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 temple-strewn fields of Bagan, the ancient capital of Mandalay and the on-the-water gardens of Inle Lake.
Perfect forAdventurers | Art Lovers | Do Gooders | Trailblazers | Soul Searchers
When to goDecember-February | September-November
Ideal length of stay1 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
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 Arab 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 markets, 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.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Belmond Governor's Residence
A lovely escape from hectic Yangon city, this Belmond–run property sits tucked away in the city’s embassy district.
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Belmond Road to Mandalay
Choose from 3, 4, 7 or 11-day itineraries that take you up and down the Irrawaddy River, allowing for you to see parts of Myanmar normally off-limits (or very difficult to reach on land).
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