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!
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.
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.