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.
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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