Myanmar (Burma)

Journeys Within offers customized independent tours in Myanmar to explore highlights such as the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, rising to the heavens above intricate marketplaces and old colonial buildings, the countless ancient temples of Bagan stretching as far as the eye can see, the waters of the Irrawaddy rippling past ancient temples and modern wats where hundreds of monks study in Mandalay and Bagan, and timeless Inle Lake, where everyone from schoolchildren to farmers and craftsmen spend their days on the water.

Due to the changes in the government, Myanmar is a largely unexplored country that has recently opened for exploration.  With expert advice and English-speaking guides to help you get the most out of your visit, we offer you a place filled with amazing people, incredible sights and a long and fascinating history that continues to unfold.  Come discover the hidden wonders of Myanmar!


Highlights

Yangon is the center of modern Myanmar. Explore the Shwedagon Pagoda as the sun sets and watch locals come to worship at this magnificent temple.  See traces of the colonial past all while you stay in luxurious, world class hotels and browse fascinating markets.

Travel back in time to Inle Lake, where fishermen row with their legs and local tradesmen work away in their floating workshops and the farmers tend their floating gardens. People live, work and play on water, and you can too.

A forgotten wonder of the world, the thousands of temples stretching across the flat lands of Bagan are an awe-inspiring sight. Explore by hot air balloon, bicycle or horse cart, and be prepared to stay up to watch the sunset over the thousands of spires.

The Irrawaddy River winds its way down Myanmar and you can follow the river on a sunset cruise or a multi-day boat ride, for a classic adventure.

Watch the sun set over Mandalay from the temple atop Mandalay Hill and chat with the young monks who gather there to meet and practice their English with Western travelers.

Shop for some of the best crafts in Asia – paper umbrellas, stunning lacquerware and intricate weaving.

Feel true serenity on the white sand beaches and go snorkeling or SCUBA diving on unexplored reefs.

An incredibly diverse country, Myanmar has it all, from fascinating capitals to quiet mountain escapes and stunning beaches.

Politics

Andrea had not ventured to Myanmar in her explorations of Southeast Asia because of the military government and its obvious human rights violations. In 2004, however, she was invited to visit and decided to see what she thought before passing judgment. She fell in love with the sights and people of Myanmar.

While exploring Myanmar, Andrea spoke with the people she met along the way. Amazed by the amount of English spoken, the message was always the same: that the people needed tourism, that it gave them a sense of pride in their country and themselves, and that it gave them a way to support their family and gain knowledge and understanding of the outside world.

Once there, Andrea realized that she had to offer this beautiful country as a travel destination. Though we know that Myanmar is still growing as a country, we try to remember the amazing people Andrea and our guests have met in Myanmar.  We hope that tourism can help to open the country up and become a more free society.

Best Time to Visit

The southwest monsoon brings frequent and heavy rain from May to October, usually as afternoon and evening storms. This results in cooler temperatures but high humidity.

From November to May the temperatures drop, reaching their lowest in December and January, and starting to rise in February. This is a great time to visit, but is also the busier season.

With no rain and a lot of dust, March to May is not the best time to be traveling, however “Mango” showers occasionally bring relief from the intense heat.

Tour Options

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Ambassador Experiences: Boats, Bikes and Balloons in Myanmar

Country: Myanmar

14 Days | $4,455

Inspired by our Journeys Within Ambassadors – seasoned travelers who have visited Southeast Asia with us before – this itinerary will give you deeper insight into what makes Myanmar such a special country.

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Classic Myanmar 12 Day Tour

Country: Myanmar

12 Days | $3,760

Myanmar’s troubled past has largely kept the country out of the tourism industry until recently, and this delightful country is just waiting to be explore. The people are friendly and welcoming and love to to show off their amazing country. In 12 days you will not only get to see some of the most spectacular sights in Myanmar but you will get to travel to some of the more unusual sites too.

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Active outdoorsy tour through Myanmar

Classic Myanmar 14 Day Adventure

Country: Myanmar

14 Days | $2,960

If you have read the descriptions of the other Myanmar tours, but felt you wanted more "outdoor time" with a chance to get out and explore on foot – this is the trip for you. Whilst you will still get to see and experience the major sites of Myanmar you will also get out to trek for 3 days, spending the nights at a monastery before heading down into the Inle lake area

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Temples at Bagan in Myanmar

Classic Myanmar 19 Day Tour

Country: Myanmar

19 Days | $5,060

Whilst we cannot promise you will have seen the whole of Myanmar in your 19-day trip we do our best to show you the best of this fascinating country! With the first 15 days packed full of wonderful sites and places to see, including a cruise up the famous Ayeyarwaddy River (Irrawaddy River) you can spend the last few days relaxing on one of Myanmar’s most beautiful beaches.

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Burmese boys in flower market

Highlights of Myanmar Tour

Country: Myanmar

8 Days | $2,725

With its rich diversity Myanmar is not an easy country to fit into a short trip but we have included the “must-see” highlights of this amazing country on this eight-day tour. Experience the wonderful people of Myanmar as you begin in Yangon and visit historic sites and modern markets. Head to Bagan and Mandalay to take in the archaeological wonders and ancient temples, before heading out to rural Myanmar to see the famous Inle Lake with its unique floating villages. In eight amazing days you will experience the wonder of Myanmar – one of the best kept secrets in Southeast Asia!

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Honeymooning in Myanmar

Honeymooning in Myanmar from Bagan to the Beach

Country: Myanmar

14 Days | $4,500

Honeymooners looking to explore a unique country that is still emerging from years of self-imposed seclusion from the world will have the rare chance to witness this transition first-hand in Myanmar.

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Hot air balloons over Bagan temples

Myanmar First Class Tour

Country: Myanmar

14 Days | $5,310

Come travel First Class through this astounding country.  This tour features luxury hotel options such as the Governor’s Residence in Yangon.  Marvel at the wonders of Yangon before heading to Bagan to take in the incredible views of the many ancient Pagodas and Stupas at sunrise with a hot air balloon ride.  Relax on the classic RV Paukan as you cruise down the Irawaddy River to Mandalay.  Explore beautiful Inle Lake and relish the hospitality for which Myanmar is famous.  …

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Hot air ballooning over Bagan, Myanmar

One-day itinerary: Bagan City Tour

Country: Myanmar

1 Day

Take in the ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar by air, by land and by river. Float on air as the sun rises with a ‘Balloons Over Bagan’ ride. This spectacular experience will be one of the highlights of your tour. Then go exploring and discover some of the thousands of temples spread out in the region. End your day watching the sun set over the Ayeyarwady River on a river cruise.

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Fisherman on Inle Lake, Myanmar

One-day itinerary: Day on Inle Lake

Country: Myanmar

1 Day

Today you will have a full day on and around the lake. You will see the unique method locals use to row their boats, fishermen with their own style of fishing, floating farms and gardens and a hand-loom weaving cottage with its own showroom. You will visit Phaungdawoo Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha Images in the southern Shan States and Jumping Cat Monastery, called that after its trained jumping cats.

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