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Burma The Golden Land Tour

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Mystical Myanmar Tour

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Myanmar (Burma) Tours

Myanmar (Burma) offers a fascinating journey of discovery through one of South East Asia’s least visited, but most rewarding countries with its ancient temples, golden beaches and smiling faces. From the unforgettable temples in Bagan and Mandalay’s fabled history, to largely undiscovered white sand beaches at Ngapali and the placid waters of Inle Lake, Myanmar has a wealth of treasures that exceed the expectations of those who visit.

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Mystical Myanmar Tour

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  • Burma The Golden Land - Group TourClassical and HeritageCultural and HistoryEscorted Tours

    Burma The Golden Land - Group Tour

    Yangon (2 nights), Mandalay (3 nights), Irrawaddy cruise & Bagan (3 nights), Inle Lake (2 nights) and Yangon (1 night)

    14 days £3560

    Departing: 04th March 2015

  • Mystical MyanmarCultural and HistoryTailor Made Tours

    Mystical Myanmar

    Yangon (2 nights), Mandalay (3 nights), Ayeyarwady River Cruise (1 night), Bagan (3 nights), Inle Lake (2 nights) and (Yangon 1 night)

  • Road To MandalayCruisingCultural and HistoryTailor Made Tours

    Road To Mandalay

    Yangon (2 nights), cruising on the Road To Mandalay (7 nights) & Yangon (1 night) Please note that on some dates the cruise operates Bagan to Bagan visiting the same keys sites but in a different order to the Mandalay to Mandalay cruise. Shorter 3 and 4-night cruises or a longer 11-night cruise are also available. Extensions to stay at Inle Lake or Ngapali Beach can also be arranged. Please contact our Sales Team for further information and for Special Offers.

  • Images of BurmaTailor Made Tours

    Images of Burma

    Yangon (2 nights), Bagan (2 nights), Inle Lake (2 nights), Mandalay (2 nights) and Hua Hin (3 nights)

  • Cruise the IrawaddyCruisingCultural and HistoryTailor Made Tours

    Cruise the Irawaddy

    Yangon (1 night), Inle Lake (2 nights), RV Paukan 2007 (7 nights).

  • Orcaella-Discovering the Chindwin RiverCruisingCultural and HistoryNewTailor Made Tours

    Orcaella-Discovering the Chindwin River

    Orcaella (11 nights)

Things to See & Do

  • Shwedagon Pagoda

    Shwedagon Pagoda

    Revered by Burma’s Buddhists and covered with hundreds of plates of gold, the stunning Shwe Dagon Pagoda dominates the city’s skyline. A rich repository for almost 2,500 years of culture and heritage, its Golden Pagoda presents a truly unforgettable experience, especially at sunset when you can watch the sun’s last rays casting a golden glow across its gilded face.

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  • Bagan

    Bagan

    The ancient capital of several kingdoms, the ruins at Bagan (Pagan) lie along the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy River, scattered across some 25 square kilometres of Myanmar's central plains. Many of the temples and stupas date back to the time of the First Burmese Empire, when the arrival of Theravada Buddhism in the reign of the 11th century King Anawratha saw Bagan begin its transformation into a major centre for Buddhist studies.

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  • Sule Pagoda

    Sule Pagoda

    The Sule Pagoda is reportedly over 2,500 years old and is said to house one of Buddha's hairs. It is very much a working temple and local people can be wintnessed paying homage to Buddha. On the lower ground floor, stalls selling offerings and flowers are located. It often seems that all roads in Yangon lead to the Sule Pagoda and its golden dome is undoubtedly a dominating presence on the skyline.

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  • Inle Lake

    Inle Lake

    Inle Lake is home to the extraordinary 'leg-rowing' fishermen who have developed an original, eccentric way of rowing with one leg, leaving their hands free to drop their tall conical nets over passing fish. The lake is extremely beautiful, surrounded by mountains inhabited by colourful hill tribes and after a fascinating few days visiting temples and towns, Inle Lake can offer time for relaxation and reflection.

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  • Golden Teak Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung)

    Golden Teak Monastery (Shwenandaw Kyaung)

    Myanmar's second largest city, Mandalay was the last capital of an independent Burmese kingdom, prior to annexation by the British in 1885. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, the city's exact location at the foot of Mandalay Hill, was chosen to fulfil a Buddhist prophecy. Whilst its once grand palace was sadly destroyed in World War II, much of the city's cultural heritage can still be seen amongst its walls, pagodas and pavilions.

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  • Mandalay

    Mandalay

    Myanmar's second largest city, Mandalay was the last capital of an independent Burmese kingdom, prior to annexation by the British in 1885. Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, the city's exact location at the foot of Mandalay Hill, was chosen to fulfil a Buddhist prophecy. Whilst its once grand palace was sadly destroyed in World War II, much of the city's cultural heritage can still be seen amongst its walls, pagodas and pavilions.

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  • Ava

    Ava

    Myanmar’s second largest city, Mandalay is the gateway to the ancient cities of Ava and Amarapura, also to the beautiful landscapes and famous gardens around Pyin U Lwin (Maymyo), a former British colonial hill station in the Shan Hills.

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  • Maymyo (Pyin U Lwin)

    Maymyo (Pyin U Lwin)

    Occupying the hills to the east of Mandalay, this former British hill station is famous for its colourfully painted horse drawn carriages and faded colonial mansions and the expansive grounds of the National Kandawgyi Gardens, a natural haven of native forest, orchid gardens and wildlife that covers over 400 acres.

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  • Sagaing

    Sagaing

    Known as a religious centre, Sagaing is filled with dozens of Buddha statues and nunneries as well as an important monastic hospital. In the months of October and November Buddhists from all over the country come to pay their respects and robes to Sagaing's monks, during the full moon of Tazaungmon. Sagaing is also home to many fascinating attractions such as Twin-daung lake, Inwa Bridge and the Mingun Bell.

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  • Mount Popa

    Mount Popa

    About 50 kilometres from Bagan lays Mount Popa, an extinct and sacred volcano. Although at first glance it would appear to be one single peak it is in fact three separate peaks. Mount Popa is regarded as the home of Myanmar's most powerful nats, who are local spirits and commonly worshipped throughout Myanmar.

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Highlights of Myanmar (Burma)

Travel Experts

  • Amanda Daltrey

    For something a little different, try visiting one of the tea shops for a local style brew.

    Amanda Daltrey
    Sales Consultant
  • Amanda Daltrey

    Hiring a bicycle in Bagan is a great way of spending some spare time you may have, exploring some of the smaller, less visited temples is a rewarding experience.

    Amanda Daltrey
    Sales Consultant
  • Sue Livsey

    Visit the Allied War Cemetery on the outskirts of Yangon for a truly moving experience.

    Sue Livsey
    Far East Product Manager

Best Time To Go and Weather

The best time to visit Myanmar is between November and the end of February, when the climate is cooler than at other times of the year and drier.  March and April are often dry too, but the temperature is much higher and less bearable for sightseeing.

Essential Information

  • Time differenceGMT + 6.5 hrs
  • Flight Time11 hrs
  • VisaYes for British passport holders*
  • ImmunisationsHepatitis A & B, Japanese encephalitis, Malaria, Typhoid**
  • CurrencyKyat
  • Capital40 million
  • Area671000 sq km
  • Population40 million
  • Dialling Code+95
  • Electricity220V 50HZ
  • LanguageBurmese

* Please check with the tourist board to confirm

** Please check with your health professional to confirm

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Key Phrases
Mingalar Bar – Hello/Hi
Nay Kaung Lar – How are you doing
Kyeizu pyu yue – Please
Kyeizu tin ba de – Thank you
Events
January – Ananda Pagoda Festival One of the most famous pagoda festivals in the archaeological site of Bagan, local villagers gather at the pagoda, some arriving in bullock-carts as they did years ago April - Thingyan (Water) Festival Crowds mark the Myanmar New Year with good-natured water throwing and visits to temples to pray May - The Kason Festival On the day of the full moon, people visit pagodas to water the sacred Bo Trees, to mark the day the Buddha was born September or October - Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake A beautiful display of pageantry in the Shan State where a replica royal barge ferries four of the five golden Buddha images from the centre shrine of the pagoda across the Lake October – Thadingyut Festival This three-day Festival of Lights which starts on the full moon day of Thadingyut sees locals visiting pagodas to pray and houses and streets are illuminated with lights November – Lu Ping Festival Commonly known as the Balloon Flying Festival, Lu Ping literally means eliminating all evil and involves fireworks, hot air balloon competitions, day balloons shaped as animals and pagodas and small paper lanterns which accompanies general merriment.
Food & Drink
Mohinga A rice noodle dish served with fish soup and covered with deep fried fritters Burmese Biryani Laphet Thohk A popular snack-like salad made with pickled or fermented tea leaves, mixed with shredded cabbage, tomatoes, oil, sesame seeds, peanuts, chili and fried garlic Nga Htamin This is rice that has been cooked with turmeric and squashed into a disc, topped with fish flakes and garlic oil Burmese Naan flatbread and Pe Byouk Their naan is not dissimilar to Indian style flatbread cooked in a clay pot and their Pe Byouk is a form of boiled peas Buthi Kyaw A common street food snack made of deep fried chunks of gourd Sugar Cane juice Often served chilled, sometimes with lime, Tea Most people here drink Burmese or Chinese green tea or strong black tea with sweetened condensed milk Beer Its own beer Myanmar or the Tiger beer are both popular Mandalay Rum Most Among the most popular local spirit
Tipping
Tipping is not customary in Myanmar although it is worth keeping some small notes – around 50, 100, 200 Myanmar Kyats (5, 10 and 21 cents) spare for donations when visiting religious buildings and around 400-1000 MMK for porters and 2-5,000 MMK for tour guides. It is acceptable to add a 5% tip on to the bill of larger hotels and restaurants.
Books to Read
Burmese Days by George Orwell set in imperial Burma tells the story of John Flory, a white timber merchant, who befriends Indian Dr Veraswami, whose downfall is being plotted by a corrupt magistrate. The Piano Turner by Daniel Mason is a vibrant, enchanting story set in 1886, following a shy middle-aged piano turner who travels to remote northeast Burma as part of an unusual commission from the British War Office.
Movies to Watch
The Lady (2011) A story of love and political courage, Michelle Yeoh stars as the Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as she becomes the core of Burma’s democracy movement Beyond Rangoon (1995) Directed by John Boorman, this drama is about an American tourist who travels to Myanmar during the 1988 Uprisings