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Since opening to the world in 2012, after decades of military rule, Myanmar is working hard to claim its spot on the world map, even though internal conflicts continue to haunt the country. Plugged-in travelers, however, cannot help but be bowled over by Myanmar’s cultural riches, like the crumbling beauty of Yangon, temple-strewn fields of Bagan, ancient capital of Mandalay and on-the-water gardens of Inle Lake.

  • Perfect for
    Adventurers | Art Lovers | Do Gooders | Trailblazers | Soul Searchers
  • When to go
    December-February | September-November
  • Ideal length of stay
    1 Week

Designing Your Journey

Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.

  • 1 Week: Essential Myanmar-LP

    1 Week: Essential Myanmar

    Travelers have to be able to be a bit adventurous to get the most out of a trip here. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.

    • Day 1-2: Yangon

      The former capital that was once known as Rangoon is the country’s most important commercial hub. It’s best to explore it with a guide who can put the bustling city into context, touring such important monuments as the massive Shwedagon Pagoda; visiting the local markets, Chinatown and Little India districts; or arranging for a palm reader to come to your hotel for a reading (numerology and palmistry is huge in Myanmar).

    • Day 3-4: Bagan

      The temple-strewn fields of Bagan are an absolute highlight of any trip to Myanmar. Must-do’s here include: an in-depth temple tour, including sunrise and sunset at specific sites; a morning spent hot-air ballooning above the temples; a visit to a local village; and exploring some of Bagan’s charming markets selling woodcarvings, fabrics, longyis and rattan goods. You can also visit a lacquer workshop where you can see Myanmar’s famous wares being crafted.

    • Days 5-7: Inle Lake

      Inle Lake is described by many as an absolute highlight of a trip to Myanmar. Its floating gardens, houses on stilts, water-bound temples and fishermen working on age-old boats are simply breathtaking. Traveling with a guide, you will see local villages, monasteries and important religious sites like Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site in southern Shan State.

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Melissa Biggs Bradley
“Adventurous souls who can handle changes in plans, are open to discovery and appreciate the magic of foreign encounters will find themselves enchanted just as Rudyard Kipling was when he immortalized the country in writing.”
Sudha Shah, author of The King in Exile
“There is a beauty to Mandalay’s location on the mighty Irrawaddy, the arterial river that runs almost vertically through Burma. I’m captivated by the folklore that led to the founding of the city.”

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