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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

Great sample itineraries


Our Burma holidays allow you to experience bustling Yangon and Mandalay, sail Lake Inle and visit Bagan’s sacred temples. Myanmar is also perfectly positioned for a multicentre holiday to neighbouring Cambodia, Laos or Thailand.

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Classic Myanmar

  • 6 Days
  • Guide Price £4,199 PP
Peaceful pagodas with shiny pointed stupas, temples in beautiful teak and awe-inspiring sunsets – discover these delights and more on...
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Myanmar Luxury Private Tour

  • 9 Days
  • Guide Price £3,399 PP
Discover Buddhist monks, bright golden pagodas and plains scattered with magnificent temples on our Highlights of Myanmar tour. This classic...
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Bagan

Tour Mandalay Yangon

  • 6 Days
Available as either a small group or private tour, this journey gives you the ideal introduction to this fascinating country....
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Belmond Cruise Myanmar

  • 9 Days
Explore the natural beauty of Myanmar in luxury on the Belmond Road to Mandalay cruise. Discover life on the Irrawaddy...
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Browse our selection of luxurious hotels in Myanmar, which provide a range of board options. Choose from opulent hotels with five star facilities including pools and spas, gourmet restaurants and gyms.

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Belmond Governor's Residence

A stylish boutique hotel centrally located in Yangon’s Embassy Quarter, the Belmond Governor’s Residence is a true landmark with a unique colonial...
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Explore Myanmar

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 Info

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

Best time to visit 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

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
27° C
Laos
19° C
15 mm

Average Weather in February

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Cambodia
29° C
8 mm
Laos
21° C
14 mm

Average Weather in March

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Cambodia
30° C
20 mm
Laos
23° C
30 mm

Average Weather in April

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Cambodia
31° C
52 mm
Laos
25° C
90 mm

Average Weather in May

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Cambodia
30° C
134 mm
Laos
26° C
188 mm

Average Weather in June

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Cambodia
30° C
163 mm
Laos
26° C
263 mm

Average Weather in July

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Cambodia
29° C
179 mm
Laos
26° C
275 mm

Average Weather in August

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Cambodia
29° C
211 mm
Laos
25° C
345 mm

Average Weather in September

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Cambodia
29° C
247 mm
Laos
25° C
254 mm

Average Weather in October

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Cambodia
28° C
210 mm
Laos
24° C
164 mm

Average Weather in November

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Cambodia
28° C
77 mm
Laos
21° C
69 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Cambodia
26° C
11 mm
Laos
19° C
26 mm
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.” 

Natalie
Destination Specialist
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.”

Isla
Destination Executive

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.

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