Land of Golden Temples
Explore Our Myanmar
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has many natural attractions, temples of dazzling gold to commanding mountain ranges covered by lush rainforests; this land with outstanding beauty will captivate you entirely.
Yangon is the country’s largest city and the former capital of Burma. The fascinating city is famed for its golden pagodas and no trip here would be complete without a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda; a sacred Buddhist site which is some 2,500-years-old.
Burma’s second-largest city, Mandalay, is located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River towards the north of the country. The treasures of this city deserve to be sought out, and you’ll find pagodas and monasteries hidden within the sprawl of winding streets. Beyond that the temple town of Bagan is a real highlight. To take in the true beauty of this sacred area we recommend a hot-air balloon ride at dawn when hundreds of majestic golden pagodas rise out of the morning mists. Away from the towns entirely, Burma’s untamed natural beauty awaits. As a destination still largely off the regular tourist trail, the beaches of Burma are largely unspoilt, with some offering picture-postcard perfection.
World Heritage Sites
The culture of Myanmar is a result of unique peoples mixing together over the centuries. Indeed, there is evidence of the region known as Myanmar being settled for over 13,000 years. Furthermore, for thousands of years, the Myanmar culture has been influenced by Buddhism and it has made its mark on many aspects of life.
Some of the most interesting festivals in Myanmar are unique to small localities. When planning to travel to Myanmar, contact your travel consultant to see if any local festivals will occur during your itinerary. Some of the larger festivals in Myanmar are:
+ Shwedagon Pagoda Festival: This holiday falls in March and is the largest pagoda festival in the country. Scriptures are read 24 hours a day for the week preceding the festival, and weaving competitions are held using traditional looms to make robes for Buddha statues in the pagoda as well.
+ Thingyan Water Festival: The largest and most important holiday in the country, marking the traditional new year. Water is joyfully thrown at everyone to wash away the past year and famous sticky rice balls are a traditional treat. The Thingyan Water Festival usually falls around mid-April.
In general, there are no serious health or safety risks when traveling in Myanmar. However, it never hurts to take precautions. Please consult your healthcare provider to see if they recommend any vaccinations or other medications when traveling.
In large cities and other crowded areas, be mindful of your belongings such as cameras, mobile phones and wallets/purses.
The Myanmar Kyat (MMK) is the national currency and the current exchange rate with the US Dollar is 1 = 1,290 MMK (as of February 2016). ATMs are available in large cities and many of them work with overseas ATM cards. Some larger hotels and shops accept credit cards, and this method of payment is becoming more common. Keep in mind that some merchants may charge small fee and that international transaction fees may apply.
The Myanmar postal system can mail letters and postcards worldwide for reasonable rates. International shipping companies such as UPS and DHL are available in Myanmar as well if there is a need to ship something quickly.
SIM cards for mobile phones are cheap and widely available. Short term data packages for mobile phones are very inexpensive and easy to set up. Get in touch with your travel consultant to arrange a SIM if you wish to use your mobile phone upon arrival.
Passports with more than six months of validity, as well as valid visas, are required for entry into Myanmar. Many travelers are eligible for the Myanmar e-visa system. Contact your travel consultant to ensure that you have all of the necessary documentation to apply before traveling.
When traveling to Myanmar, remember to be flexible and keep an open mind. Many traveler frustrations begin with differing expectations and miscommunication. If there is an issue, try to stay pleasant, smile and enjoy the experience. The people of Myanmar are very proud of their country and culture and are proud to showcase their nation to international visitors.
Suggested Myanmar Itineraries
Explore our Myanmar sample itineraries to inspire your travel planning. The itineraries can be easily customised and adapted to your personal interests and preferences.