Myanmar (Burma) - Best Tours & Trips 2019

138 Myanmar (Burma) tours from 76 tour companies. 334 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
After opening up to the world, Myanmar (Burma) 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. Myanmar hasn't changed much for decades -- yet -- so now is a great time to go.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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A Taste of Myanmar

Myths and Mountains
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8 days
$ 391 / day
$ 3,125
From : $ 3,844
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Yangon
  • Visit National Museum
  • Discover Ananda Temple
  • Visit Inle lake
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Irawaddy
Visits:
Bagan, Mandalay, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)

G Adventures
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12 days
$ 250 / day
$ 2,999
From : $ 3,689
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Talk with a monk about buddhism and daily life
  • Learn the basics of burmese cuisine with a cooking demonstration from a local chef
  • Travel past floating villages on tranquil inle lake
  • Explore the pagodas and monasteries of this ancient land
Visits:
Bagan, Mandalay, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Burma: Land of the Golden Pagoda

12 days
$ 822 / day
$ 9,865
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Stunning boutique Myanmar hotels in traditional Burmese style
  • Attend a traditional Shan State tribal market
  • Revel in a classic overnight Irrawaddy cruise on a boutique barge
  • See the 16th century ruins in Shan State
  • Discover the hidden princely hamlet of Sagar, far off the tourist radar
  • Marvel at the graceful Intha leg rowers on Inle Lake
  • Explore Bagan's thousands of 1,300-year old ruins
  • Tour leadership by an expert on Burmese culture
Visits:
Bagan, Inca Trail, Mandalay, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Myanmar Highlights

Intrepid Travel
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9 days
$ 199 / day
$ 1,700
From : $ 2,417
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Spend an afternoon touring the temple town of Bagan by bicycle. This is a fantastic way to see the thousands of spectacular temples, stupas and pagodas
  • Join a homegrown master of Burmese cuisine as you stock up on market ingredients, cook up a storm in a cooking class, then feast on the results – all the while supporting a community library initiative
  • Enjoy an action-packed activity schedule in Mandalay. Visit the magnificent Mandalay Palace, tour a local village and monastery, and discover the hill-top pagodas of Sagaing
  • Explore Inle Lake on a peaceful canoe trip, followed by a boat tour of its floating islands and local village industries
  • Be dazzled by Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. Myanmar's religious crown jewel comes alive in the dusk, with thousands of glittering diamonds on its golden stupa
Visits:
Mandalay, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Golden Treasures of Myanmar

AMA Waterways
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 381 / day
$ 5,339
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Spend two nights in Yangon, transfer to Pyay and embark upon your 10-night cruise to Mandalay. Conclude your journey with a short flight back to Yangon for another overnight stay.
  • Explore Yangon
  • Visit Yokesonekyaung, built in 1882
  • Explore Tant Kyi Taung Mountain to visit its famous pagoda
  • Discover Bagan opportunity to see Archaeological Zone, like Shwezigan Pagoda and the Ananda temple
  • Tour through Sagaing visit the famous monasteries
Visits:
Bagan, Mandalay, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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A Week in Myanmar

Global Basecamps
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7 days
$ 325 / day
$ 2,272
From : $ 2,795
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Seven day option allowing you to dive into the rich culture and vast history of Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan
  • A great stopover if you are visiting another country within Southeast Asia
Visits:
Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Myanmar Adventure

Adventures within Reach
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8 days
$ 199 / day
$ 1,595
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon
  • Bagan
  • Trekking in Kalaw
  • Inle lake
Visits:
Bagan, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Mergui Archipelago Sailing Adventure departing fr ...

Intrepid Travel
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9 days
$ 171 / day
$ 2,200
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the beautiful unspoilt Mergui Archipelago, meeting local wildlife, local fisherman, and the nomadic seafaring community of the Moken along the way
  • Disconnect from the modern digital world and find a different kind of buzz on an incredibly relaxing journey through the islands of Myanmar
  • Sit back and soak up some of the best beaches in the world, and enjoy a BBQ on a secluded stretch of sand with fish caught fresh that day
  • Anchor in the calm waters surrounding local islands, where you can kayak, paddleboard and snorkel among stunning marine life
  • Embrace the sea-faring life with hammocks on deck, spectacular sunsets, and nights spent out beneath the stars
Visits:
Phuket, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand
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Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia: Borobudur, Bagan ...

Myths and Mountains
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
17 days
$ 411 / day
$ 6,995
From : $ 7,811
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Salay and Gubyaukgi Temple in Myinkaba
  • Explore Yangon and see the Sule, British colonial buildings, National Museum, meditation center, circular train ride, River Gallery
  • Visit Salay and Gubyaukgi Temple in Myinkaba
  • Visit Minnanthu Village for sesame and peanut oil
  • Discover Bangkok
  • Visit healer and stroll through Ubud
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Bagan, Bali, Banyon Temple, Lake Inle, Shwedagon Pagoda, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia
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Thailand to Myanmar – Bangkok to Mae Sot to the ...

Myths and Mountains
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16 days
$ 320 / day
$ 5,125
From : $ 6,919
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Ayutthaya
  • Visit caves in Hpa An
  • Explore Sukhothai and Mae Sot
  • Visit Shampoo Island and Mudon
  • Explore Yangon and Bago
Visits:
Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand
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Touring Myanmar's Highlights

Myths and Mountains
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 349 / day
$ 2,795
From : $ 3,438
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Yangon
  • Visit Taunggyi
  • Explore the town and take a 4-hour boat trip to Kyauk Gu U Min
  • Visit Flying Tiger Ma Shwe Wa
Visits:
Bagan, Lake Inle, Mandalay, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Myanmar Odyssey: Bagan, Inle, Monywa, Ngapali and ...

Myths and Mountains
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
19 days
$ 263 / day
$ 4,995
From : $ 5,694
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Circular train ride in Yangon
  • Sunset at Shwedagon
  • Visiting villages and people around Inle Lake
  • Exploring Pindaya Caves
  • Buddha Washing in Mandalay
  • Visiting Monywa and the Phowin Taung Caves
  • Climbing Mt. Popa
  • Experience Boat Ride on the Irawaddy
  • Balloon over Bagan
  • Time on Ngapali Beachj (optional)
Visits:
Bagan, Lake Inle, Mandalay, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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In-depth Travel to Myanmar

16 days
$ 133 / day
$ 2,133
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit popular Yangon's attractions and surrounding city;
  • Enjoy the jungle life at the Elephant Camp with Elephant ride;
  • Take an adventurous train journey to Naung Pin passing over the amazing Gokteik Railway Viaduct;
  • Visit popular pagodas and temples in Bagan;
  • Boat trip on Inle Lake passing through colorful market; floating garden and fishing villages
Visits:
Bagan, Lake Inle, Mandalay, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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10-Day Best of Myanmar

10 days
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Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover Myanmar
  • Enjoy sightseeing of the Inle Lake
  • Visit Mahamuni Pagoda home to one of the country's most
  • Visit Mahagandayon Monastery, the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar
  • Explore Bagan’s most significant shrines - the Shwezigon Pagoda and Htilominlo Temple
Visits:
Bagan, Lake Inle, Mandalay, Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar)
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Glimpse of Myanmar & Singapore

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 208 / day
$ 2,499
From : $ 3,374
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the larger-than-life gold Shwedagong Pagoda in Yangon
  • See some of the many incredible temples around the ancient city of Bagan
  • Explore Kuthodaw Pagoda, often referred to as “the world’s biggest book
  • Take boat trip on the Ayeyarwaddy River in Mandalay
  • Marvel at Singapore’s awe-inspiring landmarks
Visits:
Bagan, Mandalay, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), Singapore
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Top Myanmar (Burma) Experiences and Attractions

Top Myanmar (Burma) Experiences

Taking a river cruise on the Irrawaddy.

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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Myanmar (Burma) Trip Reviews

334 Myanmar (Burma) Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 245
Great 70
Average 14
Disappointing 5
Terrible 0
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Amazing experience

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My wife first used them 2 years ago when she went to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka solo. When we were planning our trip to Myanmar we wanted it to be perfect. we reached out to John and he organized an amazing private tour of Myanmar: hitting all of the sites, allowing enuough down time, meeting the locals, indulging in the food, and having very knowledgable tour guides take us around and make sure we were safe and having a blast. throughout the whole process John was there to make sure everything was going well. big shout out to our most excellent tour guides: YuYu in Mandalay, TinTin in Yangon, and Hahn in Bagan. we will defonetly use Odynovo again and be back in Myanmar soon.

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Operator Indochina Odyssey Tours

India Tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The whole experience of our visit to India and Shimla was amazing highly organized, saw lots, experience incredible -don’t go expecting a relaxed holiday it’s busy but then what you see and experience is out of this world.rebecca our tour guide was so informative and helpful - my first time with Riveria and it won’t be my last the sighting of the tigers was the icing on the cake.

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Operator Riviera Travel

Fantastic small tour

5.0
SpiceRoads Cycling Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Fantastic small tour with Max. The desing of the tour as well as the care for the participant is great and Max the guide did really go the extra mile for us. Really recommended!!!!

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Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

An unforgettable trip

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

May was an excellent guide, very kind and always wanting to help, great attention to detail

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Operator EPG Travel

TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!

5.0
Zegrahms Expeditions Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Sunday, 22 July... SVALBARD, Norway. Halfway between the top of continental Norway & the North Pole!

We disembarked & are now back to civilization! WOW!
What a FANTASTIC adventure on the ship Ocean Adventurer!

Once again, Zegrahm delivered! Cruise Director & Expedition Leader executed an unforgettable adventure! SUPERB lectures on ship & field trips from the guest experts in their fields... history of polar explorations... geology... birds... polar bears & other animals!

We saw several polar bears, groups of walrus, one very photogenic seal, reindeer, Arctic fox, a BLUE WHALE (largest of ALL whales!)... & a gazillion birds!

Our small ship was indeed able to circumnavigate the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) archipelago... 3 cheers to our Russian captain! The staff on board were FANTASTIC! And the best food I've had on any ship!

Mostly great weather... quite fortunate! Out on the Zodiacs (rubber rafts), I wore almost everything in my suitcase, in layers all at once, hoping to stay warm & dry... followed by VERY LONG hot showers once back on the ship, while I thawed out!

If you have an interest in polar adventure, TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!

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Operator Zegrahms Expeditions

Tun was a great help in dealing with Thai Airway when they lost my luggage

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

He was also an excellent guide with a great knowledge of all things Burmese and a good friend by the end of the tour. I (and the rest of the tour group) couldn’t recommend him highly enough.

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Operator On The Go Tours

Myanmar (Burma) Tours and Travel Guide

Myanmar (Burma) Attractions & Landmarks Guide

After opening up to the world, Myanmar (Burma) 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. Myanmar 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 Myanmar. The crowds and global restaurant conglomerates haven’t yet arrived, and it is still largely untouched by tourism.

Other-worldly and ethereal. Unusual and in ways unique. Timeless yet changing.

Even the name of the country – today Myanmar, formerly Burma --  suggests how this intriguing destination is keeping one foot planted firmly in its past, traditions and ways of life as it moves, tentatively but steadily, toward the future.

Myanmar - The Land of Pagodas

Myanmar is known as “The land of pagodas,” and the visitor soon learns why. No one knows how many Buddhist pagodas, temples, monasteries and stuppas are scattered throughout the county.

What you soon realize is that if at least one Buddhist holy place isn’t within sight at any given time, it will be soon. Whether exploring a vast religious complex or coming upon a tiny roadside memorial, the pervasiveness of the religion that the great majority of people practice is everywhere.

For non-Buddhists an itinerary that includes a seemingly endless array of  religious places may threaten to cause a bit of pagoda overload. But don’t let that thought discourage you.

Some holy places belong on any “must-see list. Many others have their own special appeals. Wherever there is an image of Buddha there are people prostrating themselves, praying, chanting and presenting offerings that range from fruit to flowers, incense to candles.

If the pervasiveness of religion in the everyday life of the people leads one to assume that Myanmar is only about Buddhism, think again. It’s a multi-racial country with interesting cities, fascinating villages, stunning nature and attractions sure to excite and delight. This variety isn’t surprising in an area about the size of France and Great Britain combined.

From Occupation to an Historic Election

Britain controlled Burma from 1824 until the country gained its independence in 1948.   A military junta that took control in 1962 suppressed dissent and allowed the economy to stagnate largely isolated from the rest of the world.

When the ruling generals permitted free elections to take place in 2015, the political party of Aung San Suu Kyi won a resounding victory. She is an activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, but whose advocacy for democracy resulted in her being under house arrest for 15 years until her release in 2010. She now serves as State Counselor and has instituted new freedoms and economic reforms. However, Myanmar’s constitution still gives the military a strong voice in governance of the country.

Since August 2018, there have been continuous news reports about atrocities by Myanmar’s military forces against Rohingya Muslims who live in Rakhine Province.   The Rohingyas originally came from the neighboring country of Bangladesh, and have been viewed as interlopers since they arrived. The unrest is confined to a narrow strip of land along the border with Bangladesh, so it is safe to travel throughout most of the country.

Ancient and Modern Life Meet

Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is the largest city and commercial center of Myanmar. It boasts the highest number of colonial-era buildings in southeast Asia.

Mandalay was the last seat of Burma’s kings before the British colonization. It’s known as a center of arts and crafts, with different neighborhoods devoted to various trades.

The setting is very different in villages located throughout the countryside, where in many ways people live much as their forebears did. Modest houses made of intertwined bamboo line narrow dusty lanes. Domesticated animals wander along the streets.

Yet even in the tiniest, most isolated hamlets, as elsewhere throughout the country, vestiges of change are emerging from the traditional lifestyle. Cell phones are as ubiquitous as in any major U.S. city. Children of all ages use a smartphone to play games, and it’s not uncommon to see a monk retrieve a cell phone from his saffron robe to make or take a call.  

Wherever the visitor may be in Myanmar, the gradual evolution from traditional ways of life to increasing hints of modernity is one of the most interesting aspects of the country.   The result is an immersion in a rich and colorful past combined with the comforts and conveniences of today.

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