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Visiting Burma (Myanmar) is to travel into the past, into a mysterious and undiscovered world. Although Burma is ruled by a military regime, recent political events have reassured the world that the government is serious about change, and hence Burma is very much back on the tourist map.
Sharing borders with India and Bangladesh to the west, Tibet and China to the north, and Thailand and Laos to the east, Burma is a melting pot of cultures from across Asia. Along with a century of British colonialism, Burma is a unique destination that captivates travellers.
Buddhist spirituality is central to Burmese culture with nearly all male Burmese devoting a period of their lives to monkhood. The country has thousands of pagodas and temples with the most significant being the awesome Golden Stupa of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon (Yangon), claimed to contain more gold than the vaults of the Bank of England.
Rangoon exudes old world charm with crumbling British colonial mansions, with Mandalay the religious heart of the country. Bagan is one of the great wonders of the world with thousands of ancient stupas and temples.
GetAboutAsia uses private operators in preference of government run companies where possible to increase the likelihood that your tourist money finds its way to helping the ordinary Burmese.
For an authentic Burma holiday experience with your own private local guides in each location and travelling in comfort and style, experience Burma your way, with the leader in private Asia travel - GetAboutAsia. We also offer small group tours designed for a lower budget or solo travellers who still seek for an authentic experience! Contact your Asia Travel Expert now and create your personal itinerary!
All GetAboutAsia itineraries are customisable to suit your interests, budget and timeframe. To get you started we've listed some of our favourites below. Our Asia Travel Experts are waiting to answer your questions.
Experience the Highlights of Burma (Myanmar) as you travel from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. See crumbling colonial mansions, ancient stupas, colourful markets and famous leg-rowing fishermen.View Trip
With start and end in the authentic and popular Yangon, this 8 day itinerary takes you through the Burmese country side and to all the highlights Burma has to offer.View Trip
Tour Burma (Myanmar) from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake on this Classic Burma trip. See crumbling colonial mansions, ancient stupas, colourful markets, famous leg-rowing fishermen and hill tribe villages.View Trip
Take two weeks to walk, hike, and roam all over the region, from the Bagan temples and ruins to the rice paddies and rural hill tribes. Burma will amaze you from start to end.View Trip
Discover Burma (Myanmar) from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bagan, Mandalay, Inle Lake and the colonial hill retreat of Kalaw. See all the highlights and get off the beaten track to meet the locals and learn about Burmese cuisine.View Trip
This Simply Yangon and Bagan trip offers the highlights of these iconic Burma destinations. Explore the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon before visiting the plains of Bagan the site of one of Asia's most iconic sights.View Trip
Explore the former capital and waterfront city of Yangon with its crumbling British colonial mansions and ancient stupas. See the highlights including the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda and the cobblestone streets of Bogyoke Market.View Trip
Experience Burma’s (Myanmar) historically rich cities, Bagan and Mandalay with their impressive Buddhist monuments. Cruise in luxury between the cities, visiting and exploring small towns en route.View Trip
The luxurious, all-suite ship takes you in style on voyages of breathtaking beauty between Bagan and Mandalay and its great tributary, the Chindwin.View Trip
Experience the best of diverse Burma (Myanmar) sailing through its centre. From lush plantations in Prome, to Bagan’s heritage temples, concluding in the hustle and bustle of beautiful Mandalay.View Trip
Explore the South of Burma and enjoy strolling through busy and bustling local markets, visiting stunning ancient Pagodas, watching panoramic sunsets over the Andman Sea, rural villages and experience the friendly and hospitable culture of the Burmese.View Trip
"The trip was FANTASTIC! The people are so nice warm and helpful. The place is amazing, Yangon a little less interesting but the guides gave us so much info. For me Bagan and Lake Inle were the highlights. The tour guides were all different and great, and they were so super keen to teach us everything. They found wheel chairs in the Pagodas because I had a boot on 1 foot so had to sit down to get it off the floor! (One guide was a little lethal running into people with the chair - he was a character) For the balloon flight they got around the problem of me getting in the basket before the balloon was fully inflated so Margaret and I sat with our backs to the ground in the basket to be righted into sitting position as the balloon went upright!!! My doctor had suggested getting a wheelchair at the airports as you know, and that was so good because in Singapore we had to go through all 3 terminals and 2 trains to get from 1 plane to the next so thanks for arranging that!" — Mrs Boot, Sydney, January 2018
"The trip was almost perfect especially the hot air balloon. Myanmar is beautiful- this is from our hot air balloon trip over Bagan around Christmas ! Thank you for organising " — Paul and David, Sydney, January 2018
"We are at Inle Lake and it is fabulous. We have seen so many different crafts and the area is very diverse. All good. We are getting around in these boats. A nice way to travel. The View Point Hotel at Inle lake was awesome. Photo- Ladies making cigars, all done sitting.The ladies with long neck was on Myanmar. Thailand border. " — Sue and Doug, Sydney, November 2017
"We have thoroughly enjoyed every minute in Myanmar. What a wonderful country, full of history, religion, pagodas and beautiful people. Our guides and drivers have been exceptional and a delight to spend time with. They have also been very generous with their time, knowledge sharing and in spoiling us with treats along the way. We have dined in traditional tea houses with the locals and the 'best restaurants in town' thanks to our guides. We have learnt so much about Buddhism and monks and visited some truly spectacular sights. Accommodation wise we have been very pleased with the standard of properties and service. Everything was wonderful, modern, traditional, friendly and helpful staff, good locations, etc " — Mr and Mrs Cumming, Sydney, October 2017
"The trip was brilliant….loved the border crossing (like Bridge over River Kwai) and journey down to Dawei….the wander up to Yangon……and our journey around Bagan and Mandalay. Our guides and drivers were very good to us so cannot say enough. I think the highlights for me were definitely the friendliness of the Burmese people, Thanbyzuzayat and Commonwealth War Graves, visiting the surrounds of Bagan and Mt Popa….soooo many Pagodas and Temples !!! The cities (and this is anywhere) sometimes kill me but that is my problem for being a country kid . I particularly liked the peaceful area of Dawei so thinking of a wander one day down to Kawthoung and around the southern Mergui Archipelago. " — Brendan and Dirk, Canberra, May 2017
"The trip was well organised. The guides are knowledgeable and communicated well. The outstanding guide is Aung Ko in Bagan. The drivers are good too. All the sights, people, culture are interesting & we did enjoy Inle Lake, so thanks to you for convincing us. Born in South East Asia, we do find some similarities between our countries. Old Bagan area needs better standard cafes/restaurants (ie close to the hotels. We travelled to new Bagan & Nyuang U for dinner. We are looking into planning for India maybe end of the year ( no more hot temperatures!!). " — Angie23, Sydney , May 2017
"If you haven’t been to Asia but want to dip your toe in to see how you like it, try Laos and Myanmar, you won’t be disappointed. If it’s not with Girls On Tour I can thoroughly recommend GetAboutAsia who will ensure you have an amazing experience." — Girls on Tour , Australia, March 2017
"Joseph and I had a wonderful time in Myanmar! It was epic, the people were welcoming and happy that we were in their country visiting. I hope to visit again one day. Our personal guides were awesome, they told you things about the country you would have never known. And great places to visit too." — Joseph & Audrey , VIC, September 2016
"Just loved the trip; Myanmar is an amazing country and my guides went beyond what I expected. Inle Lake was so beautiful and showed a way of life which probably hasn’t changed 100’s of centuries. Thanks for organizing this trip for me, it was just perfect." — Ms Wilson, Sydney, NSW, May 2016
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"We have enjoyed an unique & wonderful experience visiting Myanmar. We highly recommend GetAboutAsia because everything has been so successful. Our guides, driver, hotels and daily activities were excellent. As new travellers to Myanmar we were delighted to meet so many friendly, helpful and honest people. Thanks very much for all your expertise - Our holiday was just brilliant." — Marie ,Bill and Paddy Mc Gennisken, Portland Vic, January 2016