rain than the central areas in the rainy season.

Other than bringing clothes which are suitable to Myanmar’s tropical climate, walking shoes for exploring the beautiful splendor of the country should not be forgotten. A jacket or sweater for the mountainous areas in the cold season is a must.

For those adventurous enough, another great time to visit the country is during the hot season which hosts Burmese New Year in mid-to-early April. Local people celebrate the New Year by splashing water on each other and it’s a great way to beat the heat and have a great time getting acquainted with lowland Burmese culture. The early months of the rainy season can be nice as the weather is still balmy with short afternoon rain showers and the rain levels haven’t yet reached their peak.

Customs & Traditions

Burmese arts and craftsmanship find their full flowering in the religious architecture. At times it seems that every river bend or hilltop boasts a temple spire, due to the Burmese penchant for balancing their structures on cliffs or towering rocks.
Literally meaning ‘holy one’, paya, is the general term referring to religious structures. Payas are either square, rectangular or bell shaped and house holy relics such as a hair or footprint of the Buddha. Decorative metal umbrellas, called hti, adorn the tips of most and their chiming contributes to the tranquil ambience.
Because monasteries and secular buildings were traditionally built of wood, unlike the more permanent religious structures, there are very few surviving examples of these elaborately carved structures.

Classical dance-drama often features solo performances by female dancers who wear dresses with long white trains that they kick into the air with their heels during the foot movements. Yokthei pwe, or Burmese marionette theatre, uses colourful puppets up to a metre tall and is considered the most expressive of all the Burmese arts. It is also extremely skilful as some marionettes may have up to 60 strings, including one for each eyebrow.

– In Burmese culture it is unseemly to show too much emotion so avoid losing your temper over problems and delays.
– You should always take your shoes off when entering a temple or when visiting private houses.
– You should never touch anybody’s head intentionally as it is regarded as a particularly holy part of the body.
– Accordingly, the feet are literally the lowest part of the body so do not point your feet at anybody or at a Buddha image.
– Sensitivity to politically related subjects in conversation is advisable.
– It is polite to ask permission before taking photographs of Burmese, particularly monks.

Although there are many ethnic groups in Myanmar, it can be roughly divided into four: Tibeto-Burmese, Mon-Khmer, Karen and Thai-Chinese. The first group includes the main Burmese people and more than 30 smaller tribes while the other three groups are less diverse.

Approximately 2-3 million Karen live in Myanmar, forming the third biggest ethnic group in the country. They are mainly farmers living either in the south-east near to the border with Thailand, or in the west of Myanmar near the Indian border. The women of the Padaung tribe, a subgroup of the Karen, are known for wearing heavy rings of brass around their necks and are called ‘giraffe women’ since the heavy rings push down the shoulders and elongate the neck.

The Shan consist of various tribes with a history dating back to the 3rd century BC. They are found today in the border regions of the north, north-west, east, and on the borders with Laos and Thailand. Although most of them are Buddhists, animism still plays a significant role in everyday life.
The Mon people, who are found mainly in the regions around Mawlamyine and Bago, have had a big impact on arts and culture. They are Buddhists and have their own language. Today, approximately 1.3 million Mon live in Myanmar.

The Kachin live in the remotest northern state. They include about 62 different tribes, some Christians and some animists. Their unique bamboo and wood houses are constructed in an oval shape; the first floor is used for animals and storage and the second floor is used as the living quarters.

The religious life of Myanmar is dominated by the omnipresent Theravada Buddhism. Over 80 percent of the population call themselves Theravadas, the remaining are Christians, Muslims, and Hindus. Over 500,000 Buddhist monks live in monasteries throughout the country.