04 February 2019
Myanmar, still known as Burma to many, is fondly referred to as ‘the Golden Land’ because of the abundant use of gold leaf on its temples and shrines. It is a country with a rich diversity of cultures, religions and languages - home to more than 100 ethnic groups - and a history spanning over three millennia, reflected in some of Southeast Asia’s most abundant and opulently adorned temples.
Best time to visit Myanmar
The best time to visit Myanmar is between November and February, which allows you to miss the rainy monsoon season and the worst of the heat. Myanmar is still a fairly undiscovered travel destination so whatever time of year you go, you are unlikely to have to deal with crowds of tourists.
Recommended length of stay: Between 10-14 days is ideal to enjoy a mix of experiences in Myanmar without rushing
Local currency: Myanmar Kyat (MMK)
Top three experiences
Soan offering to the monks, Bagan
Delve into Buddhist culture by making a mid-morning offering of the soan, their final meal of the day, to some of the monks of Bagan. In turn, the monks will thank you with a blessing of wishes for health and happiness and, while they eat and relax outside with a cup of tea or coffee and some local snacks.
Adventure day, Inle Lake
This active day provides a different perspective of Inle lake for those who wish to step off the classic routes and discover what is beyond the stilt-house villages. Combining biking, kayaking and walking allows you to experience the lake and its many faces in a brand new and active way.
Off the beaten track, Mergui Archipelago
You will be sure to fall in love with this beautiful off the beaten track destination – it’s untouched, authentic and feels like paradise on earth. The Mergui Archipelago is the place to visit in Myanmar: you can enjoy the clear waters and beautiful white sand beach without worrying about huge crowds of tourists.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.