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Top Trip Memories

  • Cruising the Irrawaddy River.
  • Visiting to Bagan, Mandalay Region  to view the ancient Burmese art and architecture.
  • Trekking the Kalaw, Shan state.
  • Relaxing in Ngapali Beach.
  • Experiencing the peace and tranquility of Inle Lake and its fishing society
  • Gazing at the Shwedagon Pagoda's beauty and grandeau, as it lit up Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, at nightfall.
  • Gliding in a hot air balloon over an expanse of shimmering gold pagodas, among colorful pink and purple hues at dawn in Bagan. 
  • Accepting a warm invitation for coffee, inside the bamboo thatched homes of local villagers.
  • Standing awestruck in the presence of the colossal reclining Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda Buddha in Yangon.
  • Bargaining for intricate ruby, sapphire, emerald, and gold jewelry in Yangon's expansive Bogyoke Market.
  • Gazing at the precarious incline of the gilded boulder that is Golden Rock in Mon State
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Tour Tips

  • Burma is a burgeoning Southeast Asian destination, and with much of the country still relatively new to tourism, booking with an organized group will get you to rural villages that may be difficult, or nearly impossible, to navigate solo.
  • Bagan is known for its hot air balloon experiences at dawn. Be sure to book in advance for the best options so you don’t miss out.
  • Taxi is the easiest way to travel in the country’s largest city, Yangon.
  • If traveling by ferry to Inle Lake, expect a long and choppy ride. Timetables and itineraries are loose guides. Prepare for an eventful journey!
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Burma (Myanmar) Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.7 out of 5

99%

recommend

674 Reviews

  • Excellent 478
  • Great 178
  • Average 13
  • Disappointing 5
  • Terrible 0

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

The tour overall was great

Classic Myanmar Adventure

5.0
April 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
The tour overall was great. I must admit I was EXTREMELY disappointed with Gadventures at the beginning of the tour. My deciding factor between the classic/comfort was the Golden Rock. That is the only reason why I opted for this one. I would have much rather had a premium experience. Some of the hotels were just okay on this trip. We spent 2 FULL days in 39 degrees traveling to the rock, one day to get there and one day to go down. It was known, as we were leading up to the rock for sunset, we were told he had some bad news. The entire thing was wrapped in bamboo and scaffold. I have a very good image of it. I think G definitely should have been proactive and in letting us know, or having an alternative site/excursion. Everyone on the entire tour was EXTREMELY ........... the first two days. IT was a very bad start to the tour. The was a waste of two business days for me in the office, and probably $300.
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Cycle Myanmar(Burma)

Cycle Myanmar (Burma)

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
We found this trip lived up to our expectations. This is a country that is just opening up to tourists and the people although having lived through hard times are friendly, courteous and wanting to interact with tourists.
The activities and sites which we experienced were educational as well as fun.
The biking was moderate as rated and the bus was always available if you did not want to cycle at any time.
The friendliness of the people of Myanmar and the villages where they lived and worked.

Alex was an excellent leader, always friendly, knowledgeable about the history if his country and Buddhism aa well as attentive. He went out of his way to make sure everyone was comfortable with the plans for the day. He worked well with his staff. He had a good sense of humour and we thoroughly enjoyed his leadership.

Be prepared for the heat and just go and enjoy,

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Burma By Cycle

Cycle Myanmar (Burma)

4.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Wonderful trip which I would recommend to anyone.
My only word of caution is that you are riding a mountain bike which causes you to be bent forward when riding. If you have a shoulder/neck problem, this type of bike can cause you pain in your shoulders/neck. It can be remedied by having an extender installed in the headset of the mountain bike which will allow you to sit more upright and take the stress off your shoulders. Exodus does not provide these and you should bring one with you which their bike mechanic will install. They cost about $20 Canadian and will make the bike riding on the bumpy roads much more enjoyable.
The Burmese people .

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Myanmar Biking, Inle Lake to Bagan

Cycle Myanmar (Burma)

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Moderate difficulty. Good for us 70 year olds. Excellent accomodations throughout and food locations suggested by "Alex",our lead guide. Wonderful and attentive crew. Would accommodate all our extra needs (handling shopping items). Great route selection through rural Myanmar. Could really appreciate the local culture.
Serenity of the countryside and friendliness of the Burmese people.

"Alex" was excellent.

Be prepared physically. Weather is very hot

Very highly recommend this trip.

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Burma By Bike

Cycle Myanmar (Burma)

5.0
April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This trip provides a comprehensive insight into a country in transition- at this stage it has a long way to go to reach the economic and social standards of most of its neighbours in south east Asia. The people are friendly,welcoming and charming and much of the scenery is stunning.
The sheer numbers of Buddha statues was impressive ( in some cases thousands in one location ) as were the temples and stupas of Bagan. Inle Lake was a highlight- lovely scenery,good cycling,interesting insights into the making of various goods including silk garments,umbrellas,and cigars all made using locally available materials.

Alex was a superb leader- excellent communication skills,good humour,and comprehensive knowledge about the history,religion and cultures of his country.

Most of our group suffered at some stage with a stomach bug- shortlived but quite severe whilst it lasted- be prepared to be careful what you eat and bring appropriate medication. Mozzies were not a problem on this trip- we did encounter them from time to time,so a good repellant is advisable. The cycling is generally fairly easy- undulating for most part although there are some steep challenges e.g. last 2kms up to Mt Popa.

If you are thinking of doing this trip,don't hesitate- this is a superb opportunity to get a comprehensive insight into a country in transition and which continues to face many challenges.You will be assured of a warm welcome by the friendly and charming people.

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Burma (Myanmar) Trips & Tour Advice

After opening up to the world, Burma (Myanmar) is now one of the hottest destinations in Southeast Asia. A wonderland of Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries, it can be toured by land or by the Irrawaddy River, which runs through the country from Yangon (Rangoon) to Mandalay. Burma hasn't changed much for decades -- yet -- so now is a great time to go.

You think you’ve seen it all in Southeast Asia, until you hear of a country called Burma. The crowds and global restaurant conglomerates haven’t yet arrived, and it is still largely untouched by tourism.

Smiling Villagers

Burma is rooted in the Theravada Buddhist philosophy of metta: benevolence, friendship, goodwill, and kindness. Its cultural atmosphere embodies this essence, with overflowing smiles, and generous invitations. You may find yourself walking alone, or with a group, when suddenly, you are asked to coffee, or tea, in at thatched bamboo home. Wondering how you ended up sitting cross-legged and exchanging grateful gestures, you are unaware of a language barrier that just minutes earlier seemed a thousand miles long. Trust your instincts, and welcome this national devotion to kindness toward strangers.

Shimmering Gold Pagodas

These temples recognized throughout South Asia for their multi-tiered rooftops, are painted in gold, or pure white, throughout Burma. Shwedagaon Pagoda in Yangon, Golden Rock on Mount Kyaiktiyo, and the more than 10,000 pagodas dotting the landscape of Bagan, are among the most visited. However, you may also see small golden pagodas almost anywhere in Burma, even in the most remote areas. Dress modestly, and remove your shoes before entering these sacred Buddhist temples.

Saffron-Robed Monks

Especially when visiting pagodas, or even just walking down the buzzing streets of Yangon, you may be struck by the effortlessness of monks and nuns passing by with their long, flowing robes. Monks of all ages wear saffron-colored robes, while nuns’ robes are pink. Embrace the serenity offered by their presence, and only take photographs if granted permission, or with extreme discretion.

Delicate Ecosystems

The shallow waters and canals of Inle Lake, near the town of Nyaung Shwe, provide the ideal setting for fishermen to cast their wide cone-shaped nets. Homes rest on stilts, farmers tend to floating gardens anchored by large bamboo poles, and all is tranquil. You may never want to leave.

Prepare For the Trip of a Lifetime

Know the season before you go. Like the rest of South East Asia, Burma is affected by the monsoon season in the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months. Dry season may be a more favorable time to sightsee, but expect heat, and more crowds.

Burma is rooted in tradition, and modest clothing is the norm. Women and men wear a traditional sarong, called a longhi, and you will rarely see bare shoulders, even in major cities. Follow this modest dress, and pack loose-fitting long pants and/or skirts for women, instead of shorts. Pick thin fabrics to keep you cool.

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