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Of all the countries in Asia, Myanmar is probably the least understood and least visited. Home to fascinating floating villages, King Mindon’s ancient capital, the peaceful Ayeyarwady River and dazzling golden temples. That such an otherworldly site has remained undiscovered by tourists for so long serves as further proof of its mystery—and our good fortune. Bespoke Travel Design will create a tailor made tour of your own – offering unprecedented access to Myanmar.
• Be inspired by trips to the ancient pagoda-gemmed landscape of Old Bagan.
• Take a bicycle or horse and cart tour through the temple complex or soar into the sunrise on a hot air balloon ride.
• Step onshore in Mingun and wander through local markets and peaceful villages, where ornate pagodas rise into view. The railway bazaar is our favourite of Mandalay’s many markets.
• Savour the sights at the spiritual summit of the Sagaing Hills, before an unforgettable sunset framed by the iconic U Bein Bridge.
• Discover Myanmar’s second city Mandalay, a thriving cultural hub and home to the country’s jade and marble industries.
• The “Balloons over Bagan” experience provides guests an exclusive and magical view above the golden pagodas of the temple complex at first light
• For a beach resort, we recommend Ngapali, a blissfully underdeveloped stretch of white sand beach that runs for 15 miles along the Bay of Bengal.
Trek to visit remote hill tribes. This is a great way to visit remove villages and the distinctive indigenous people’s which inhabit them. On a single trek, you’ll likely see four or five completely different hill tribes co-existing in close proximity.
BEST TIME TO GO
The best time to visit Myanmar is during the dry season (OCTOBER – MAY)
US DOLLARS and Burmese kyat. (MMK)
2 weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore Myanmar.
Yangon (RGN) and Mandalay
hotels we love
belmond governor's residence
A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond Governor’s Residence echoes the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar’s southern states. With fan-cooled verandas and teak armchairs, this hotel conjures up a bygone era while offering every modern pleasure. Set in a verdant garden dotted with lotus pools, it’s truly magical at the end of a day exploring Yangon. Guests can unwind in The Governor’s Oasis, a dedicated spa offering a range of body therapies and beauty treatments. Dinner is served alfresco in the balmy evening air by lantern-light, as tropical fragrances scent the breeze.Visit the hotel website.
the strand hotel, Yangon
The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia’s most enduring and awe-inspiring Colonial landmarks. The chandeliers, ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs, remain. Past meets present among strategic upgrades including advanced air-conditioning and in-room technologies, as well you can expect flawless personalised service which lives up to this grand and glamorous setting. View hotel website.
Bagan Lodge is situated in New Bagan and perfectly located on the edge of town within easy reach of the airport and all of the religious monuments, the 4 star plus ’boutique resort’ is a selection of tented bungalows which are modern and stylish in their design offering a comfortable oasis at the end of a busy day.
villa inle resort & spa
A perfect place to admire the beauty of one of Myanmar’s greatest lakes. Nestled in between the mountains of Shan State and Inle Lake, Villa Inle Boutique Resort provides the perfect luxury getaway. When you’re not exploring the lake or our gardens, allow our highly trained spa therapists to pamper you in our “Lotus Spa.” It’s guaranteed to rejuvenate and invigorate the mind, body and soul.
inle princess resort
Set on a peaceful inlet near the Blue Mountains in southern Shan state, Inle Princess is a welcoming gateway to the unique cultural and natural treasures of Inle Lake. Take a boat to explore the lake, enjoy walks, bicycle rides, canoeing, and bird watching from your spacious private deck, and then unwind at the traditional spa or swimming pool. The stylish cottages are decked out with handmade furniture, designer fireplaces, indoor and outdoor showers and ethnic artifacts.
amazing ngapali resort
Nestled on the most beautiful beach in Myanmar, 45 minutes away from bustling city of Yangon by air and 5 minutes’ drive from Sandoway Airport. Amazing Ngapali Resort is ultimate hedonistic resort that redefines escapism in its beauty, luxury and conception. T The beauty and simplicity of the traditional architecture of the buildings are striking, there can be no finer place to discover paradise.
the strand cruise
Cruise along the Ayeyarwady delta aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay. Myanmar has captured the hearts and minds of travellers for centuries. There is no better way to travel to the heart of this mesmerising destination than to cruise along its vital waterways. This ship accommodates just 82 guests. A host of indulgent touches ensure that Belmond Road to Mandalay offers the best of modern luxury.
the strand hotel, Yangon
The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia’s most enduring and awe-inspiring Colonial landmarks. The chandeliers, ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs, remain. You can expect flawless personalised service which lives up to this grand and glamorous setting. View hotel website.
belmond road to mandalay
Guests will become enchanted by the sight of golden sunsets over temple tops, and the gentle lilting sound of waves against the river banks as you cruise along the Ayeyarwady delta aboard Belmond Road to Mandalay. There is no better way to travel to the heart of this mesmerising destination than to cruise along its vital waterways. This ship accommodates just 82 guests in classic-colonial style evoking a traditional oriental voyage. However, a host of indulgent touches ensure that Belmond Road to Mandalay offers the best of modern luxury.
Belmond Road to Mandalay, Myanmar
Looking to extend your trip?
On this customized journey, you’ll join local monks for daily prayers and blessings in Bhutan before hopping across the border to get ahead of the crowds and visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise and find peace in the Himalayan foothills at the world-class wellness retreat, Ananda.