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Capital:   Naypyidaw
Currency:   Myanmar kyat
Time Zone:   GMT + 6:30
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Carl Meadows
Carl Meadows
Travelling by hot-air balloon over the 3000+ temples and stupas of Bagan was an unforgettable experience! Drifting over a panorama of thousands of ancient pagodas, silent in the shadow of low-slung mountains with the spectacular back-drop of the Irawaddy River was such a remarkable sight and one that I would definitely recommend be part of any holiday to Myanmar!
Temples of Bagan at sunset, Burma
 
Floating village, Inle lake, Burma
 
U Bein Bridge, Burma
 

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Burma holidays allow you to step back into a bygone era where tradition, spirituality and hospitality are all important. We know that Myanmar will get under your skin and you will leave with fond memories. Experience pure Asia in the cities and towns, where the temples and pagodas are hives of activity, and in the countryside where life goes on unchanged.

Roam the streets of Yangon with its faded colonial charm and bustling markets, but allow plenty of time to admire the gold-leafed Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's holiest monument. Be amazed by the thousands of temples and stupas scattered across the plain on the banks of the Irrawaddy River at Bagan - the highlight of many travellers' Burma holidays.

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Mandalay is rich in pagodas and palaces but spare time to lunch with the monks at the largest monastery in the country at nearby Amarapura and admire the white-painted monasteries and pagodas that cover Sagaing Hill.

Burma holidays offer travellers the chance to experience Southeast Asia as it was before mass tourism. Myanmar promises to deliver with an intoxicating combination of ancient culture and timeless landscapes. Fans of religious architecture will fall in love with the abundance of ancient temples, pagodas and stupas, while those with a penchant for heights can enjoy an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over Bagan. Our Burma holidays truly do offer something for every type of traveller.

Myanmar or Burma: What's in a name?

There are few other countries in the world whose name alone provokes quite as much debate as Myanmar. Despite it being over 20 years since the military government changed the name of the country from Burma - which is an English translation - to Myanmar, there has yet to be a universal consensus on which name to adopt. The UN and several governments including those of China, Russia, Germany and Japan all recognise the name Myanmar, but many countries including the US, UK, Australia and France still refer to the country as Burma. The difference also spreads to the media, where publications such as the Wall Street Journal and agencies such as Reuters use Myanmar, but organisations like the BBC and ITN go for Burma. In truth, there is no right or wrong answer, and until the country is ruled by a government that is universally recognised as legitimate, the confusion will likely remain.

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Total Holidays: 9      
Essential Burma
Burma (Myanmar)Burma (Myanmar)
Travel to Mandalay, a city brimming with culture and a noble past and stroll along the U bein Bridge before experiencing the...
  • Tailor-Made
From £2370 per adult
9 Day Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Flights included
Highlights of Burma
Burma (Myanmar)Burma (Myanmar)
Burma, or Myanmar, is still one of the undiscovered gems of South East Asia. Long cut off from the outside world, Burma retains...
  • Tailor-Made
From £2995 per adult
13 Day Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Flights included
Burma Rivers & Railways
Burma (Myanmar)Burma (Myanmar)
Explore the exciting sights and sounds of Burma on our Rivers & Railways holiday. Discover the capital Yangon with its...
  • River & Sea Cruises
  • Tailor-Made
From £3995 per adult
14 Day Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Flights included
Burma In Depth Group Tour
Burma (Myanmar)Burma (Myanmar)
Described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘quite unlike any land you know about’ Burma, or Myanmar as it is also known, is a...
  • Group Tours
From £4195 per adult
17 Day Tour
Departs: 07 Nov 2014
Flights included
Colonial Burma
Burma (Myanmar)Burma (Myanmar)
From the tree-lined boulevards of Yangon to the former royal capital of Mandalay, uncover reminders of a bygone age, in a country...
  • Tailor-Made
From £4290 per adult
17 Day Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Flights included
Cruise the Mergui Archipelago
Burma (Myanmar)Burma (Myanmar)
This Burma holiday is for all those looking to see the highlights of the country but also wanting to get away from it all and...
  • River & Sea Cruises
  • Tailor-Made
From £4795 per adult
18 Day Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Flights included
Burma Luxury Irrawaddy River Cruise
Burma (Myanmar)Burma (Myanmar)
Embark upon a voyage of discovery through beautiful Burma onboard the Orcaella - Belmond's luxurious river cruiser. Glide...
  • River & Sea Cruises
  • Tailor-Made
From £5425 per adult
15 Day Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Flights included
Road to Mandalay
Burma (Myanmar)Burma (Myanmar)
Explore the city of Yangon and cross the famous Gokteik Viaduct on a scenic railway journey to Hsipaw before boarding the Road to...
  • River & Sea Cruises
  • Tailor-Made
From £5850 per adult
15 Day Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Flights included
Burma Holiday with Sanctuary Ananda Cruise
Burma (Myanmar)Burma (Myanmar)
New for 2014, experience the luxury and grace of travelling down the Irrawaddy River aboard the new Sanctuary Ananda Cruise on...
  • Tailor-Made
From £5865 per adult
13 Day Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Flights included