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Burma (Myanmar) Holidays


Burma holidays, or Myanmar holidays if you prefer, offer a host of treasures to captivate travellers; from gleaming golden pagodas and bustling local markets to serene riverside landscapes.

Beautiful Bagan is often mentioned in the same breath as some of the more established ‘Wonders of the World’. With over 2,000 pagodas and temples spread out over the plains as far as the eye can see, Bagan easily rivals Cambodia’s Angkor Wat in scale and ambition and Peru’s Machu Picchu for ‘wow’ factor.

Along with this must see sight you'll enjoy glorious former royal capitals, charming rural scenes, magical river cruises and undiscovered golden beaches.

Trailfinders is the UK & Ireland’s No.1 Tour Operator to Burma. Speak to the expert travel consultants in our dedicated Burma Team for help planning your holiday. Senior professionals with a passion for the the country, they are mines of information gathered from personal travel experience.

OUR HOLIDAYS TO BURMA (MYANMAR)

Classic Burma
Private Tour
10 days / 9 nights

This private tour is the perfect introduction to the warm friendly people, rich culture and stunning landscapes of this truly captivating country.
Journey Through Burma
Private Tour
15 days / 14 nights

This in depth tour combines Burma’s essential highlights with the lesser visited destinations of Kalaw and Loikaw.
Best of Burma & the Irrawaddy
Private Tour
13 days / 12 nights

A luxury river cruise on board the stylish Anawrahta is an unforgettable way to discover Burma as part of this comprehensive private tour.
Best of Burma (Myanmar)
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
15 days / 14 nights

Travel to Burma and discover a country of mythical landscapes, ancient treasures and some of the friendliest folk you'll ever meet. From golden-gilded Buddhas in Yangon and the magical temples of Bagan to the tranquillity of Inle Lake, Burma will excite, impress and intrigue you. A visit to Burma is to experience the South-East Asia of twenty years ago, full of rarely seen sights and generations of stories just waiting to be told. Come and discover a little bit of Burma magic with us.
Magical Burma (Myanmar)
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
14 days / 13 nights

Discover the spectacular scenery, hidden histories and grand pagodas of this fascinating country. Visit Bagan’s temples and cruise the Irrawaddy River and Inle Lake on this tour of Burma’s highlights.
Cycle Burma (Myanmar)
Guided Small Group Cycling Tour
14 days / 13 nights

Captivating villages, dramatic scenery and intriguing monasteries are waiting to be discovered as you explore beautiful Burma (Myanmar) on this small group cycling tour.

WHERE TO GO IN BURMA (MYANMAR)

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Rangoon (Yangon)
Often still mistaken as the capital of Burma, this title was removed in 2006, but Rangoon has remained the main entry point into the country and is home to the most impressive religious structure – Shwedagon Pagoda. Experience the colourful streets, busy local markets and find out the fascinating history of this relatively young and motorcycle free city.
Inle Lake
Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Burma where Intha people live in either villages at the water’s edge or out on the lake in stilted houses. The lake is best explored by small motorised boat where you can view the traditional and unique leg-rowing techniques of the local oarsmen and visit one of the markets which rotate each day between the villages.
Bagan
The most iconic Burmese image is that of the temple-studded plains of Bagan – a truly unforgettable sight. Between the 11th and 13th Century, the kings of Bagan commissioned over 4,000 temples, creating an impressive and extravagant city. Base yourself in one of the three main towns, Nyaung U, Old Bagan or New Bagan to discover this magical area.
Mandalay
Mandalay is the second largest city in Burma and the access point to the north. Mandalay’s main attractions lie just outside the city, and it is blessed with three former royal capitals on its doorstop, Ava, Amarapura & Sagaing. Be sure not to miss the sunsets from Mandalay Hill or a trip to the famous U Bein Bridge.
Ngapali Beach
This is the place to relax after touring the many temples and pagodas Burma has to offer. Here, the pristine sands of Ngapali’s palm-fringed beach are lapped by the stunning blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. The atmosphere is calm, quiet and totally relaxing. The locals uphold their fishing village traditions and the catch of the day is served later that evening in local restaurants.
Kalaw
Kalaw is a hill station located in the Shan state and known for its refreshing climate; a welcome retreat from the heat of the plains. The rolling landscapes and beautiful hilltop vistas are a magnet for trekkers with both day and longer overnight treks available. Head out to explore the surrounding villages and discover the unique tribal lifestyles of this part of Burma.

OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN BURMA (MYANMAR)

Hotel by the Red Canal
4 star

Mandalay

This boutique hotel is located in a residential neighbourhood, a short drive from the centre of Mandalay. After a visiting the various attractions in this hectic city, you’ll be warmly welcomed back by the friendly staff. Take a break from the warm sun with a refreshing dip in the pool or dine at Spice Garden, a tasty blend of Indian and Burmese cuisine. Each of the 25 rooms are compact yet comfortable and reflects traditional Burmese décor.
Areindmar Hotel
3 plus star

Bagan

Set on a quiet street in New Bagan just a short walk from a variety of restaurants and shopping, this charming hotel is an easy drive from the archaeological zone. Set around a beautiful and spacious garden courtyard and lily ponds, the property offers a delightful blend of modern, Burmese and colonial influences for a stylish yet classic look. The hotel also has a pool for a refreshing dip and a restaurant serving Asian & European dishes throughout the day. Rooms have a smart, classic design with wooden floors and local furnishings.
The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate
4 star

Bagan

Close to many of the magical temples of Bagan, this hotel is an ideal base in this wonderful region. Back at the hotel, there’s a pool and spa when its time for a break from sightseeing. There are 2 restaurants to choose from serving Asian and French cuisines. The 84 rooms are tastefully decorated with teak flooring and Burmese furniture throughout.
Sanctum Inle Resort
5 star

Inle Lake

The stunning Sanctum Inle Resort follows a monastic style and enjoys a prestigious location on the perimeter of picturesque Inle Lake. Walk around the manicured grounds, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment after a full day of sightseeing and visit the hotel’s fabulous Workshop Boutique, where you will find a beautiful selection of locally made handicrafts. The hotel boasts a stylish restaurant specialising in delectable Burmese cuisine and a lounge bar offering guests a wide selection of Burmese-brewed beers and wines. Cloister Classic Rooms are lovingly designed in a minimalist style with views of the gardens while Cloister Deluxe Rooms are more spacious with lofty ceilings.
Sule Shangri-La
4 plus star

Rangoon (Yangon)

This superior property is ideally located in the heart of Rangoon just a short walk from both Bogyoke Market and Sule Pagoda. On-site facilities include a superb fitness centre offering an outdoor pool, well-equipped gym, sauna and steam room, as well as massage and reflexology treatments. Two restaurants and two lounge bars offer a wide choice of both local and international cuisine. The recently refurbished guest rooms are spacious and comfortably decorated in a clean, modern style.
Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa
4 star

Ngapali

This small resort enjoys a lovely location at the southern end of Ngapali beach offering stunning panoramic views of the bay. With only 32 exquisitely designed villas, this resort is an exclusive and unique beach retreat.

THINGS TO DO IN BURMA (MYANMAR)

Balloon Experience over Bagan
Approx 2½ - 3 hours
Amazing flight over the temple-studded plains of Bagan
Bagan Temple Biking
Approx 4 hours
Scenic beauty of Bagan countryside
Inle Lake Cookery Class
Approx 5 hours
  • Learn traditional cooking techniques
  • Collect produce from the floating gardens

  • Yangon for Foodies
    Approx 4 hours
  • Sample traditional delicacies
  • Visit local markets

  • Golden Rock Pagoda
    2 days / 1 night
    Famous Golden Rock Pagoda
    Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp
    Approx 8 hours
  • Magnificent elephants
  • Help the experienced Mahouts

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    Burma Climate Guide
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    Burma (Myanmar) Fast Facts

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    +6 hours

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    Flight Time to Burma (Myanmar)

    Approx
    12½ hours

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