Four holidays to make you fall in love with Myanmar

Bordering India, China, Bangladesh, Laos and Thailand, Myanmar is a cultural melting pot, home to over 100 different ethnic groups. Myanmar's fascinating history also makes it a truly unique place to explore. Read on to discover our top picks of the best places to visit, with tailor-made itineraries to suit your every need.
Myanmar travel attraction landmark - Traditional Burmese fisherman with fishing net at Inle lake in Myanmar famous for their distinctive one legged rowing style
Myanmar travel attraction landmark - Traditional Burmese fisherman with fishing net at Inle lake in Myanmar famous for their distinctive one legged rowing style

Burmese fisherman with fishing net at Inle lake in Myanmar, famous for their distinctive one-legged rowing style. Photo: Shutterstock

The four holidays outlined below showcase the best of Myanmar. If the trips below don't take your fancy, get in touch and tell us exactly what you want from your trip to Myanmar. We'll match you with a local expert who can plan, organise and book your entire holiday for you. Alternatively, browse existing itineraries online.

1. Majesty and Mystery in Myanmar

What?  Pindaya Caves, Inle Lake, Indein Pagoda Complex, Chaukhtatgyi Temple

This trip offers a fantastic chance to get to know this elusive country. Begin with a guided tour of the historic city of Yangon. Visit the iconic Sule and Shwedagon Pagodas and learn about the Buddhist traditions of Myanmar. Continue to the caves at Pindaya, and their many Buddhist shrines and images. Spend a full day at the picturesque Inle Lake, immersing yourself in traditional lifestyle. Take a walk to the Indein Pagoda complex, a mysterious village of ancient stupas and pagodas. This trip ends with a visit to the Chaukhtatgyi Temple, where you will see the magnificent reclining Buddha.. 

2. Secrets of Myanmar

What? Inle Lake and Sagar

This trip lets you in on one of Myanmar's best-kept secrets. Sagar is the perfect destination for nature lovers who want to to get off the beaten track. Hike through gentle rolling hills; cycle to local markets and ruins; and take a boat trip to a floating village.  Explore the curiously sunken stupas of the region. Visit nearby villages to observe silk-weaving techniques, pottery-making and rice wine distillation, which the region is famous for.

Couple of novice read a book on monastery's wall with field of ancient pagoda background in Old Bagan Myanmar. Photo: Shutterstock

3. Myanmar's Ancient Treasures

What? Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake

This trip begins with a day of sightseeing in Yangon. Visit the harbour, Chinatown and the Indian Quarter. Explore Buddhist pagodas, including the 2,500-year-old Shwedagon Pagoda. Learn about the Buddhist faith that is central to Myanmar's culture at the temples of Bagan. The temples were built from 1057 to 1287 AD to honour the royal Buddhist faith. They showcase spectacular architecture, colourful murals and exquisite Buddhist statues. You'll have the chance to explore by hot air balloon or horse-drawn cart. And this is just the beginning. Continue to Mandalay and Inle Lake. Both destinations offer stunning scenery and a chance to further explore Buddhist culture.

4. The Best of Myanmar

What? Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake

This trip is full of cultural highlights and is a great introduction to this fascinating region. Soak up the Buddhist history of Yangon; explore the great plains of Bagan; and discover Mandalay's hidden gems. Next up, enjoy a boat ride around Lake Inle. This trip is perfect for culture lovers. Visit Yangon's art galleries, partake in a cooking class in Bagan, and tour the temple at Tant Kyi. 

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Shutterstock

Taking a holiday to Myanmar: how to get started

Insight Guides can help you with planning, organising and booking your trip to Myanmar. Simply, get in touch and share your budget, interests and travel style. Our local experts will create an itinerary exclusive to you and your requirements, which you can amend until it's just right. Alternatively, browse and modify ready-made holidays to create your dream trip today. For more inspiration, take a look at our online guide to Myanmar to plan your visit and discover when's best to go, the top attractions, historical highlights and some of the best cultural features.