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A beautiful and culturally rich country cursed for decades with a brutally oppressive regime, Myanmar (Burma) has in recent years been making headlines for its tentative steps towards democracy. Following the softening and then removal of a fifteen-year tourism boycott led by the National League for Democracy – Myanmar’s leading political opposition party – tourist numbers have swollen but the infrastructure has not yet grown to accommodate them all. Although this means that finding a cheap bed is harder than before, it does make this a fascinating time to discover Myanmar’s glittering golden stupas, bountiful rice fields, enigmatic ruined temples and picturesque mountain paths. Most memorable of all, though, are the encounters with people eager to introduce foreigners to their country and their culture. What remains to be seen is whether today’s modest political reforms translate into lasting change.

WHERE TO GO IN Myanmar ?

Myanmar is a spectacular country and, full to the brim of iconic sights, it stole a piece of our hearts the moment we stepped off the plane and landed into the crazy, wonderful and inspirational country. Myanmar boasts an incredible array of things to do: from stepping back in time at Inle Lake to the chaotic royal capital of Yangon to the breathtaking Bagan temple plain, Myanmar remains as one of South East Asia’s hidden gems.
Yangon

Yangon

Yangon

Bagan

Bagan

Bagan

Mandalay

Mandalay

Mandalay

Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Mergui Archipelago

Mergui Archipelago

Mergui Archipelago

Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach

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WHAT TO DO & SEE IN Myanmar ?

Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) was coined the Golden Land for its rich cultural history and natural resources. A country that has endured several decades of rise-and-fall empires and military dictatorships, it is now a coveted tourist destination. After decades of being off-limits, Myanmar has become one of South-east Asia's most intriguing destinations, with untouched beaches, ancient temples and a thrilling culture to tangle with.
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Unique experience combined with top-notch services

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Wellness & Leisure

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Easy excursion combined with week-long beach break

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The combination of fun and educational activities

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Reveal off-the-beatentrack routes, least explored destinations, and unknown tribe groups

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Explore the least visited destinations and unknown experience on foot

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Explore every corners of the destination on two wheels

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Easy excursions combined with unique experience making the long-lasting romantic memories

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The combination of some must-see experience and the cruise tour along the mighty rivers

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Myanmar EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE

Myanmar is known for pickling its tea and fermenting its porridge, for constructing the longest of bridges and largest of Buddha statues. It’s a destination full of distinct traditions, incomparable cultural diversity and perhaps the world’s emptiest capital city. Here are some of our selected exclusive experience that you can only have in Myanmar

Yangon Circular Train

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Yangon Circular Railway is the local commuter rail network that serves the Yangon metropolitan area.For less than one US dollar you can experience the true essence of...

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Bagan Hot Air Balloon Ride

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It’s nearly impossible to picture Bagan without hot air balloons beautifully cloudi...

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Inle Lake Floating Villages and Gardens

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The leg-rowing Intha people, the wooden stilt houses on water and the floating gardens are what make the Inle Lake so different and enchanting. This vast picturesque l...

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Learn To Cook Traditional Burmese Cuisine

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Bagan is most famous for its thousands of ancient pagodas that offer visitors spectacular sunrise and sunset views. However, in between your morning and evening spent...

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Trekking from Inle Lake to Kalaw

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This is one of the most popular multi-day treks in the country, mostly due to the fact that it’s relatively easy to organize and absolutely breathtaking, but als...

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Trekking Hsipaw to a Palaung Village

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Hsipaw has long been a well-known hiking and trekking destination in Myanmar. Located just six-and-a-half hours north of Mandalay, Hsipaw is a stunning mountain villag...

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Trekking in Lashio

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Until recently, not many people knew about Lashio as a trekking and waterfalls destination. However, a couple who is very passionate about Shan State started a company...

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Trekking in Chin State

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Trek to remote Chin tribes villages and the mountains south of mighty Mt. Victoria on this week-long trek. You’ll stay in authentic homestays where you’ll...

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Monastery trek from Hpa-An

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In the southeast of the country, between Yangon and Mawlamyine, Hpa-An is a growing centre for walking and trekking. Rarely visited by outsiders to Myanmar, the capita...

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Enjoying Tea Leaf Salad

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If you lived in Myanmar and a friend popped in to visit, this is the snack you’d serve. Lahpet, which means “green tea,” and thoke, which means &ldqu...

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Admiring the glow of sunrise and sunset

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There are many amazing spots to admire the sunset in Myanmar, especially at the two places below.

U Bein Bridge is a crossing that spans the...

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“Thanaka” grinding event

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Whether you have been to Myanmar during your Indochina tours or just read the travel magazines, surely there will be at least once that you find the image of a woman w...

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Cross the world’s longest teak bridge

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The U Bein Bridge, just south of Mandalay, spans the Taungthaman Lake for a whopping 1.2km. Built around 1850, it is believed to be the longest teak bridge in the worl...

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Train ride over Goteik Viaduct

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Opened for transit at the turn of the nineteenth century, the Goteik Viaduct - one of the world’s oldest, slowest railway bridges - between Pyin Oo Lwin and Lash...

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Human-powered Ferris wheels

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In fewer and fewer areas of the world where electricity is too unreliable or scarce, human-powered Ferris wheels can still be found. These pop up during major events i...

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Horse Cart Ride

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Discover the famous Bagan temples on a horse carriage ride and stop at the most important ones. Learn about the manufacturing of lacquerware, be impressed by the ancie...

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Cigar Making

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A cheroot factory located on Inle Lake in the Shan Hills where this traditional Burmese-style cigar is manufactured. Cheap to produce, cheroots are found all over Myan...

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Bagan Temples Cycling

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The best way to explore this maze of temples is by bicycle as distances are long and the easiest way to weave through the jungles on the sandy earth is on two wheels....

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Cycling from Mandalay to Bagan

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Cycle tours these two significant Burmese cities on a three-day adventure from Mandalay to Bagan. On a map, the start and finish points of this ride don't appear f...

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Cycling from Inle Lake to Bagan

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From the natural beauty of Inle Lake and the intrigue of the communities that inhabit it, to the scenic views of the Shan Hills, to the ancient ruins of Bagan and a di...

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Diving Mergui

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Southeast Asia is a very popular area in the scuba diving world, but when it comes to Myanmar it’s easy to say that the country has been rather discreet in the d...

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Snorkeling

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Snorkeling in Myanmar is still a relatively new phenomenon with the country only becoming a holiday destination in recent years. This is great news for anyone who want...

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Relax at most famous beach in Myanmar

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Myanmar is yet to become as popular a beach destination as Bali in Southeast Asia, and it owes this stardom to its stunning beaches! There are some unbelievably beauti...

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Sailing along Mergui Archipelago

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Located just across from the Thai border, the Mergui Archipelago only opened up to foreigners as recently as the late 1990s. With only a few of the 800 islands home to...

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Wildlife Experience

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Myanmar's vast area, diverse geography and lack of extensive urban development mean that it is a haven for all kinds of flora, fauna and wildlife. Myanmar (Burma)...

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Boat cruise on Irrawaddy River

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Irrawaddy River, the longest river in Myanmar, winds its way as a silk ribbon stretching along the north-south direction of this country. Scenery on two river banks an...

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HAND-CRAFTED Myanmar TOUR PACKAGES

There’s no more perfect time to experience our Myanmar package tours. With the country dramatically opening its doors to the world over the last decade, opportunities for new discoveries, crowd free beaches and rarely encountered vista's have never been higher in Myanmar. This untamed gem is teeming with wonders from the enigmatic temple plains to fabulous colonial relics and a vast archipelago of pristine sand. It’s a lifetime experience that should not be missed!

Hill Tribes Myanmar

Hill Tribes Myanmar

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Hill Tribes Myanmar
Unseen / 7 days / fr. $910

Explore Loikaw, a charming and small place in Myanmar’s Shan State that’s filled with authentic culture and beautiful natural scenery. Interact with various ethnic tribes and take this... More

Myanmar Beauties

Myanmar Beauties

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Myanmar Beauties
Must-see / 19 days / fr. $2,754

Discover a land of cultural richness and physical beauty. Travel from Yangon to Mandalay, Bagan to Inle Lake stopping to explore the hidden gems in between. Get a comprehensive look at Myanmar&rsqu... More

Myanmar Classic Exploration

Myanmar Classic Exploration

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Myanmar Classic Exploration
Must-see / 9 days / fr. $1,105

Take a whirlwind trip to Myanmar’s highlights. Gaze upon ancient pagodas in Bagan and explore Inle Lake’s scenic waters.  Delve into Myanmar’s spiritual traditions in Mandala... More

Myanmar Overview

Myanmar Overview

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Myanmar Overview
Must-see / 22 days / fr. $2,860

From Mandalay to Yangon and further south to Dawei beaches discover the many faces and smiles of local Burmese people. Explore the ancient capital of Bagan and Mandalay, visit responsible elephant... More

Myanmar Culture & Culinary Exploration

Myanmar Culture & Culinary Exploration

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Myanmar Culture & Culinary Exploration
Family / 9 days / fr. $1,170

This 9-day tour will introduce you to the cultural highlights and most famous destinations in Myanmar. Not just sightseeing, you will have a chance to learn how to cook authentic Burmese dishes. Fr... More

Spiritual Myanmar

Spiritual Myanmar

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Spiritual Myanmar
Must-see / 10 days / fr. $1,490

Be captivated by the inherent spirituality that makes Myanmar so special. Take a pilgrimage trip to the sacred Golden Rock and meditate with monks at a famous monastery. Explore the mystical world... More

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Myanmar BLOG ARTICLES

Thanaka or  thanakha is a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark. It is a distinctive feature of the culture of Myanmar, seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of women and girls, and is used to a lesser extent also by men and boys. The use of thanaka has also spread to neighboring countries including Thailand.

Within this article, we will learn everything about Thanaka and the benefits of its powder in making a secret beauty ingredient of Burmese women.

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Burmese Longyi, along with the country’s longtime history, art, and heritage sites has contributed to the richness of the local culture that will grasp your attention whenever you find yourself in strolling around the streets of Myanmar. With just a piece of fabric grasping on the lower part of the body through time, the longyi has made it become an incredible pattern of Myanmar traditional costume for both men and women. In this article, we are going to find out the secret of Myanmar quintessence through Longyi, about why it has been worn for centuries by the Burmese people.

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Kachin Manaw Festival is an annual traditional dance festival celebrated by Kachin people. Mostly held at Myitkyina, Kachin State also known as Manaw Land in Myanmar and also celebrated by Kachin people around the world. Manaw is the largest festival in Myitkyina, held at the beginning of January. Manaw Festival is the most significant event for Kachin People. Tribes of Kachin gather together in Manaw ground and dance around the erected Manaw poles. The Manau dance is performed at Manau festivals, which originated as part of the ‘Nat’ or spirit worship of the past.

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If your idea of fun involves a blurry riot of colour and explosions, look no further than the Taunngyi Fire Balloon Festival, which takes place in the culturally diverse capital of Shan State over several days every November. This celebration is held around the Full Moon of Tazaungmon, a Myanmar national holiday that marks the end of rainy season and is also known as the Tazaungdaing Festival of Lights.

Traditionally, it is a festival to pay homage to the Sulamani Pagoda by sending up decorated hot air balloons, and lately it also became as a Hot Air Balloon Competition Festival and the festival is divided into two parts; daytime competition and nighttime competition. In the daytime, hot air balloons are sent up with the shapes of various animals and mythical creatures, and hot air balloons with firework & fire-cracker (known as Nya Mee Gyi) and lot of lanterns are hanging in the hot air balloons (known as Seinnaban) are sent up in the nighttime.

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All year round, visitors to Myanmar can experience the country’s warm and rich culture. However, one particularly special and unique time to visit is during the Naga New Year Festival, which will be held in Lahe around mid-January every year.

This special time allows visitors the chance to experience the traditions and customs of Myanmar’s Naga people. For the Naga, Lahe (New Year) is a significant time when people share their wishes and hopes for the future, and families are reunited.

It is a time of great celebration; where lively dances are performed in traditional dress, to the beat and sounds of traditional instruments.

Few tourists are lucky enough to share in the joy and festivities of the Naga New Year, but those who do are richly rewarded with an incredible cultural experience.

Overall, for those who seek genuine cultural exchange and the opportunity to take some truly stunning photographs, the Naga New Year is an amazing and unique festival to attend.

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The full moon of the Thadingyut month is when Buddhists believe the Buddha descended back to earth after three months of preaching in the spiritual realm above. While the rest of Myanmar celebrates it by lighting the Buddha's way home, the town of Kyaukse near Mandalay commemorates it a little differently: with a Elephant Dance Festival, populated not by real elephants, but by pairs of dancers in gigantic elephant costumes.

Hmm... What is it? What makes it so special? and how to join the festival? You will have all the answers below.

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