Myanmar, still often referred to as Burma, is one of Southeast Asia’s largest countries, with diverse landscapes from the coastline on the Andaman Sea to the snowy peaks of the Eastern Himalayas that sit on the north shoulder of Myanmar, stretching upwards to 20,000 feet.
The commanding Ayeyarwady River with its vast delta is one of the main rice-growing regions of the world. Myanmar was once the center of a great empire that swept as far north as Tibet and south to Bangkok. The center encompassed the now sleepy town of Bagan, where as many as 13,000 temples and pagodas are said to have flourished. Today, the landscape is still dotted with thousands of 800 to 1,000-year-old temple ruins.
The country’s rich diversity is represented by the more than 100 languages spoken by its ethnic minorities such as those in the villages of Inle Lake, where travelers witness a way of life that is rapidly vanishing elsewhere. The country’s culture is primarily based on Theravada Buddhism.
Myanmar is just beginning to come into its own as an international destination with outstanding five-star properties, boutique hotels, and mountain and beach resorts. The many fascinating facets of Myanmar combine to create a complex and thoroughly captivating luxury travel destination.
President’s Picks: Vietnam, Laos & Myanmar 22 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel, Family Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $11,000
“My first trip to Indochina was in 1997 as a teenager, and I have returned many times. The region has come a long way and so have the experiences our guests can enjoy. Myanmar in particular is at a crossroads and anyone visiting now has a front row seat to change that will rewrite the history books. The one thing that has stayed true since my first visit is the innocence and warmth of the people. They may not be the most polished, however, their hearts and intentions are the best I have ever seen.”
Myanmar 10 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $4,270
Explore Myanmar's rich tapestry of ancient temples, villages and cultural traditions. Experience the extraordinary Bagan temple site from two unique perspectives - by hot air balloon and by bicycle!
Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos: Minority Tribes of Indochina 21 Days Inspired Expeditions Interest(s): Adventure Travel, Recommended
Starting Price: $10,000
Experience Myanmar’s spectacular Bagan dotted with thousands of 800-year-old temple ruins; and explore Cambodia’s fabled Angkor Wat and Koh Ker sites; and discover Loas’ rural towns and villages, home to some of the region's last traditional cultures.