"It will be quite unlike any land you know", so said Rudyard Kipling, so prepare to be amazed, dazzled and moved by all that you will see and experience in this intriguing land. Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is enriched with pristine nature, ancient religious sites, the mighty Ayeyarwady River, gilded pagodas, beautiful white sand beaches and full of friendly, humble people who cannot wait to share their rich traditions, customs and culture with you. It's Asia's best kept secret.
Following years of being off-limits, Myanmar has opened its doors to those hungry for new experiences. The 21st century world has barely touched this golden land, so there’s a strong sense of the old Orient on show.
Few places in the world compare to Bagan, where thousands of ancient temples and pagodas stretch as far as the eye can see across the vast sun-baked terrain. Embark on a sunrise balloon ride or hire a horse and cart to leisurely explore these astonishing monuments.
Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is the main city and is where you’ll find grand British colonial-era buildings along with notable religious sites, including the golden hill-top Shwedagon Pagoda. The city’s bustling streets and narrow alleys are chock-full of shops, markets and tea houses where the aroma of spices and freshly-cooked food wafts through the air.
Myanmar’s cultural centre, Mandalay, is set on the meandering Ayerwady River at the foot of Mandalay Hill and is packed with artisan workshops and tree-shaded monasteries.
At peaceful Inle Lake, witness the Intha peoples’ unique way of living. Their villages are built on stilts over the water and they travel everywhere by boat using their signature style of leg rowing. The former British hill station of Kalaw is surrounded by tea plantations and home to ethnic hill tribes, while Mount Popa, an extinct volcano, has a sacred monastery perched atop.
Take a leisurely cruise along the Ayeyarwady River and watch daily life unfold as you pass rural villages. Or, escape to Ngapali where there are no noisy beachside bars, just perfectly peaceful white sands lapped by deep blue sea.
- Unique off-the-beaten-track adventure
- Temple-strewn plains
- Jewel-encrusted pagodas
- Majestic rivers
- Unspoiled beaches
- Leg-rowers & floating gardens