Myanmar (Burma)

Myamnar (Burma) is one of the most remarkable destinations in Asia, a land where the Indian subcontinent meets South East Asia and a country that has almost been frozen in time, only opening up in recent times. Tourism in Myanmar (Burma) is still in its infancy, but recent investment has seen new luxury hotels opening up, and more remote boutique lodges established allowing you to get even further off-the-beaten track in Burma. Myanmar (Burma) is exceptionally diverse, from the bustling colonial cities of Yangon (Rangoon) and Mandalay, the beauty of Inle Lake and the sheer magnificence of the pagoda temples of Bagan. You can also enjoy sailing around the remote Mergui Archipelago to the south and relaxing on the palm-fringed beaches of Ngapali after a luxury tour of Burma. At Millis Potter, we love to showcase Mynamar (Burma) in unique and innovative ways providing immersive experiences to bring the destination to life. This always means hand-picking the best guides, but also tailoring the day-to-day experiences fully around your interests. You might like the idea of taking a leisurely bike ride around Bagan or flying high with Balloons Over Bagan, or driving into remote villages to meet the locals before returning back to a luxury boutique hotel at night. It means finding the perfect ship to cruise along the Irrawaddy River, or simply weaving an itinerary around seeing the Burmese Water Festival. Anything is possible, and just look through our suggested itineraries using them as a starting point to build a fully customised itinerary.

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Myanmar (Burma) Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

Burma in a Nutshell

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy - Bagan - Inle Lake  

This shorter private tour of Burma combines all the main highlights of this amazing destination, exploring Yangon, visiting Mandalay, cruising the Irrawaddy, the temples and pagodas of Bagan and Inle Lake.

11 days from £2360 p. p.

Classic Burma: The Golden Land

Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Explore Burma on a luxury private tour seeing all the major sights, plus a visit to Kalaw and ending with some well deserved time on the beach in Ngapali to end.

14 days from £2685 p. p.

The Road to Mandalay: Cruising the Irrawaddy

Yangon - Mandalay - Irrawaddy Cruise - Bagan - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Nothing quite compares to a gentle cruise along the Irrawaddy from Mandalay to Bagan. You’ll see the major sights of Burma, but also see the traditional villages and rural charm along the banks of the river.

12 days from £3795 p. p.

Family Adventure to Burma

Yangon - Bagan - Mandalay - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

Burma makes for such a wonderful family holiday, packed with amazing experiences that the children will love, such as seeing lively markets, meeting elephants, cycling through Bagan and ending on the Indian Ocean.

14 days from £2570 p. p.

Luxury Burma in Style

Yangon - Bagan - Irrawaddy Cruise - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

With the introduction of a selection of new luxury hotels in recent years, Burma is fast becoming the destination to explore in style on a luxurious tour packed with authentic and amazing experiences.

15 days from £7140 p. p.

Honeymoon to Burma

Yangon - Bagan - Inle Lake - Ngapali Beach  

A honeymoon to Burma allows you to have an amazing cultural adventure and a chance to leisurely kick-back on the Indian Ocean.

13 days from £2710 p. p.

Classic Burma and the Mergui

Mandalay - Bagan - Inle Lake - Yangon - Mergui Archipelago  

Explore the untouched islands of the Mergui Archipelago in southern Burma with the classics highlights of this amazing destination.

15 days from £4725 p. p.

Burma in Depth

Bago - Hpa An - Golden Rock - Yangon - Bagan - Yandabo - Mandalay - Maymyo - Hsipaw - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Ngapali  

If you want to leave no stone unturned in Burma, then we can offer longer private journeys which get further off-the-beaten track to see more of this amazing country.

24 days from £4630 p. p.

Remote Burma: Cruising the Chindwin

Mandalay - Chindwin River - Yangon  

The further you get off-the-beaten track in Burma, the more remarkable the destination becomes. Ideal for a second-time trip, this tour explores the hidden Chindwin on the luxury Belmond Orcaella.

17 days from £6150 p. p.

Myanmar (Burma) Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Han Thar Gardens, Bago | Millis Potter Travel

Han Thar Gardens

$ $ $ $ $ Yangon (Rangoon)  

Han Thar Gardens is located in Bago, about an hour away from Yangon, and offers a glimpse into rural Burmese culture.

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The Strand

$ $ $ $ $ Yangon (Rangoon)  

The Strand is a classic boutique colonial hotel located on the waterfront in downtown Yangon in Burma offering just 30 suites.

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The Strand Cruise

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

Drawing inspiration from the old colonial steamers that cruised the Irrawaddy in Burma, the Strand Cruise is a modern luxury reinterpretation of the classic Irrawaddy experience.

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Inle Princess Resort, Burma | Luxury Hotels in Burma | Millis Potter

Inle Princess Resort

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

The Inle Princess Resort is a boutique hotel on the eastern bank of Lake Inle in Burma, close to the small village of Magysin.

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Villa Inle, Burma

Villa Inle

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

Villa Inle Resort & Spa is a delightful boutique hotel located on the eastern shores of Inle Lake in Burma, offering just 27 lakeside rooms.

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Road to Mandalay, Irrawaddy, Burma

Belmond Road to Mandalay

$ $ $ $ $ The Irrawaddy & Burma's Rivers  

The Belmond Road to Mandalay is the definitive Irrawaddy cruiser in Burma; classic and elegant, yet modern and exceptionally luxurious.

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Belmond Orcaella, Irrawaddy, Cindwin | Luxury Ships and River Cruises in Burma

Belmond Orcaella

$ $ $ $ $ The Irrawaddy & Burma's Rivers  

The elegant and luxurious Belmond Orcaella cruises the Irrawaddy and Chindwin Rivers in Burma and offers just luxury 25 cabins.

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Sanctum Inle Lake, Burma | Luxury Hotels in Myanmar | Millis Potter

The Sanctum Inle Lake

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

Located on the eastern banks of the lake, Sanctum Inle Lake is the most luxurious of all hotels in the area.

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Governor's Residence, Yangon, Burma

Governor’s Residence

$ $ $ $ $ Yangon (Rangoon)  

Considered by many as the best address in town, the Belmond Governor’s Residence is a charming boutique colonial hotel located in Yangon in Burma.

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Malikha Lodge, Putao, Burma | Luxury Trekking Lodge in Myanmar | Millis Potter

Malikha Lodge

$ $ $ $ $  

Malikha Lodge is a boutique luxury hotel located just outside the northern Burmese town of Putao, offering just 15 rooms.

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Mergui

Burma Boating

$ $ $ $ $  

Burma Boating is a superb collection of yachts that operate in the Mergui Archipelago in southern Burma.

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Hpa-An Lodge

$ $ $ $ $ Hpa-An and Golden Rock  

Hpa-An Lodge is a charming boutique hotel located in a remote corner of Karin State in Burma, perfect for exploring this off-the-beaten track destination.

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Mountain Top Hotel, Burma

Mountain Top Hotel

$ $ $ $ $ Hpa-An and Golden Rock  

The Mountain Top Hotel is a very simple guesthouse overlooking the Golden Rock on top of Mount Kyaiktiyo in Burma.

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Ngapali Bay Hotel, Burma | Luxury Beach Hotels in Mynamar | Millis Potter Travel

Ngapali Bay Villas & Spa

$ $ $ $ $ Ngapali Beach  

Ngapali Bay Villas and Spa is a luxury boutique beach resort located in the west of Burma on the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean.

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Amara Ocean Resort

$ $ $ $ $ Ngapali Beach  

Amara Ocean Resort is a charming barefoot beach hotel secretly tucked away at the far end of Ngapali Beach in Burma, offering just 28 bungalows.

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Sandoway Resort Ngapali

$ $ $ $ $ Ngapali Beach  

The Sandoway Resort is a gorgeous boutique beach hotel offering wonderful Indian Ocean views set amongst the palm trees of Ngapali Bay in Burma.

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Aureum Palace, Bagan | Luxury Hotels in Burma (Myanmar) | Millis Potter Travel

Aureum Palace Bagan

$ $ $ $ $ Bagan  

The Aureum Palace is a luxury hotel and has the best views of the temples of Bagan, being the only hotel to be located within the temple complex.

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Pool - Hotel at Tharabar Gate, Bagan, Burma

Hotel @ Tharabar Gate

$ $ $ $ $ Bagan  

The Hotel @ Tharabar Gate is a charming hotel located in Old Bagan in Burma, a perfect location from which to explore Bagan’s temples and pagodas.

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Exterior of Cottages - Bagan Lodge, Burma | Millis Potter | Luxury Tours in Burma

Bagan Lodge

$ $ $ $ $ Bagan  

The Bagan Lodge a resort style contemporary hotel located close to the temples and pagodas of Bagan and is set within verdant landscaped gardens with two large swimming pools.

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Areindmar, Bagan | Luxury Boutique Hotels in Burma | Millis Potter

Areindmar

$ $ $ $ $ Bagan  

The Areindmar is a lovely boutique hotel located in the town of New Bagan, just to the south of the famous temples and pagodas of Bagan.

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Rupar Mandalar, Mandalay | Boutique Hotels in Burma | Millis Potter

Rupar Mandalar

$ $ $ $ $ Mandalay & Northern Shan  

The Rupar Mandalar is a luxury boutique hotel located in the suburbs of Mandalay in Burma, offering just 22 rooms and suites.

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Red Canal, Mandalay, Burma

The Hotel by the Red Canal

$ $ $ $ $ Mandalay & Northern Shan  

The Hotel by the Red Canal is a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Mandalay in Burma, set within lush gardens.

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The Anawrahta

$ $ $ $ $ The Irrawaddy & Burma's Rivers  

The Anawrahta is a luxury Irrawaddy cruiser and resembles a British colonial paddle-steamer and cruises between Mandalay and Bagan.

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RV Paukan, Irrawaddy Cruise, Burma

RV Paukan 2007

$ $ $ $ $ The Irrawaddy & Burma's Rivers  

Launched in 2007, the RV Paukan is a classic boutique colonial-themed river boat cruising along the Irrawaddy between Bagan and Mandalay.

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Yandabo Home, Irrawaddy, Burma

Yandabo Home

$ $ $ $ $ The Irrawaddy & Burma's Rivers  

Yandabo Home is a remote small boutique hotel located midway between Mandalay and Bagan in Burma, offering just twelve rooms.

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Riverside at Hsipaw Lodge, Burma

The Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort

$ $ $ $ $ Mandalay & Northern Shan  

The Riverside @ Hsipaw Resort is a simple, yet comfortable lodge located in a remote corner of Shan State in Burma, ideal as a base for trekking. It overlooks the Dohawady River and has a total of twenty en-suite rooms.

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Aureum at Governor's Residence, Maymyo, Burma

The Aureum Resort at Governor’s Residence

$ $ $ $ $ Mandalay & Northern Shan  

The Aureum Resort at Governor’s Residence is a simple yet comfortable guesthouse located in the the colonial hill station of Maymyo, now known as Pyin Oo Lwin in Burma.

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Kalaw Hill Lodge, Burma

The Hotel – Kalaw Hill Lodge

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

The Hotel – Kalaw Hill Lodge is a delightful off-the-beaten track boutique hotel located in the hills above Kalaw in Burma.

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Amara Kalaw, Burma

Amara Mountain Resort

$ $ $ $ $ Inle Lake & Shan Hills  

The Amara Mountain Resort is a charming colonial boutique hotel located on the former British hill station of Kalaw in Burma.

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Sule Shangri-La

$ $ $ $ $ Yangon (Rangoon)  

The Sule Shangri-La is located opposite Scott’s Market in downtown Yangon in Burma and is a classic modern international hotel.

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Savoy Hotel, Burma, Yangon - Luxury Holidays and Tours to Burma

The Savoy

$ $ $ $ $ Yangon (Rangoon)  

The Savoy is a lovely boutique colonial style hotel located close to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon in Burma, offering just 30 well-appointed rooms.

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Myanmar (Burma) Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.

Road to Mandalay, Irrawaddy, Burma

Cruising the Irrawaddy

The Irrawaddy & Burma's Rivers   View Experience
Maymyo (Pywin Oo Lwin), Burma

Colonial Maymyo

Mandalay & Northern Shan   View Experience
Golden Rock, Burma | Tailor-made tours to Burma | Mills Potter

Golden Rock

Hpa-An and Golden Rock   View Experience
Ava, Mandalay, Burma

Ava on Bikes

Mandalay & Northern Shan   View Experience
Mingun - Immersive Tours to Burma

Mingun

Mandalay & Northern Shan   View Experience
U Bein Bridge - Burma Luxury Holidays

U Bein Bridge

Mandalay & Northern Shan   View Experience
The Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Bago

Bago

Yangon (Rangoon)   View Experience

Ngapali Beach

Ngapali Beach is located on the Bay of Bengal and is a wonderful beach destination, fantastic for some R&R after a tour of Burma. It retains a sleepy fishing-village vibe, with a long stretch of beach and waters that you can easily take swim. Hop on bikes and explore the villages, or just sit back and enjoy the setting.

The Irrawaddy & Burma’s Rivers

The Irrawaddy, or Ayeyarwady as it is all known, runs from the snow-capped Himalayas, through the fertile plains in Burma past Mandalay and Bagan and down to the Indian Ocean. On its banks, you will see the timeless charm that hasn’t changed in centuries: bullock-carts and ox-ploughs working the fields, teak Buddhist Monasteries and glistening golden pagodas straddling the hillsides.

Bagan

Bagan never ceases to make people simply go ‘wow’. With over 3000 temples and pagodas drifting off into the distance, wth the might Irrawaddy drifting past. At sunrise, take a balloon and see the sheer expanse of it all and at sunset, clamber on to one of the tallest pagodas to see the light shimmer and change against the various structures.

Mandalay & Northern Shan

Mandalay was the former capital of Burma before the British moved it to Rangoon and has a long history of exotic rulers and colourful Burmese empires. At its heart of the old royal palace, which dates from the 1850s, but just outside of Mandalay you find Ava, Amarapura and Sagaing which are all former capitals.

Inle Lake & Shan Hills

Inle Lake is located in Shan State to the north-west of Yangon and is a large freshwater lake, home to the Intha people. They live on the lake, building their houses on stilts, with an array of cottage industries in evidence such as cheroot rolling, silk weaving and metal work.

Hpa-An and Golden Rock

Hpa-An is the capital of Karen State in Burma and is located to the west of Yangon and is very much off-the-beaten track, and with a visit to Golden Rock, you can see a part of Burma that few others visit.

Yangon (Rangoon)

Yangon (Rangoon) is Burma’s largest city and was founded in the 11th century by the Mon people and was a small community built around the amazing Shwedagon Pagoda. It was conquered by King Aluangpaya in 1755 who was reunifying Burma from his base in Ava, near present day Mandalay.

Myanmar (Burma) Info

Flights: There are no direct flights from Europe, USA or Australia, so most flights go via the Middle East (Qatar Airways or Emirates) or Bangkok and the Far East (Thai Airways, Malaysian, Singapore Airways). It is possible to fly with British Airways to Bangkok and hop up to Burma. There are two main airports in Yangon and Mandalay, meaning you can easily fly into one, and out of the other, making a tour route work slightly better. Flying time from the UK is about 14.5 hours in total.

Time Zone: Burma is 6 hours 30 minutes ahead of GMT.

 

Cheroot Trail, Burma

January

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in January

January is a great month to visit Burma, with warm and dry conditions, and the beaches fully open to end your Burma tour.

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Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

February

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in February

Temperatures are almost perfect in February in Burma, and it is also dry, making it one of the best months to travel.

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Bagan, Burma

March

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in March

March in Burma gets a little warmer, and during the heat of the day, it's best not to be out for too long. That said, it's the most popular time to travel, with dry conditions.

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Bagan Burma - Luxury Holidays to Burma - Millis Potter Travel

April

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in April

The temperatures begin to rise fairly steeply in April, and can get over 40°C in some areas. Therefore it's important to see the sights early in the morning and late afternoon.

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Ava, Mandalay, Burma

May

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in May

The temperatures continue to rise throughout May, until a freshening breeze comes in from the Indian Ocean, bringing with it showers that help to calm the heat.

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Mandalay, Burma

June

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in June

June is a change-over month as the breeze and short showers turn into the monsoon later in the month. It's still very possibly to travel, but it's not the best time of year to visit Burma. The beach resort close down for the summer, reopening in October.

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Belmond Orcaella, Irrawaddy, Cindwin | Luxury Ships and River Cruises in Burma

July

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in July

The monsoon hits the south of the country, but you can escape to the north-east which is still fairly pleasant. The Chindwin River is fully navigable and there are a number of cruise departures during July and August.

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Irrawaddy at Sunset, Burma

August

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in August

Again, August is the best time to cruise the Chindwin River, but monsoon dampens the opportunities to travel elsewhere.

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Fisherman - Inle Lake, Burma

September

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in September

September is when the monsoon starts to come to an end in Burma, and can be an interesting time to visit where you might get a little rain, but on the whole its absolutely fine. That said, the beach resort are yet to reopen but you find a beautiful lush, green countryside. Temperatures have dropped to the high 20s.

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Bagan, Burma

October

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in October

October is the first month of the new season as the beach resorts reopen, and guests can see the lushness left over after the monsoon. Temperatures are great for seeing the country, and the rainy season is over.

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Burma Market

November

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in November

Temperatures are perfect, being in the mid 20s by day, so great for exploring. It is dry, and a wonderful time to explore Burma.

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Shan Hill People, Burma

December

Visiting Myanmar (Burma) in December

Burma is a wonderful place to visit for Christmas or New Year holidays. The temperatures are pleasant, and it is dry.

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The best time to visit Burma is from October to May when the country is not being affected by the monsoon and the beach resorts close down. Before the monsoon breaks in June, it tends to get hotter and hotter, so if you like easy-going temperatures and dry weather look at mid-October to mid-April. That said, the summer is the only time you can cruise the Chindwin River, where you can truly get off-the-beaten track into the remote areas of Burma.