• Balloons over Bagan

Myanmar Holidays

Myanmar holidays offer travellers a glimpse of Southeast Asia’s most undiscovered country. The diverse landscapes showcases pristine nature, Buddhist monuments, magical lakes and cities teeming with colonial heritage.

Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar has only recently opened its doors to tourism, so its culture and landscapes remain relatively unspoiled. Experience warm, welcoming people and scenery that ranges from snow topped mountains and lakes to grassy plains, the snaking Ayeyarwady River and buzzing cities. Start in lively Yangon, the country’s most populated city, which offers British colonial architecture, tea houses, glassy malls and shady parks. Its highlight is the Shwedagon Pagoda with its giant stupa encrusted with over 4,500 diamonds. This impressive Buddhist monument speaks to Myanmar’s nickname: Land of the Golden Pagoda.

Myanmar travel: discover a hidden paradise

The last royal capital, Mandalay, is home to spectacular pagodas like Mahamuni and Kuthodaw, which features 729 marble slabs inscribed with Theravada Buddhist scriptures. Explore the city’s restored palace, teak Shwenandaw Monastery, and four nearby ancient cities. For nature, head to beautiful Lake Inle in Upper Myanmar near the Shan hills. Cruise across the lake to stilt house villages, shop at markets selling handicrafts and watch farmers tend to floating gardens. Don’t miss the waterside temple, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, visit Indein’s crumbling pagodas and spot Intha fishermen ‘leg-rowing’ across the lake.

No trip to Myanmar would be complete without visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bagan. This mesmerising archaeological zone features over 2,000 stupas, temples and monasteries which are peppered across the country’s central plains. Temple-hop your way around Bagan, or float above its majestic spires on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Take some time to visit Bagan’s traditional lacquer workshops and visit nearby villages for a taste of rural life. Our Classic Myanmar, Highlights of Myanmar and Myanmar Discovery tours encompass all of these destinations and include chic hotel stays. Alternatively, opt for our Luxury Myanmar with Belmond tour to enjoy a cruise along the Ayeyarwady River.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit Yangon, home to British colonial architecture, modern malls and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, one of Myanmar’s sacred Buddhist sites
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed Bagan Archeological Zone, which boasts over 2,000 ancient temples, pagodas and monasteries scattered across Myanmar’s central plains
  • Explore romantic Mandalay, a former royal capital filled with culture and art, from Kuthodaw Pagoda to the ‘world’s largest book’
  • Cruise Lake Inle, set in the Shan hills, for floating villages and gardens, monasteries and the iconic leg-rowing Intha fishermen

Time Zone

GMT +6:30

Flight Time

Direct flights are available via Bangkok and Dubai.

Currency

Myanmar Kyat (MMK)

Visa Information

British citizens will need to obtain a visa for travel to Myanmar.

Language

English is widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Myanmar.

Myanmar

Myanmar has hot, tropical weather all year round. The best time to visit Myanmar is between November and February, when the weather is at its coolest and driest. Temperatures reach their hottest, topping 40°C, between March and May, particularly in Bagan and Mandalay. Monsoon season falls from May to October, when there can be heavy downpours. Overall, Lake Inle sees slightly cooler weather throughout the year.

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Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
27ºC
Laos
19ºC
15mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
8mm
Laos
21ºC
14mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
30ºC
20mm
Laos
23ºC
30mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
31ºC
52mm
Laos
25ºC
90mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
30ºC
134mm
Laos
26ºC
188mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
30ºC
163mm
Laos
26ºC
263mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
179mm
Laos
26ºC
275mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
211mm
Laos
25ºC
345mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
247mm
Laos
25ºC
254mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
28ºC
210mm
Laos
24ºC
164mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
28ºC
77mm
Laos
21ºC
69mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
26ºC
11mm
Laos
19ºC
26mm
  • Natalie, Destination Specialist

    Natalie

    Destination Specialist

    “In Myanmar, you’ll need to take off your shoes and socks when you enter temples and pagodas. To show respect, both men and women should also wear clothing that covers the knees and shoulders when visiting religious sites.” 

  • Isla, Destination Executive

    Isla

    Destination Executive

    “The weather is incredibly hot and sunny in Myanmar, so be sure to bring sunglasses and plenty of sun cream. It can get chilly in the early mornings and nights around Lake Inle, so pack a few warmer layers too.”

  • Thingyan Water Festival

    This vibrant Buddhist event celebrates the Myanmar New Year, which falls according to the lunar calendar, usually in mid-April. The public holiday lasts for around five days and is marked by pouring water over people to signify cleansing and renewal. Variations of these water festivities take place in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Visit a pagoda during the Thingyan Water Festival, where Buddhists pray, leave offerings for monks and wash Buddha statues. You can also enjoy parades, music and dancing displays across Myanmar.

Our Myanmar destinations

Mandalay

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Burmese Monks

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Yangon

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Bagan

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Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Types of Myanmar holidays

Shwedagon Pagoda

Myanmar Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

You can take a hot air balloon ride over the Pagodas in Bagan - this amazing experience is only available from October to March, however it is weather dependant. 

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